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;
• 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
I am sitting here writing this letter and it is raining out. Just a couple of days ago it was below zero and never got into double digits for temperature until now. Winter comes, then it turns to spring-like weather. If it is going to be winter it should be winter not a part time winter. I hope everyone had a decent season this year. The prices sounded like they were pretty good at the auctions.
The January meeting was cancelled due to weather. This is the first time that I can remember that a meeting had to be cancelled due to weather. With my memory it could have been more times than I remember.
I received the following notice from Mark Spencer; A group called Keep Michigan Wolves Protected is starting a petition drive to force a referendum on whether or not the new law making wolves a game animal should stand. This is very scary!! All the wolves are in the Upper Peninsula and almost all of the voters are in the Lower Peninsula. I suggest we start passing the word and begin a dialog on how we can best combat this. The Antis have been losing in the courts so they are switching gears. This could be very difficult to counter. If all outdoorsmen get their heads together we might be able to counter this but like I said this is really scary!!! Thanks to Bob Steinmetz for this info. According to more info I got from Mark, it sounds like there is a MUCC Coalition meeting to discuss a strategy on this issue on Feb 5th. The trappers will be represented at that meeting.
I wonder if these people that start these protests would do so if their precious little pets came up missing or their prized farm critters were killed and eaten by one of these critters. You know they probably would still have a protest even if it did happen to themselves.
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. The dinner will be at Rudyard Township hall, next to the fire station on Mackinaw Trail. Mark should receive your money by Feb 16. If you would like to bring along anything that could be used for a door prize, that would be great. The last couple years we’ve had enough donations from our members and others that almost everyone present gets one.
The next meeting will be Wed. March 20th in Rudyard at the St. James Lutheran Church at 7:30pm.
If you are receiving this newsletter in the mail and have e-mail, please consider receiving it via e-mail. Just e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will put you on the contact list. I also have to occasionally send out a last minute alert for one thing or another (like a cancelled meeting) and you would get that message. The only thing is – don’t e-mail me with questions that need answered immediately, because I do not have access to the internet at home. I have to go to the library or restaurant. Sometimes it takes a few weeks. Also Lifetime Members please remember that when your TPC renewal comes you only need to send $12.00 for the renewal of the magazine, not $22.00 which includes membership. Thanks
I hope to see some of you at the dinner or some where along the line. — Jim Neitling