2012-07-05 / Outdoors

Trappers plan convention

At this year’s U.P. Trappers Association Convention, “Trapper Art” will be showing convention-goers how he caught 8,000 muskrats in a single season. Above, this photo, from the 2010 convention, Art shows trappers how to catch mink. Courtesy photoAt this year’s U.P. Trappers Association Convention, “Trapper Art” will be showing convention-goers how he caught 8,000 muskrats in a single season. Above, this photo, from the 2010 convention, Art shows trappers how to catch mink. Courtesy photoESCANABA – The U.P. Trappers Association was established on Jan. 21, 1962 and is celebrating fifty years of serving area trappers. The highlight of the year will be a special 50th Anniversary Convention being held on July 13 and 14 in the Butler Building at the Upper Peninsula State Fairgrounds in Escanaba. Area trappers can expect to save money on needed supplies, hone their skills, and have a great time. Other outdoor enthusiasts and those wishing to find out more about trapping can enjoy the convention, too. The building is filled with vendors including crafters, magazine publishers, taxidermists, a gun dealer, a welder (custom welding and unique “horseshoe art,” representatives from two wild fur Auction Houses, quilters, predator hunting and calling suppliers, and dozens of trapping supply dealers.

Of special interest to trappers and predator callers are several hour-long demonstrations by some of the country’s top trappers, callers and fur handlers. Trappers of all skill levels can expect to walk away with some valuable pointers. All of the demonstrations are free, Predator Caller Les Johnson, who has won Midwest, National and World Championships and Trapper Art who caught 8000 Muskrats this past season are only two of the talented demonstrators at this year’s convention.

The DNR Pocket Park, supervised by volunteers for the Normenco Sportsman’s Club, will have free fishing for the kids.

The event is open to the public and admission for adults is $2. Sixteen and under are admitted free. Camping is available on the grounds for only $20 a night including water, electricity, and available showers.

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