Washington State Trappers Association March 2013 Report


President — Bruce Vandervort, 5338 US Hwy 101, Humptulips, WA 98552; 360-288-2466;

Vice President West — Marsee Wilson, 13190 Avon Allen Road, Mount Vernon, WA 98273; 360-424-7580

Vice President East ­— George Brady, P.O. Box 535, Pateros, WA 98846; 509-923-2326; cascadeb@televar.com

Executive Secretary — Ralph Dobson, 711 196th Street NW, Arlington, WA 98223; 360-652-2132;

Treasurer — Tammy Rice, PO Box 604, Moses Lake, WA 98837; 509-855-4902; tjrice00@hotmail.com

NTA Director — Bob Maier, 38 Francis Dr., Walla Walla, WA 99362; 509-529-9568; bobmaier38@yahoo.com


Membership options: 

• Regular Membership (18 And Older) — $25

• Junior Membership (Under 18) — $5

• Associate Membership (Non-Trapper) — $10

• Family Membership — $30

• Senior Membership (Over 70 and must be a former paid member whose dues are current) — $0

• Lifetime Membership (One-Time Payment) — $250

• To receive Trapper & Predator Caller through WSTA (members only) — $12


Complete membership application on first page of association section and send dues to:


(A non-profit organization)

PO Box 3687

Arlington, WA 98223

Dues entitles members to all newsletters, meeting notices, discount entry to workshops and the annual rendezvous. All monies are used to protect your right to trap.



Hello all,

I didn’t get anything in last month and I apologize. There just didn’t seem to be much to report on. A few things in the works, but nothing I could talk about.

I’ve been wrestling with trying to get this Treasurers position reassigned to someone. Maybe you don’t know, but Tammy Rice resigned as of February 1. She is moving to Arizona to be close to her mother. We wish her good luck and thank her for stepping into the job when we needed someone. I had thought it would be a little more long term but things happen.

From the very start, I thought Jack Thompson would be a very good person to take the job. I had thought however it would be good to have a Membership Secretary to take some of the work load off Jack and Ralph. Bob Maier stepped up and volunteered. Bob however has decided though that it is little more then he is comfortable doing. As of now Jack has took over as Treasurer and Ralph took on a little more work that had previously been done by the Treasurer.

It will all work out but I still would like to find someone to give Ralph a hand. We now have close to 450 members, 441 last count, and we could use someone to keep track of membership and the magazine subscriptions. I hate to keep piling more work on Ralph.

Bobbie is still working with the Treasurer as an assistant until the Sovie estate is finalized. This will happen at the end of this fiscal year. I think I reported earlier that we had settled for George’s business inventory plus $15,000. The monies from this do not go to our main account but are held separately and can only be used by vote of the Board of Directors.

I have been spending a little time working on a bill to send up to the Legislature to modify Initiative-713. I met with Representative Brian Blake about it the other day and he thought it was worth working on. I’ll not say much about it here but will write more about it in the newsletter. Suffice to say it is a wide departure from previous bills we have sent up. It is kind of a last ditch effort to get something moving. If we can’t make it happen with this bill I’d say nothing is going to happen. It could be an uphill battle even at that.

Two fur sales coming up:

February 23rd, 2013: WSTA Eastside Fur Sale, Community Center in Athol, ID. Contact Cliff Tate for details at (509)447-2886

March 16th, 2013: WSTA Western Washington Fur Sale at Fort Borst Park in Centralia. Doors open at 9:00 AM

This will probably get to you a little late for the East side sale, sorry.

Last year we had a little scare about possible trouble being caused at out Westside sale . That all came to naught thankfully and I don’t anticipate any problems this year. I will remind you though we cannot accept any furs for the sale with obvious conibear marks on them. You can get them CITES tagged. We just can’t sell them.

Hmm, about all I can think of except see you at the fur sale. — Bruce Vandervort


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