The 2014 Arkansas Trappers Association Fall Convention will be held on Friday, September 12, 2014 and Saturday,
September 13, 2014 at Petit Jean State Park. Convention activities will be centered around the Recreation Hall which is located just north of the Visitors Center right next to Lake Bailey.

Admission to the convention is FREE to members and non-members. If you’re not a member of ATA or your membership has expired, you can become a member at the convention. ATA T-shirts, hats, sweatshirts, cookbook and other merchandise will be for sale.

Friday Night September 12th will start off the weekend with a meal at 6:30pm. The main course, side dishes and drink are supplied, just bring your appetite. A Board of Directors meeting will be held directly afterwards.

All Day Saturday September 13th you can look forward to: Trapping Demonstrations, Kids and Ladies Activities, Vendors, Tailgaters,
Potluck Lunch, 2014 General Business Meeting, Awards Ceremony and Auction.

Saturday Schedule of Events

8:30am – Recreation Hall opens
Vendor booths and tailgater area open for business


12:00 noon – Potluck Lunch so please bring a side dish as the ATA will provide the meat.

1:00pm – General Membership meeting

2:30pm (or following membership meeting)
Awards ceremony for Mr. and Mrs. Trapper and Trapper of the Year.
Please be considering your nominations and submit to a Board Member or your District Rep.

3:00pm (or following awards ceremony)
Auction of items donated by vendors and ATA members, proceeds go to ATA.
During the auction there will be raffles from your door ticket and other raffle chances

4:30pm (or following the auction) – Cleanup!
Volunteers are needed to stack tables and chairs and cleanup the hall

Mather Lodge is open. All 24 guest rooms and other facilities at the lodge are now open. There are also 33 cabins and 125 campsites available for rent. Call 1-800-264-2462 for lodge and cabin reservations, 501-727-5441 for campground reservations. The Director of Arkansas State Parks has determined that the two night minimum will be waived for the ATA Fall Convention at Petit Jean. Make sure you tell them you are with the ATA when you make reservations or check in. If you have any further questions or concerns, please contact Park Superintendent Joe Buckley at or 501-727-5441. Dardenelle, Russellville and Morrilton may have hotel rooms available.

If you have any questions or care to be a vendor, contact Charlie Bass at (870) 698-1154 or at the District 2 Facebook page at

Talking Outdoors: Trapping in Arkansas

Wildman follows a few trappers around and goes to the fur sale in Russeville. Brad did a great job!

I want to thank everyone who attended the Spring Convention, especially the 114 people who attended. I also want the thank the instructors that took care to the demos:

Dub Shankle
Bobby Blair
Dana Smith
Scott Smith
Charlie Bass
Aaron Hitchcock

And a big thank you to the vendors who had anything one needed for trapping:

Cecil Gibbs ADC – Cecil Gibbs
Outdoor Critter Gitters – Tim Rainey
Trapperchick – Dana Smith
NAFA – Sterlen Kirschman
The Dragons – Jason Lambert
Made in USA – Kyle Lasaster
Sloan’s Trapping Supplies – Mark Sloan
K & K Animal Control – Tim Ross
American Animal Control – Dub Shankle

We also want to thank everyone who donated items for the auction as well as the women who ran the concession stand. You ladies are Special.

The ATA acquired 15 new members and had 2 renewals.

I can’t thank everyone enough who helped make the 2014 ATA Spring Convention a success!

The ATA Fur Sale was Feb. 15 in Russellville.

Hope everyone had a great season and hope the prices were to your liking.

Below are the results for your use.

ATA Fur Sale Results


Dates have been set. The event will be in Arkadelphia at Clark County Fairgrounds on October 10-12.

While this is a NTA SE Regional, we have 4 other states that will help us put this on…Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas and Oklahoma.

Should be a good time for all.

If you want to volunteer please contact Dub Shankle at 479-997-5062 or Tim Ross at 870-678-3473.

General info as well as dealer info can be found here

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ATA Fur Sale Results

BEAVER DRY 148 $2,671.50 $18.05 $6.00 $25.00 GREEN 515 $5,419.25 $10.52 $2.00 $17.00
BOBCAT DRY 15 $937.00 $62.47 $35.00 $90.00 GREEN 139 $9,353.50 $67.29 $7.50 $150.00
COYOTE DRY 31 $384.00 $12.39 $6.00 $17.00 GREEN 44 $565.50 $12.85 $1.00 $70.00
FOX GRAY DRY 9 $180.00 $20.00 $18.00 $21.00 GREEN 86 $1,530.00 $17.79 $1.00 $22.00
FOX 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 $18.00
MUSKRAT DRY 10 $94.00 $9.40 $7.50 $13.00 GREEN 137 $1,097.00 $8.01 $2.00 $9.50
NUTRIA DRY 0 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 GREEN 4 $9.00 $2.25 $1.50 $2.50
OPOSSUM DRY 43 $79.50 $1.85 $0.50 $3.25 GREEN 109 $59.50 $0.55 $0.25 $9.00
OTTER DRY 7 $570.00 $81.43 $60.00 $85.00 GREEN 111 $7,590.00 $68.38 $25.00 $87.50
RACCOON DRY 249 $1,798.00 $7.22 $2.50 $15.00 GREEN 754 $3,229.00 $4.28 $0.50 $14.00
SQUIRREL DRY 5 $2.50 $0.50 $0.50 $0.50 GREEN 27 $6.50 $0.24 $0.15 $0.50
STRIPE 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

To download a PDF version of the results, click here.

To download a comparison of Malvern vs Russellville sales, click here.

Click on link to view or download report in PDF format

2010-11 Furbearing Animal Report

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


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



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 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

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