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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District 3 Director Don Hightower recently met with staff from Gus Engeling Wildlife Management Area to provide a workshop on effective snaring techniques. Workshops, such as this, are mutually beneficial in educating the public about the importance of trapping and TTFHA appreciates the opportunity.

A letter from Jeffery W. Gunnels, the Project Leader of the Middle Trinity River Ecosystem Project, regarding the experience is posted below. 

Thank you letter

Youth Trapping Workshop

June 3, 2017 - Devine High School Ag Shop

Devine, TX

9 am - Noon

Workshop will cover the very basics of trapping fur-bearers and predators such as: choosing set locations, making the sets, baits and lures, and what to do after the catch.

While this workshop will mainly be formatted toward our youth, anyone wishing to learn the basics of trapping is welcome to attend. The workshop is free, but an RSVP is required. Contact R. Wheelus at or call 361-318-0692 and leave message



Earle Blakney, District Two Director announces a District 2 meeting


Date: Saturday, May 20, 2017
Location: 527 Pecan Drive Irving, Texas 75061
Time: 10:00am until 3:00 pm

We will have several demos including Alexandria Hahn doing hog trapping and snaring, Earle Blakney doing fur handling, Jim Brooks doing coyote trapping and bobcat trapping and David Simpson doing beaver trapping.

We will have a lunch, I will provide the meat and will do a pot luck for the 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 hold a raffle. Anyone wanting to donate an item for the raffle please contact: Earle Blakney.

If you have trapping related items to sell or trade feel free to bring them.

I will be happy for any trapper in any District to attend this event. Please RSVP with Earle at 817-559-3281 or so I can get a head count.

Look forward to seeing everyone here, Earle.

Directions: from Highway 183 take Macarthur exit south about three miles to Pioneer drive (third traffic light), turn East two blocks to Pecan Drive, turn South. We are on the SW corner.

From IH 30: exit MacArthur North about four miles to East Pioneer drive East two blocks to Pecan Drive, turn South. We are on the SW corner.


18378954_10203298019449038_1905395938_oMr. Minton attended the Devine FFA Chapter Banquet on May 5, 2017 to honor TTFHA District 5 Director Robin Wheelus with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department "Professional Educator of the Year Award."



TTFHA would like to thank Steve Knight for the article and video highlighting our Spring 2017 Rendezvous.

Trapping remains a viable means for controlling predators and nuisance animals.

scholarshipCongratulations to the winner of the TTFHA Scholarship, J.B. Alexander. He is pictured above with scholarship committee members Jay Krottinger and Hollee Applegate Warren. J.B. is the grandson of Mark Davis and will be pursuing a degree in Agriculture Education at West Texas A&M. (go Buffs!)


Jim Brooks and Keith Jackson are again recognized for their service as instructors for the On Line Trapping Demonstration.

TTFHA would also like to thank everyone who took time to present demos on site both days. We could not provide the caliber of convention we hosted without the following people: Gary Jepson, Dave Hastings, Cletis Richards, Tom Beaudette, Sterlen Kirschman, David Simpson, Andy Weiser, Brian McKee and John Beaudette.


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Left to Right: Dave Hastings, Jeff Dunnier, Gary Jepson and Karl Haschke


District Directors Dan Hepker and Jay Krottinger get words of advice and encouragement from Past President Bill Applegate


Dave Hastings and Dan Hepker receiving recognition for making Texas Fur Trails the quality magazine it is today.



From Mark and Donna June - TTFHA President and Treasurer
Dated April 4, 2017
To the TTFHA Board of Directors,
This email formally informs the TTFHA BOD's that as of today, both Donna and I resign as your association President and Treasurer, effective immediately.
This action is the result of a decision Donna and I are making to become more involved on our church, LIFE Church of La Vernia's ministry programs, and to facilitate this we need to step down from our roles as officers in TTFHA.  Prayer has led us in this direction and I trust everyone will understand our personal decision in this regard.
It has been Donna and my pleasure to assist TTFHA in the following ways during the previous year;
  • Submitting the paperwork necessary to get TTFHA designated as a non-profit 501c3 organization
  • Submitting the paperwork necessary to get TTFHA designated non-profit by the state of Texas
  • Helping to craft a revision of the bylaws
  • Complete examination of every member's information in 2016 to update inconsistencies ensuring all members receive TFT magazines and voting ballots
  • Rewrite of the "welcome" and "renewal" letters members receive with their association materials
  • Focus on acquiring member emails as a means of quicker and cost-effective communication
  • Auditing the financials and submitting suggestions on cost effective measures at all levels
  • Rewriting the treasury Charter of Accounts to better track assets and expenditures and ensure a more accurate P&L
  • Rebuilding of the TTFHA website complete with online payment capabilities
  • Creation of a TTFHA Blogsite and merchandise store
  • Securing 12 corporate sponsors for the website generating $3,000 annually
  • Working with Dave Hastings to generate more income from the TFT magazine, including contacting advertisers to generate increased ad revenue
  • Working with TFT editor to move to a color cover creating increased revenues based on color ad rates
  • Negotiating reduced print costs for TFT magazine allowing increased magazine size
  • Securing donations from industry leaders to benefit auction proceeds
  • Holding the first district meeting in District 5 and then suggesting other districts follow suit to better facilitate local issues
  • Holding a meeting via teleconference to show how a board can better function
  • Developing artwork and production of a new association color brochure
  • Overseeing the process whereby March 2017 bank funds are approximately 100% higher than twelve months previous
  • Contacting Jonah Evans to build a bridge of communication with this critical position within TPWD
As we summarize our decision to resign, we wish TTFHA great success in the future.  It has been our pleasure to serve this association and I hope everyone will wish us God's Blessings in our decision to better serve Him.
Mark & Donna June

TTFHA recruiter of the year and District 5 member Steve (Red) Salas held a trapper's instruction day where 14 trappers were shown various trapping methods as well as instruction on how to skin, flesh, and put up fur on stretchers.  Trappers came from several different cities to attend and the feedback on Steve's effort was unanimous... these sportsmen, many of whom had never set a trap before, really appreciated someone taking the time to offer guidence and knowledge.

All were treated to a free lunch and soft drinks during the class as well.

Wesley Cohn and Austin MacDonald assisted Red at this trapping class.  Thanks to all who donated their time and talent!