Tennessee Free Trappers Association November 2008 Report

President — Mike Renfro, 401 Norton Hollow Road, Erwin, TN 37650; phone: 423-330-8134
Vice President — Jerry Scott, 190 Mockingbird Drive, McMinnville, TN 37110; phone: 931-692-2035
Secretary — Cindy Jacobsen, 938 Tyree Springs Rd., White House, TN 37188; phone: 615-672-8546
Membership Secretary/Treasurer — Cindy Jacobsen, 938 Tyree Springs Rd., White House, TN 37188; phone: 615-672-8546
State Organizer, NTA Director and FTA Director —
Chris Jacobsen, 938 Tyree Springs Rd.,
White House, TN 37188; phone: 615-672-8546
Trapper Education/Public Relations Coordinator — Jackie McMurtry, 143 Pond Rd.,
Cottontown, TN 37048; phone: 615-672-4163

Membership Options:
• Individual membership including subscription to The Trapper & Predator Caller — $18
• Family membership with subscription to The Trapper & Predator Caller — $20
• Junior (16 & under) with subscription to The Trapper & Predator Caller — $12
• Lifetime membership with subscription to The Trapper & Predator Caller — $200

Complete membership application on first page of
association section and send dues to:
TFTA, Membership Secretary/Treasurer
Cindy Jacobsen
938 Tyree Springs Rd., White House, TN 37188
615-672-8546
http://www.tennesseefreetrappers.com

PRESIDENT’S REPORT

Hello Tennessee Free Trappers,

At the time of this writing, Fall Meet at Rock Island State Park has not been held. I will report to you on this event in this next issue of the Trapper & Predator Caller.

This 2008 to 2009 season, East Tennessee trappers will be able to utilize the snare. Remember, the snare must have your name tag on it just like any other trap. Although it is not required by TWRA regulations, it is recommended that a deer stop be used, even though you may have permission to trap on a landowners property. If you think a roaming dog may be in the area, please don’t set these snares where there is a risk of catching a domestic animal. Snare usage is a privilege that we fought hard to get passed. The snare has been in use in western and middle Tennessee for years with no complaints or ill effects. Let’s all use the snares wisely and not risk losing the use of this effective tool. Please refer to the 2008-2009 Hunting & Trapping Guide for exact regulations.

FUR AUCTIONS. The auctions have been scheduled and the buildings have been reserved for three (3) TFTA Fur Auctions for the 2008-2009 Season.

The TFTA Fur Auctions are as follows.
Auction #1 – Bulls Gap – VFW Post 9683 – January 10, 2009 beginning at 9:00 am EDT. This auction will be held at the VFW Post 9683 located off Hwy. 11E. Directions: Take I-40 towards Knoxville, then take I-81 North towards Bristol. Take exit #23 (Hwy. 11E, Mosheim/ Greensville/ Bulls Gap). Keep left at the fork in the ramp. Turn left onto W. Andrew Johnson Hwy. which becomes Hwy. 11E, turn right onto North VFW Road. Follow the TFTA signs.
Auction #2 – Waverly, Tenn – Humphreys County – January 24, 2009 at 9 a.m. CDT. This auction will be held at the Humphreys County Agriculture Center (next to the Farmers Co-Op) on Blue Creek Road in Waverly, TN. Directions: From I-40, take exit 143 to Hwy. 13 North. Travel on Hwy. 13 approx 12 or 13 miles, turn left on Blue Creek Road just before you get to the square in Waverly. Note that the driveway entrance has moved to the other side of the co-op. Look for the TFTA signs.
Auction #3 – Alexandria, Tenn – DeKalb County – February 28, 2009 at 9:00 am CDT. This auction will be held at the DeKalb County Fairgrounds in Alexandria, Tenn. Directions: From I-40 take exit 254 (Alexandria Exit). Turn right off the interstate. Stay straight continuing on Hwy. 53 South, then take a right on Hwy. 70 in Alexandria and follow the TFTA signs.

Once again, there will be no commission on fur sold charged to TFTA members. The NAFA Fur pick up locations will be addressed in future issues of the Trapper & Predator Caller.

USDA UPDATE ON ORAL RABIES VACCINATION: The USDA has once again this year for 14 days starting Oct. 2 (weather permitting) been dropping oral vaccine laced baits along the Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama, North Carolina and Virginia border. Tennessee counties targeted are as follows: Hamilton, Hamblen, Cocke, Monroe, Hancock, Jefferson, Polk, Hawkins, Unicoi, McMinn, Sevier, Carter, Bradley, Sullivan, Greene, Washington, Meigs.

For Questions about Oral Rabies Vaccination or bait you have found, call Wildlife Services toll free 1-866-487-3297.

You may want to take precautions once again this season while handling fur and attempting to handle questionable furbearers while trapping. — Mike Renfro

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