Wisconsin Trappers Association, Inc., March 2011 Report

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

Vice President — Greg Schroeder, 514 Water St., Cambridge, WI 53523; phone: 608-423-4621; e-mail: schroeder4@charter.net

Secretary — Krystle Kasper, 605 W Central St., Chippewa Falls, WI 54729; 715-214-5147; e-mail: krystlesue@gmail.com

Treasurer — Pam Mather, P.O. Box 305, Oregon, WI 53575; phone: 608-335-2700; e-mail: wtatreasurer@wistrap.org

NTA Director — Chris Bezio, 5479 Hawthorne Dr., Pulaski, WI 54162; phone: 920-822-3427; e-mail: cbezio@msn.com

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

Trapper Ed Coordinator — Nicke Shumaker, N4297 Weasel Dam Road, Tigerton, WI 54486; phone: 715-754-2121; e-mail: wctep@mwwb.net

Public Relations Director — Ken Kasper, P.O. Box 367, Fremont, WI 54940; phone: 920-446-3815;e-mail: wtapr@centurytel.net

Correspondence Course Director — Mike Widner, P.O. Box 483, Baraboo, WI 53913; phone: 608-356-3621; e-mail: muskrat_mike@yahoo.com

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

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

Future Trappers of Wisconsin President — Maggie McAuley, 621 13th Street South, Wisconsin Rapids, WI 54494; phone: 715-423-3229;e-mail: ftwpres@wistrap.org

Future Trappers of Wisconsin Coordinator — Jennifer Roever, WI 4399 US HWY 45, Tigerton, WI 54486; e-mail: ftwcoord@wistrap.org

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:
WTA Treasurer
Pam Mather
P.O. Box 305, Oregon, WI 53575-0305;
http://www.wistrap.org

PRESIDENT’S REPORT

Hello Wisconsin trappers. Wow, how fast the time has gone by. It seems like just yesterday that water season opened. Now here it is February already. Most of the trappers I come in contact with have reported that they’ve had a fair catch this year and fairly good prices as well. That makes for a good season.

From what I understand the incidental catches have been very limited again this year. All I can say is good going all you trappers out there.
As you know there has been quite a shake up as far as the political scene goes. So far we haven’t heard much coming out of the new administration as far as policy goes that might affect the trapping community.

The next event coming up will be the Spring Banquet and the Board of Directors Meeting and the General Membership Meeting on March 19 at the Stoney Creek Inn in Wausau.

Come on out and sit in on the meetings and enjoy a good day with fellow trappers. Continue the fun into the evening by enjoying a good meal and fine company at the banquet. That’s sounding really good to me. Looking forward to some time off to relax and get away. I’ve been really busy working seven days a week and ten hours a day for several weeks now.

Well, so long for now. Hope to see you at the banquet.

— Virgil Schroeder

SECRETARY’S REPORT

Board of Directors Meeting

Portage County Public Library

Stevens Point, Wisconsin

January 15, 2011

Meeting was called to order at 9:37 am by President Virgil Schroeder.

Roll call was then taken:

President –Virgil Schroeder

Vice President – Scott Zimmermann

Secretary – Shawn Bazile

NTA Representative – Scott McAuley

District 1 – Absent

District 2 – Absent

District 3 – Mark Loka

District 4 – Dan Shumaker

District 5 – Jim Gordon

District 6 – Tom Baggs

District 7 – Russ Warmka

District 8 – Bryce Larsen

District 9 – Dan Carroll

District 10 – Mark Peters

District 11 – Vacant

Also present were: FTW President – Maegan Loka, WCTEP Coordinator – Nicke Shumaker, WCTEP Correspondence Course Coordinator – Mike Widner, Treasurer – Deb Koltis, Historian – Larry VanderHoef, Personnel and Finance members – John Irwin, Kathy Bazile, Lee Sillars and Michael Leiser

Quorum having been met the meeting proceeded with the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.

Secretary’s Report – Secretary’s report of the October meeting was distributed for review. Secretary informed group that a new voice recorder was being trialed and that the meeting was being voice recorded. Virgil explained why the meetings should be recorded to provide positive proof of what is said rather just the Secretary’s interpretation. The voice recorder will also be trialed at the Spring General Membership meeting to see how it performs in a large room with more background noise.

Dan Carroll made a motion to accept the Secretary’s report as printed. Seconded by Scott McAuley. Motion Carried

A letter from Jack Hill, President of FTA Chapter 35-A, concerning the hosting of a FTA convention was passed around for review. Also passed for review was a WTA 50th Anniversary Commemorative booklet proposal from Historian Larry VanderHoef.

Treasurer’s Report – Balance sheets were presented for review. Virgil pointed out that the WTA is now cash flowing with no big swings in the balances and all accounts are repaid with no borrowing to meet budgets

Dan Carroll made a motion to accept the Treasurers Report. Seconded by Mark Loka. Motion Carried.

President’s Report – Virgil stated there has been some confusion on the DNR end with the final colony trap requirements. They become legal February 1 and an individual should call their local warden with questions on the colony trap regulations, however many local wardens don’t have the final regulations either. He stated the Madison front and legislation is quiet at this time. The WWF (Wisconsin Wildlife Federation) will be addressing some wetland issues and the wolf issue in the state will be heating up.

Virgil asked for comments on the latest Wisconsin Trapper magazine. He said that the publisher Dave Hastings will be at the Spring Meeting and Banquet for input and interaction with the membership. Scott McAuley discussed his dealings with Dave and said they were all very positive. Others expressed that the communication has been excellent. Discussion followed on the advertising and that it would remain the same until March when rates and reciprocal rates will be discussed and finalized. The FTW program was a new concept to publisher Hastings and he really thinks it is a great idea. A good blend to have in a magazine is 1/3 advertisements, 1/3 reports and 1/3 articles.

