President — Ken Mills, 13004 W H-40 Hwy, Rudyard, MI 49780; 906-478-6631
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; firstname.lastname@example.org
• 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
Deer season is just about over and this means that the souvenir hunters will be out of the bush. I expect to get back to trapping as soon as I can after deer season ends. I did get a chance to line up some areas for critter trapping during the deer season.
I have not had a chance to talk to many trappers as to what their season has been like. The ones I did talk to said that the rat population was way down and in some areas non-existent. I am thinking that maybe the drought had something to do with the low numbers in some areas. I have been wrong before and I could be wrong again. NAH!!
February 23rd will be our annual trapper’s dinner. The cost will be $12 each for 1 trapper and 1 guest. Additional guests will be $15 each. There will be a social hour from 6pm to 7pm and dinner will be at 7pm. If you want anything to drink that is stronger than coffee or pop you will have to bring it with you.
Our next meeting will be on the 16th of January in the year 2013 in Gaylord at the Northland Sportsman Club at 7:30pm.
Can you image that in just a short while it will be another year has passed by.
I would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and I hope that your stockings will keep you warm this winter. I bet you thought that I was going to say that I thought that they would be full of goodies.
As of this writing, I have heard nothing of fur prices. The only thing that I do hear is speculation. Speculation does not pay the bills.
I have just got the news that one of our members has gone onto that great trapping grounds in the sky. Bob Nelson is now setting steel with all the other great trappers and woodsmen in the great beyond. I knew Bob, but not that well. I enjoyed my chats with him at our annual dinner, the convention and Gaylord meetings. What I did know of him was that he was a great guy and a great trapper. There are some critters out there that can rest easily now that he is no longer setting steel for them down here. Bob, you will be missed by us and especially by those who deeply cared for you.
This should be an eye opener to you guys out there especially you young ones. Our ranks are thinning out every year and we need you youngsters to step up forward and fill in the gaps that are being left by those who have passed on or have done their duty for the organization.
I would also like to wish everyone a Happy New Year. — Jim