2014-04-03 / Outdoors

Outdoors Briefs

National Trappers Convention set for Escanaba

ESCANABA – Over the duration of the event, an estimated 6,000–9,000 outdoor enthusiasts from all over the U.S. will gather in Escanaba July 24 – 27, at the U.P. State Fairgrounds for the 55th Annual National Trappers Association Convention and Sports Show. This event is the largest gathering of trappers in the world.

More than 200 vendors of trapping related supplies, sporting goods, and related outdoor products will be displayed and sold in the various fair buildings from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. A very limited number of vendors will be available from 8 a.m. to noon on Sunday. Tailgate/ flea market vendors will also be featured in the outdoor areas surrounding the buildings from 8 a.m. to late evening, Thursday through Saturday.

This family oriented event also provides hourly demonstrations on trapping, predator calling, various educational seminars and craft classes. In addition, to kickoff the event, an auction from 7 p.m. until late Friday night will take place. To continue the fun, guests are invited to enjoy an exciting night of dancing to the live music of Runaway Train, on July 26 from 9 p.m. until midnight. All activities are open to the public and the public is encouraged to attend. A multi-day pass is available for purchase at the gate for $10 per person, with all children under the age of 12 admitted free.

For more information regarding this event and to obtain a National Trappers Association membership application visit the National Trappers Association’s web site at www.nationaltrappers.com or contact Tamara Masterson at (248) 568-5804.

2014 fuelwood permits now available from DNR

LANSING – Since the 2014 fuelwood season is now underway, the Department of Natural Resources has streamlined its system to make it more convenient for residents to purchase personaluse fuelwood permits in person and by mail. The season runs through Dec. 31.

Mail-in order forms are available online at the DNR website www.michigan.gov/fuelwood.

“Folks are encouraged to save gas and time by ordering this year’s fuelwood permit through the mail,” said Bill O’Neill, chief of the DNR Forest Resources Division. “Many people rely on wood to heat their homes at a lower cost. We wanted to give people a couple of options for purchasing their permits to make the process easier and more convenient.”

Permits cost $20 and are for use on designated state forest land in the northern two-thirds of the state and allow for collection of up to five standard cords of wood per household. Fuelwood collected with the permit can be used for personal use only and cannot be resold or traded. The permits are good for 90 days.

In response to residents’ heating energy needs during Michigan’s long winter this year, the DNR began early sales of 2014 fuelwood permits – more than a month before the traditional starting date of April 1.

Because of the unique winter, the DNR is allowing those who purchased an emergency permit to purchase another regular permit this calendar year.

The DNR has issued fuelwood permits for decades and issues between 2,500 and 3,500 each year.

For further information on how and where to purchase a personaluse fuelwood permit, contact your local DNR office or visit www.michigan.gov/fuelwood.

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