Members of U.P. Trappers (District 3) will once again be hosting its 15th annual “Beginning Trappers Workshop” from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. (all times CT) on Feb. 1, at the Community Center in Hermansville, Mich. Although this event is geared toward youngsters, anyone interested in the outdoors is welcome. Admission is free and lunch is available for purchase.
There will be fur handling instruction on mink, muskrat and raccoon by Nathan Belanger; a mink, muskrat and raccoon trapping session by Clint Seawright; and a weasel trapping demo by Jim Fornetti. Longtime attendee of this event, Scott Burton of Burtons Lures will be selling his wide variety of trapping supplies and Clint Seawright of Skunk Creek Trapping Supplies will also have a large selection of trapping gear for sale. Seawright will also be buying furs at the event.
All presenters will be happy to answer questions and interact with the audience. Many veteran trappers in attendance will be willing to share tips, advice or trapping stories with attendees. All members of District 3 share the common goal of getting kids involved in outdoor activities.
“We want to pass on information from the experience and knowledge of us veterans to the younger generation,” U.P. Trappers Dist. 3 president Roy Dahlgren said. “These youngsters hopefully will continue to protect our renewable resources and pass along this heritage to their own children someday. All presenters and other participants will not only give advice on capture, but also will stress the importance of some vital issues which can occur on the trapline. We want all who trap to set traps safely and legally; use proper trap selection; avoid catching non-target animals and practice good sportsmanship — as we trappers share the forest with other outdoor enthusiasts. I also want to thank all the volunteers who help put on this event and all the youngsters and ‘oldsters’ who attend.”
Each young trapper will receive a guaranteed door prize. Youngsters 11 years old and under will receive a free trapping startup kit including a trap, lure, stretcher, weasel box, etc. Raccoon lure and a brand-new coon trap will be given to those 12 years old and up. There will be free literature and a fur identification game at the front desk.
Information on the next Trapper Education program will be available, and new this year, there may still be tickets available for the Inaugural District 3 Trappers Banquet and Fundraiser, which will be held in Norway, Mich., on March 7. The banquet will feature: buffet dinner and lots of raffles and prizes with many chances to win. Limited to 200 entries, tickets will go fast, so if they aren’t already sold out, purchase tickets while at the workshop.
“This workshop is a great event not only for the kids, but the parents and grandparents as well,” longtime member of U.P. Trappers and supporter of the Workshop Joe Cilc said. “Great to see all the kids walking away happy with their prizes and gifts and their new knowledge of the sport.”
For more information, visit www.uptrappers.com or contact event coordinator Mike Lewis at 906-774-3592 or [email protected]