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Fall Rendezvous 2018

October 12-13

Brown County Fair Grounds

4206 US 377

Brownwood, TX 76801

For Vendor Space Reservations

Contact: Mitchell Simpson   806-847-7562









Spring Rendezvous 2018
Coke R. Stevenson Memorial Center
440 US 83 & US 377
Junction, TX

  • Friday:
    12 - 1 pm Hometown Pizza - Concessions
    1 - 2 pm Demo by Ed Wimberley, TX - Lions
    2 - 3 pm Demo by Robert and Reilee Helms, UT - Longline Predators
    3 - 5 pm On the Line with Jim Brooks, Keith Jackson and Earle Blakney
    3 - 4 pm Mike Bodenchuck, TX - Director Texas Wildlife Services              Trapping & Predator Hunting in Texas and around the world                                  4 - 5 pm Demo by Travis Brandy, VA - Fox
    5 - 6:30 pm Hometown Pizza - Concessions
    6:30 pm TTFHA Auction with Matt Carter, TX - Auctioneer
    Set up by Greg Yocca and Jay Krottinger
  • Saturday:
    7 - 10 am Hometown Pizza - Concessions
    7:30 - 9 am On the Line with Jim Brooks, Keith Jackson and Earle Blakney
    9 - 10 am Ladies Crafts with Pam Brooks
    9 - 10 am Kids Crafts with Hollee Applegate - Warren
    9 - 10 am Demo by Jeff Aguillard, LA - Beaver
    10 - 11 am Demo by Lesel Reuwsatt, SD - Predators
    10 - 10:30 am Basic Trapping for Youth with Bill Applegate
    10:30 - 11 am Final Round of Mousetrap Roulette Contest
    11 - 11:30 am Skillet Toss Contest
    11 - 11:30 am Calling Contest Jr/Sr Divisions
    11:30 - 12 pm Speed Trap Setting Contest
    12 - 2 pm Catered Lunch courtesy of Junction FFA - BBQ
    12 - 2 pm General Membership meeting and Awards                                              2 - 4 pm Trapping Short Course for ALL ages - the Basics
    Including demos of Dirt Hole Sets, Flat Sets and DP Sets
    Followed by hands-on trap setting for the beginning trapper
  • Instructors: Jeff Dunnier, Harvey Dickens, Don Hightower, Jay Krottinger, Earle Blakney and other experienced trappers on hand for your questions                    4 pm - ? Clean-  up, followed by TTFHA Board Meeting

Vendors and Booths

Reuwsatt Bait and Lure

Western Cats, Inc

NO-BS Lures

Derrick’s Lures

Jordan ADC

Adrian Romero's Fine Art


Texas Parks and Wildlife

Virginia Trappers Association

and MANY others

Joe Shelton - Official Rendezvous Photographer


Exclusive TTFHA Rendezvous T-Shirts ~ These can only be purchased at Rendezvous and there is a limited supply. Sizes adult Small - XXL

Spring 2018 Rendezvous is headed back to Junction April 20-21, 2018

TTFHA Spring Rendezvous at Coke R. Stevenson Memorial Center

440 US 83 and US 377

Junction, TX

Motel information: Be sure to reserve your rooms NOW for availability and rates

Hills  Motel        1520 Main St     325-446-2567    HOST

Singles: $40+ tax     Doubles: $45+ tax

(MUST mention you are TTFHA member for this rate)

Rodeway Inn     2343 Main St    325-446-4588

$52 + tax (Truckers rate, mention TTFHA)

Legends Inn      1908 Main St    325-446-8644

$59 + tax single or double room

(mention TTFHA for this rate)





2017 Fall Rendezvous was one for the books!  Keep checking back for information about location and features for the 2018 Spring Convention.

Don't forget your donation for the Auction!

TTFHA Fall Convention 2017

Click below for the convention advertisement;


Date: October 6 and 7, 2017                                                                   Location: Brownwood, Texas                                                                     

For information contact:  Mitchell Simpson at 806-847-7562

Texas Trappers and Fur  Hunters Association 2017 Fall Rendezvous Schedule

Friday - October 6th

12:00 pm  -     1:00 pm Lunch on your own

1:00 pm    -     2:00 pm Building Snares; Brian McKee (GA)

2:00 pm    -     3:00 pm Mountain Lions; Jim Vaught (NM, TX)

2:00 pm    -     5:00 pm ”On The Line Trapping”;

                          Jim Brooks,  Earle Blakney, Keith Jackson (TX)

3:00 pm    -     4:00 pm Night Vision; Myron Morrow (TX)

4:00 pm    -     5:00 pm Educated Coyotes; Travis Chilton (TX)

5:00 pm    -     6:30 pm Dinner on your own

6:30 pm  -    TFHA Auction Auctioneer Matt Carter (TX) 

                                (Set up by David Holt and Greg Yocca)    

Saturday - October 7th
7:30 am   -    9:00 am ”On The Line Trapping”;

                       Jim Brooks, Earle Blakney, Keith Jackson (TX)      

9:00 am    -  10:00 am Ladies Crafts; Pam Brooks (TX)

9:00 am    -  10:00 am Kids Crafts; Hollee Warren (TX)

9:00 am    -  10:00 am Fox & Coyote Trapping; Rusty Johnson (GA)

10:00am   -  10:30 am Basic Trapping for youth; Bill Applegate (TX)

10:30 am  -  11:00 am Dirt Hole Contest (18 & Under) use own Equipment

10:00 am   - 11:00 am Predator Trapping and Snaring; John Graham (WY)

