Tennessee Free Trappers Association January 2009 Report

President — Mike Renfro, 401 Norton Hollow Road, Erwin, TN 37650; phone: 423-330-8134

Vice President — Jerry Scott, 190 Mockingbird Drive, McMinnville, TN 37110; phone: 931-692-2035

Secretary — Cindy Jacobsen, 938 Tyree Springs Rd., White House, TN 37188; phone: 615-672-8546

Membership Secretary/Treasurer — Cindy Jacobsen, 938 Tyree Springs Rd., White House, TN 37188; phone: 615-672-8546

State Organizer, NTA Director and FTA Director — Chris Jacobsen, 938 Tyree Springs Rd.,
White House, TN 37188; phone: 615-672-8546

Trapper Education/Public Relations Coordinator — Jackie McMurtry, 143 Pond Rd.,
Cottontown, TN 37048; phone: 615-672-4163

Membership Options:
• Individual membership including subscription to The Trapper & Predator Caller — $18
• Family membership with subscription to The Trapper & Predator Caller — $20
• Junior (16 & under) with subscription to The Trapper & Predator Caller — $12
• Lifetime membership with subscription to The Trapper & Predator Caller — $200

Complete membership application on first page of
association section and send dues to:
TFTA, Membership Secretary/Treasurer
Cindy Jacobsen
938 Tyree Springs Rd., White House, TN 37188
615-672-8546
http://www.tennesseefreetrappers.com

PRESIDENT’S REPORT

The trapping season is well underway. I started beaver trapping yesterday. I snared my first beaver. The first one today taken by the legalized snare here in East Tennessee.

I would like to make a point about the TWRA laws restricting trapping around bridges and state right of ways. Tennessee trappers need to take pictures of beaver dams blocking bridges and culverts or any other place that you see near the right of ways. Pease send them to Chris Jacobsen (cjacobsen@nlbengineering.com) or myself Mike Renfro (mikejrenfro@yahoo.com). Please note the location (county, city, road). We plan on attempting to reverse this law. Remember, this will take the help of everyone.

I would like to thank NAFA for pickups in Tennessee. The TFTA is the host association for Tennessee. All TFTA members need to contact the NAFA agents and let them know you are a member. Let them know how much you shipped and how much for each species.

FUR AUCTIONS. The auctions have been scheduled and the buildings have been reserved for three (3) TFTA Fur Auctions for the 2008-2009 Season.

The TFTA Fur Auctions are as follows:
Auction #1 – Bulls Gap, Tenn – VFW Post 9683 – Jan. 10, 2009 beginning at 9 a.m. EDT. This auction will be held at the VFW Post 9683 located off Hwy. 11E. Directions: Take I-40 towards Knoxville, then take I-81 North towards Bristol. Take exit #23 (Hwy. 11E, Mosheim/ Greensville/ Bulls Gap). Keep left at the fork in the ramp. Turn left onto W. Andrew Johnson Hwy. which becomes Hwy. 11E, turn right onto North VFW Road. Follow the TFTA signs.

Auction #2 – Waverly, Tenn – Humphreys County – Jan. 24, 2009 at 9 a.m. CDT. This auction will be held at the Humphreys County Agriculture Center (next to the Farmers Co-Op) on Blue Creek Road in Waverly, TN. Directions: From I-40, take exit 143 to Hwy. 13 North. Travel on Hwy. 13 approx 12 or 13 miles, turn left on Blue Creek Road just before you get to the square in Waverly. Note that the driveway entrance has moved to the other side of the co-op. Look for the TFTA signs.

Auction #3 – Alexandria, Tenn – DeKalb County – Feb. 28, 2009 at 9 a.m. CDT. This auction will be held at the DeKalb County Fairgrounds in Alexandria, Tenn. Directions: From I-40 take exit 254 (Alexandria Exit). Turn right off the interstate. Stay straight continuing on Hwy. 53 South, then take a right on Hwy. 70 in Alexandria and follow the TFTA signs.

Once again, there will be no commission on fur sold charged to TFTA members. Refer to future issues of the Trapper & Predator Caller Magazine in the NAFA advertisement for NAFA pickup locations across Tennessee. The NAFA Pickup schedule is also available via the Internet or you may also contact Jimmy or Heather Childress for more information or visit www.nafa.ca and click on Will Fur Sellers, then click on U.S. Pick up Schedules. Then click on Kentucky.

I hope everyone has a good season. Be safe out there. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

— Mike Renfro

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