ESCANABA—In celebration of their 50 years of serving Upper Peninsula trappers, members of the U.P. Trappers Association are doing everything possible to make this their best convention ever and are also striving to make it interesting for trappers and non-trappers alike.
They would like to remind Upper Peninsula trappers and predator callers of the excellent demo line-up at their 50th anniversary convention. The event is being held on Friday, July 13, and Saturday, July 14, at the U.P. State Fairgrounds from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. both days.
During the convention, trapping and hunting equipment, guns, loom rugs, boats and ORVs, jewelry, crafts, special predator hunting supplies, intarsia wood products, fishing creels and trapping baskets, live-traps, horse-shoe art, quilts, taxidermy services, heavy duty waders and hip boots, trapping magazines, raffle tickets and many other outdoor and indoor items are offered.
Kids can reel in fish at the Pocket Park and win prizes for any fish they catch, under the careful supervision of the volunteers from the Normenco Sportsman’s Club. Also offered are a full-slate of trapping demos by top trappers, many of whom have trapped throughout the United States and beyond. It is usually recommended that beginners start with one or two animals that are easy to trap and prepare for market – like weasels, mink and muskrats. A couple of the best weasel trappers in Wisconsin, Bill and George Porter, will be putting on a weasel demo for both kids and adults.
A man who caught over 8,000 muskrats last year, Trapper Art from Wisconsin will be showing attendees how to trap muskrats. Jeff Dunlap from Lower Michigan will be showing how to trap mink and raccoon.
And Richard Clark will be giving a demonstration to trappers on how to properly prepare mink, muskrats and raccoon for market. His demo is a ‘must-see’ for all beginning trappers and for the more experienced who want to maximize their fur checks.
For those trappers wanting to trap more wary game, like coyotes and foxes, Steve and Lori Gappa from Minnesota will be showing us how they catch lots of coyotes amongst stiff competition.
Beaver are extremely hard to put up and Fur Harvesters Auction will be showing trappers how to properly prepare them for market. Open-water snaring of beaver is quite new for Michigan Trappers and Rally Hess, from Minnesota, will be showing how to effectively and humanely snare beaver without damaging the pelts.
Want to graduate to making your own trapping lure? Kellen Kaatz from Illinois will be covering the subject from A to Z. And there is even a jewelry making demo for the ladies. There is no charge and you get to keep your own creation.
Also, Les Johnson from Nebraska will be showing predator callers some of the tricks, equipment and methods he has used to win many calling championships – including the triple crown of calling, Midwest, National, and World Championships, in 1999. He even has his TV show - Predator Quest.
Trappers and the general public are welcome. Admission is $2 for adults and everyone 16 and under is admitted free. Lunch is available for purchase and you can camp on the grounds for only $20 per night, including water and electric. For further information, contact Roy Dahlgren at (906) 399-1960 or visit www.uptrappers.com.