It was stated we need more articles to go with more ads. Question was asked, what is the mission and goal of the Wisconsin Trapper? The membership needs to let its officers and/or Dave know so we can strive to meet this goal. Any address corrections are to be made to the WTA address in Oregon. The last issue only had two incorrect addresses returned which was roughly a savings of $700 compared to the average returns from the previous two issues of the Wisconsin Trapper. Itemized billing for this last issue was issued also which is a move forward. Last issue was done at a cost of $4071.

Dave would be willing to take bids from a competitively priced Wisconsin publisher to print the Wisconsin Trapper. Anyone that wants to suggest a publisher can contact Bryce for details and submission. Extra magazines at this time are being sent to Virgil. At this time 50 per issue are being provided free of charge for promotional and other needs. After discussion it was agreed that Dan Carroll, Scott McAuley, Nicke Shumaker and Mike Widner will also individually get an extra box of magazines for promotion and distribution. If this number needs to be increased they will let Virgil/Dave know.

Vice President’s Report – Scott as part of the Conservation Congress has met the new DNR secretary. Congress will have two trapping questions at this time, one dealing with the fall beaver season in the NE part of the state and the other will be with lengthening the dryland cable restraint season. He has been asked by members to address the by-laws, specifically the voting procedure. He will have the meetings posted to be legal and hopefully will have by-laws in place by next spring. Scott also mentioned that the members want to hear from their officers. Put a short report in T&PC and the Wisconsin Trapper, we need to keep communications open.

Personnel and Finance Report – Michael Leiser reported there have been good results bringing Deb on board as Treasurer. Steve Van is very pleased with the working relations with the new Treasurer also. At this time if someone needs cash for a request, Virgil, or Michael need to approve after Steve gets the request. P& F liaisons should have permission to request from the Treasurer funds if needed. Then the Treasurer would approve it and have Steve cut the check. Deb will also be able to provide history for requests, ex. Last year was “X” amount, you need/ don’t need more. This also will help track the budgets for future budgeting. Currently Nicke, Michael and Virgil can request checks and Virgil signs them all. Virgil stated he is happy with current management of check requests but hesitant to open up the list of requestors.

He is not saying that Michael is wrong but at this time we know where the money is going. John Irwin stated that a request is not a check approval, but what we have been calling a request previously is actually an approval. The Treasurer will act as the gatekeeper for requests that get approval. A request right now means that you will get paid for your receipt. A request would go to Deb and an approval would go from Deb to Steve Van. Deb will provide the role that Michael or Virgil perform now. Also this allows the Treasurer to track spending and requests versus budget limits. Nicke asked, How this will work for the WCTEP? The WCTEP requests will still go directly to Steve due to how the DNR gets billed and does its bookkeeping. It was mentioned that this change will help organize the yearly budgeting. John Irwin stated that we had challenges with our Treasurers position in the past. To correct the ills, the responsibilities were placed with P&F. But, now the house cleaning is done and it is time to put the responsibilities back where they belong with the Treasurer.

Jim Gordon made a motion to change the check procedure to request from the Treasurer, with documentation, for approval to allow payment from the bookkeeper. Seconded by Dan Shumaker. Motion Carried.

Budget sheets will be available for Board approval in March at the spring meeting. Scott Z. will be coming on board to P&F and will be involved

State Raffle – Liaison Michael Leiser reported tickets will be available at Spring Banquet for those who want them. Then district directors will distribute to members who want them. Raffle coordinator believes that the state statute does not allow mailing of raffle tickets. It is believed that the bulk mailing/unsolicited mail is what was wrong with mailing the tickets but no final judgment has been made. Scott McAuley would like some tickets ASAP for the Klondike Days event. Raffle will be as in the past with an ATV, johnboat and 10 guns. Early bird will be drawn at the District 1-2-3 rendezvous. Jerry Knuth, past president of the WWF, reported they were audited and it basically shut down their raffle due to the mailing. Discussion followed about the needed permit for bulk mailing and the Postal Service cannot allow random mailing.

Larry V. said it could be brought up to our new Governor for clarification. Jim G. discussed that if we can’t mail them then we shouldn’t have it. Dan Carroll stated he has read the law and would not put his name on the raffle license as the law reads. Virgil said he will talk to George Meyer to get his opinion on it. And if possible he will get an written opinion from a lawyer. The opinion will probably incur a fee. Raffle coordinator will not mail tickets with his name on them. It was asked if an individuals name needs to be on the ticket. It was said that tickets do need an individuals name on them not a corporation or association’s name.

Scott McAuley made a motion to have the tickets printed. No second received. Motion died.

Discussion followed on what a legal opinion is and what it can do for us. We need to move forward with legal consultation and get the opinion, which the lawyer will then defend.

Bryce Larsen made a motion to obtain legal approval and to table the raffle until legal approval is obtained. Second by Mark Peters. Motion Carried.

If board approval is needed to go ahead with the raffle, once legal approval is obtained, then according to the by-laws approval via the telephone is allowed

Deb Koltis asked the districts and others to put memos on the checks and to make them as detailed as possible for ease of putting them on the books. The Treasurers from Districts 1, 3, 4, and 7 need to contact Steve Van for some clarifications. Mark Loka mentioned Steve Van has offered to be the treasurer for any district and that District 3 is going to go that route.

FTW Report – President Maegan Loka presented the new logo for the FTW and displayed a T-shirt with it on. Reported there were no donations of trapping books yet for the FTW’s library project. Also they still have vacancies for some FTW district directors. Coordinator Nicke Shumaker handed out summaries of FTW memberships by district. The FTW meeting will be after the General Membership meeting in March. This will allow interested parents to attend and provide support. Stoney Creek is now affiliated with the water park so a swimming party is being planned for the day of the meeting/banquet.

