Wisconsin Trappers Association November 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;
Hello Wisconsin Trappers,
As I write this, Fall is in the air, the trapping fever is taking hold and trappers either have their trapping sites secured or are out scouting for good trapping areas. And I am getting ready to head out the door to attend the Board of Directors Meeting at Crex Meadows. Hope the leaves are turning up there.
We are fresh off a trip to the Nebraska Fur Takers Convention. They had a busy convention and good weather for it as well. It is good to get some ideas from other states and interesting to notice how things are handled in different areas.
I want to congratulate Chris and Vicky for coordinating the WTA Fall Rendezvous. You did a great job. I also want all of you volunteers to give yourselves a hearty pat on the back. It takes a bunch to make an event like the rendezvous to run smoothly. You guys are great. I have heard so many good reports from trappers as well as vendors. We had great weather, a great crowd, great demos, and a great auction. Thanks to all of you.
Too bad we can’t sit back and enjoy our success for long. The Spring Banquet is the next thing on the agenda to start planning for. I think that we should be able to fit some trapping in there somewhere before March.
As always, I encourage you and remind myself to trap wisely. Get permission where needed. Be careful where covered 220’s and 160’s are set. Wisconsin trappers seem to be doing better every year. Let’s continue to keep our public relations slate clean.
Catch ya later.

— Virgil Schroeder

Hello trappers fall is here again hope the season is going well for everyone, would like to apologize for not having a report in the last issue it was an error that it was not in. I would like to take this time to offer condolences to the Lapp family Larry will be missed by Dist. 2 he was a great supporter of ours and the trapping community Larry passed August 19th RIP.

We have the trap ed. Trailer all set it ready to be used for any event that you may need it for, Contact Dean Gullickson (715) 720-0810 he has offered to take over for Larry Lapp as Trap ed. Coordinator. Dean will be contacting all trap ed. Instructor’s in the spring to get our district’s trap ed. Classes listed on the web page earlier so people can see there chooses for the year. We have heard that the new book should be ready by spring I am hearing there will be a refresher on the trap ed. Program then as well. We have some interest from some individuals already about becoming trap ed. Instructors if you are interested in becoming an instructor, give myself or Dean a call be happy to have you.
Attended the fall rendezvous in Marshfeild in September we had a good number of volunteers at the gate representing District 2 I thank all that were willing to give there time for this. There were a goo number of attendance this year looks like trapper are getting the economy going see lot’s of traps and other goods leaving the gate through out the weekend. The gun raffle is ready for next summer as soon as we receive the number for the tickets, we will get them printed we will have them at the winter meeting. Anyone that wish’s to sell them they will be able to get them there or can contact Dave for them.
District 2 will have it’s winter meeting February 18th 10 am. At Trapper Arts in Cornell WI we will have lunch after, we will be discussing the summer rendezvous, FTA 2013 and other important thing that are going on in the district sure like to see every one there. We are now doing phone reminders for meeting in the district so be sure that your current phone number is listed with the WTA, you can do this on line now just go to http://www.wistrap.org/ . At last summer’s meeting Bill Fern stepped down as district treasure thanks for all your help Bill it is greatly appreciated. Lynanne Warner has taken over as the treasure she is doing a good job thanks for doing this Lynanne. Also thanks to Larry Boettcher, we have a fine donation to give to CVORA in return for all there help in the trailer purchase.
Hope everyone has a great season and the fur prices will be good remember take some one new on your line. We all have the resources to encourage new people to take up trapping. Also remember be safe and ethical when trapping we owe it to are selves to be good steward of the outdoors. There is a lot of ways we can help to improve the sport and the WTA come out to a meeting or a rendezvous to see what you can do to help.
Thank you.

— Dave Louis

Our fall 2011 rondy is now in the history books and plans are being made for 2012.
I want to thank all of the members of District 10 and 8 for helping with the demo area. Thank you to Mark Peters for lining up the excellent crew of Larry, Ron, Pat Dick and others that helped out. Thank you Shawn for all your help also. I want to thank Tom and others from other districts that helped with setup, management and clean up of the demo area. I want to thank Chris Burt for finding a home for our heavy and bulky pond and creek liner.
I also want to thank all of our demo presenters as you add such great value to our rondy and the information that you share with us is priceless. With spending most of the rondy in the demo area I don’t get around to visit much with other volunteers, members or our many vendors that add such great value to our event as well. It takes a lot of work, time and expense to travel to our event and I thank you all for your support and contribution to our rendezvous.
OK what is next? We recently held our October board meeting and reviewed many items impacting the WTA. These include, publication update and review, spring banquet reports, rondy report, trapper ed certification updates and many additional items including our financial status.
We are looking forward to a busy fall and winter of activities for our district.
We again plan to have a booth and maybe a seminar at the Chilton Conservation Day seminars in January. (More in the WTA issue)
We are going to hold our business meeting and fur sale January 8th at Maribel. Let others know also we will be using the upper building to hold the sale so we can have more lots as needed. (MORE details in the WTA) We will be holding our fur sale in conjunction with Maribel Sportsmen’s Club week long coyote classic. Winners to be announced on Sunday at 3:30 PM. We will draw our winter raffle then too. We will be putting a half page add with details and contacts for both in the WTA winter issue.
Deer classic in February will need several volunteers to do as we did last year also.
We will be asked to do the Kewaunee County 4 H presentations in February again as well.
I want to thank District 11 for donating to me 2 dozen traps for the trap and fur kits we are trying to put together for the Ag Teachers Convention next June.
I personally want to thank Virgil for recognizing me with the President’s award at the awards banquet. It is humbling to be selected out with so many worthy candidates. I want to thank all of you that have contributed to our organization to work to improve the services we can and do offer our members.
I want to congratulate Hank and Crystal and Leo on their Hall of Fame recognition. Their contributions to our organization are priceless and we are indebted to their diligence and their service to trappers and trapping.
On a more serious note I need to address some issues. I took an ambulance ride on September 23rd after collapsing while walking my dog. I have a defective heart valve (genetic) and thus their sense of urgency. All the cardiac, heart attack, tumor, stroke and other cardiovascular issues have been cleared away but the vertigo is not gone. I am now going through a battery of tests for the root causes of these episodes. I will need heart valve surgery but that may be well down the road. What this does indicate though is that our district needs to plan for a replacement when and if needed so we can continue as seamless as possible when needed and our district can contribute as it should at our BOD meetings etc. Give some serious thought to stepping forward and working for the WTA. I or other directors will assist you in any way we can to help you learn the ropes.
Trapping season is near and my preparations are far, far from done. With my current health situation I am hoping to run the best line I can. We will play it by ear this season and be happy with every minute on the line I can get in.

