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SPECIE QTY TOTAL AVG LOW HIGHBEAVER DRY 148 $2,671.50 $18.05 $6.00 $25.00 GREEN 515 $5,419.25 $10.52 $2.00 $17.00BOBCAT DRY 15 $937.00 $62.47 $35.00 $90.00 GREEN 139 $9,353.50 $67.29 $7.50 $150.00COYOTE DRY 31 $384.00 $12.39 $6.00 $17.00 GREEN 44 $565.50 $12.85 $1.00 $70.00FOX GRAY DRY 9 $180.00 $20.00 $18.00 $21.00 GREEN 86 $1,530.00 $17.79 $1.00 $22.00FOX RED DRY 1 $30.00 $30.00 $30.00 $30.00 GREEN 10 $284.50 $28.45 $18.00 $40.00 MINK DRY 8 $93.00 $11.63 $7.00 $16.00 GREEN 43 $610.75 $14.20 $2.00 $18.00MUSKRAT DRY 10 $94.00 $9.40 $7.50 $13.00 GREEN 137 $1,097.00 $8.01 $2.00 $9.50NUTRIA DRY 0 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 GREEN 4 $9.00 $2.25 $1.50 $2.50OPOSSUM DRY 43 $79.50 $1.85 $0.50 $3.25 GREEN 109 $59.50 $0.55 $0.25 $9.00OTTER DRY 7 $570.00 $81.43 $60.00 $85.00 GREEN 111 $7,590.00 $68.38 $25.00 $87.50RACCOON DRY 249 $1,798.00 $7.22 $2.50 $15.00 GREEN 754 $3,229.00 $4.28 $0.50 $14.00SQUIRREL DRY 5 $2.50 $0.50 $0.50 $0.50 GREEN 27 $6.50 $0.24 $0.15 $0.50STRIPE DRY 5 $12.50 $2.50 $1.00 $3.50 SKUNK GREEN 8 $10.75 $1.34 $0.75 $2.00 CASTOR LBS 60 $2,764.50 $46.08 $40.00 $51.00 TOTAL HIDES 2578 TOTAL SALES $39,381.75
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Recently, TL Wasson (ATA Member) volunteered to help out the VIRGINIA 4-H WILDLIFE TEAM in preparations for their participation in the annual Wildlife Habitat Education Program National Invitational competition held in here in Arkansas this year. Following is a email received from Jenny Mercer, 4-H Extension Agent, from Virginia and coach for the 4H Wildlife Habitat Education Program (WHEP) team.
UPDATE.. from Virginia Team on the contest results:
Thanks so much for your help with the VA 4H Wildlife Team.
In case you didn’t hear us screaming, we won the whole thing!
I am attaching info on the results.
Thanks again for all of your help.
And just FYI – the Arkansas Trappers Association was listed on the back of our team t-shirts as a sponsor…
apparently they done good!
July 31, 2011: For Immediate Release
VIRGINIA 4-H WILDLIFE TEAM: NATIONAL CHAMPIONS!
The Virginia 4-H Wildlife Habitat Education Program (WHEP) Team brought home National Championship honors after competing in the 2011 National WHEP Invitational held at the Arkansas 4-H Center just west of Little Rock, AR on July 26, 2011. The team consisted of four youth, Katie Fenneran, Mark Persinger, Meredith Persinger, and Trube Short, all from Augusta County and members of the Augusta County 4-H WHEP Team coached by Jennifer Mercer, former county 4-H Extension Agent.
The team won the VA contest in April and the right to represent the state at the National Invitational. The four team members, Jennifer, and assistant coach, Doug Harpole, 4-H Extension Agent in Fauquier County, traveled to Conway, Arkansas on July 20th. The team met with several natural resources professionals who took the team to a variety of wetland habitats from rice fields to cypress swamps and discussed practiced frequently used to manage wetlands for wildlife. The team also practiced writing management plans and identifying wildlife.
On July 24th the team moved on to the 4H Center where 16 4-H teams and one FFA team, representing 16 states converged to kick off the 2011 National 4-H WHEP Invitational with a share fair exchanging items representing their states. The contest was on the 26th and consisted of four parts. Three parts were done as individual competitions and one as a team. The day started with all the competitors being taken to a wetland site.