FTW members will be needed to man the Kids Raffle table, run prizes and help out where needed. The dates of the FTW camps have been set with the FTW Camp for June 20-24 at the Sandhill Skills Center in Babcock and the Advanced Water Camp for August 8-12 at Crex Meadows, Grantsburg. Cost will be $25, required to be between the ages of 10-18 years old, must be a FTW member and Water Camp is only available to those who previously attended FTW camp. They are also looking for sponsors for campers, materials and supplies.

Wisconsin Wildlife Federation Report – Jerry Knuth from the WWF reported he was really impressed with NTA convention and really hopes it comes back again. The petition to have the wolf delisted received over 1500 signatures at the NTA convention. They had originally wanted 10,000 signatures to delist the wolf and at this time have over 33,000 signatures.

The petition will be hand delivered to the government officials. Currently it appears that the governor can split the DNR without running into funding issues. The WWF tries to stand above the political aspect while working with Madison and Washington DC. Their budget goal is 75% spent for education and 25% for political/lobbying. There were three Stewardship appeals that were won to allow hunting, fishing and trapping. WWF will support the WTA with their resolutions on the Spring Hearings. Jerry also made the offer of a free booth for WCTEP and the FTW at their annual meeting. Jerry also presented the WTA with a WWF print – “Fishing Lessons”.

NTA Report – Scott McAuley cautioned all to be careful of what pictures are posted when posting pictures online especially on trapping forums. Recently anti-trapping groups, to reinforce their cause, have used some pictures obtained this way that were of damaging nature to trapping. The American Trapper, the NTA magazine, is also in need of trapping articles. Scott passed around a thank you from the City of Marshfield for holding the NTA convention there. They are looking forward to us hosting it there again. There will be a first ever NTA booth at the Madison Deer Expo. It will be right next to the WTA booth. Volunteers will be needed that first weekend in April; the WTA will have four booths running that weekend. Interested parties can contact Scott. The NTA will be mailing out discount books for vendors, dealers, etc. to all life, new and renewed members.

FTA Report – Dan Carroll reported the FTA convention will be held June 23-24, 2011 at Dunkirk, NY. It is approximately 90 minutes from Niagara Falls. He will not be attending. Virgil stated he would be attending and we will discuss the bid for the FTA convention later in the meeting.

WCTEP Report – Nicke reports there will be a rough draft of the new Trappers Ed manual at the spring meeting for review. A detailed breakdown of classes by county and district was distributed. There were 1203 graduates so far for 2010 with one roster to come in yet. Twenty-four graduates were non-residents from the states of Iowa, Minnesota, Illinois, and Alaska. An interesting note was that one of the Alaskan graduates was impressed with the abundance of furbearers we have in Wisconsin.

Statistics for instructors were also provided with five certified helpers listed. These individuals have taken the background check to be certified but are not instructors. She asked to get your class dates to her as soon you can and that the state is working on rebuilding the class posting website. Some classes have been received but not posted yet due to this rebuilding. There are no instructor orientations scheduled yet for 2011 but there are plans for scheduling three in the spring. The Trapper Ed printing budget is $2000 and has not changed for many years. Nicke provided cost breakdowns for DNR FY2010 and FY2011 thus far. The amount budgeted should revisited by P&F at their budget meeting.

The DNR reimburses the WTA/WCTEP up to $2700 per FY (fiscal year) for educational printing costs and booth rental. The booklet “How to Avoid Incidental Lynx” cost $2004 and was taken from the Incidental fund due to being a booklet and a larger cost item. The WTA pin/badge order should be here some time next week. The vendor has a new laser engraver for cleaner badges. Nicke or Dan will need to get the names for the directors from Districts 6, 10 and 11, then they will order their badges.

WCTEP Correspondence Course Report – Mike Widner said it is good to see the association running smoothly and moving forward. The new manuals have been going well and will be worth the wait. He had more January graduates than normal and a correspondence course video is in the works. Question has been asked – If I start the correspondence course then finish with a live class, will my paid fee from the correspondence transfer? Answer is yes. The multiple class takers are slowly being caught by Shawn Roessler. Reference is to individuals who had been taking the Trappers Ed class every year to get a reduced fee trapping license.

Question was asked – If a district could hold an “advanced” Trappers Ed class to cover trap modifications, lure making or other things?

Answer is certainly; call it a mini-fur college if you want. The WCTEP is meant to cover the history, ethics, and basics of trapping. It is the beginning or foundation for trapping not the end. He is trying to get it so all Trapper Ed instructors are reimbursed on their mileage, not just the lead instructor. The incidental fur account helped pay for the two trailers the districts bought last year. We can try to persuade the state to use this account to help reimburse instructors mileage. The check that NAFA presents the WTA for Wisconsin fur is also specified for the Trappers Ed account.

At 12:08pm, Scott McAuley made a motion to break for lunch. Seconded by Dan Carroll. Motion Carried.

At 12:33pm, Virgil Schroeder recalled the meeting to order.

Events Coordinator(s) Report – Scott McAuley and Dan Carroll reported on where they’ve been and where they’re going. Virgil pointed out that as an association we raise money for them to promote us or simply that we raise money to promote ourselves. Scott listed off 27+ events he has in his calendar already this year that the WTA booth will be at. Many are kid’s days or kid’s events, which is very beneficial for public education. The fact that our booth is touchy-feely is very beneficial to getting people to stop. We are going to need an additional banner that says “Wisconsin Trappers Association” on it due to many weekends having multiple events. He is striving to educate that we have a renewable resource. Scott says even making a dirthole set at an outside event fascinates people and will get them to stop and interact. Virgil said he will look into getting banners and Scott informed him that it was already built into the budget.

