Wisconsin Trappers Association August 2012 Report


President — Virgil Schroeder, 3471 Earlwyn Road, Cottage Grove, WI 53527; 608-764-5218; virjo4t@msn.com

Vice President — Scott Zimmerman, W9209 Bobolink Rd, Reeseville, WI 53579; 920-927-3420

Secretary — Shawn Bazile, N11950 Cty Rd E, Tigerton, WI 54486; 715-881-0707; sundrop9@frontiernet.net

Bookkeeper & Membership Assistance — Steven Van PO Box 305, Oregon, WI 53575; 888-601-8727, Ext 105; accounting@wistrap.org

NTA Director — Scott McAuley, 621 13th street south, Wisconsin rapids WI 54494; 715-323-8955; gov-trap@hotmail.com

Sergeant at Arms — Doug Gorst, 3941 Cty Rd. E, Pittsville, WI 54466; 715-884-6452

Trapper Ed Coordinator — Nicke Shumaker, P.O. Box 28, Caroline, WI 54928; 715-754-2121; wctep@mwwb.net

Correspondence Course Director — Mike Widner, 1P.O. Box 26, Boscobel, WI 53805; 608-356-3621; muskrat_mike@yahoo.com

Historians — Mary Cassidy & Larry Vanderhoef; W 10513 County Road P, Plainfield, WI 54966; 715-366-2453

Web Site Coordinator — Brent Straka, 7936 Cty A, Lancaster, WI 53813: 608-732-3548

Future Trappers of Wisconsin President — Maegan Loka, W4260 Spring Creek Dr, Tomahawk, WI 54487; 715-453-4223; ftwpres@wistrap.org

Future Trappers of Wisconsin Coordinators — Dan and Nicke Shumaker, FTW, P.O. Box 28, Caroline, WI 54928; 715-754-2121; email: wctep@frontier.com


Membership Options:

• Three-year individual membership without Trapper & Predator Caller — $80

• Individual membership with Trapper & Predator Caller — $30

• Individual membership without Trapper & Predator Caller — $15

• Junior (under 17) with Trapper & Predator Caller — $15

• Family Membership with Trapper & Predator Caller — $30

• Lifetime membership (under 65) with Trapper & Predator Caller — $500

• Lifetime membership (over 65) with Trapper & Predator Caller — $300

• Husband and wife lifetime membership with Trapper & Predator Caller — $600

• Future Trappers of Wisconsin membership (under age 19) without Trapper & Predator Caller — FREE


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


P.O. Box 305, Oregon, WI 53575-0305;



Thank you to all who attended our spring rondy at Maribel on May 20th. We had a nice crowd with about 80 trapper ed students. We had one new youth member join and 9 new regular members. Welcome aboard.

A big thank you to our two vendors Tom Olson and Clark’s Willow Tree Trapping Supply and also their demo and donation contributions.

We had demos provided this year by Troy Erickson, Tom Olson, Richard Clark, Dan Cichantek and Terry Prinsen. Terry also shared with the group his week long Alaska trap line adventure.

I want to take this time to give a big thank you and recognize Mike Stueck “Oscar” for all the time, effort and resources Mike has given to our district and the WTA. Mike has moved to the Coleman area and found new employment. We will miss Mike but thank him for all he as done for our district.

Financially we did very well with our rondy. Our cash raffle netted over $1500 and our door prize raffle and income from food totaled over $800 so we netted over $2300 with our raffle and rendezvous. That is because of all of you and your willingness to support the district, the state and trapping. Thank you to all of you who make our events successful.

We now have a treasury of over $3,400 and that is with voting to donate $860 to various causes and organizations. We did forget to vote on setting aside funds for the WTA auction and we will take care of that this summer. We were able to raise a nice sum by raffling off one of Leo Hoeft’s pack baskets. I want to thank Leo making one available for us to use as a raffle. Dan’s sign in board brought in $55 of income as well.

Districts 8 and 10 are in chard of the demo and the site so if you can help setup on Thursday afternoon of the 6th that would be great. We also can use people on Friday and Saturday to introduce demo presenters and help monitor the demo area and assist presenters in getting ready and being there on time.

District 8 held an election and Bryce Larson will serve another two year term as the director. Bryce indicated that this would be his last term and that this should give members time to think about serving the WTA.

Bryce related to the members some of the issues he has been dealing with concerning members having renewal issues. Bryce also reported on the publication issues and concerns as well as the actions of the Personnel and Finance Committee.

Richard Clark gave a report and updated the members on the beaver task force progress and discussions.

Chris Bezio updated the members on the FTA coming this next year as well as the FBU gun raffle and the proceeds that go to the WTA. Our district voted to buy $400 worth of tickets to jump start the raffle.

The WTA will have a full two day rondy following the FTA national in June.

Dan Cichantek took some time to give a membership speech to encourage trappers to become members of the WTA and other trapping organizations.

Bryce will work on aspects of the winter meeting fur sale and have more information in the next issues as to the number of buyers etc. We have voted to have our winter meeting and fur sale on January 13, 2013. We will have our sale in conjunction with the Maribel Sportsmen’s Club Coyote Classic so this is a great opportunity to register to be a part of their coyote and fox classic. The classic runs the week before the 13th and there are payouts for the top yotes and foxes. Last Lloyd Lutze a district 8 member won the top in both of the divisions.

