National Trappers Convention returning to Esky
ESCANABA — For the third time in the history of the event, the National Trappers Association has chosen Escanaba as the site for its annual convention. Thousands of people are expected to attend. The Convention/Outdoor Expo will be held at the U.P. State Fairgrounds in Escanaba on July 27-29. The hours are 8a.m. to 6 p.m. on all three days. Camping is available on the grounds. The list of demonstrators includes: Mark June, Bobcat – Paul Dobbins, Robert Connor and Dave Eckles: Beaver Roundtable – Rusty Johnson; Predators – Al Dubord; Marten – Jeff Dunlap; Predators – Linda White (“Trapping Girl”); Fox – Roy Dahlgren;: Winter bobcats – Jeff Hagerty; Muskrats – Sarah Gomez ; Beaver from trap to dinner plate – Chris Lunn; Do’s and don’ts of ADC work – Leon Windschitl; Fur Handling – Jeremy Laakso; Mink – Nick Erny; Trapping with round body grippers – Dennis Alberts; Weasel Trapping – Heimo Korth (two demos); Artic Fox/Wolves – Justin Webb; Wolves – Kendall Obermier;: Predators for Livestock Damage Control – Clint Locklear; Predator Q & A – Megan Lockwood; Nuisance Trapping – Alan Probst; Modern trapping in today’s society – John Daniel and Jason Wisniewski; Protecting trapping – Lesel Reuwsaat;: Summer Coyote Control – Rich Wilson; Open Water Beaver (Avoiding otter)
Linda White of New York will be one of the presenters. She is co-owner of Trapping Girl Inc. and Sawmill Creek Baits and Lures, 2021 recipient of the NTA Leadership award for her work with women and kids in the trapping community, executive media manager, board member and podcast host for Women of the Wild, organizer and founder of Kids for Catches, co-organizer and instructor for multiple women’s trapping workshops throughout the U.S., columnist for The SHE Side in the American Trapper and chairmen of the Workshop Committee.
From a young age she had enjoyed fishing, camping and other outdoor activities with her father, but trapping never made it on the list until meeting her husband, Michael. The first time she went out was mainly to see what it was all about, and for her it was eye opening. In that first “ride along” Michael shared his passion and knowledge with her and after the first coyote catch, she had helped with, she was hooked. There was not only a fire lit in her soul to be a trapper, but she felt it was also her mission to help bring a positive light to others who may not see trapping that way.
Soon she was running her own line, and she became effective and passionate about trapping. Since then, Linda has made it her quest to give women a voice in trapping and the outdoors. She runs different events throughout the U.S., sits on national boards, and writes for different magazines to help accomplish that goal. Linda has become proficient in trapping multiple species, but fox is where her focus is. From trapping in the New York snow to gumbo in Arkansas and various terrains over different states throughout the U.S., Linda has grasped K9 trapping in all situations and is excited to share that knowledge and experiences with you. Come join her for her fox demo on the main stage at this convention.
More demonstrations and workshops at the wildly popular “Kids Cave” and “The SHE Side.” The “Cave” keeps youngsters entertained and educated and “The SHE Side” does the same for women and girls.
“The theme of this event is something for everyone. Rookies, veteran trappers, and family members are sure to find something of interest at this event. Everyone can learn things and have fun doing it. I am so looking forward to attending,” said Mary Theoret, a member of U.P. Trappers.
For further information visit www.uptrappers.com/nta-convention or contact event coordinator Roy Dahlgren at (906) 399-1960 or firstname.lastname@example.org.