United Trappers of Kentucky Exec. Dir. report Mar 14, 2019 18:37:25 GMT -5 coilspring71 and ky4boy like this
Post by kytrapper on Mar 14, 2019 18:37:25 GMT -5
We’ve made it through another trapping season in Kentucky and boy, was it a wet one! I cannot remember a more difficult four months to trap in my life. The fields stayed wet, the roads muddy and the creeks and rivers high with very few breaks to get sets out and working. This would have been a good season to be a snare man.
I think everyone had the same story. Most trapped some but just couldn’t get any continuity going for the weather.
Our bulletin board let’s us stay in touch with other trappers during the season. One of our members in Livingston County, Wesley Shuecraft, made a very respectable catch even with the weather and puts up super nice fur. Mitchell Clark and Todd Elmore kept at it and did well too, and then took off to Louisiana to trap some more. I believe Ralph Hollin in Clay County got out after them too.
One bright spot and a completely new trapping experience was that our new wildlife commissioner, Rich Storm, granted us an extension through March to trap beaver. I believe there were few beaver trapped in February due to the weather and this allowed us to get out there and help a few landowners. If more incentive or length of season is not increased I predict you will be hearing a lot about beaver problems soon. They are showing up everywhere.
Make plans to attend our spring meet May 4 at the Taylor County Extension Office. Doors will open at eight and we’ll have demos, dealers and lunch as well as a fun auction. Bring a nice item for the auction if you can. Mitchell Clark is heading it up and I know it will be a good one.
Stacy and Jeremiah White, Steve Stucky, Tom Edwards with KDFWR and Kevin Hughes taught a trapping class to EKU students March 9 in a Richmond. These are our future conservation officers and biologists so a positive experience with trapping while in college will be great. I attended one a couple years ago and watched the group skin their first ever muskrats and they enjoyed exposing them to real fur handling. Many wildlife professionals are graduating college and going to work in various states with very little trapping knowledge.
Leon Smith, myself and maybe some others plan to do a very large group of school kids for Earth Day March 29 at the Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery. When I think of a Earth Day my mind goes towards if anything, probably attracting anti trappers. Well, we’ve been there several years now and keep getting asked to come back. There are sometimes a few in the crowd that are close minded but the kids love it.
We are also attending an even larger Green River Outdoor Day at Green River Lake in June. We have been at this one several years in a row and sometimes sign up members at that one. It’s a full day of Kentucky trapper representation to the public.
Our membership really got bolstered last fall at our meet and thanks to all of you that keep our group going strong. Fur prices are not what’s driving dedicated membership right now. We just have an extraordinary group in my opinion and the motto “ Working together means winning together” is apt for UTK.
I was also contacted and asked if UTK would do a setup at the South Central Kentucky Outdoor Expo Aug 3 in Columbia. They expect 2,000 in attendance on that day. Dave Dykes and our friends from Kentucky Fur Takers will be there as well so it should be a good outreach day for Kentucky trappers.
As an early heads up, the fall meet will be in Whitley County so be thinking of attending. We are getting together soon to start the planning process.
I hope to see many of you at the spring meet May 4. Assembling together keeps us strong and many of us are more than acquaintances, we”re friends. Try to join us.