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
Fall is here once again. Cool mornings really excite the trapping bug inside most of us about this time of year. It won’t be long now until we can hit the woods, water, and fields and enjoy our trapping heritage. It is amazing how every year the anticipation is renewed as trapping season approaches. It never gets old and stale.
On July 23rd our officers and directors met at the Clark Co. Extension office to discuss UTK issues. Major topics discussed included another bull elk tag that we have been awarded, 2012 elections, shotgun fundraiser, and the James Fegerson Scholarship. I am sure Chet will elaborate more on the meeting in his report. I will say that we need more qualified applicants for our scholarship. It is proving difficult to give the money away. If you know of any Kentucky students who fit the bill please make them aware of this opportunity. The scholarship application can be found at kentuckytrappers.com.
On July 28th I spoke at a meeting of the Whitley Co. Cattlemen’s Association about the animal rights movement. Trappers have been aware of the animal rights mind set for many years. It is apparent now that with the political winds in our nation blowing in their favor the animal rights groups are attacking animal agriculture. Just as with trapping, the attack on agriculture is coming through ballot initiatives and government regulations. Some of the same lies trappers have faced for years are now being pitched against our farmers.
For instance, an animal rights promotional video that I saw alleges that cows are skinned alive at American slaughter facilities. Sound familiar? It might be interesting to put an animal rights leader in a pen with a 1,200 lb. steer and let them try their hand at live skinning. It never ceases to amaze me how gullible the general public is.
Our fall meeting is September 30 and October 1 at Hawesville, KY. Directions are on our website. Make plans to be there if possible. There will be set demos and fur handling demos including bobcats, canines, beavers, coon, and more. Both days will be filled with activities for adults and children. Vendors will be present with supplies for the upcoming season. Fred Stephens is in charge of the meeting and it is going to be a good one. If you need more information call me or one of our other officers or directors. I hope to see you there.
Until next time, have a blessed day.
— Stacy J. White