Kid’s Trapping Workshop – Hermansville – Feb. 3, 2018
This year will be “thirteen years – and counting” for our workshops to introduce kids to the great sport of trapping. In my opinion this may be one of District 3’s greatest success stories: Attendance at this event increases each year! Last year we gave out nearly 150 weasel boxes! Kids get instruction on how to successfully harvest furbearers, instruction on properly handling furs for market, and free magazines and trapping supplies to get them started
Every kid that has ever shown an interest in trapping and kids interested in outdoor sports in general should be at our workshop. As friends, neighbors, parents, and grandparents; it is up to you to see that we pack the Community Center with eager, excited kids. Adults can witness the excitement on those smiling faces as kids listen attentively to trapping and fur handling demos, as they scarf up back issues of magazines and trapping literature, as they touch and fondle the tanned fur and try to identify which animals the furs came from. And adults can learn a thing or two, even if they have trapped for years! As good as our workshops have been; we continually try to make them better!
First we have to pack the Community Center with a bunch of fired-up kids before we can introduce them to the joys of trapping. So we are asking all of you to put up Posters, tell your friends, post the event on the Internet, consider donating some unused trapping supplies (small traps, stretchers, lure, etc.) or get businesses to donate items that can be given to the kids, and plan to attend yourself – and be sure to bring a couple of kids or a friend and his or her kids! If you have supplies to donate please contact John Gunville (906) 221-6935 or Mike Lewis (906) 774-3592 well before the workshop so we have some idea of what sort of prizes will be available.
We have lots going on. Rich Clark — (920) 897-3618 and Scott Burton – (906) 450-4554 – will both be selling trapping supplies and Skunk Creek Trapping Supply will be buying fur (put up, green, and in the round), food will be available for purchase so everyone can stay all day. Kids will be leaving with big smiles on their faces as they haul out their free supplies, and most kids and adults will have learned a great deal from the trapping and fur-handling demos.
So come on over to Hermansville on February 4 and enter the Community Center for an enjoyable day. To get there, turn at Main Street across from the Wildwood Restaurant in Hermansville, and go 4 or 5 blocks to First Street which is just before you get to the train tracks – turn right and the Community Center will be on your right. There should be a sign out front and Posters on the doors. Then relax and enjoy. And plan on seeing a lot of smiling, happy, and excited kids. Admission is FREE!!!! Donations are welcome to help us make sure every kid leaves (every year) with something useful to help him or her become a trapper.
Link to a printable Workshop Poster: Trapper’s Workshop Poster – 2018
Link to the fun-filled Schedule of Events: (Schedule should be ready soon. Please check back after January 15, 2018)
Bob Steinmetz, NTA Director
U.P. Trappers Association