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Despite the first demonstration not starting until 1pm, attendees began to drift into the main building before 10am on Friday to visit with members and patronize vendors.
This year the convention teamed with a local onsite food trailer that specialized in things such as; fried pickles, fried pineapple, chicken strips and pizza. This allowed folks to stay on site and not miss any demos and also drew in curious locals while they waited on food. (Many of whom came back on Saturday and brought friends and family.)
Friday and Saturday featured first class demos, including presentations for night vision equipment and Jager Pro hog control systems. As usual, the "on the line" trapping proved to be informative for the beginning and seasoned trapper alike, and yielded a bobcat. For those that stayed on site, the night vision and "educated coyote" demos were worth it.
Friday's auction contained hidden treasures, practical needs and live entertainment from one of the youngest trappers in attendance. In addition to the knife being raffled, the Grahams donated a Montana Silversmith buckle that people could buy a chance on. The bead game was as entertaining as usual to close out the evening.
Saturday once again provided the fun and games to be expected at a rendezvous with a new competition in the form of a predator calling contest. Early FFA once again catered with some superb BBQ. The awards ceremony introduced some new awards to honor deserving individuals who have been assets to the association. Earl and Velma Gibson of Livingston were honored with the first ever "Trapping Heritage" award presented by District 3 Director Don Hightower. A few moments later Mr. Hightower was presented the long standing "Trapper of the Year" award by Past President Bill Applegate.
The membership was informed in the general meeting of association plans for the future and current participation in educational and outreach programs. Representatives of Texas Parks and Wildlife also recognized members who have dedicated time and knowledge as instructors for workshops across the state.
I just wanted to show my appreciation to Greg Yocca, his daughter Maryellen, Henry Dusek and Jon Dea for setting up our educational booth at the Snyder Gun Show on September 16-17, 2017.
Jay Krottinger, District 1 Director
Maryellen and Henry Dusek pictured below.
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Jeff Dunnier presenting his predator bait station demo at the Fur Takers of America National Convention in Manchester, IA. Jeff was joined by Robin Wheelus at the TTFHA booth during the convention. They visited with trappers from all over the U.S. and Canada, recruited new members and discussed the state of trapping in the world.
On Friday, June 23rd, Jeff was presented an award for his service and giving to the FTA at the awards banquet. Texas Trappers and Fur Hunters Association is definitely represented in top fashion by Jeff Dunnier. Thank you for a job well done!
The Youth Trapping Workshop held June 3. 2017 at Devine High School consisted of 13 students ranging from grandmother and her grand kids, two brothers, mother and daughter and a father and daughter.
Harvey Dickens and Robin Wheelus led the instruction covering trap setting, trap locations, baits/lures and methods of dispatch. After demonstrating coil spring, DPs and cage trap sets, students spent time setting the various types using what they had learned.
The workshop concluded with several drawings for cage traps, Freedom Brand DP, Rusty Johnson Baits and Lures, and Moonshine Raccoon lure
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