President — Stacy J. White, U.K. Cooperative Extension Service, Bell County, 101 Courthouse Square, Pineville, KY 40977; phone: 606-337-2376; cell phone: 606-521-1705; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Vice President — David Kriege Jr., 3513 Cowie Ave., Erlanger, KY 41018-1608; phone: 859-342-8109
Financial Secretary — Dave Dykes, 152 Mapleview Ct., Mt. Washington, KY 40047; phone: 502-538-3290
Executive Director — Chet Hayes, 3951 Neises Rd., California, KY 41007; phone: 859-635-3102; e-mail: email@example.com
• Class A Kentucky trapper including subscription to The Trapper & Predator Caller — $25
• Family Membership including subscription to The Trapper & Predator Caller — $35
• Associate Membership including subscription to The Trapper & Predator Caller — $20
• Youth Kentucky trapper including subscription to The Trapper & Predator Caller — $15
• Lifetime Class A Kentucky trapper — $250
Complete membership application on first page of association section and send dues to:
UTK, Financial Secretary
152 Mapleview Ct., Mt. Washington, KY 40047
September was a busy month for the Bell County Cooperative Extension Service office. We had our annual farm field day, a hiking for health program on 4 straight Thursdays, visited 2 community fish fries, travelled to the Tennessee Valley Fair in Knoxville for a day, helped with the Kentucky Wood Expo, hosted an Appalachian Craft Fair, helped with a district Pumpkin Day, and cooperated in the Southeast Kentucky Forestry Field Day. I try to incorporate trapping and furbearer management into my work as much as possible.
There were over 400 people at the Bell County Farm Field Day this year. This event grows each year. We hold it on the Friday before Labor Day annually. Steve Pickard always mans an exhibition booth for U.T.K. with our furs and traps. It is a hit with everyone. This year he also did a predator control presentation as part of the educational programming for the day. Several agriculture producers in the county asked for this to be included in the day’s activities. They see first-hand the impact predators have on a livestock farmer’s bottom line.
On September 17th Fred Stephens and Milton Perry worked an educational station as part of a youth program at the Kentucky Wood Expo in Madisonville. Nearly 300 students along with their teachers visited the station and heard the truth about trapping. Thanks gentlemen for your help. For many of the children it was their first opportunity to see and touch real furs and traps.
Agriculture students from 8 high schools participated in the Southeast Kentucky Forestry Field Day held on September 28th in Corbin. A team from each school competed in 10 contests during the event. The contests were wood ID, wildlife ID, forestry tool ID, tree ID, timber cruising, timber stand improvement, general forestry knowledge test, log scaling, crosscut saw use, and chainsaw use. At the wildlife ID station contestants attempted to identify 10 native species of animals based on pelts, skulls, tails, feathers, etc. This proved to be challenging for most due to the fact that most schools don’t teach much about native species. Many know about African or Australian species from their textbooks and TV but few can readily recognize the animals that live in their own backyards.
Until next time, enjoy life and take the time to share it with those that matter the most to you.
— Stacy J. White