Spring Banquet – The ad in the Wisconsin Trapper had the wrong date and contact person. No one has been able to determine how this happened. A phone blast, (phone blast defined as an automated message dialed to targeted individuals), went out to contact members as to these errors. Discussion followed on use and effectiveness of phone blast. If a member hasn’t updated or provided their contact phone number with the membership secretary (Steve Van) they wouldn’t have received a phone call.

It was decided a second blast was not warranted and we’ll move on. Stoney Creek has corrected a few people who reserved rooms for the wrong date so thanks to them for this. Kathy Bazile reported she has been forwarding all mail received for the banquet to Steve Van. She also reported that at this time we have a meal and a venue/location. All shopping for tables, guns, door prizes needs to be done yet. Silent auction items need to be solicited and obtained. Monies from the districts to fill the tables have not yet arrived either. Districts donating monies for the banquet need to send them to Steve Van with memo stating it is for the Spring Banquet. Key ring and locks for guns should be at Ken Kasper’s along with the name plate/stretchers for the tables.

Ken said his shed is iced shut right now but will get it thawed by banquet time. Shawn reported the credit card machine has been returned by Ken and was transferred to Virgil’s possession this morning. It takes roughly $500-$800 to fill a table with prizes. Discussion followed on door prizes – amounts, distribution, etc. It was decided that everyone getting a door prize as in the past was the way to go and an expected perk of our banquet. Calling off the names was also desirable to allow some to put names with faces we are familiar with.

If the name cannot be clearly read, the tickets are numbered. Discussion on ticket sales in the future. Should we have an advanced price and a slightly higher at the door price? This could ease planning with numbers for prize, raffle and door prize purchasing.

It was pointed out the current caterer was told 180 some guests last year and ended up feeding around 240 without running out of food or charging us extra. Point being you keep a catering service like that. The WTA has 23-27 NTA mugs and about 80 knives they are willing to donate for door prizes. Discussion on the different portions of the banquet and delegating responsibilities for these smaller portions due to the resignation of the Banquet Coordinator last October. Discussion was made on distribution of banquet funds to purchase banquet needs. How are we going to do this – credit card, checking, etc.? Prepaid or gift cards were suggested but most businesses will not subtract off the tax (WTA being a 501(c) is tax-exempt) with a gift card purchase.

In addition, if you would lose the card you are out the balance on it. Virgil reported Steve Van had suggested he could set up banquet accounts that would allow purchasers to use them. Even though this is similar to what Ken had done in the past, we would have the ability to track or look into these accounts. The amount for the account was discussed. Typically, we spend between $12,000 and $15,000 on the spring banquet in its entirety.

Scott Zimmerman made motion to open a separate account up to the amount of $15,000. Second by Mark Loka. Motion Carried

Discussion followed as to how many and who would accessing this account. Methods of banquet purchasing and timelines were also discussed.
Scott McAuley made a motion to amend the motion to read the Board of Directors will have Virgil Schroeder open a separate account of up to $15,000 for banquet purchasing with up to 6 signatures at Virgil’s discretion. Second by Russ Warmka. Motion Carried.

Virgil stated he needs a copy of the notes to take to the bank to get this accomplished so if the Secretary could expedite them, please do.

Secretary assured Virgil he would type with three fingers instead of two to speed things up. Question was asked – Does the FTW gets to keep its monies from their raffle table? Answer is no, but the BOD can vote and has voted to have it go directly back to them. Discussion on set up and day of preparations. 2011 is an odd numbered year so odd numbered districts will be working this year. Decided that at 4pm workers can show up in the banquet hall to eat and prepare. Point was made that we could try admission buttons this year. It was felt that some individuals are entering without paying and this would be a visual means of confirming payment. This also means the start of another trapping collectible with the pin. FTW will put their button machine to work and provide us with 300 buttons.

Virgil asked if meeting room was reserved for Friday night and Kathy confirmed that it was. Richard Clark has stepped forward and volunteered to be the Master of Ceremonies at the banquet. Bryce asked if he could get a couple of tables reserved, due to his district sponsoring some new graduates to the banquet and wanting to stay together as a group. Kathy said certainly just remind her the day of the banquet. Can we get the power point slide show again during the meal? Lee Sillars will ask Eric if he is willing or able to do it for us. Virgil will bring the former Treasurer’s laptop to the spring meeting for Deb Koltis to use. The former Secretary has not returned that laptop yet. Question was asked – How are we doing the Early Bird drawing for the banquet? The drawing will be for a free nights stay at the Stoney Creek Inn. Logical choice would be Steve Van because he has been distributing tickets.

Motion made by Jim Gordon to allow Steve Van to draw the early bird winner. Seconded by Scott Zimmerman. Motion Carried.

Steve will contact the winner and it will be published in the Wisconsin Trapper. Kathy will also be informed so she can let Stoney Creek know.

New Business – Question was asked – Are the fairgrounds in Marshfield reserved for the Fall Rendezvous? Richard Clark will have to be contacted as Fall Rendezvous liaison for confirmation. Scott McAuley asked if Miss WI and Miss Teen WI should be contacted for the spring banquet and it was confirmed they should attend if able. They are provided rooms by the WTA if they are able to attend. Courtney, the retired Miss WI has received her jacket and appears on the cover of the USA FOXX catalog modeling it. It was stated she was truly appreciative of the WTA for her jacket and is thrilled to have it. The retired Miss Teen is waiting on her jacket but it is on its way.

Motion was made by Shawn Bazile to purchase two tickets for Ken Kasper to the spring banquet in appreciation for his 16 years of successful banquets. Seconded by Russ Warmka. Motion Carried.

Virgil will take care of the tickets. Virgil also asked – Do we want to provide tickets for Chick Andres (Fur Takers President), Kraig Kaatz (National Trappers President), and Dave Hastings (Publisher Wisconsin Trapper)?

