Tennessee Fur Harvester Association December 2012 Report

www.tfhaonline.net

President — James Lord, 19 Mallard Lane Lexington, TN 38351; 731-614-2531 or 731-968-7581; jlord2003@aol.com

Vice President — John Daniel, 13740 Birchwood Pike, Birchwood, TN, 37308; 423 595-0986; johndanielgc@yahoo.com

Treasurer/Membership Secretary — Laura Smith, 160 Autumn Lane, Wilder, TN 38589; 931 303-7711; ladytrapper@gmail.com

State Organizer — Wendell Reeves, 14215 95 Hwy North, Greenback TN 37742

FTA Director — Bob Beckwith, 156 Brush Wood Dr., Sparta, TN 38583; 931-935-5602

Legislative Director — Doug McKenzie, P.O. Box 284, Madisonville, TN 37354

NTA Director — John Daniel, 13740 Birchwood Pike, Birchwood, TN 37308; 423-595-0986; johndanielgc@yahoo.com

 

Membership Options:

• Individual membership including subscription to Trapper & Predator Caller — $25

• Junior membership with subscription to Trapper & Predator Caller — $12

• Lifetime membership with subscription to Trapper & Predator Caller — $250

• Senior lifetime membership (70 or older) with subscription to Trapper & Predator Caller — $100

 

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

Laura Smith

160 Autumn Lane

Wilder, TN 38589

 

PRESIDENT’S REPORT

Hi everyone, I hope everyone is doing well. Trapping season has just started and I for one am glad. It seems it can’t get here soon enough, but usually it does before I get everything ready. Fur prices are looking good so far with most Auction Houses being cleared out on most species. Prices are looking to be close to or better than last year on most species. Take pride in handling your fur, even if you sale green as it will show and pay off in the long run.

Now our Fall convention was a big success and I want to thank everyone for helping out so much and making it one of the best I’ve seen in a while. Thanks to all of you, and a big thanks to all the vendors and demonstrators, and of course thanks to everyone that came out to enjoy the convention. Wendell had a great demo line up and him and Laurie had some great kids activities lined up. We all appreciate everyone that stepped up to help with the kids activities, they are what it’s all about.

Congratulations is in order for all the award winners. The new award, “The Buck Ingram” award is for outstanding support of TFHA, “Beyond Volunteering” is a way for TFHA to show our appreciation to those that have served and helped make TFHA a better organization for many years. Of course the Award went to Buck, and I want to thank you for everything you have done over the years. It was great talking to you at the District 5 meeting. Stan Meyers went into the Hall of Fame this year, congrats Stan! Trapper of the Year is Beachel Hall, a well deserved award. Jr Trapper went to Josh Amos and Melanie Daniel. Thanks you two for getting involved and helping out. Director of the Year and Lady Fur Harvesters goes to Mark and Laura Smith. Of course y’all know how much you are appreciated, but we can’t say it enough.

Now for the Fur Sales this season. Our first fur sale will be in Bulls Gap at the VFW building on March 2nd, and Crossville sale will be on March 16th at the Community Complex (Fair Grounds). For further information on the fur sales contact James Lord or John Daniel and I’m sure we can answer your questions. We moved the Crossville sale later into the year to help the members and trappers in that area to have a place to sale their fur that in previous years was more difficult to move since there was only one sale in the area and it was usually in January. Now you can sale all your fur in one place.

I hope everyone has a safe trapping season and be careful. I bet it’s gonna be a cold winter. The Holidays are right around the corner, we at TFHA wish everyone the best for the Holidays.

If anyone needs to contact me, I can be reached at 731 614-2531 or on the web site at www.tfhaonline.net email is jlord20032aol.com

Thanks. — James Lord

 

VICE PRESIDENT’S REPORT

SOMEBODY CALL THE FIRE DEPARTMENT BECAUSE TFHA IS ON FIRE WITH ENTHUSIASM!!! Our fall convention at Fall Creek Falls was one of the best we’ve had in years. The cabins were all full and the autumn weather was perfect. Our guest speakers provided TFHA members with tons of useful knowledge and entertainment. Our fund raising auction provided the association with extra funds to further promote trapping in Tennessee and our state organizer and his assistants put together a lot of educational and fun activities for the kids. The fur sale dates were set at our general membership meeting as well as the decision to add an extra day to our fall convention.

The dist. 1&2 meeting at Panther Creek was well attended and well organized thanks to Stan Myers and Scott Rainbolt for doing a good job. Panther Creek is a nice facility and I look forward to going back again next year.

Our Hiwassee trapper training camp has been scheduled for the weekend of April 27th. and our spring meet will be May 18th at Big Ridge State Park..

Our fur sale dates are March 2nd at Bulls Gap and March 16th at Crossville.

This has been a great year for TFHA thanks to all who have helped and made it what it is.

Until next time, keep your boots dry. — John Daniel

 

STATE ORGANIZER’S REPORT

Hello Trappers,

This is the time of year that we have been waiting for. Please remember that any trap you set,could effect every other trapper in the state. Be smart,and safe out there.

We had more people at our Fall Convention this year,than I can ever remember. THANKS to everyone that came. And THANKS everyone that pitched in and helped out!

One thing that is always a big topic of conversation this time of year is how much is fur going to bring??Well I’m not even going make a guess on that one. I’ll be trapping no matter what. But I do want to get the most out of my fur,same as everyone else. We have been looking at different ways to help the trappers get the most from their fur. Here are some thoughts to consider.

There aren’t a lot of fur buyers out there,but the more you can have biding on your fur helps the trapper. So we need to do as much as we can to make sure that the buyers are there. Having sales on dates where other states are having their sales will keep the number of buyers down. Having fewer sales that offer more fur per sale,will be likely to attract more buyers.

We have changed things around a little this year. Our first sale will be in Bulls Gap on March 2,and our second sale will be held in Crossville on March 16.

Please take pride in your catch. If you are selling green fur make sure it is thawed(Not for 3 days)and it helps to make sure that there is no mud,blood, and burrs in your fur.

Hope to see you at one of the sales. I hope everyone has a great season. Don’t forget to take someone on your line with you. See you down the road. — Wendell Reeves

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