Washington Trappers Association December 2011 Report

President — Bruce Vandervort, 5338 US Hwy 101, Humptulips, WA 98552; phone: 360-288-2466; e-mail: brucevandervort@hotmail.com

Vice President West — John Consolini, 17030 Marmount ST SE, Monroe WA 98272; e-mail: itrap4you@yahoo.com

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

Executive Secretary — Ralph Dobson, 711 196th Street NW, Arlington, WA 98223; phone: 360-652-2132; e-mail: rlph.dobson@gmail.com

Treasurer — BJ Thornily; 63 Redmond Rd., Republic, WA 99166; phone: 509-775-2936;
e-mail: bobbiemike@yahoo.com

NTA Director — Bob Maier, 38 Francis Dr., Walla Walla, WA 99362; phone: 509-529-9568;
e-mail: bob_maier@hotmail.com

Membership options:

• Individual membership including subscription to Trapper Predator Caller — $30
• Junior (under 18) with subscription to Trapper Predator Caller — $15.50
• Associate (non-trapper) including subscription to Trapper Predator Caller — $15.50
• Senior Citizen (over 70) including subscription to Trapper Predator Caller — $10.50
• Lifetime membership — $250
• Lifetimer subscription to Trapper Predator Caller — $10.50
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.
Complete membership application on first page of association section and send dues to:

(A non-profit organization.)
PO Box 3687
Arlington, WA 98223




Not a lot to report this month.

I have been out hunting pretty hard for deer and it is tough. I swear it gets tougher every year. I can report that I took a nice little two point buck and I killed a 149 pound cougar. With that you would think I have nothing to complain about but you would be wrong. I have never seen fewer deer and more cougar sign then this year. I can’t speak for the entire state but on the west side of the Peninsula it looks like we are about at the bottom of a predator pit. I have been out scouting for the upcoming elk season and the prospects look equally bleak

So enough with the hunting report. It just depresses me anyway.

I had lunch with Representative Brian Blake and talked about our bill and the make up of the Legislature. Brian said one thing we can do is in the coming year do a little campaigning for those that can help us. They will be up for election next year and if we could play a role in helping our friends and dumping our enemies it would be a big help for us.

Two of the worst are Hans Dunshee in the 44th District and Kevin Van De Wege in the 24th District. If you can help the candidate running against either of these please do. It doesn’t have to be money. A little time working for them is just as good.

Talking about next years elections may seem a little premature but it will give you time to find out your Representatives positions.

Something for you to think about anyway.

Not much else to report. I’m going elk hunting. Wish me luck. I’ll need it! — Bruce Vandervort



Boy has time flown by this year and where did the summer go? Last time I reported to you we where planning the annual rendezvous. Talk about that, if you didn’t make it you missed some great speakers. George Brady put on a beaver demo and Dave Vinki put on a good muskrat demo. I’m thinking every trapper is heading out this season just for those rats after hearing Dave tell us about how he traps them. Mike Monroe and Bernie Nelson did a great demo on bobcat and coyote skinning. Bernie Nelson also did a bobcat cage trapping demo. Ed Cain formerly of the Alaska department of Fish and Wildlife did an outstanding demo on wolf trapping. Somewhere down the road we’ll be trapping wolves in this state. Also I can’t forget Bruce Vandervort. He did a great demo on putting up a beaver pelt. Bruce puts up great looking fur and as for being the President of WSTA he is doing a great job.

I want to thank Sharon Dobson and Tammy Rice on behalf of everyone for doing an outstanding job on feeding all of the people. We had a great Fur Show and some super looking fur coats, hats and blankets. Lydia Consolini, organized the show and a lot of nice items were shown. The gals and guys that displayed the furs did a great job. They were having a great time showing off the fur items even in the 100 degree weather. I want to thank all of the speakers and others for their outstanding contributions for making this rendezvous a success.