Motion made by Bryce Larsen to provide two tickets each to Chick, Kraig, and Dave. Seconded by Dan Carroll. Motion Carried.

Motion to amend was made by Scott Zimmerman to provide five tickets to Ken Kasper so his family could also attend. Seconded by Dan Carroll. Motion Carried.

Virgil said he was going to try and get the new Secretary of the DNR to speak at our General Membership meeting.

Larry VanderHoef discussed his project of a 50th Anniversary Commemorative booklet. District officers are to discuss this at their district meetings to get the memberships feeling on this. What is the need of the booklet or the memberships desires of such a booklet. One initial bid Larry received from FTW publications was around $16,000 for 10,000 copies of a 68 to 100 page booklet similar to their current T&PC Yearbook. Selling 10,000 copies is probably unrealistic but the roughly $1.60 a copy seemed reasonable. He said he was just putting it out for something to think about. Bryce will try to get a quick bid from Dave Hastings to see what he would charge for printing a 100-page booklet at around 3500 copies.

Michael Leiser stated he would get the website updated for the banquet information.

Mark Loka said that a phone blast could be done for a district for around $20. District 3 is going to trial this for their meetings.

FTA Convention 2013 – Virgil reported that Chick Andres and Dave Hastings would like the Fur Takers convention to come to Wisconsin in 2013. They would like to see it held at the Central Wisconsin Fairgrounds in Marshfield due to our familiarity with the venue and after experiencing it at the NTA this last summer. He also would like to table voting on the convention until the March BOD and Spring General Membership meetings so that all interested parties can be in attendance.

The Fur Takers convention is about the size of our Fall Rendezvous and is held in mid-June. Due to that timeframe, Virgil also stated that we would still have our full-blown Fall Rendezvous that year. All the Fur Takers want from their convention is the auction proceeds, all other revenues go to the host(s). Jack Hill, the president of the Fur Takers Wisconsin Chapter 35-A, is currently out of the state and unable to attend the meeting. He has concerns to share with the WTA in reference to the 2013 convention.

It was pointed out that the WTA is an Affiliate member of the FTA. Bryce stated that out of courtesy to Jack, who worked hard to get a Chapter started in the state, we should wait until the March meeting when he can attend. Chick Andres will be there to answer any questions and resolve any problems that may arise.

It was stated that the DNR will sell for $100, a list of all trapping license purchasers in the state. It was noted that anyone using a Conservation Patron license for trapping will not be covered by that list. However, it is a separate list available to purchase from the DNR. The idea is it could be used by districts for mailings to use for promotion of their summer rendezvous or other events. It would just be another tool to educate trappers, that are non-members, that we exist and are active. Shawn Roessler would be able to determine if the CP license list would be usable for our needs.

Motion made by Dan Shumaker to purchase the trapping license list and if Shawn determines it is usable, the Conservation Patron list. Seconded by Jim Gordon. Motion Carried.

Question was asked – Are the current graduates with the free license included on the list. Answer is no. But they do receive the free one year membership which should keep them informed for the first year. Jim Gordon invited everyone to District 5’s spring meeting next Saturday at Bud’s Fur Shed at 1pm. Good times, good food, come one, come all. It was noted that we should purchase some thank-you cards to be able to present to the places we hold these meetings. Just a token of appreciation for letting us use the facilities.

Discussion followed for the date of the June BOD meeting.

Motion by Dan Shumaker to have the BOD meeting on June 4, 2011. Seconded by Dan Carroll. Motion Carried.

Virgil dictated he would determine the location at a later time. Probably as close to his residence as he can get it.

Motion was made by Scott Zimmerman at 2:43pm to adjourn. Seconded by Mark Loka. Motion Carried, meeting adjourned.

Respectfully submitted.

— Shawn Bazile

NTA DIRECTOR’S REPORT

On April 1-2-3 the NTA will have a booth at the Madison Deer and Turkey Classic. This will be a great opportunity to promote the National Trappers Association and trapping. Educating other groups we exist and what we do will be a highlight of the booth. Showing trappers and other outdoorsmen and women what trapping is about is the second goal. A third goal would be to get the person that has little or no outdoor experience, the so called non-user, what furs are , what a beaver pelt feels like, and that fur is a renewable natural resource.

These people may not know trapping exists in the modern world. Trapping to them is something they saw on TV. Think of the Lassie or Davey Crocket shows years ago showing big traps with teeth with the hero’s leg in it. That’s the perception some have. I will plan on having fur on the table, printed material from the NTA and FBU, and a TV showing the “DETROYING THE MYTH” video.

As the NTA Director, I will set the booth up Friday morning (the 1st). The show starts in the afternoon. I will need help! I have a meeting in Illinois (the Midwest NTA Regional meeting) that weekend and will not be able to work the booth Friday afternoon and Saturday. I think 4-6 people will be able to run the booth, as this show has about 23-25,000 people attending, having too much help is never a problem.

If you can help, please get a hold of me, and I can get your name on the passes in. what works great is if there is enough help at the booth, to work the morning or afternoon shift, and enjoy the show the other time. I always bring a lunch, soda, water along as show food is too expensive to eat all weekend long. The other reason is sometimes its hard to get away from the booth to grab a soda.

What can you expect when you stand behind the booth? People always have questions about an animal they saw, or a wolf/mountain lion statement. Everyone has an opinion on wolves. Not everyone knows what a muskrat or fisher looks like. Touching and feeling the fur is very positive. You can explain how you trap these critters and why. You are the expert, as you have been trapping on the marshes and fields, they usually have not. Bring some photos and enjoy talking with fellow sportsmen and others. Thank you
You can contact me at 1-715-323-8955 or gov-trap@hotmail.com.