Each participant was given a chart that they had to complete based on the management practices they felt were appropriate for that site for the wetland species given. Then they worked as a team to write a management plan based on a scenario provided. They had two hours to write a two-page plan that met the objectives stated in the scenario and adhered to federal laws on wetland management, considered water quality, and followed best management practices for any forestry practices implemented.
Despite 100+ degree temperatures, amazing humidity, and an invasion of seed ticks, the team was able to put together a plan that scored 128 out of 140 earning them the high scoring written plan in the contest! The rest of the day was spent on the wildlife identification and general knowledge quiz.
Only six participants out of 68 contestants got a perfect score on the ID quiz and three of them were on the VA team, giving them the high team total for that part of the contest as well. The team also had the highest team total for the general knowledge quiz. Then…. they still had to complete the oral defense part of the contest.
Each participant goes into a room with two judges who asks them questions relative to the written plan scenario. The contestants do not know these questions in advance so it is imperative that each team member have an active role in writing the plan. Trube Short tied for the high individual in the contest for the best score on her oral defense, 18.3 out of 20! After the contest everyone was treated to a pig roast and local music and entertainment.
Submitted by Jennifer Mercer
Additional scores /results are below.
Individual Placing Overall – There was a spread of only 8.65 points between the top 20 individuals out of 80 total points possible for each individual! The first place high individual scored 74.78.
Mark Persinger 3rd
Katie Fenneran 4th
Meredith Persinger 7th
Trube Short 18th
High Team Overall Virginia 393.45 (out of 440 possible)
2nd High Team Alabama 369.39
3rd High Team Texas 363.61
High Score on Written Management Plan (out of 140 possible points)
1st Virginia 128
2nd Alabama 118.5
3rd Texas 105.5
CONGRATS TO ALL
THANKS TO TL WASSON FOR YOUR TIME AND EFFORT
In the May 2011 Editor’s Report, the convention dates were mistakenly printed as September 8th and 9th. The correct dates for the convention are Friday, September 9th and Saturday, September 10th. Convention letters will be sent to members soon with more details.
The 2011 ATA Spring Directors Meeting was held at Mike and Virgie Fischers home in Lonsdale on April 16th. The meeting lasted from 10:00am until 4:30pm with a break for a bologna sandwich lunch, to quote the meeting host “In recognition of the current economy”. Virgie and the other lady volunteers brought the economy lunch out of recession with turkey and ham lunchmeat, pickles, tomatoes, broccoli, carrots, cheese, a bag of chips, cold drinks and outstanding desserts.
This months Editor Report is a summary of the business discussed at the Spring Directors Meeting:
- The 2011 Annual Convention will be held September 9th and 10th at Petit Jean State Park. David White and Vettie Waller are the general organizers this year. Mathers Lodge is under renovation so will not be open for business for rooms or restaurant.
- The 2011 ATA Trappers Workshop will be held October 28-30th at Camp Clearfork and will be organized by Aaron Hitchcock. The cabins at Camp Clearfork will accomodate 60 trappers and first time attendees will have first choice. This year we are hoping to use the field behind the cafeteria for overflow tent camping so no one is turned away.
- The 2012 ATA Fur Sale will be organized by Donald Wilcox. A firm date has not been set at this time although the plans are for the third weekend of February, the same weekend as this year. The location will either be the National Guard Armory or Pope County Fairgrounds.
- A committee has been formed to develop a proposal for how ATA will operate if divided into membership districts. The committee members are Gary Gray, Aaron Hitchcock, Sterlen Kirschman, Dub Shankle and Rocky Weeks. The proposal will be submitted for vote during the General Business Meeting at the annual convention. Copies of the proposal should be available before the convention and, if possible, printed in this Editors Report for August.
- Gary and Brenda Gray represented the ATA at the 2011 NTA Southeast Regional Leadership Conference April 9th in Chattanooga, TN. The NTA holds these regional conferences to inform state trapping associations about current NTA activities such as membership, fundraising, conventions, employee and data management. The NTA asks that if you are an NTA member and have an email address, please make sure they have it on file so that they can send alerts regarding politics and law that affects trappers.
- The 2012 NTA Southeastern Regional Convention will be held at Pope County Fairgrounds in Russellville, AR. This regional convention is usually held the second week of May but due to scheduling conflicts at the fairgrounds, the 2012 dates are April 13th-15th. The ATA will need volunteers to work the gate, parking, vendor building, demo area, cleanup and more. More info will be available after ATA representatives meet with Dan Skurski, NTA Convention Coordinator in August.
