Oklahoma Fur Bearers Alliance August 2013 Report



President — Gene Callaway, 16100 W. Greasy Bend Road, Mannsville, OK 73447; 580-371-3364;

Vice President — Darrell Woodward, P.O. Box 580416, Tulsa, OK 74158; 918-902-0529; IBTRAPN@ aol.com

Secretary — John Weygandt, 4720 S. 26th W. Ave., Tulsa, OK 74107; 918-645-5667; j.weygandt@maccor.com

Treasurer — Shannon Sheffert, 1301 Old Bumpy Road, Stillwater, OK 74074; cell 405-742-7884;

FTA Director — Terry Thornton, Rt. 2 Box 71, Hartshorne, OK 74547; 918-297-2073

NTA Director — Darrell Woodward, P.O. Box 580416, Tulsa, OK 74158; 918-902-0529; IBTRAPN@ aol.com


Membership Options:

• 1-year membership including subscription to Trapper & Predator Caller — $20

• Family membership with subscription to Trapper & Predator Caller — $25

• Lifetime (Over 70) with subscription to Trapper & Predator Caller — $150

• Lifetime with subscription to Trapper & Predator Caller — $300

• Youth membership — $10


Complete membership application on first page of association section and send dues to:

OFBA, Treasurer

Shannon Sheffert

1301 Old Bumpy Road

Stillwater, OK 74074



Hello from Southern Oklahoma

On April 19,2013 we lost a fellow trapper and member of the OFBA. Wayne E Smith , 88 of Bartlesville,OK was a retired Lt. Colonel from the Air Force. Wayne was of the Lutheran faith and was a true outdoor person, having learned the art of grafting pecan trees. He trapped beavers and enjoyed fishing. Above all he was a good Christian, He is survived by his brother Ralph Smith.

Ralph has donated Wayne’s trapping supplies to the OFBA to be auctioned at the fall meeting in Okemah on Oct. 12,2013.

New Traps in Boxes

1 doz.—–3 boxes 330 Montgomery body grip traps

3 doz.—–3 boxes Northwoods #3 traps

1 doz.—–1 box 110 body grip traps

1 doz.—–2 boxes 220 woodstream body grip traps

3 doz.—–3 boxes #4 Step In traps

11———- Blake and Lamb underspring #4

3 doz.—-3 boxes 1 3/4 Victor Coil traps

1 doz.—-1 box 1 1/2 Blake ad Lamb coil traps

1 doz. —1 box 1 1/2 Victor coil traps

2 doz.—2 boxes Montgomery #2 trigger latch traps


Used Traps and supplies

6 tall body grip stands

5 short body grip stands

14– 330 body grip traps

1–220 body grip trap

2 pair Size 9 hip boots

2 pair gaulents

1 pieced deer skin rug

1 pieced skunk skin rug

2 quarts speed dye

7–#5 double spring traps

6–#3 Victor traps

Fiberglass pack basket with tools

2 rolls #11 wire –10 pounds each

1 doz Victor 1 1/2 coil traps

4 MB750 traps

Aircraft cable


Assorted metal stretchers

Assorted wood stretchers, muskrat, raccoon, and beaver

Assorted parts for traps

We have also lost another trapper , Joe(Robert) Deaton of Chickasha. He was an outdoorsman and Okla. Fur Buyer.

We had our Trapper’s Workshop on May 31 and June 1 and 2 at Gentry Creek on Lake Eufaula. All had a great time. I Will send Clifton’s article on our stay at Gentry Creek.

A muskrat stretcher made by Mark Albert was signed by several of the American Trap Talk members and auctioned off on their website. Chris Lyon took it home with a bid of $380. The American Trap Talk website was founded by Forrest London of London Lures Co. We would like to thank Mark Albert for the idea of the stretcher auction, Chris Lyon for the generously high bid, Forrest London for allowing this auction on the website, and the rest of the ATT members for donating to such a cause! The OFBA holds a youth camp each year, and donations like this help ensure that our heritage is being passed on to future generations. Than You American Trap Talk! Also Thank You Clifton Ray.

The OFBA Youth Camp Fund received a donation from Jerry Herbst of Law Dog’s Lures in South Dakota and a donation from Dennis Hartle of S.W. Tennessee Nuisance Control. Both donations are very much appreciated and will go to a great cause!

