President — Ken Mills, 13004 W H-40 Hwy, Rudyard, MI 49780; phone: 906-478-6631
Vice President — Lloyd White, 2739 W M-28, Dafter, MI 49724; phone: 906-632-6071
Secretary — Jim Neitling, PO Box 171, Kinross, MI 49752; phone: 906-495-5233
Treasurer — Mark A. Spencer, N4552 Spencer Lane, Moran, MI 49760; phone: 906-292-4779; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
• Individual membership including subscription to The Trapper & Predator Caller — $21
• Junior (16 & under) with subscription to The Trapper & Predator Caller — $16
Complete membership application on first page of association section and send dues to:
PO Box 171
Kinross, MI 49752
Here it is the first of October and the beginning of the season is right around the corner. As per usual, I am not ready for the trapping season. One year, I will be all set in plenty of time before the season begins. I can not believe that the year has slipped by like it has.
We had our convention in September and it was a great one. Everyone including me thought that the attendance would be way down from the reports of other conventions. We were sure surprised at the attendance numbers. It sounds as if everyone had a great time while they were at the convention. I know that I enjoyed myself. I got to see some folks that I have not seen since last year and got to tell some new lies.
Gene and Vera Harrison once again out did themselves in putting on their fish fry on Thursday night. The fish was fantastic and we also had live entertainment while we ate. Gene played and sang for us. It was a great time for all who attended.
We had our annual meeting on Friday night and it was well attended. We had an election of officers and as per usual everyone ran unopposed and were unanimously re-elected. The vice-president and treasurer remain the same as always. The 2 directors are Rick Marshall and Larry Pratt. I firmly believe that we need some new blood and this includes me. I sure wish some one else would run for some of these positions because some of us are getting older and worn out. I am speaking for myself on the worn out part. We had our last Adopt A Highway pickup for the year on Wed night before the convention. We had 8 people and picked up around 8 bags of trash. Thanks to everyone who helped out during the year. The sweatshirts are in. They are very nice, heavy, with a hood and front pocket.
They are $35.00 each. We have sizes from Med to XXXLarge. Contact Mark at 906/292-4779. We will be having the annual Trappers Dinner again in 2012. Sometime in February. There’ll be more on this later. There was a trapper’s education class put on at the Brimely State Park. A new instructor, Dan Johnson, helped Mark Spencer and Mike Anderson with the class. Dan said it sure was a long day especially standing on the concrete floor all day. Dan also said it was a great learning experience for him.
Thanks Dan, Mark, and Mike for volunteering your time to teach the youth the correct way to trap. If anyone is interested in becoming an instructor or attending a trapper ed course, please contact Mark or Mike Anderson. There is also info about this on the DNR website. We also had an awards presentation during the meeting. Mark “the older” Spencer was presented with the Trapper of the Year and Rick Marshall received the President’s Award.
Congratulations to you guys for your well earned awards. Some members expressed concern over the DNR rule to turn in the heads of otter when you get them tagged. Some like to turn their otter over for taxidermy. Mark Spencer (Jr.) said he will be meeting with the DNR and will bring up the concerns.
Here is the list of meeting dates for the next year. October 20th ,2011 in Rudyard, January 18th , 2012 in Gaylord, March 21st , 2012 in Rudyard, May 16th, 2012 in Gaylord, July 18th, 2012 in Rudyard, September 14th at the fair grounds in Kinross, and October 17th, 2012 in Rudyard. The July meeting that has been in Gaylord will be in Rudyard and the Gaylord meeting will be on the 16th of May. So mark your calendars. The time of the meetings will be at 7:30pm and is always on a Wednesday. The Rudyard meeting is at the Lutheran Church and the Gaylord meeting is at the Northland Sportsman Club.
We’d like to thank the following businesses and individuals that helped to make our convention a success:
Southeastern Outdoor Supplies Paul Grimshaw & Sons Fur Harvesters Auction Terry Gouza Hoosier Trapper Supply
North American Fur Auction Rex Wolfsen Scott Burton
Larry Pratt Joe Goodman Furs by Fritz
Paul Dobbins J&K Fur Exchange Mark A. Spencer
Mark W. Spencer Clark Willowtree Supplies Eleanor Donnelly
Mid Michigan Trappers Larry Finch, Jr. Murray Donnelly
Clayton Smith Ken & Fayda Mills SterlingTrap Co Blackies Blend Gary Revord Slim Pedersen Grawe’s Animal Lures Wildlife Research Center Dan Johnson
F&T Trading Post George & Kathy Morse Otter Creek
Dwayne & Geri Ulman Lawrence Harris III Wildwood Pasties
Pines Fur Deadstream Wildlife Studio/Jan Morse
Imre Bryant Gary & Lynda Reid Ann Schmiedeknecht
Brian Riske J&K Fur Exchange Bob & Evelyn Davidson
PCS Outdoors Richard & Phyllis Scheall Paul Warner
Arlo Hamel Walt Smith & Carol Foley Jim Neitling
Tami Lundborg Lloyd White Rick Marshall
Gene & Vera Harrison Numerous Tailgaters Pat Stemac
Pat Gale Iverson Snow Shoes Mike Kain/Mikes Fur Shed
Paul Davison John Carlson High Country Lures
Charlie Koehler Michigan DNR Trappers Haven
Caldwell Apparel Gary Fisher
Sure hope we haven’t forgotten anyone. Things got pretty hectic for awhile and we may not have gotten all the names.
I do not have much else except that I hope everyone has a safe and successful season.
— Jim Neitling