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 know everyone says this about the year being almost over but if you think about it, it is true. Soon we will be doing what we like doing the best and time, once again, is running out on getting our gear ready. I know this because as per usual I do not have things around yet. I really did start but got side tracked.
We cancelled our highway pick up due to it being extremely HOT.
We had a meeting in July and even with the heat we had a pretty good turnout. We had a good discussion on several topics. The trapper’s education class that was to be held at the U.P. Trapper’s convention was cancelled. There are 30 kids enrolled for the course that will be held at the Michigan Trapper’s convention. There are some possible changes coming for those who want to be instructors.
The report for our upcoming convention was given by Ken Mills. The convention will be September 14th and 15th with the 13th as the set up date. We now have a contract with the Township for the use of the fair grounds. There are 24 inside booths reserved so far. Lloyd White is getting the demo schedule put together nicely. Lloyd will put on a skunk demo, Mike Kahn will do coon trapping, Jeff Dunlap will do beaver, Don Miller will do dog proof coon sets, NAFA and Fur Harvesters will be doing skinning demos, Galen from Otter Creek will be doing fisher. These are the ones that he has so far with more on the way. Ken Mills said he would like some one else to volunteer to put on the kids demo down by the lake. We can use all the prize donations that we can get for our give away drawings. The General Membership meeting will be on Friday the 14th at 7:30 on the grounds. We also can use volunteers for the setting up and taking down of the convention.
Mark gave a report on a predator control meeting that he attended. So far this is what is going to be presented to the Natural Resources Commission in October and will become law in November. The legislature is also looking into this. These rules will apply to any who accepts money or in kind for doing predator control work for anyone. You will have to a graduate of the University of Nebraska Lincoln for a cost of $150 to $200. This can be done over the internet. There will be no requirement for liability insurance. You will need a business permit that will cost $50 and will be good for 3 years. If you have any questions you can call Mark because he knows more about this than I do. There will be a meeting about this on August 16th at the Comfort Inn in Newberry at 6pm. We are encouraging trappers to attend this one.
Mark also attended a furtakers meeting with the DNR at the beginning of July. There is not much happening due to the wolves are taking precedent over everything else. The DNR says that there is a good possibility of a wolf season in 2013 or 2014. More than likely it will occur in 2014. Looks like it will be a lottery method of getting a license. The license will be your choice on how you want to take a wolf, hunt or trap. The legislature needs to pass a law so that there will be a season. Muskrat push ups might be allowed to trap in. They are trying to more use of incidental catches to be used in fur kits. Trying to get the wording for the trapping on CFA land changed so that traps can be allowed to stay over night. They are doing a study on bobcats to see if the changes in the laws are having any effect on their population. Trying to get a season that will be only along the western part of the state. They will have a separate zone for this. If you have an incidental catch you can call a C.O. and they will come and pick it up. There is some changes coming for the use of lights for the hunting of nuisance raccoons. Pine marten and fisher will not be looked at this year. Law enforcement are dragging their feet on the beaver extensions. The use of #3 or #4 buckshot during coyote hunting is being looked at. They are once again looking at reciprocal trapping. They are thinking of allowing other states to trap non tagged species here even if they do not allow us to trap in their state.
There will be an election of officers at the general membership meeting. The officers up for election are the president, secretary and 3 directors. I am speaking for myself only. I will run for secretary again and if re-elected, this will be my last 2 years. So I suggest that someone step up and take over this position because we will not have a secretary 2 years from now. I believe doing this for over 30 years is long enough and it is about time we get some new blood in office.
Hope to see some of you at one of the conventions or at one of the places that I go to. I hope every one will have a safe and great summer. — Jim Neitling