11:00 am   - 11:30 am Skillet Toss

11:30 am   - 12:00 pm Trap Speed Setting

11:30 am   - 12:00 pm Calling Contest

11:00 am   - 12:00 pm Hog Control (U of GA System); Jager Pro

12:00 pm   -  2:00 pm Catered Lunch; Early FFA BBQ                       

General Membership Meeting and Awards

2:00 pm    -   3:00 pm Lion Trapping; Ed Wimberly (TX, NM)

3:00 pm    -   4:00 pm  Cats; Wayne Derrick (NM)       

4:00 pm        Clean Up                              

TTFHA Board Meeting
Both days: Jonah Evans (TPWD) will be taking questions in the meeting barn.
Both Days: Earle Blakney (TX) will be demonstrating proper skinning and pelt preparation, outside the demo ring before & after “On The Line Trapping”


Comfort Inn (Host Hotel for Convention)
204 Early Blvd
Early, TX 76802
Choice Privileges online $84.00

Hampton Inn
1103 Riverside Dr
Brownwood, TX 76801

La Quinta Inn & Suites
103 Market Place Blvd
Brownwood, TX 76801

Country Inn (Holiday Inn Express)
Going through name change
504 W Commerce St
Brownwood, TX 76801
325-641-8085 (Matti)




Spring 2017 Rendezvous Update

Jacksonville once again welcomed TTFHA on April 21-22, 2017. Many things have changed since the last visit, but not the dedication of the membership. After the floor was opened for discussion, in the general membership meeting, an adoption of a new set of by-laws was accepted. This new set of by-laws assures that TTFHA is in compliance with all aspects of being a 501(c)(3) tax exempt and non-profit organization. 

Without support from the membership, the TTFHA would not be able to promote public education on behalf of the trapping community. Special recognition goes to the donors listed below. 

Antler Donations:

Steve Morris     E.T. Means     Tim Martin

Robin Wheelus     Bill Applegate

Auction Donations:

Tasha and Keith Jackson     Troy Vaughn     Pam Brooks     Brian McKee

Steve Morris     The Hepker Family     Amy and Rodney Jordan     Mark Davis

Don Cooper     Andy Weiser     Robin Wheelus   Tim and Mary Ross    Wayne Reed

Al and Melanie Barton     Don Hightower     Mitchell Simpson, Karl Haschke

Tom Beaudette      Jeff Dunnier      Earle Blakney      Apple Road aka Cletis Richards,

Kendall Speight   Monica Wheelus

There were other donors that chose to be anonymous.



The Fall 2016 Convention is now history and it was historical as far as all time attendance and proceeds earned during the two day event.  Overall attendance broke the 300+ mark and net proceeds almost tripled a typical fall convention!                                                                                                                                                                       A special thank you goes to VP Mitchell Simpson, who once again lined up more vendors and big name demos than ever before and his efforts along with other TTFHA members made for a great gathering!   Others who routinely volunteered to help included Monica and Robin Wheelus, Mark and Donna June, Dan Hepker, Matthew Carter, Kendall Speight, Joe Craft (auctioneer), Steve Salas, and James Bacon.

A general membership meeting vote was taken to amend three articles in the TTFHA Bylaws... the measures were passed and thus the membership has authorized the board to update the Bylaws and move forward towards gaining a tax-exempt, non-profit status.   This process will take a bit of effort but the end result will be extremely beneficial for your association.

The weekend highlight was a Ed Hutzel commemorative trap presented to Bill Applegate, commemorating 18 years as TTFHA President.  A standing ovation followed the presentation of course.  Bill did not run for re-election so we sincerely thank you Mr. Applegate for all you have done for TTFHA over the years!


The esteemed "Trapper of the Year" was presented to FTA/NTA delegate Jeff Dunnier.  Jeff has worked tirelessly this year, traveling to Kansas, Georgia, etc. to promote TTFHA to other associations and other trappers.  Congratulations Mr. Dunnier!


Also on hand for the first time was Texas Parks and Wildlife Biologist Jonah Evans.  Jonah is the biologist assigned to fur bearers here in Texas so it's important he gets to know us and we get to know him.  He also is a world class animal tracker and shared a truly one-of-a-kind seminar with everyone on Saturday.

Jonah Evans

New Officers and Directors were elected and appointed including President- Mark June, Membership Administrator- Monica Wheelus, Treasurer- Donna June, Public Relations Director- David Simpson,  District 1- Jay Krottinger, District 5- Robin Wheelus and District 6- Hollee Applegate-WarrenDSC_2587

Contests were held both days and here is a list of the winners...                                                                                                                             Recruitment Contest Winners                                                           Steve Salas (Adult) & Josh Medrano (Junior)                                           DSC_2568                                                                                                                                                        Dirt hole contest - Colton Preece 1st place

Speed Setting contest - Beginners - William Warren 1st place, Womens - Hollee Applegate-Warren 1st place, Mens - Casey Payne 1st place                                                                                                          DSC_2521

Skillet Toss - Beginners - Addison Martin 1st place, Seniors - Jordan Vagts 1st place, Advanced- Amy Jordan 1st place, Skilled - Patricia Shelton 1st place.     

We have a new "Traveling Trophy" at TTFHA!                                      A tradition has been started whereby the high bidder at Friday night's auction can "purchase and keep" for one year, the Traveling Trophy artwork specifically created for TTFHA by Chip Davis (Expand-A-Pan) from Mississippi.  Each year's winner of the Trophy will also sign and date the art, so history can record those who are very generous bidders on behalf of the association.

This year's winning bidder is Kendall Speight, shown holding the art piece at his home in south Texas.  Super job Kendall and enjoy the Traveling Trophy until October, 2017 when it will once again go up for bid at Friday's benefit auction.Traveling Trophy

Chip Davis, trapper and NTA director from Missippi.  Chip is the owner of Expand-A-Pan, a method of enlarging the "kill zone" on traps of all sizes.                                         His website is

Chip Davis