— Scott McAuley 621 13th Street South, Wisconsin Rapids, WI 54494

WTA SPRING BANQUET REPORT

MARCH 19, 2011

My wife Sue and I have volunteered to be in charge of the Silent Auction at the banquet. We are asking for donations of items suitable to auction off that night. Examples of items from years ago could be walking sticks, Girl Scout cookies, baskets, honey, maple syrup, wild rice, fur items, print, and knives. As you can see, just about anything. Any sort of craft or homemade item would be great.

How about a 6 pack of your homemade ale? mittens, potholders. Having a varied group of items is better, as then there is something for everyone. If you can donate some items, just bring it to the banquet, or contact your district director or myself to get it there. Thanks.

— Scott McAuley 715-323-8955 or gov-trap@hotmail.com

SPRING BANQUET COMMITTEE REPORT

The Spring Banquet Committee is planning an exciting evening for you to enjoy.

Cocktails are at 5pm and dinner at 6pm. Tickets available from WTA bookkeeper Steven Van, see details in the WI Trapper. There will be the usual door prizes, table raffles, and silent auction with a few new ideas. Donations help make the event successful. If you know of any possible donations we could get let me know. I think if any one is able to donate some kind of hunting trip, fishing trip, or get away of some sort, it would make a wonderful addition to our lineup.

— Russ Warmka

DISTRICT 5 REPORT

Hi, I hope that this winter is treating you good and you are staying warm and dry. Dist. 5 had our winter meeting at Bud’s fur shed on the Jan 22 2011. We had a great turn out and had a lot of story to tell. Thanks to all that helped to make it a great success. At the meeting that was held we elected officers and we are the same as last year. Director Jim Gordon, Treasurer Junior Prudlick Secretary Keith Bollinger .The District voter to have the summer rendezvous at Arctic Spring Park in Galesville on the 25 of June. It will start at 10:00 am with demo and kids fishing contest. We will have a District Meeting at 1:00 pm.

We hope to have warm weather and sunny skies. District 5 voted to donate $500.00 to the MICHAEL ABRAHAMSON MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP FUND and challenge all other District to match it. The Lacrosse Sportsmen Alliance donated $250.00 to the MICHAEL ABRAHAMSON MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP FUND and challenge sportsman alliances in Dist. 2&5 to do the same. We had a half and half. Raffle for the scholarship fund and raised $165.00 the win donated his half back. We voted to sponsor at DRY LAND table at the spring banquet, buying the prizes from vendors at the summer rendezvous. We talked about helping with the GREAT RIVER CLEAN UP on June 11 2011.

I talked to Tammy Becker from LIVING LANDS AND WATER and she assured me that they are not anti-trapping or hunting. They need volunteers to help. They really need volunteer boats and drivers to help haul people and debris from the river. I think that this is a good place to get some good press and help our sport grow. We are having a gun
Raffle at Galesville. Thanks and see you at the spring banquet.

— Jim Gordon

DISTRICT 6 REPORT

Hello members of Dist. 6 I appreciate being elected and look forward to the challenge. The main reason I had for becoming a director was lack of communication with the members, even before getting involved people were contacting me for information on upcoming events. The time date and place of events needs to be put in writing way in advance so members can make plan’s to attend if they wish. I truly believe the more one’s informed the more one’s likely to be involved. It would be nice to see 40 members at a meeting instead of 15 -20 or even less.

I would like to ask the member’s of dist. 6 to help donate a little time, an idea ,small raffle items, cash, trap’s fur stretchers stakes for a kids event things like that every little bit helps.

Our summer rendezvous will be at Marshfield Fairgrounds June 18 from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. Camping is $18 electic water and shower’s included (contact Terry Baggs 608-564-2232).Demo’s 8:00 -9:00 William Porter Bobcat,Coyote,Fox. 9:00 -10:00 George Porter Weasel, (these gentleman are from Wausaukee). 10:00 -11:00 Tom Olson (MN) Beaver/Muskrat. 11:00 -12:00 noon Dist. 6 meeting, from 12:00 – 1:00 lunch (furnished by Dist. 6) 1:00 -3:30 NAFA will put on fur handling seminar at 4:00 we’ll draw the gun raffle. This raffle includes your choice of a Browning BPS shotgun or Ruger M77 rifle choice of caliber in stock at time of pickup, 2nd a $150 Gander Mountain card, 3rd Hand made packbasket from Leo Hoeft, 4th $50 gas card, 5th a wildlife print. John Irwin will be doing walk around raffles ever hour (donated by members like you).

This will be a good time so plan now to attend rain or shine (plenty of inside space). Tickets for raffle will be available soon at least by the meeting on March 25. I would like for our county directors to contact me on getting tickets to our members in your county or any one wanting to help out it would be much appreciated also I’m not asking you to drive hundreds of mile’s arrangements can be worked out. Our spring meeting will be held at the BigFlats townhall 1/2 mile east of State 13 on County Road C 1104 CO. Rd. C, Arkdale, WI. north side of road. Members from Portage and Marathon Co. Interstate 39/51 south to exit 131 Hancock right on Co. V 1 1/2 miles to Co. C turn right (west) on C 13 miles to BigFlats. Anyone interested in a fish fry that night 1 mile north of the intersectoin State 13 & Co. Rd. C at State 13 & Bighorn Ave. west side of road its called Cats Down The Road.

The next question I’m going to ask you members is to help find a rendezvous spot for 2012 please keep in mind this spot would be for 150 – 200 + people a kitchen, bathrooms,camping and if possible a water source for demo’s this may turn out to be a permanent rendezvous place for Dist. 6.

I would like members to find a location for a meeting September 23 or the 30 that was possibly in the western part of the district so other members could be involved that normally are not. If the members would send their email to me I could send everyone infomation faster well something more to think about. I’m really looking forward to hearing from you (think positive okay). I can be reached at 608-564-7947 or email tbaggs1960@hotmail.com.

