District 3 Director Don Hightower wondered if a district meeting the first part of December would be of interest to members in his district, but as it turned out, he had nothing to worry about as 42 people attended a very successful gathering of trappers!
During the meeting, TTFHA business was overviewed and discussed and input was sought from all those attending. In addition, James Gallaspy from R&P Outdoors summarized the current fur market and what trappers should expect to receive for pelts this year. All in all, trappers who attended saw that meetings at a local level are an excellent way to meet fellow trappers, discuss relevant trapping issues, and enjoy the afternoon with like minded sportsmen. Here are several photos from the event;
James Gallaspy - R&P Outdoors has everyone's attention as he talks about fur markets
Bart Covin from Gilmer, TX won the district drawing with traps donated by Jeff Dunnier - FTA/NTA Director
Brown County Sheriff Tom Castloo stopped by to check on the action as he heard a bunch of good trapper types were having a meeting to discuss business!
Chris Guthrie donated bottles of his Muddy River Predator Baits at the meeting. Thank you Chris!
Pastor John Micheal Mars joined as a new member plus he took care of keeping the coffee brewing!
The Annual District 5 meeting was held on Dec. 10th in Castroville, TX. Director Robin Wheelus discussed district business updates: TTFHA new 501(c)3 Non-Profit Educational based status, new on-line scholarship application & upcoming deadline, Spring Rendezvous location & dates, and upcoming educational opportunities requiring volunteers. President Mark June gave a brief update on the TTFHA Bylaws Committee work.
Following lunch & fellowship, guest speaker Mike Bodenchuk-USDA/APHIS, Wildlife Services State Director gave a very insightful presentation on Predator Research, trapping in other states, trapping in other countries like Laos & Australia, and current State issues.
Guest speaker Jonah Evans- TPWD Mammalogist, Furbearer Specialist, & Expert Tracker gave a very informative presentation on state trapping regulations with a lot of discussion about data.
Matt Carter of Pearsall,TX gave an excellent demo on successful coyote sets. He also discussed the importance of passing on those basic, successful techniques to our youth.
Jonah Evans continued with a very interesting presentation on tracking of various wildlife specie. Mr Evans also discussed his experiences tracking in other countries.
Harvey Dickens of San Antonio,TX concluded the day by giving a very unique demo on DP's and their place in Furbearer trapping. Mr. Dickens incorporated his vast experiences of being an active trapper in New York.
Carcen Preece (7 years old) won the Youth Drawing prize of 1/2 dozen FB1 DP's and jug of Mark June Lures Coon Chum. He can now join his brothers and dad in their family trapping adventures.
Submitted by Robin Wheelus - District 5 Director