U.P. Trappers welcome O’Hearn to convention/outdoor expo

ESCANABA — Red O’Hearn will be joining trapping experts at the 60th Annual Trappers Convention /Outdoor Expo, which will be held at the U.P. State Fairgrounds in Escanaba on July 15-16.

O’Hearn is from Iowa where he started trapping as a youngster and continues to this day. He has trapped in many different states and consistently puts up capture numbers. Seasons with catches of over 1,000 raccoons, 350 beaver, and 150 mink are common for him. He serves as Director for District 1 of the Iowa Trappers Association and does his best to promote the sport. Red will be giving a demonstration focusing on mink and raccoon trapping when he takes the stage at this event. He will be in the lineup of trapping experts, including: Jeff Dunlap, Sarah Gomez, Ed Schneider, Jeff Hagerty, Bob Steinmetz, Ryan Koivu, Mark June, Al Dubord and others. (A complete listing of presenters and their biographies and pictures can be found by going to www.uptrappers.com and selecting “Convention” from the top menu or “Convention Information” and scrolling down the page). There is also a link to the schedule of events which lists the times and dates for all the demos. As with all presenters, Red will stress legal, humane means of capture along with safety and sportsmanship in the field.

Convention Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday. Along with the educational sessions, this family friendly event offers lots to do and see, organizers said. This includes not only trapping supplies but the latest outdoor sports gear, crafters, quilters, unique jewelry, fishing supplies, etc. Food will be available for purchase.

For the kids, there will be free fishing, pellet guns, archery, raffles, and games. All kids’ events are adult supervised. Other raffles, games, contests and prizes will be going on for all as well. The popular Friday Night Fish Fry again will be held. Reservations are needed – contact Roy Dahlgren at (906) 399-1960 or trapperroy@outlook.com.

There is an admission fee, youngsters 12 and under are admitted free. Camping is available on the grounds.

Lodging should still be available, but be aware that room reservations go fast during this event. For more information on this, and the event itself, contact Convention Coordinator Roy Dahlgren at (906) 399-1960 or trapperroy@outlook.com. Or visit the website www.uptrappers.com


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