— Tom Baggs

DISTRICT 6 SPRING MEETING REPORT

GANDER LODGE, WAUSAU

JANUARY 7TH 2011 7PM

With no opposition Scott McAuley chaired the meeting

Called to order at 7:05 PM

• Several handouts were distributed

• Call for nominations for district 6 Director

• Maynard Breunig and Tom Baggs were nominated, they were given time to talk about concerns ballots were distributed, Shawn Bazile, from district 7 was the teller

• Tom Baggs was declared the winner, and will fill out the remainder of the term, next election for District 6 Director will be in 2012

• Jim Winkler stressed how important having an email list can be, we will ask Steve Van, the WTA bookkeeper, for a list.

• Dan Carroll made a motion to take Scott McAuley off of the Bull’s Eye Credit Union account and place Tom Baggs on. Jim Winkler 2nd. Motion adopted

• The date for the District 6 rendezvous will again be the 3rd Saturday in June, the date is June 18, 2011. Terry Baggs and committee will determine the location

• John Irwin made a motion that all district members and all trapping license holders in district 6 receive a postcard mailing promoting our June 18th rendezvous. Maynard Breunig 2nd motion adopted. John Irwin will print address labels for the postcards. The list will also be available to the District 6 county directors. The postcards need to be in the mail at the end of May. We can request an email list also; we will ask NAFA to put on a skinning demo from 1-3 PM. Raffle drawings to be held at 3:30 PM.

The membership meeting from 11-12:00. Lunch at noon. The district will provide lunch, suggestions were brats, chile, bbq’s. Someone needs to coordinate the food… Terry Baggs will coordinate the demos. Porters and Tom Olson were suggested for presenters. They would be at 8, 9, and 10 AM.

• John Irwin made a motion to have a raffle, that would be sent out ahead of time, with several prizes, a choice of 3 guns, a pack basket, and a print. Terry Baggs 2nd motion adopted Chris Burt and Scott McAuley will price the guns and forward the information to Tom Baggs price of gun was suggested $500-$600. Nicholson’s had the pack basket, and John Irwin will donate the print.

Tickets would be 1 for $5 – 3 for$10 -10 for $20 these tickets would be mailed to our District 6 members by the 1st of March time frame. Will need 5000 or more tickets. Will ask the WTA raffle coordinators about tickets, John Irwin will handle mailing the tickets

• John Irwin made a motion that we have 5 “walk around” raffles. Jim Winkler 2nd motion adopted John Irwin will sell the tickets the rendezvous day, but need someone to put the prizes together. 3 people were willing to donate prizes. It is important that we have good prizes that someone will want.

• Terry Baggs made a motion that the District spends money to spend at our vendors to make sure we have quality prizes for the raffles. Chris Burt 2nd

The motion was amended by Maynard Breunig to spend up to $300, if needed. 2nd by Jim Winkler amendment motion was adopted, main motion was adopted Tom Baggs would do the buying

• Chris Burt made a motion to spend up to $400 on the “fur handling” raffle, split up the prizes to 3 prizes. 2nd by Terry Baggs motion adopted Tom Baggs will check into boards and traps

• Chris Burt made a motion to spend up to $50 to recognize donors and sponsors. 2nd by Jim Winkler motion adopted this would include a big poster at the event, framed or laminated certificates, and thank you’s in publications

• Shawn Bazile asked for volunteers to help put the spring banquet on. Just coordinate a part or two? Call Kathy Bazile at 1-715-535-2734 or email them (check the WISTRAP.ORG website for her email address)

• Scott McAuley made a motion to spend up to $300 to sponsor prizes at the spring banquet. This would be dependant on firewood sales.2nd by John Irwin. Motion adopted

• The next meeting for District 6 will be at the BIG FLATS Town Hall, (just1/4 mile east of Big Flats. HWY 13 and Cty C. Adams County, the address is 1104 county rd C,Arkdale WI 54613-9728) at 7pm on March 25th 2011. Contact Tom Baggs for more information 1-608-564-7947

• We discussed how and why financial reports and information needs to be readily available from our treasurer

• We left at 9PM as Gander Mountain was closing

• Those attending and signing in were Scott McAuley, Sue McAuley, Judy Floistad, John Irwin, Dan Carroll, Sandra Beeman, Terry Beeman, Mike Borth, Tom Baggs, Terry Baggs, Shawn Bazile, Dennis Premo, Jim Winkler, Lee Sillars, Maynard Breunig, Luke Premo, Mike Nicholson, Kathleen Nicholson, Brenden Cole

• Tom Baggs 1204 13th Lane Arkdale, WI 54613

1-608-564-7947

tbagg1960@hotmail.com

DISTRICT 7 REPORT

The spring meeting is March 5 held at Pumpkin Center Sportsmen’s Club same location as last year. Potluck dinner at 6 PM meeting to follow. Table service will be provided beverages to be purchased from the bar.

Elections for director and secretary are up this year. John mentioned he would not like to run again so give serving your association some thought. I am willing to stay on if you want me to. Spring meeting and banquet are March 19 in Wausau see you there.

— Russ Warmka, 920-382-0218

DISTRICT 8 REPORT

Greetings fellow district 8 WTA members. We are fresh off our January 9, 2011 meeting and fur sale. We had a good crowd and more fur. Last year we had 14 lots and 581 pelts and this year we had 22 lots and 1,189 pelts with 3 lots that we were not able to get any or all the information from.

