North Carolina Trappers Association February 2009 Report

President — Jimmy Pierce, 201 Rhodes St., Wendell, NC 27591; phone: 919-365-4961;cell phone: 919-801-2562; e-mail: beaverstop@nc.rr.com

Vice President — Tonnie Davis, 167 Ole Cabin Rd., Roxboro, NC 27573; phone: 336-597-3619

Secretary — Sharon Underwood, Rt. 1 Box 416, Peachland, NC 28133; phone: 704-272-7876

Membership Secretary — Karen Rose, 1220 Cross Rd., Roper, NC 27970; phone: 252-793-5191

Assistant Membership Secretary — Krista Rose, 1220 Cross Rd., Roper, NC 27970; phone: 252-793-5191

Treasurer — Wayne Rose, 1220 Cross Rd., Roper, NC 27970; phone: 252-793-5191

General Organizer — David Underwood, Rt. 1, Box 416, Peachland, NC 28133; phone: 704-272-7876

Education Coordinator — Todd Menke, 2663 Tar River Rd., Creedmoor, NC 27522; phone: 919-528-9063; e-mail: minkster@netzero.net

NTA Director — Tim Wilson, 5320 Stokes Ferry Rd., Salisbury, NC 28146; phone: 252-758-8191

Newsletter Editor — Vacant

Membership Options:
• Individual membership including subscription to The Trapper & Predator Caller — $20
• Youth membership (under age 16) with subscription to The Trapper & Predator Caller — $10
• Lifetime membership with subscription to The Trapper & Predator Caller — $250
• Senior citizens 70 years or older with subscription to The Trapper & Predator Caller — $12

Complete membership application on first page of
association section and send dues to:
NCTA, Membership Secretary
Karen Rose
1220 Cross Rd., Roper, NC 27970

EDUCATION COORDINATOR’S REPORT

The fur market is down, the stock market is in turmoil, the world is in a recession, the nation is struggling and we all worry about keeping our job. How can we justify spending $300 to attend a trapping workshop?

Trapping has no guarantees — the weather is always unpredictable, the animals we pursue make us think and the fur check is never as much as we would like, but we continue to trap because if you are like me, you love it.

Do you want to catch more fur to increase that fur check? Do you want to trap more efficiently to increase that fur check? Do you want to learn how to put up your own fur to increase that fur check? Do you want more than 200 years of trapping knowledge and experience to increase that fur check?

If all that experience and knowledge isn’t enough to justify spending $300, think about the last long weekend trip you took. I bet it was more than $300. This workshop also includes two nights of lodging, meals for three days and plenty of drinks and snacks all weekend long at no extra charge.

Do you still want more? How about assisting with some research? We are partnering with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the NC State University. There will be education on the red wolf recovery plan, coyote radio collars and, if all goes well, you can even help radio collar some bobcats.

Still not satisfied? Those of you who are certified Wildlife Damage Control Agents have a great opportunity to get more hands-on trapping experience as part of their recertification. We have also partnered with the NC Wildlife Resources Commission, which has agreed to allow this trapping workshop as another option to receive recertification instead of attending the classroom program.

This workshop will be hands on because everyone will be setting and checking traps all three days. This will be an actual on-the-line working trapline. We are making this workshop more personal so we will be limiting it to the first 50 people who pre-register to enable each attendee to have more one-on-one time with each of the 10 instructors. Pre-registration requires a $100 deposit to reserve your spot. The remaining $200 will be due no later than Feb. 15, 2009, to confirm your attendance.

Check out the NCTA Web site for more information or contact me and I will answer any questions you have. Checks should be made out to NCTA and mailed to my address below. Call me at 919-528-9063 or send an e-mail to minkster@netzero.net.

— Todd Menke

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