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It has been a month since we all gathered in Junction for fun, fellowship and education at our TTFHA Spring Convention. While Spring Rendezvous is usually somewhat smaller than Fall; this one had great attendance, vendors and demos. The parking lot was full both days, as were the bleachers. It is a good problem to have when there is a need to set up chairs for additional seating. 

TTFHA Spring 2018 Rendezvous Pictures

The weather was in our favor, but having the demo area indoors was a nice change for Junction. Also, the addition of the instructors wearing a wireless microphone allowed people to hear more effectively. A thanks goes out to Jay Krottinger, our Dist. 1 Director, and his crew for setting up a top notch demo habitat. We would also like to thank the demo presenters that traveled, whether it be hours or days on the road to come visit. We hope they enjoyed their time and will consider coming to see us again.

A big THANK YOU to all of our donors. The money from the antlers keeps growing as both quality and quantity of the donations increases. It appears that the highlight of the auction this Spring was food and decor.

Lastly, we would like to thank members and spectators that attended. We gained new members from all over the state and a few from out of state that trap here. It is always a pleasure to meet new faces and get to know them.

Start making plans to attend Brownwood in October and keep an eye on the conventions page for updates to be posted as they are develop.

For those of you that will be traveling to attend the Spring Rendezvous, don't worry about the possibility of some much needed rain. All the on-site demos are indoors! We were thinking ahead for everyone's comfort and asked our hosts at Junction to bring in some dirt and bleachers for the event. Bring your umbrella just in case for the "on the line", but once you're at the Stevenson Center you should stay high and dry. In the event that the "on the line" is rained out, we do have on site demos going at the same time and there will be the interactive trapping short course Saturday afternoon. So, bring or buy your trapping supplies and join us.

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Don't forget to bring items for the Friday night auction! This Top Lot Stretcher Co. board might make it on the sale table, along with a few other things. It doesn't have to be trapping supplies. We welcome FOOD and decorative pieces as well. Be prepared for a good time and to take home a treasure.

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They will be $20 and can only be purchased at Rendezvous and there is a limited supply. What more motivation do you need to attend the Spring Rendezvous in Junction April 20-21, 2018?

~Sizes Adult Small - XXL~ The shirt is olive green

Included in the March 2018 issue is a nice article discussing the TTFHA. They quote P R Director Robin Wheelus, about the importance of conservation and educating the public about trapping's role.

We appreciate that Ranch & Rural Living supports what we do.

(if you are a subscriber the TTFHA Spring Rendezvous is advertised on page 11 and the article is on page 19.)

Jay Krottinger - District One Director

Earle Blakney - District Two Director

Hollee Warren - District Six Director

Dan Hepker - District Seven Director

Announce a Combined District meeting
Saturday February 3, 2018 in Shackleford County, Texas near Moran.

Date: February 3, 2018
Location: 652 FM880 Moran, Texas 76464
Time: 10:00am until 3:00 pm
We will have several demos including trapping , snaring and fur handling.
Duwain Vinson will be on site buying fur (contact him for information).

Lunch will be served. We will provide the meat and will do a pot luck for sides and dessert.
A short membership meeting will be held, there are many changes going on in the TTFHA so we will discuss them.
We will also be holding a raffle. Anyone wanting to donate, please contact: Earle Blakney.
If you have trapping related items to sell or trade, feel free to bring them.
There is space for dry camping or tents Friday night or there are hotels in Cisco about twenty miles from location.
We will be happy for any trapper in any District to attend this event.
Please RSVP with Earle at 817-559-3281 or earle.blakney@yahoo.com so a head count can be determined. We’re looking forward to seeing everyone.

Directions From Cisco: Take IH20, take exit 332 (US 183) north about two miles through downtown Cisco and continue north onto Highway 6 sixteen miles to FM 880 spur onto FM880 north 2.2 miles. We will be on the west side of FM880. There is an Atmos Energy Gas compressor station next to the gate.

From Albany: Take Highway 6 south about fifteen miles Moran, turn west on Grand Ave two blocks to Ward street/ FM880 turn south 1.3 miles. We will be on the west side of FM880. There is an Atmos Energy Gas compressor station next to the gate.

From Abilene: Take IH20 take exit 320 (FM 880) north about thirteen miles. We will be on the west side of FM880. There is an Atmos Energy Gas compressor station next to the gate.

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.