Here are the results of our 2nd annual district 8 fur sale

Otter — 1 green, $60

Fisher — 1 put up, $60

Beaver — 5, 3 sold, $26.70 average, Top $30

Red fox — 17, Average $21, top $30, 4 were green

Grey fox — 4, $21 average, Top $30

Coyote — 10, $14.50 average, Top $25, 4 green

Mink — 21, Average $17.30, Top $22, 8 green

Muskrat — 777, Average $7.75, Top $8.50, 50 green

Coon put up — 138, Average $17.55, Top $25

Coon green — 119, Average $14.25, Top $20

Weasel — 1, average $3

Skunks — 8, 6 sold, $2.50 average, 2 green skunks, no sale

Deer hides — 7, Average $7.30, Top 8

Squirrels and tails — 62, Average $1.00

Total was 1,189 recorded pelts sold and over $11,000 worth of fur sold.

Our district extends a big thank you to our three buyers, les Koeppel, Paul Glodowski and Terry Stoegickt. I want to thank all of the volunteers for your help and work at our events such as our fur sale and meeting. It is great to see many members working to better our district and trapping.

I will touch on several items briefly from our meeting to get you up to speed on our districts status and activities.

On January 8 2011 Chris Bezio and I had a booth at the Chilton Conservation Day. Over 600 outdoor enthusiasts attended this event and we had many stop at our booth. We were told we have one of the better booths there and the good news is it is a $50 donation to be there.

February 19th Kewaunee County 4-H wildlife and trapping seminar day at Luxemburg Casco High School I have a list of volunteers who I will call to do the seminars.

February 25-27 2011 is the Green Bay Deer Classic. I have a list of volunteers and will be calling to staff this booth also.

March 19, 2011 is the WTA SPRING Banquet at Stony Creek near Wausau. Plan to attend we are trying to get enough attendees to reserve some tables for our district. This is a great place to take a new member or potential member. Send your reservations to Steve Van WTA P.O. Box 305 Oregon, WI 53575

We took in just short of $800 at our winter meeting and had expenses of about $300 so we made close to $500 at our winter meeting. At the meeting we voted to spend or donate up to $1,150 to various WTA events and other local groups. That means we spent roughly $550 more than we made. That means we need to have a successful May district rondy and also a good raffle. I am excited to see our members wanting to donate to good causes and we need to step up so we can continue our good works.

It was decided that we will go with straight cash raffles for a few rounds as many felt they work well and are quite popular and not complicated. I will be investigating printing the tickets etc. for this event. We will probably mail those out in early April or right after our spring banquet.
Spring rendezvous will be Sunday May 15, 2011 at Maribel. Slightly different agenda this year with more demos so watch for the official agenda in our flier or the Trapper Predator Caller.

Some new job changes to report. Brenda our district treasurer will also serve as our corresponding secretary and she will be mailing out notices etc.

Mike Stueck “Oscar” will take charge of the food for the rondy and the winter meeting. I will talk with Mike about how the Manitowoc County Trappers may take over the food for the events and cover the costs, work and thus the profits if there are any.

These two changes will really help spread out the work load.

I received several surveys and we can use some ideas to advance our district in the future.

We had four winners for our raffle and those winners should be receiving their check in the mail. There are several other items that I can cover in the next issue as this is getting long again. Again thank you for your support for our district, state and national trapping activities and events.
I hope your trapping season was enjoyable and that if you have fur yet to sell that you are satisfied with the prices you get. Buy a spring banquet ticket and come over to Stony Creek Inn for a good time.

— Bryce Larson

DISTRICT 9 REPORT

Greetings to all District 9 Members,

By the time you are reading this the March 5th meeting in Arena at Walt & Deb’s Sand Bar will be very close. I am hoping we have a very good turn out. I have a custom made mink stretcher board with some very neat art work done for our District. All members that show up to the meeting will have a chance to sign the board and we will auction it off at this meeting.

Some of the agenda at this meeting will be voting for a District Director and Secretary and Treasurer. Also we will decide on this summer’s activities that District 9 is involved in and plans for the future. So we need a great crowd to turn out at this meeting. So hopefully we will see you there.

— Denny

DISTRICT 10 REPORT

Hopefully everyone is surviving the winter and I am sure a few of you die  hards are trying to keep a few sets working. Just a reminder that the District 10 Winter Meeting will be held on March 5 at 10 AM at NAFA in Stoughton WI. If you have any donations for the raffle bring them along, if you want to bring coon pelts to enter into the 50:50 District 10 Raffle bring them along, and don’t forget to enter the raffle at the meeting as we have a number of quality traps for prizes. Finally, don’t forget to get your tickets in for the Spring Banquet in Wausa on SATURDAY  March 19.

— Mark Peters and Greg Schroeder, Co-Directors

DISTRICT 11 REPORT

Hello to everyone in District 11. Let me first say a few things have changed in the District since last year. Our former Director Lance Joaquin became extremely busy in his career and had to put the Director position on hold for a while. With that said let me introduce myself, my name is Mike Bothwell and as of 01-22-11 I was voted in as your new Director.

Our county Directors have all remained the same and Tom Weiss is still our Treasurer. I have appointed Slade Noreen as our Sergeant At Arms for our District. It’s nice to have Slade back with our organization again.

I have been around this District for about 10 years but I have been trapping since the 70’s. I am a trapper not a politician and it has been said on a few occasions that I don’t play well with others. That could be the former Marine in me but that’s a different story. I look forward to working with our District and the State to ensure that we keep our heritage and our right to trap.

Enough said about me, it’s time to get to work. The first issue is do we want to have a Rendezvous this year. Everyone always says yes but it is always a few that do the majority of the work so I need your input on this matter. I am also asking each County Director to get a partner that can help with the work or show up at our meetings if the County Director is busy or can’t make it. This will get more people involved in our organization.

The last thing I would like to ask is “Where did our life members go?” I have been to several Rendezvous and seen very few Life Members attending. I believe that our Life Members are important. They believed in our organization and put their money into it. If you are a Life Member reading this or if you know a Life Member please let them know that they are important and they are always welcome.

Well that’s it for now, may you have a safe and successful season.

Respectfully.

— Mike Bothwell, 262-483-1274

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