Tennessee Fur Harvester Association December 2008 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
Secretary’s Report
State Organizer’s Report


PRESIDENT’S REPORT

Well, that time of year is here again.  I hope everyone has their equipment ready and is going to enjoy this season.  Don’t have any idea yet what fur is going to bring but I guess we’ll find out after this election is over and the economy has had a little while to get back on track.

Thank you goes out to everyone who participated in the trapper training day that was arranged by Mark Smith in the Muddy Pond area.  It was an enjoyable day with a good turn out of new people who were interested in learning more about trapping.  Thanks Mark and Laura for what you did. 
The District 1&2 meeting at Cherokee Park had a large gathering like it has in the past.  Thank you to everyone who helped by donating meat or preparing food and to those who donated items for the auction.  We also appreciate the vendors who showed up at this event, John Coakley and Jimmy Young. 

Please don’t forget the fur sale dates and the days that table reservations have to be made by.  These are listed in the State Organizers report and you will also be getting a flier with the information in the near future if you haven’t already received one.  If for some reason you do not receive one please contact the State Organizer and she will make sure there is one sent to you.

Wishing everyone a safe and pleasant trapping season and hope everyone has a wonderful and joyous Christmas.

— Gene Gagstattler

SECRETARY’S REPORT

Hello everyone! The season is changing and trapping is just around the corner. Our Fall Creek Falls convention has come and gone. Changes had been made at our meeting and we are looking for someone to take over the last position.

Right now, Nancy is temporarily helping with the position. Thanks Nancy! Thanks to everyone who has helped us with every need.

Cherokee meet has recently passed and I may say the wild meat dinner was delicious. Thanks to everyone for helping out. To put a close to everything, I hope trapping season is plentiful for all you trappers.

— Lora Daniel

STATE ORGANIZER’S REPORT

TFHA Family,

To the 81+ people who came and joined in, thank you for showing your support.

Even with colder weather and a flu epidemic, our annual District 1 & 2 Meeting @ Cherokee Park was a hit. Thanks goes to Bunky for donating much of the wild meat that was fixed. Also, the wonderful crappie was donated by Earl Crabtree, & bear by Harold Robertson. Laura Smith & the “gals” did a great job in the kitchen (as always).

Our auction was full of wonderful items such as a handmade copper trap made by James Roberts, home made candy, a beautiful knitted throw, canned goods, Indian corn…the list goes on. Thank you to everyone who donated any items & all the great fun and participation in the auction. Mike McMillan gave a very entertaining performance as our auctioneer. It seemed that whether it was an UG stick or a election sign there was sure to be a bunch of bidding fun.

TFHA 2009 Fur sale Dates!!! PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING CAREFULLY!!!

Crossville Community Complex. The sale begins at 9 a.m. CST on Jan. 24, 2009.
Reservations for this sale begin at 8 a.m. Jan. 10, 2009.  Directions: Take Hwy 127S exit off I-40. Take a right at the 4th red light ( Industrial Blvd.), follow this road (bearing right) into the fairgrounds.

Monteagle, Tn. Monteagle National Guard Armory. The sale begins at 9 a.m. CST on Jan. 31, 2009. Reservations begin at 8 a.m. EST on Jan. 17, 2009. Directions: Take I-24 North  Monteagle. Take exit #135 Go right 6/10mi. & take road toward Tracy City on right. Go 3.2 mi. after you pass the South Cumberland Park. The Armory is on your left.

Bulls Gap,Tn.  Bulls Gap VFW Hall The sale begins at 9 a.m. EST Feb. 21, 2009. Reservations begin at 8 a.m. EST on Feb. 7, 2009. Directions: Take I-81 off of I-40 to exit# 23 Bulls Gap, go towards Bulls Gap & just before the bridge take the road to your right. Look up the hill, that is the VFW Hall.

As always, we are looking for volunteers to help with any of these sales so they can run in true TFHA style.

In my report last month, I neglected to tell you who had gotten the Trapper of the Year award. It is my pleasure to tell you that Mike (Uncle Mikey) Sturgill got this award. Mikey has helped TFHA quietly & with much laughter, so many times; from keeping the auctions fun, to providing funding for many various projects & having a new TFHA Banner made to give away items for our booths. He is never bashful about being supportive. He is certainly someone who TFHA can call a dear friend. Congratulations Mikey!!

We have two new District 2 directors to announce: Stan Meyers & James Roberts! We are so glad that you both are willing to jump in & help. TFHA appreciates your dedication.

May God Bless & Keep you Always.

— Tei Gagstatter

NTA DIRECTOR’S REPORT

At the time of this writing, trapping season is less than a month away and I’m sure everyone is busy getting ready. Hats off to Mark and Laura Smith and family and to Earl Crabtree. They had a great Trapper Training Day with a really good turnout of new folks being exposed to trapping. Good job guys! Cherokee was nice as always with plenty of great wild game diswhes. Good job Tei and anyone else who cooked.

NTA’s Dave Miller has been busy on the behalf of trappers. He attended the Association of Fish and Wildlife Conference in New York on Sept. 9 and Fur Wraps the Hill in Washington D.C. on Sept. 15 to 17. The F.W.T.H. dealt mainly with the Asian raccoon dog issue and on Sept. 24, he was back in New York for a meeting of the board of the Fur Information Council. Jim Curran attended the three-day White House Conference on North American Wildlife Policy in Reno, Nevada. The NTA’s main objective there is that trapping be included in the definition of hunting. The Maine lawsuit is in full swing and the NTA has entered the battle alongside the Maine Department of Land and Fisheries, Maine Trapper’s Association, FTA and the USSA. We need to follow this closely as trappers. The decisions made here could effect trapping nationwide for years to come.

I hope everyone has a great trapping season. I am always here to assist trappers in any way I can. So, if you need me, just holler.

Until next time, keep your boots dry.

— John Daniel

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