President — Bill Applegate, Box 883, Marfa, TX 79843; 432-729-3349; fax: 432-729-3623
Vice President — David Pilgrim, 1323 RR 2341, Burnet, TX 78611; 512-756-4609
Secretary — Deborah Pilgrim, 1323 RR 2341, Burnet, TX 78611; 512-756-4609
Treasurer — Keith Jackson, 306 CR 2717, Alto, TX 75925; 936-675-2047
Membership Administrator — Alexandria Hahn, 5045 South East McKinney St., Rice, TX 75155; 254-931-0915
Public Relations Officer — Don Hightower, 789 North FM 2869, Winnsboro, TX 75494; 903-857-2374
NTA Director — Mark Davis, 11919 CR 1200, Malakoff, TX 75148; 903-681-4230
• Family lifetime (husband & wife) — $300
• Lifetime (payable $25 monthly) — $250
• Lifetime oldtimer (age 70 or over) — $25
• Business membership — $25
• Lifetime Business — $300
• Family membership (2 members) — $20
• Single membership — $15
• Junior membership (under 16) — $5
• 1-year subscription to T&PC (members only) — $13
Payments for dues are non-refundable.
Complete membership application on first page of association section and send dues to:
TTFHA, Membership Administrator
5045 South East McKinney St.
Rice, TX 75155
Review the new procedures regarding trapping tip submissions and prizes as well as display advertising; look for them in the Texas Fur Trails. A special thanks to Tom Fisher of Real Ecology for donating the KB Compound Predator Traps that will be awarded to the winners of the trap tips.
I realize how hard it is to interest or motivate people when fur prices are low and that is one reason to focus on nuisance animal work. Your Association has established a Nuisance Animal Control program for its members. The names and contact information of trappers willing to participate are provided to state agencies as well as individuals and companies looking for someone to help them out. We also post this list on our web site. I have personally received work from this program. Contact Sammy Petty at (254) 471-3128 if you have an interest. Members, don’t forget to take advantage of free classified advertising in the Texas Fur Trails.
Dave Hastings still needs your stories, news, pictures and anything else of interest to keep the Texas Fur Trails first class. Material from all across the country is welcome. He is particularly looking for some photos to be used for the covers of future issues of the magazine. We really need you to send in something for the magazine (Rich Thurman); some of us are pretty well tapped out on ideas and stories. I would really hate to see the quality of the magazine deteriorate, but this is likely to happen if the members don’t help out. Everyone has at least one story of an event that took place during his or her lifetime. We can use stories from just about anywhere. Dave is willing to work with anything. He will make sure that all submissions are professionally presented in the magazine. This really is a growing concern or I would not be begging for material. If you have any reservations or concerns about sending in something, call Dave or call me and we will do our best to put you at ease. Those of you who have submitted material for the magazine are most appreciated; without your effort the Texas Fur Trails would not be the fine publication it has become.
If you experience any problems with your membership status or magazine subscriptions, contact the Membership Administrator directly for faster results. Jeff Dunnier, our new FTA and NTA director has been representing the Association at the national conventions. The Secretary has mailed members in odd numbered districts ballots for district director elections. Incumbents in districts 1, 3 and 7 will be running. Roger Coleman from Edna will be running for district 5. As always, a provision for write-in candidates will be available. If you have not received your ballot, contact the Secretary.
A special thanks to Jeff Dunnier for donating traps as prizes for a membership recruitment contest; read about it in the Texas Fur Trails.
Animal rights activists are infiltrating Texas and have been working to destroy our way of life. We have seen it in state agencies in the past, but now we should be aware that biologists are promoting their personal agendas through research and studies. It is hard to dispute the work of biologists as they are generally believed to be educated and credible with documented grounds for their opinions and recommendations. Documentation can be biased, inaccurate, misinterpreted, incomplete or irrelevant to the study. Regardless, misleading results may accompany biased recommendations. Bear this in mind as we are seeing this more and more and it is likely happening in Texas.
Share your thoughts with any board member regarding what you would like to see our Association accomplish. Many of the achievements we have made are results of membership input. The Association is in process of reviewing and restructuring all committee assignments. If you would like to serve on a committee or offer your services in some other way, please contact me or any other officer or director.
Make plans to bring a friend and the entire family to the fall rendezvous in Junction, October 18 & 19. David Pilgrim (512) 756- 4609 has been busy lining up a great schedule of demos and other activities for us to enjoy and learn from. I am not aware of any other association that administers an actual on-line trapping demonstration and runs the traps the next day. Jimmy Brooks has been dedicated to this instruction for as long as I can remember. Keith Jackson could use a little challenge with a few more auction items to offer the membership, so please bring a donation to keep him happy. The auction is our number one fund raiser; your kind contributions help keep the association afloat and are most appreciated. All vendors are welcome to sell their wares; we are anticipating Tim Ross and Mark June to set up shop and offer you great deals on the supplies you need and save on postage. Individuals are welcome to bring and sell or trade their surplus trapping equipment or other items. The Association does have a policy against selling food items, also no live animals in the building please. Tasha Jackson will process your membership renewals or sign you up for the first time. This is an easy way for you to get it done and save the trouble and delay through the mail. Don’t forget about the fine fish fry put on by Billy Chambliss and crew. We have so many other people joining together to help ensure the members have the most enjoyable experience as possible and I personally am most grateful for each one of them. I could go on and on about what to expect at a TTFHA rendezvous, but I’ll let the rest be a surprise.
Since animals reproduce, trapping and fur harvesting utilizes a renewable resource. Many of the furs harvested in America are exported which helps to reduce the federal trade deficit – trappers are working to strengthen America, not to destroy her. We are attempting to schedule several outreach activities over the next year and your participation would be most appreciated. If you are ready to help out with promoting and preserving trapping, let us know. We would like to put your unique talents to work for the benefit of all and future generations. Our antler drive was a huge success. We will continue to accept antlers at each rendezvous. Please bring as many as you can part with and they are acceptable in any condition; they all have value. If you are interested in buying antlers for crafts or other purposes, Keith Jackson will make you a deal from what has been donated. When everyone works together we accomplish great things – keep it up, you are appreciated! — Bill Applegate