UPTA to host Young Trappers Workshop Feb. 3

HERMANSVILLE—Youngsters and beginning trappers will have an opportunity to learn from the experts at the 13th annual Young Trappers Workshop at 8 a.m. (central time) on Saturday, Feb. 3, at the Hermansville Community Center. The event is sponsored by District 3 of the U.P. Trappers Association.
    Bob Whitens, a local trapper, will be doing a demonstration on how he captures bobcats using a portable cubby set. This invention of Whitens’ has helped him to capture many bobcats and he will be sharing info on how to build and use it.
    Eugene Arduin, another local trapper, will be demonstrating his methods and techniques for successful trapping of weasels in the winter. He will be showing the safe ways of handling traps and being safe, humane and legal stewards of the woods.
    Rich Clark, a professional fur handler of Willow Tree Furs, will be showing how to properly prepare pelts for market. He will be concentrating on how to put up muskrats and will offer advice on the proper care of any furbearer.  Following his advice will aid the trapper in receiving top dollar for their catch. Clark will also be offering his wide array of trapping supplies for sale throughout the event.
    Clint Seawrigh, a professional fur buyer, supplier and trapper of Skunk Trapping Supplies, will be on hand to buy fur. He will also demonstrate his very successful techniques for mink and muskrat trapping.
     Trapping supplier Scott Burton will also be there offering his wide variety of trapping goods for sale.
    Other trapping experts including Mike Lewis, Bob Steinmetz, Roy Dahlgren, Dennis Girardi, Bobby Girardi, Billy Pipp and others will be on hand to answer questions about trapping other furbearers like beaver, fox and coyotes.
    “This event was an idea that former District 3 President Rick Arduin brought to fruition back in 2005. Since then, we have had upwards of 150 kids attend on any given year,” said Jim Fornetti, longtime member of U.P.Trappers Association.
    “Thirteen workshops later, we are proud to say that Arduin’s idea has proven to be a huge success. According to my math, nearly 2,000 kids have attended this event and hopefully have taken an interest in trapping and other outdoor activities.”
    The all-day workshop is free and the public is invited. Both beginning and experienced trappers can expect to pick up valuable skills. Every youngster gets a free weasel box including the trap and will win a prize in the raffle.
    Food will be available for purchase, so attendees can plan to spend the entire day. The event will run until late afternoon on Saturday.
    For directions or further information contact Mike Lewis at 906-774-3592 or visit www.uptrappers.com.