North Carolina Trappers Association October 2013 Report


President — Tony White, 1318 Soundneck Rd. Elizabeth City, NC 27909; 252-330-2327

Vice President — Neal Jennings, 3037 Shady Grove Ch. Rd. East Bend, NC 27018; 336-699-3947

Secretary — Sharon Underwood, 4488 NC 218, Peachland, NC 28133; 704-272-7876

Membership Secretary/Merchandise Coordinator — Darien Huffman, 382 Zimmerman Road, Lexington, NC 27295; 336-775-4778

Assistant Membership Secretary — Vacant

Treasurer — Joey Smith, 262 Mewborn Church Road, Snow Hill, NC 28580; 919-738-4683

NTA Director — Nelson Pearce, 5612 Hopkins Chapel Rd., Zebulon, NC 27597; (H)919 269 6710; (C) 919 868 5592;

General Organizer — David Underwood, 4488 NC 218, Peachland, NC 28133; 704-272-7876

Education Coordinator — Todd Menke, 2663 Tar River Rd., Creedmoor, NC 27522; 919-528-9063;

Newsletter Editor — Josh Biesecker, 307 Bridget Way, Creedmoor, NC 27522; 919-880-4046


Membership Options:

• Individual membership with subscription to T&PC — $25

• Youth membership (under age 16) with subscription — $15

• Lifetime membership with subscription — $350

• Senior citizens 70 years or older with subscription — $20

• Youth supporter without subscription — $10

• Adult supporter without subscription — $15

• Lifetime supporter without subscription — $100


Complete membership application on first page of association section and send dues to:

NCTA, Membership Secretary

Darien Huffman

382 Zimmerman Road

Lexington, NC 27295


Hello, fellow NC trappers. I hope that this report finds you doing well. By the time that you receive this issue,we will be at our annual convention and I hope that all of you who attended had a wonderful time.

The first item that I would like to touch on is a great source of pride for me and should be for you as well. At the NTA convention held in Lima,Ohio back in August, two of our members were inducted into the NTA hall of fame. Tonnie Davis and Paul Dobbins took their rightful place among the very best trappers in the nation and I can not think of two men who are more deserving. Tonnie Davis has been a part of our association from the beginning and is still one of our district directors. By all accounts, he is one of the hardest working fellas that I know hands down. He is a true woodsman in every sense of the word and has fought tooth and nail for our trapping rights for decades.

Paul Dobbins is, as Bob Noonan put it in a recent interview, arguably the best known trapper in North America. His website is undoubtedly the hub of the trappers cyber world and Dobbins brand lures (started by his father, Charles Dobbins) are a staple of trappers across the country. And did I mention that he knows just a little bit about beaver trapping? Above all, he is humble, approachable and always willing to help.

These two men are a shining example of what we all should aspire to be. They have my gratitude and my respect.

All is quiet on our legislative front but I want to take this chance to remind you all that we need to use bodygrip traps responsibly. The last thing that we need is to have another incident where a dog is caught and killed. Please, please set with caution.

I will close for now and I promise that I will have a full rundown on our convention in the next issue. For those of you with November season openers approaching, I wish you luck and please try to take a youngster with you as you venture out this fall. — Tony W. White

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