President — Mike Seelman, PO Box 141, Prudenville, MI 48651; email@example.com
Vice President — Lloyd White, 2739 W M-28, Dafter, MI 49724; 906-632-6071
Secretary — Jim Neitling, PO Box 171, Kinross, MI 49752; 906-495-5233
Treasurer — Mark A. Spencer, N4552 Spencer Lane, Moran, MI 49760; 906-292-4779;
• Individual membership including subscription to Trapper & Predator Caller — $22
• Junior (16 & under) with subscription to Trapper & Predator Caller — $17
Complete membership application on first page of association section and send dues to:
P.O. Box 171
Kinross, MI 49752
Now that winter is officially over the swatting season is in full force. We have mosquitoes the size of small humming birds. The little ones will eat you on the spot because if they drag you back into the bush the bigger ones will take you away from them.
We had a meeting on May 21st in Gaylord and there was a small turnout but even though we got a lot accomplished.
It sounds as if the fur prices are now in a decline and this is due to the world market. China is not in the market as it once was and everyone is afraid to do business with Russia. The petition drive is over and it was a success. The organizations that backed the drive delivered 374,130 petitions to the steps of the Capitol Building in Lansing to deliver a message to our Legislature. The Legislature has 40 days to enact a law after the signatures on the petitions are validated. It sounds like they are going to take this up in August after they get back in session.
Due to the increase of doing business an increase in dues and the lifetime memberships will be up for discussion at the General membership meeting in September. The increase that was talked about was going from $10 a year to $15. There was no amount for the lifetime memberships discussed.
There still is an opening for the secretary’s position that will be vacant in September. Mike Seelman will rerun for president but if you are interested in running, time is running out to get your name submitted. Ken Mills is going to run for a directors position and so is Paul Davison. The same goes for the time running out to get your name in for any of the positions.
The NTA Convention that is to be held in Escanaba needs volunteers. If you are interested you can do so by getting on the internet. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org to let them know that you are interested. The date of the convention is July 24-26.
The 2014 trap regulations will be voted on by the Natural Resources Commission in June. The recommendations to be voted on are as follows; The allowing of conibear traps up to 6 inches to be set on beaver dams on public and private lands. Live traps will be allowed to be set any where as a means of catch.
Our convention will be September 19th to the 20th with the 18th a set up day and the 21st as take down day. Just like the carnival. There will also be, as always, an Adopt-A-Highway pickup on Wed Sept 17. Those of you that are here already for the convention are welcome to come along and help.
Please keep in your thoughts and prayers a few of our members who are dealing with health issues. Larry Pratt and Gene and Vera Harrison.
Other than what has been reported there is not much else going except getting ready for the upcoming season and attending a convention or two. I hope everyone has a safe and fun summer. Maybe I will see some of you at one of the conventions.
Our next meeting will be in Rudyard at 7:30pm on the 16th of July. — Jim Neitling