South Carolina Trappers Association September 2011 Report

President — Ricky Williams, 278 The Oaks Ln., Blenheim, SC 29516; phone: 843-528-3195; e-mail: sc-ws-6@juno.com

Vice President — Richard Whitfield, 325 Hanks Gin Road, Anderson, SC 29621; phone: 864-296-0076; e-mail: rwtrapper@aol.com

Secretary/Treasurer — Freddie L. Moore, 5160 Slater Rd., Anderson, SC 29621; phone: 864-261-6139

Fur Bearer Biologist — Jay Butfiloski, P.O. Box 167, Columbia, SC 29108; phone: 803-734-3609

Membership Options:

• Individual membership including subscription to The Trapper & Predator Caller — $25
• Family membership with subscription to The Trapper & Predator Caller — $30
• Junior with subscription to The Trapper & Predator Caller — $10
• Sponsor with subscription to The Trapper & Predator Caller — $50
• Lifetime membership with subscription to The Trapper & Predator Caller — $200

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

SCTA, Secretary/Treasurer
Freddie L. Moore
5160 Slater Rd., Anderson, SC 29621

VICE PRESIDENT’S REPORT

Hello SCTA Trappers

Well it’s hot and it’s dry but fall is just 52 days away. Hopefully rain and cooler temps will show up well before the first day of fall. I planted an early foodplot in hopes the rain was going to hold but it fell off. The creek ran dry this week and the food plot is dehydrate green stubble. The deer did love the iron clay peas and soybeans but looks like the rest may never make it . Wild hogs have moved onto the farm for the first time. I’m going to be setting my first hog trap Wednesday evening and I hope to mop them up with traps and hunting.

We also have had a black bear show up. I live in Southern Anderson county but it seems the black bear is fairly common around here I just never cut sign until now. My grandfather who spent time behind a mule in the 30’s talked about seeing deer and bear as a child on the Rocky River basin here near the farm. I never seem to not get excited when working, hunting or trapping around in the woods. I hope each of you take the time to talk to a new or young outdoorsman to share your woods and farm knowledge. You may just make someone interested after a conversation which could spawn a friendship or start a fire for the outdoors in a person whom has had no exposure to the outdoors.

Let’s talk fall meet for a minute. This is an election year. I called Ricky this AM to let him know I wanted to give up my VP role this year. I feel like I’m not doing what the association needs from a VP. This is an effort from me to get someone that can better assist Ricky and grow the association as well as our sport. I will continue to assist in any way and will keep the VP role if no one is willing to do it. The AUCTION……. Start saving items you can bring to the auction. This is our only fund raiser this year. I hope to make the meet this time around and see all of you.

I called Jay Butfiloski and asked him about Hog snaring. The word was out that it was legal to snare hogs but I wanted to make sure it was legal before I started setting any. I found out it IS NOT LEGAL per Jay. So this is just a heads up for you hog trappers.

I hope the rest of the summer suits each of you and your rain gauge gets some action. Fuel prices are going up and the Feds are still playing games with our nation future by ever increasing how much money is given away. The real problem is how much tax they keep stacking on us. If you’re into politics, you should be happy right now. LOL…

If you can assist with the Harry Hampton Wild Life show in August or the National Hunting and Fishing Day in September please call and talk to Jim Fitzgerald.

Be safe while shooting and start getting ya trapping stuff ready!

— Richard

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