This was an election year and as you know I stepped down from my position as vice president and Marsee Wilson was elected to fill that position. Congratulations Marsee, and all of the other Officers and Directosr that won their positions. I am still the Award Committee Chairman which consists of four members on the panel. They are; Chuck Van Dyke, Stan Reed, Doug Hefley and myself. As for that being said, no awards were given except that two people were inducted into the Hall of Fame. They are Ed Meridth who passed away quite a few years ago, and Roger Barney. Let me say a few words about these two people.

I remember Ed when I first joined up with the WSTA thirty years ago. He was a trap supplier and was very involved with the association back then. I wanted to dig up a little more on Ed’s background so I contacted Mike Thornily to see what he could tell me.

Mike said it best; my first encounter with Ed was in the winter of 1963. At that time Ed was just starting up his trap supply business in his basement and doing a lot of trapping in Thurston County. Ed was very involved with FTA and was trying to get an FTA chapter started in Washington. That never came to pass, but Washington was affiliated with the Oregon Chapter. The following year he attended the FTA national meeting and was elected to the position of national organizer. He held that position for several years and was very active in promoting trapping and also very active in the WSTA. He organized local fur sales and was instrumental in putting on the WSTA rendezvous at Millersyvania State Park. Ed testified at many legislative hearings in the legislature regarding trapping. During the early 70’s when fur prices were high and there was fierce competition between trappers and hound hunters, Ed and I attended many problem solving meetings with the houndsmen. All problems were not resolved, but out of those meetings there came a better understanding between the two user groups. There was never a more outspoken defender of trapper rights than Ed. Ed and people like him are people that need to be remembered for their outstanding work to keep our heritage alive.

Now as for Roger Barney, all I can say is: what an outstanding person he is. Soft spoken, polite, informative, and never has a bad word to say about anybody. I met Roger back in the early 80’s when he lived in North Bend, Washington. This is where he met his wife I believe. At that time I think he just started his new career as a Male Nurse. He use to come to our county meetings and outings and I’m pretty sure he picked up some good information on trapping. Roger turned out to be a great trapper and he can put up some real good looking fur. I don’t think he has ever wasted a piece of fur. As years gone by he became very involved with our association and became our Executive Secretary. Rebecca, his wife was just as involved with the association and worked alongside of him on all matters pertaining to the association, legislation issues, meetings and they both worked on putting out the newsletter.

Roger held that position for a long time I think thru the 90’s and into the 21st century. Five years ago he moved to Montana. Because of the distance from his place to our rendezvous and other obligations he had he couldn’t make this year’s rendezvous. I was sorry to see that he was unable to attend and I felt that it was my obligation as the chairmen for WSTA to personally award this award to him. So my plans were to go over in September and present it to him. Well September came and gone so quick due to I had a pile of beaver work to do that I finely made it over to his place in October.

I called up Roger to see if he was going to be home and Lydia and I drove over to see him and Rebecca for the weekend. It is about a twelve hour drive but it was well worth it. What a beautiful area he picked. When we got there Mike Robbins another WSTA member was there to watch him be presented with his award. Roger was surprise to see that I drove from Washington just to present him with the award. To say he was surprised would be an understatement. I think as the Chairman for the Hall of Fame Committee I personally need to present the award on behalf of our members to the inductee person(s). As for Roger I think the award was well deserved and overdue. He is a great guy, worked endless for the association on your behalf. Thank You Roger.

Well I would like to leave you with this. If you’re not a member of WSTA or your state association, please join. WSTA was formed in 1967 by some great guys that were looking into the future. We have a great Board of Directors and Officers that are working hard on your behalf. As for next year’s awards that is up to you. So while you’re out on your trap line this winter or over in your friend’s fur shed, think about an award for them. Awards are: 1) Trapper of the Year, 2) Public Relations, 3) Professional Land trapper, 4) Professional Water Trapper, 5) Outstanding County Representative, 6) Outstanding Wildlife Agent and 7) Hall of Fame.

Well that’s all I have for now, I’m heading back out on the trap line. So I’ll see you down the road and at our Fur Sale in February God willing. From this Old Trapper, keep your traps working and the fur piling up and remember fur is a natural resource and should never be wasted. — John R Consolini



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