North Carolina Trappers Association November 2008 Report

President — Jimmy Pierce, 201 Rhodes St.,
Wendell, NC 27591; phone: 919-365-4961;cell phone: 919-801-2562; e-mail: beaverstop@nc.rr.com
Vice President — Tonnie Davis, 167 Ole Cabin Rd., Roxboro, NC 27573; phone: 336-597-3619
Secretary — Sharon Underwood, Rt. 1 Box 416,
Peachland, NC 28133; phone: 704-272-7876
Membership Secretary — Karen Rose, 1220 Cross Rd., Roper, NC 27970; phone: 252-793-5191
Assistant Membership Secretary — Krista Rose, 1220 Cross Rd., Roper, NC 27970; phone: 252-793-5191
Treasurer — Wayne Rose, 1220 Cross Rd.,
Roper, NC 27970; phone: 252-793-5191
General Organizer — David Underwood, Rt. 1, Box 416, Peachland, NC 28133; phone: 704-272-7876
Education Coordinator — Todd Menke,
2663 Tar River Rd., Creedmoor, NC 27522;
phone: 919-528-9063; e-mail: minkster@netzero.net
NTA Director — Tim Wilson, 5320 Stokes Ferry Rd.,
Salisbury, NC 28146; phone: 252-758-8191
Newsletter Editor — Vacant

Membership Options:
• Individual membership including subscription to The Trapper & Predator Caller — $20
• Youth membership (under age 16) with subscription to The Trapper & Predator Caller — $10
• Lifetime membership with subscription to The Trapper & Predator Caller — $250
• Senior citizens 70 years or older with subscription to The Trapper & Predator Caller — $12

Complete membership application on first page of
association section and send dues to:
NCTA, Membership Secretary
Karen Rose
1220 Cross Rd., Roper, NC 27970

PRESIDENT’S REPORT

Greetings fellow trappers and I hope that this finds you well and in good spirits.

Our 36th annual convention concluded on Sept. 27 and it was a great success. We had approximately 550 in attendance over the two days in spite of the forecast of rain and a shortage of gas in some areas. We were very fortunate as the rain held off during the day and the temperatures were very pleasant. We are still tabulating all the information, so I do not have a complete report. Preliminary figures show that this was the best convention in many years going back to the fur boom days of the late ’70s-early ’80s.

There are so many folks to thank for their efforts in making this a great convention. I am sure that I will forget someone, so I apologize in advance. First, I thank all of you members of the NCTA who attended and supported us through the year. Next, thanks to all the vendors who attended. A convention is nothing without the vendors who make supplies available and bring the latest in equipment. The majority of our vendors come from out of state to attend. Also, thanks to the cooks and to those who donated items for the Friday night social. This event is always a great hit with the vendors and attendees. It just gets better every year. Lastly, thanks to those who put on the demos. The demos were very informative and well attended.

I would be very remiss if I did not give due credit to Tony White and his crew of young men. They arrived early Thursday morning and immediately went to work setting the facility up for the convention. The facility management allowed us to use the bleachers and their equipment to move things around. Tony and the guys conceived the new demo area, and the way that it was set up. He and Wayne Rose set up the sound system that we purchased for this and other events in the future. This trial run for the NTA Southeastern in May proved to be invaluable in giving us a foundation to build on. I cannot wait to see what he comes up with for that event.

Speaking of the Southeastern, be sure to put May 1-2-3, 2009, on your calendar for that event. The NTA General Organizer, Dan Skursky, is coming to Williamston on Oct. 21. We will meet with Martin County Tourism and Senator Bob Martin Eastern Agriculture Center to clean up last minute details and to make sure that all the i’s are dotted and t’s are crossed. The NCTA website will soon have complete information on the event and links to the local entities related to the convention. I know of several major dealers and demo presenters who have consented to attend. Based on what we have been able to accomplish with our state convention, I have absolute confidence that this is going to be the best regional ever.

We recently attended a Trailblazer Boy Scout event outside Albemarle that was coordinated through Bass Pro Shop in Charlotte. There is another event scheduled for Nov.4 at Camp Barnhart that we will attend to represent the NCTA. We also attended and served as advanced trapping instructors at the 4-H facility outside Columbia in conjunction with the NCWRC Hunter Education program. We have attended public hearings in Dare and Davidson Counties regarding local laws affecting trapping. We are schedule to return to Davidson County for another hearing on a local law fox season proposal Oct. 14.

The NCTA presents awards individuals that have contributed to our organization during the past year or who have given a lifetime of service to the organization. These awards are presented at the general membership meeting at the annual convention. The recipients this year were:
NCTA Hall of Fame — Wayne Rose
Trapper of the Year — Todd Menke
Director of the Year — Dan Jones
Supporter of the Year — Wake County Wildlife Club
President’s Award — Colleen Olfenbuttel

The recipients are all very deserving of their awards. If you wish to nominate anyone for an award, just contact your district director or me with the information.

The NCTA and the NCWRC have forged an alliance that I am confident will benefit both organizations for years to come. An immediate result of this is the vast improvement in the trappers education program. Our class in June had 67 trappers attending. Twelve of us completed training provided by the NCWRC and now serve as advanced trapping instructors. Colleen Olfenbuttel, Perry Sumner, Billy Holland and David Denton attended the convention to represent the NCWRC and to help trappers with information about the new regulations and other trapping related issues. They attend public hearings to provide information to county commissioners on biology and the benefits of trapping as a management tool. Every one of them are trappers and they have a good common sense approach to what we do and how the NCWRC relates to trappers. We may not always get the answer that we want, but it is important to know that there are folks who understand trapping and trappers in the Commission. I extend my personal thanks to these individuals and to the NCWRC as an organization.

Well, time to close for now. Trapping season is fast approaching and we all have last minute things to do to prepare. Good luck and introduce someone to trapping and the outdoors. — Jimmy Pierce

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