Mr Herbst has a long standing of gratuity in the trapping world and may be best known for his efforts in the Fur Fish & Game trapping videos with Tom Miranda. Mr. Herbst sells quality lures at an affordable price that trappers should take advantage of.

Mr Hartle has 49 years of trapping experience and is widely known for his beaver trapping abilities.

I shared a camp with both Me. Herbst and Mr. Hartle in Missouri. Both men are accomplished trappers, hard workers and generous at heart!!

By Clifton Ray

Thanks Clifton for helping to get both donations and writing the articles for me….

The election of officers and directors will also take place at the fall meeting on Oct 12,2013 at Okemah. We need new people to step up and add new ideas and leadership as this is organization. John Weygandt will not run for the secretary position this time so we need someone for that position. He will continue to run the computer for the fur auction. So far we have the following nominations:

President–Regional Murray

Vice President–Noel Carruthers


Treasurer–Shannon Sheffert

Directors– LLoyd Teeter–R C Edgar–Shawn Bell– Joe Caldwell–Johnny Bryand–Matt Yocham–Clifton Ray–Monte Dodson–Scott Newby–Doran Smith–Charlie Mc Amis–Terry Waggoner. We need some more to run so we can have an election as with just enough there is not reason for an election as there has to be more than one running for each office and there are 12 directors and that is all we have nominated so come up with more people.!!!!

We will have an exciting Fall Meeting as we will have Mark June with Mark June Lures there with his supplies and also doing a demo on coyote and bobcat trapping. Also Dub Shankles will be there with his supplies and maybe others. Sterlin Kirschman will be doing a skinning and stretching demo most of the day. Also Matt Yocham–RC Edgar–Richard Thornburg and Darrell Woodward will be doing demos during the day.

We will be having a pot luck lunch again with Pulled Pork and we need you to bring a side dish or dessert to finish out the meal with the auction to follow.

Have a great summer and be ready for the fall meeting and have your trapping list of wants and needs for the fur season.

May God Bless All. — Gene Callaway


The 2013 OFBA Trapper’s Workshop was an exciting event! Friday night found several trappers gathered around a picnic table with discussion of trap line solutions, tactics, and theorems! There was even talk of out of state adventures in certain circles. Anticipation for the May/June NAFA sale was running high and dreams of being Fur Barrons were in the air! Around ten o’clock that evening the storms blew in and the rain came down. This would put a damper on most events but the OFBA members took it in stride like any seasoned outdoorsman would do!

Saturday morning found John Weygandt fixing a breakfast fit for royalty! Thanks John, it was great! The first demo of the day was by R.C. Edgar. R.C. explained bait and bait solution methodology. R.C. went into depth on how to produce, stabilize, and store bait made at home! R.C. has a vast amount of knowledge on this subject and members that took notes will reap dividends down the road! Thanks R.C.!

A demo was given by Matt Yocham. I believe it was the “baited clump set”. Although I was unable to watch this demo, it had the attention of the rest of the group. Thanks Matt! Reginald Murray gave a few demo’s during the day. I specifically noticed on Reginald’s first demo that he went into detail about why, where, when, and how for the beginner trappers—this was a great change of pace! His explanations of the reasoning behind the set should be very advantageous to novice and seasoned trappers alike. Thanks Reginald!

I was able to visit with Darrell Woodward about muskrat trapping techniques. Gene and Cloyce Callaway provided the pulled pork for lunch on Saturday and it was delightful! Thanks Gene & Cloyce!

It is my understanding that “jug line” demos were also provided to those that were of mind to participate.

Noel Carruthers shared his insight on cat trapping in eastern Oklahoma. I would like to see him in action some day!

I was very delighted that Robert & Nick Linn attended the workshop. Nick was a member of our youth camp a few years ago and his raccoon trapping skills are coming along just fine!

Saturday night found people in discussions again around the same picnic table as the night before. However, on this night, the direction of the OFBA and new ideas were tossed around. This is an election year for Directors and Executive Board members. People were nominated for positions; however, at this time I do not have the full list to convey unto you.

BJ and Janice Johnson along with Gene and Cloyce Callaway to put this event together and they did a wonderful job! Thank you folks for your efforts and tireless devotion to the OFBA!

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