Chris Bezio and Bryce worked with DNR wildlife biologist Richard Nikolai and we conducted a fur bearer ecology workshop for the Wisconsin Ag Teachers on June 25th.

I want to again thank all who contributed to our successful rondy in the many ways that you were asked to do or volunteered for. Remember the events and times that you can help us out this fall and next year as well. — Bryce Larson



Our District 9 Rendezvous was held on Saturday, June 2nd at the Reedsburg Outdoor Club and turned out to be a great event! Thanks so much to everyone who contributed to making this a success. Thanks to our vendors, Tom Olson Trapping Supplies, Florin’s Trapping and Clark’s Willowtree Fur, along with the tailgaters who all brought big selections of trapping supplies to the rendezvous. Thanks to our wonderful presenters, Tom Olson, Mike Schmelling, Tom Florin, Dan Carroll and Roger Bohringer for some fantastic demos. Thanks the District 9 members who worked hard and contributed to organizing and putting on the event. Thanks to everyone who donated those great raffle prizes. Thanks to the Reedsburg Outdoor Club for providing a really nice facility and great food at great prices. And finally, thanks to everyone who attended and got us off to a fine start with our first rendezvous in over ten years!

Our next District 9 meeting will be held on Saturday, August 11 at 10:00 a.m. at Trader’s Bar & Grill at 6147 Highway 14, Arena, WI 53503 (Phone 608-588-3622, www.tradersbarandgrill.biz on the web). Traders is located on the north side of Highway 14, just east of the Wisconsin River bridge. After our meeting, we will hang around, talk smart and order some lunch. Everyone is welcome, and it’s been nice to start seeing some new and returning members joining us for meetings.

At the upcoming meeting, we will be planning for the September WTA Rendezvous in Marshfield. District 9 will again be cooking and serving vendor lunches and helping out with bartending duties. If you feel you can help us out anywhere on any day, let us know and come out to our meeting on August 11. You can also call Denny Knuth at 608-524-2255 and add your name to the list. ANYONE WHO HELPS OUT WITH OUR DISTRICT 9 DUTIES IN MARSHFIELD WILL GET A RENDEZVOUS T-SHIRT. Be prepared to tell us the T-shirt size at the meeting or let Denny know if you call him! We sure appreciate the help!

I will, of course, be running the Trapperman Feed again on Friday, September 7 at the Marshfield rendezvous, and I will also be running the Trapperman Feed on Friday, August 3 at the NTA convention in Owatonna, MN. I will be happy to hear from anyone who can help us out or bring food or beverages for either event.

See you on August 11! — Patrice Rhodes


Greetings from District 11;

Well our Rondy was held May 19th and I have mixed feelings about it. First I want to thank, Marty Dudenhoefer, Jim Dorn, Al Schachtschneider, Jan Cegielski and Slade Noreen for showing up on Friday night for the set up. Slade spent the night waiting for Tom Olson to arrive as he was running a little late (you have to ask him the reason).

Our other volunteers for ticket sales were, Steve Moratz, Glen Klug, Tom & Donna Weiss along with Jim and Jan from Friday night.

The food was handled by Dan Sabish, Dan Sabish Jr., Terry Groth, Paul Jafke, Al Schachtschneider, Frank the Carpenter, Al Zangle. I would really like to thank Dan Sabish & Tuffy as they fixed our food for our District and missed their own District Rondy to do it.

The games were handled by Hank & Crystal Sublisky and I think the opossum was heavier than last year. I don’t mean to brag but I did win the Opossum toss with a record toss of 93 feet, I’m sure that will stand for a while. The down side was I had to retrieve the opossum from the pond but I got a trophy for my efforts.

If you missed our Rondy you missed some great Demos. Jeff Holman for K-9s, Arnie Groehler on muskrats, Jerry Houlter on Raccoons, Tom Olson on Beaver and Dan Sabish on fur handling and skinning. Thank you all for putting on your demo’s.

Our raffle winners are as follows, Paul Jaffke won the $500.00, Ted Sommers won $250.00 and Dean Garcia won the $100.00.

While I’m on the topic of our raffle we had a dismal showing. We have 180 members in our District and it broke down to 65 people bought tickets. This is your district !! If every member would have bought just one pack of tickets we would have been $3600.00 ahead.

Now on to some changes in our District. The Milwaukee County Director is now Frank – The carpenter. Frank stepped up to fill the vacancy. The new Waukesha County Director is Jan Cegielski after Doug Gartzke had to step down. Thanks Doug for all of your help and support, now let’s all step up and help out the new county directors. The Milwaukee County Sports Show was a hot topic at the Rondy and Arnie Groehler said that he would be glad to be the coordinator for that event. If you have ideas or wish to help out please contact Arnie.

As for me this was the last Rendezvous that I will be planning. I have helped out or set up the last 6 Rendezvous and I think it is time for a change. After the fall Rendezvous in Marshfield I will be stepping down as the District 11 Director. I know I can’t leave until May 2013 after an election but I will be giving a letter of Proxy to whoever is interested in this position. Arnie Groehler has expressed an interest in my position and I can’t think of a better person to led District 11. I would like to thank all of my friends and fellow trappers for your support. To those of you who disagree with the way District 11 has been run, now is your chance to either STEP UP or STEP OFF.

Respectfully. — Mike Bothwell

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