2018-07-12 / Sports

Beder will appear at NTA convention in Escanaba

ESCANABA – Nick Beder from the neighboring state of Wisconsin will be presenting at the 59th annual NTA Convention/Outdoor Expo. This event (expected to draw at least 6,000 people) will be held at the U.P. State Fairgrounds in Escanaba July 26-28.

Hours are 8 a.m.-6 p.m. each day.

Admission is $10 per day or $20 for a three-day pass. Children under 12 are free.

Beder enjoys passing on his outdoor knowledge. He has taught Trapper Ed, fur handling, and trap placement/selection and setting in his home state. Starting trapping at age 9, he taught himself how to trap beaver under the ice.

Local trappers will be interested in Beder’s techniques as the environment and conditions of winter trapping in Wisconsin are similar to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan

Beder now enjoys an annual trapping trip to Mississippi where he traps December- March with his trapping partner (wife Christie) harvesting a variety of land/water furbearers. In a recent 46-day trip to Mississippi, they harvested 121 beaver, 64 bobcats, 302 raccoon, 72 coyotes, 62 otter, 633 opossums, and 28 grey fox.

Beder also traps in Arkansas, Tennessee, and Oklahoma. He uses all of his harvest, not only the fur, but other parts for food and lure making materials.

For further information, contact Convention Coordinator Vickie Wright at (231) 907-0977, or vwright@nationaltrappers.com or Roy Dahlgren (906) 399-1960 or visit www.uptrappers.com.

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