President — Mike Seelman, PO Box 141, Prudenville, MI 48651; firstname.lastname@example.org
Vice President — Lloyd White, 2739 W M-28, Dafter, MI 49724; 906-632-6071
Secretary — Dan B. Johnson, W2290 Brevort Lake Road, Moran, MI, 49760; 906-643-7992
Treasurer — Mark A. Spencer, N4552 Spencer Lane, Moran, MI 49760; 906-292-4779;
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• Junior membership (16 & under) with subscription to Trapper & Predator Caller — $19
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• Lifetime membership without subscription — $200
• Senior lifetime membership (over 55) without subscription — $135
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Dan B. Johnson
W2290 Brevort Lake Road
Moran, MI, 49760
Here it is, the day after Thanksgiving (I’m still not hungry) and we’ve already had winter, spring and winter again; all since the second week of November. The weather we had last year and what is predicted for this year reminds of the winters my generation grew up with back in the 60’s and 70’s.
Life was sure a lot simpler back then when the “Arctic cold front” defined our weather rather than the dreaded “polar vortex” as they describe it today. We weren’t aware of global warming in my day and I’m pretty sure it doesn’t exist today. I have hard time believing “scientists” who describe a mild winter as global warming, then say an extremely cold winter is a result of global warming and every winter in between is also connected to global warming. Give me a break! I may be senile, but stupid and gullible are totally different. Global warming is nothing more than a theory that has no basis and is constantly changing as its backers are being disproved.
I hope everyone was able to get out and catch a few critters this fall before the weather put you out of business. Retirement was supposed to give me more time to do the things I wanted to do. But as it worked out, I was only able to get a few part days in the woods. It’s gotten to the point that when I look back, I can’t figure out when I had time to work. I did, however, manage to get a few beaver carcasses for bait later on.
As you probably know by now, the antis managed to bamboozle, confuse and downright lie to get their flaky agenda passed last November in the general election. The uneducated voters in the state of Michigan never cease to amaze me. The only good thing about it all is that the victory shouldn’t change the anticipated wolf season for next year. There is, however, a possibility that the antis with all their financial support, may get some kind of court injunction if they can find and convince a liberal judge to take their side. They have come out and boldly stated that they will get the legislation overturned that we worked so hard to get last summer. At least we have the state attorney general on our side to back us. One thing trappers must always remember is that we’ll have to keep fighting for our rights until the day we die. The antis have made it known that their agenda is to ultimately end all hunting and trapping rights in the entire country. They intend to chip away a little at a time until they achieve their stated goals. We must be forever vigilant on all fronts to preserve our traditions for the next generation.
I have managed to get an audience for two classes of local seventh graders to explain the virtues of trapping. I have never done this before, so I hope all goes well. Keep me in mind as you say your prayers. I don’t for see any major problems as I firmly believe that age and experience always trumps youth and inexperience. It is up to us get the truth in before antis bombard them with their lies. Hopefully we can get the next generation to understand our way of life so that our grandchildren can experience nature as we do.
I am happy to announce that we have three new lifetime members. If your paths cross with Mike Gustafson, Wayne Steiner or Dale Chapp, thank them for commitment and support of our organization.
Our next meeting will be held on Wednesday, January 21 at 7:30 P.M. in Gaylord at the Sportsman’s Club. On February 28 we will have our annual dinner at the Rudyard Township Hall. The cost is $12.00 per member and $12.00 per guest or spouse. If you have multiple wives or guests, the cost will be $15.00 each thereafter. B.S. hour begins at 6:00 p.m. and the meal will follow at 7:00 p.m.
In closing, please remember to neuter your pets, weird friends and any relatives that support PETA or the Humane Society. As always, God bless you and your families and be safe in the woods and on the water. — Dan Johnson