UTK Fall 2018 newsletter Sept 7, 2018 10:00:16 GMT -5
Post by kytrapper on Sept 7, 2018 10:00:16 GMT -5
Congrats to everyone reading this in making it to the edge of yet another trapping season. Even though high fur prices aren’t there the thrill of running a trapline during the early morning with a fresh frost on or seeing a mink tail sticking up in the water is exactly the same as it’s always been. I hope most all of you will get out there and harvest some of our great, natural renewable resource we have in Kentucky.
UTK is once again putting together a great fall meet for all our members and any visitors are certainly welcome. We hope each of you will come and help make this a memorable one.
UTK is making an extra effort to send this newsletter out to about 300 past and present members and I am posting this on a few web forums in hopes some of you that have let your membership lapse will come back and join us or join for the first time for the price of a fair coyote or good prime beaver. You will get Trappers Post to stay abreast of Kentucky trapping news through our reports in each issue and be a member of The League of Kentucky Sportsmen. I’ve said before, if you’re getting Trappers Post and are not a member why not? Downturns in the fur market are when we must stay relevant and vigilant with a strong statewide membership. I foresee some perhaps bad news for the future of wildlife management in Kentucky and a turn from the way it’s always been decided and passed. I’ll be glad to elaborate at the meet.
This year’s meet will be held at the Bourbon County Fairgrounds in Paris, Kentucky Sept 28-29. We have a great lineup of demos this year, one of the very best ever, with demos both days. We will also have dealers and tailgaters there with trapping supplies. There is never a charge for them to come and help make the meet.
Camping is allowed on the fairgrounds but no open fires. There is plenty of room.
Jeremy is planning a hog roast Friday evening, so we can all sit and visit after the first day. This takes extra effort so try to come and eat with us. Food will also be available on the grounds Saturday. The officers’ meeting will be Friday afternoon around five thirty. This has been working better than trying to cram it in on a Saturday and a general membership meeting will be Saturday right before the auction. This will be the time when the membership body can comment, ask questions and officers will inform the membership of anything that is ongoing with regulation changes or other Kentucky trapping issues.
There will also be a few guest speakers. Dave Linkhart with Fur Harvesters will be there to answer questions and inform us when he may be running through Kentucky and can pick up you fur if you’d like to try FHA. Laura Palmer, furbearer coordinator from KDFWR, is planning to be on hand as well.
We are having a Trappers Swap again, which we enjoy. The swap consists of you bringing an item, new or used worth 20 bucks or so, to place on the table and take a ticket along with everyone else. Then we each choose the swap item you like when your number is drawn. Those of us who have done this really have a good time with it.
Chet is conducting a silent auction as well with some nice items. If you have anything at all to donate for either the silent auction or our big auction on Saturday, please give and help UTK continue to operate in the manner we are used to. A small bundle of used traps or a hunting or fishing item is great but remember there are always ladies at the meet and a few trappers like to take some surprise home to their wife that’s not fox urine or trapping lure.
As of this writing Hal Sullivan, Nick Erny with RBG traps and other supplies, Jackie McMurtry, and the good ole boys from Tennessee Free Trappers, Collins River Trapping Supply, will be on hand with supplies. Please consider the effort they all put forth to come and make the meet great and purchase some supplies from them with no shipping charges.
We will have activities and prizes for the kids as always. Along with the B.B. gun shoot we are planning on including a crossbow element thanks to the Kentucky Crossbow Hunters coming to be a part of the meet and introducing everyone that’s interested to the great sport of crossbow hunting.
I’d like to say in closing that it is important to gather together as an organization for our meets if you are a Kentucky trapper. It’s so easy to become non-complacent during low fur prices. This has a residual effect for years when young aspiring trappers have no mentors, or we don’t actively take part and keep our sport strong. If you think it’s too much trouble to attend think of the effort by several UTK members, Jeremy Taulbee particularly this year, to put these meets on. Think of the work the dealers have loading all their supplies, unloading at the meet, loading back up and then unloading at home. We can work to put this meet together but our membership and guests must do their part as well by coming. We ask that everyone try their best to come out to YOUR meet this year and help make it great again.
As of this writing the 72-hour water set check for all water animals that we proposed and were hoping to be in effect this season somehow was changed to “problem beaver only” when it was finally written by the acting commissioner. This is not what Chet and I asked for and is not acceptable to us. It would be impossible to trap problem beaver only in water sets and the beaver upstream may very well have become the problem beaver in March anyway. There is zero of an ethical issue when using lethal bodygrips with a three day or three-hour check. It will just make it much easier to run a cost efficient trapline. Hopefully this will be administered by the acting commissioner by the stroke of a pen and be resolved by the time of our meet. The plan is for a trial basis to see how it works for everyone and then eventually become the law. It works just fine in many neighboring states that already have it in place with absolutely no issues.
The other two items we discussed as a possibility with KDFWR, the sale of a limited number of pelts to individual buyers for craft or personal use and extending water trapping season through the end of March will not be decided for this upcoming season.
Also, we are including a membership application with this newsletter. If you’re a current member please sign-up a friend, if your membership has lapsed, please use the application to rejoin, or rejoin at the meet.
Best Western Paris Inn
2011 Alverson Dr.
Blue Licks State Park about 20miles north of Meet
Ramada Inn about 20 miles south at exit 113 I-75
Days Inn Exit 113 I-75
Bourbon County Fairgrounds
30 Legion Road
Paris, Ky 40361
Directions from Lexington (coming to meet from south or west) Exit 113 from I-75
Exit 113 and travel north on Hwy 68
Travel north on Hwy 68 to Paris
30 Legion Road is on the left
Directions from northern Kentucky
Hwy 27 South to Paris
Turn left on 68 bypass and travel to Hwy 68 turn right
Travel south, Legion Road is on the right
Direction from eastern Kentucky
Exit 110 on Int. 64 at Mount Sterling
Travel north on Hwy 460 to Hwy 68 turn left
Legion Road is on the right off Hwy 68
All Times EST
Dave Kriege 2pm: Water trapping. Great water trapper and steadfast UTK officer.
Brandon Baize 3pm: Caging bobcats and traditional cat walk through sets. I saw this demo
and Bandon knows what he’s talking about.
Dave Linkhart 4pm: Otter trapping. Dave catches A LOT of otter each year in Louisiana.
Should be a great demo.
Officers meeting 5pm or 5:30 pm
Micah Seavers 8am: Snaring coyotes and other tips. One of Kentucky’s most knowledgeable
Nick Erny 9am: Using his new round body grip traps in different situations. The new
RBG’s are a great fur taking tool.
Hal Sullivan 10am Dirt sets. Nationally known trapper, writer and UTK life member. Be
sure, to come out and meet Hal.
Leon Smith 11am: Western methods of coyote control. Trapping and cyanide guns. Leon is
a UTK and Kentucky treasure. Be sure to say hello at the meet.