— Bryce

We had another great WTA Fall Convention in Marshfield this year. Big thanks to Denny Knuth and Dan Carroll for coordinating all of our District 9 responsibilities and to everyone who pitched in to get the job done. Once again, our guys planned, prepared and served hundreds of lunches to vendors and helped out in other areas as well, all contributing to another well-run WTA convention.
While those guys were covering for me, I was organizing the Trapperman Feed which went off without a hitch once again. I want to thank again all of the people who made that event a success. If you contributed to that event and do not visit the Trapperman website, be aware that you were made famous for a few days as part of a great big “thank you” notice that I posted online. In the end, we served 209 meals and took in $943.31 in our donation jar. From our donations, I passed along $473.31 to the Trapperman Discretionary Fund, which helps out trappers and their families who are going through a crisis. I passed along the remaining $470.00 to the WTA, from which they were able to pay my bills (horse barn and table rentals) and take the remaining funds as a donation for the WTA.
Thanks also to Dan Carroll and Scott McAuley for once again making sure that leftovers from the Trapperman Feed were then taken to an upcoming trapper education event and fed to trappers and their families.
During our last district meeting on August 20th, we passed a motion to discontinue our District 9 highway cleanup. We would like to ask at this time that District 10 stop throwing blue smoothie cans along our highway as they will no longer get picked up. (… just kidding.) We plan to use that time to start up a new District 9 event for 2012 that will be directed more towards increasing our membership, increasing current member participation, raising some money for our district and benefitting trappers and trapping in general. We have not had a district rendezvous in years, and that may be exactly where we start. We are thinking hard, welcoming ideas and really looking forward to next year.

I have already heard from some inspired people looking to help out. Our next District 9 meeting is Saturday, March 3, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. at Walt & Debs Sand Bar Sports Arena in Arena, WI (two weeks ahead of the March 17 WTA Spring Banquet). Come and join us!
If you would like to be added to our District 9 email list, or if your email address needs to be updated, please send your current email address to me at phrzim@yahoo.com and I will update my email list. I will also be happy to send copies of our meeting minutes out to you as well. Email is our quickest and cheapest way to get information out to those of you who have access to computers, so please take advantage of it if you can! If you would like to reach me by phone, you can also call me via the WTA phone system at (888) 601-8727 ext 209. That toll-free number transfers directly to my home phone.
Have a fun, safe and successful start to the trapping season!

— Patrice Rhodes, District 9 Director

Greetings from District 11;
Well the season is rapidly approaching and as I am writing this my traps are boiling outside. I’m running a little behind this year so it’s full speed ahead.
The first thing that I feel I need to do is apologize to Frank – The Carpenter. Frank worked the gate at the State Rendezvous Thursday, Friday and Saturday we should have been able to help him out, that is my fault as I am usually at the Rendezvous for three days but this year I could only make it on Saturday. THANK YOU FRANK.
The second apology I need to make is to Dan Sabish. Dan is my friend and is always willing to help out in the fur shed or at a Trappers Education class. Dan had been appointed to the WTA Sergeant At Arms at our BOD meeting at the McKenzie Center back in June. There was some miscommunication at the State Rendezvous and Dan was replaced. So I have apologized to Dan in person but I am formally a

pologizing to Dan in writing. (By the way Dan I still have your otter board in my shed).
Now on to the good stuff, at the State Rendezvous our very own Hank and Crystal Sublisky were inducted into the WTA Hall Of Fame. I cannot think of a more deserving couple than Hank and Crystal. To list all of their achievements would take up more pages than I can type so I would like to thank them for their support and say Congratulations for all of their hard work of promoting trapping and all the students they have taught in Trappers Education over the years.
Our Treasurer Tom Weiss was rummaging through his trapping shed and came up with two dozen traps that he was able to donate to Bryce Larson to help get traps into the schools. Thanks Tom for helping out as I’m sure Bryce will put them to good use. Next time you want to clean out your shed let me know, you never know what I can use.
Well the traps are boiling so I have to make this quick. Remember to start thinking about our district Rendezvous for next spring. A lot of you have given me your support and had some great ideas, I have not forgotten them. I am still learning my way around the WTA and its politics but I am learning. So until next time, keep your knives sharp and your dirt dry.
Have a safe and bountiful season.

— Mike Bothwell

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