Coyote expert Zagger to present at NTA Convention in Escanaba

ESCANABA— The National Trappers Association’s Convention/Outdoor Show will be held July 26-28 at the U.P. State Fairgrounds in Escanaba.
    Among the many trappers/outdoor experts attending will be Mark Zagger who is well-known for his expertise on capturing coyotes. Using his innovative techniques Zagger has averaged 135 coyotes per year in the last 10 years with a best of 185 captured in one year. Amazingly, he puts up these kinds of numbers only trapping for three weeks or so during his vacation each year.
       Zagger began trapping in 1976. He attended college as a wildlife biology student where he closely studied mated pairs of canines at the university station. In 1989, he started his own nuisance wildlife control business in central New York. While Zagger successfully traps his home range, he has had great success in midwestern and western states as well. He was one of the first trappers to use “trapline dogs” before it became more common. His dogs played a major role in helping him put up those amazing capture numbers.
    Zagger gives trapping demos around the Unite States and he has written many magazine articles and contributed to books related to canine trapping. He also has created Coyote U, a coyote trapping instructional course.
    “The 2018 lineup of presenters just keeps getting better and better,” said Doug Zajdel, longtime member of U.P. Trappers District 3. “All of these great demos along with food vendors, sporting goods dealers, tailgaters and interesting items and events for all members of the family make the NTA’s 59th annual convention a ‘must-see’ event for any outdoor enthusiast.”
    Raffles, a free fishing pond for kids, prizes and many other family-friendly events will go on throughout the convention. Dealers will be offering good deals on their wares. Camping is available on the grounds.
    Hours are from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. all three days (EST) all days. Admission is $10 per day or $20 for a 3-day pass. Youngsters ages 12 and under are admitted free. An estimated 8,000-10,000 outdoor enthusiasts from all over the country are expected to attend.
    For further information, contact convention coordinator Vickie Wright at 231-907-0977, or Roy Dahlgren 906-339-1960 or visit