- ATA is now an affiliate of the Arkansas Wildlife Federation. The AWF was founded in 1936 and advocates environmental protection while at the same time supports the sustainable harvest of animals for food and for pleasure. For more information, contact AWF at (501) 224-9200, or http://www.arkansaswildlifefederation.com/history.html. ATA representatives will be attending the annual AWF convention in Little Rock in August.
- The ATA Trapper Talk internet message board is now selling trapping related advertising to pay for the website. The cost for an 800×180 banner ad on the front page is $50/year. Ads appear one at a time and randomly cycle through the paid advertisers. If you are interested in advertising but don’t have internet-ready graphics, we can scan your business card into a digital image.
- A new “Ask a Director” forum has been created on the Trapper Talk message board. ATA officers and directors will be monitoring this forum and answering any question you may have about ATA policy, procedures or general business. Feel free to contact an offficer/director any time whether by phone, postal mail, email or on the message board.
It’s been a rough spring with heavy rain, thunderstorms, hail and tornadoes across Arkansas and the entire southeastern US. Thoughts and prayers go out to everyone affected by this weather. – Mark Alexander
The new year started in Arkansas with a thousand black birds dropping dead out of the sky over Beebe and a 20-mile stretch of dead drum fish, possibly numbering in the hundreds of thousands, floating in the Arkansas River between Ozark and Clarksville. It is not known what caused the deaths of either species, although lightning strike is a suspect for the blackbirds. Sick, but live, drum fish have been sent in for testing. Trappers in these areas may want to check local news reports for the latest information and adjust your lines accordingly.
Secretary/Treasurer Rocky Weeks is in the process of verifying and updating ATA membership information. Fur Sale letters were sent out in late December to everyone on the current membership roll. If you received a Fur Sale letter, please follow the instructions inside to verify that everything is correct. If you did not receive an ATA Fur Sale Letter and are an ATA member, please contact Rocky with name/address and membership payment information.
The ATA Fur Sale will be Saturday, February 19, 2011 at the National Guard Armory, 1717 Airport Road in Russellville, Arkansas. If you did not pre-register for a lot #, you may purchase a lot # for $10 when the doors open at 6:30am the morning of the sale. Sale schedule, guidelines and checklist are also available at this time. Please do not bring your fur into the building until your lot # is scheduled for sale. The sale will be conducted similar to previous years and AGFC will be on site to issue otter and bobcat CITES tags. Beaver castor must be dried or fully thawed and will be graded before sale. The Fur Sale letter, schedule and guidelines are also available on the ATA website at http://arkansastrappers.org.
Last month, a few days before Christmas, Brad McDaniel, David Lovell, Jay Gill, Aaron Hitchcock, and Dub Shankle built a 13×27 foot awning on the front of the Community Building where River Valley Chapter holds their monthly meetings. Claudine Shankle and Mary Hitchcock served an outstanding lunch. The work was completed long after dark. The ladies that oversee the upkeep of the building were very happy with the final results. Most of the materials and transportation of the steel were paid for by the Community Building staff and the remainder of the materials were donated by other people that use the building. The building is used by many groups and individuals that will be kept dry and shaded as a result of the hard work from a group of fur trappers. The Community Building is located next to the Fairview Church, 3.6 miles east of Mulberry on US Highway 64. Everyone is invited to attend River Valley Chapter meetings which are held at 7pm on the third Thursday of each month.
The ATA now has several sets of professionally-tanned furs to be used for education and display purposes at schools, scout meetings, county fairs, trade shows and other events. If you would like to use a set of furs at an event, contact an officer in your area for more information. We are still short some furs like muskrat, weasel, civet (spotted skunk) and mink. If you wish to donate fur to the project, contact Dub Shankle or see Dub at the upcoming Fur Sale in Russellville.
The ATA website has been changed to a new format that is more like a newsletter instead of a commercial website. The new format makes it much easier for staff to get updated information to the membership. Officer/Director contact information and other standard information like flyers for the convention, fur sale and workshop are one-click away using the labels at the top of the page. Other information and articles are organized in chronological order or by categories on the right side of the page. If you have information, an event notice or short story that you would like posted on the website, send it to Editor-Mark Alexander or Secretary/Treasurer-Rocky Weeks. As always, comments and suggestions are appreciated.
Hope everyone has a safe and successful end to land trapping season. See ya at the fur sale! – Mark Alexander