ESCANABA—The U.P. Trappers Association 2013 Convention/Outdoor Expo will be held on July 12-13 at the U.P. State Fairgrounds in Escanaba.
This year’s convention will include an excellent array of trapping and predator calling experts from all around the country, including: Ron Leggett (member of Trappers Hall of Fame) who will demo on fox trapping, sets, techniques, lures etc.
Harry Taylor from Maine will show how to trap marten and fisher. Jeff Dunlap will return to the convention this year and teach on how to trap raccoon. George and Bill Porter will put on a weasel trapping demo (a good one for the kids).
Kellen Katz will be offering his tips and methods for lure-making. Rich Clark, an agent for NAFA will be demonstrating proper fur handling. Smiley from FHA will show how to properly handle the high dollar otter. And, Greg Schroeder also from FHA will demo on skinning, fleshing, and stretching a variety of furbearers.
There will also be a jewelry-making demo for the ladies – create and keep your own creation for free. It will be done by Tamie Lundborg.
For the predator hunters, Les Johnson of Predator Quest will demonstrate his world famous methods and techniques for calling coyotes, fox and other predators.
All outdoor enthusiasts will enjoy this event as the Outdoor Expo will include outdoor sports equipment, crafters, gun dealers, fishing, boats, woodworking, quilters and more.
There will be free fishing and prizes for the kids at the DNR Pocket Park.
Hours are from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. both days. Admission is $5 for both days (16 and under free).
Food and refreshments will be available. Camping is $20 per night which includes water and electricity. For more information contact Roy Dahlgren at (906) 399-1960 or visit www.uptrappers.com.