Trappers Convention welcomes Les Johnson

ESCANABA – The U.P. Trapper’s Annual Convention/Outdoor Expo is once again coming to Escanaba. It will be held at the U.P. State Fairgrounds on July 26-27 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday and from 8 am to 4 p.m. on Saturday. Camping, food and refreshments are available on the grounds. There is an admission fee. Youngsters 12 and under are admitted free.

Along with all of the vendors/tailgaters on hand, many famous outdoor experts will be giving educational seminars throughout the convention. Vendors on hand will be offering: trapping, hunting, fishing, quilting, guns, knives and many other outdoor supplies.

Included in the all-star lineup of experts giving seminars is Les Johnson of Predator Quest fame.

“Les has become a regular at our convention and is always a big hit with attendees,” said Mike Lewis, a longtime member of U.P Trappers. “He has won countless awards for predator calling and his TV shows featuring predator hunting are outstanding. It is really cool every once in a while to hear (in the Ruth Butler Building) a coyote yip, bark or howl and then to realize that it is just Les practicing his calling technique! Make sure to attend his demos, you won’t be disappointed.”

Johnson hails from Nebraska where he spent his childhood pursuing all outdoor sports. While attending the University of Nebraska Lincoln studying animal science he once stated, “I want to be the best predator caller in the world.”

Along with Johnson, other speakers include: Harry Nestell, Greg Schroeder, Jeff Dunlap, Ed Schneider, Mike Cain, Lesel Reuwsaat, Al Dubord and local beaver trapping expert Ken Luedtke.

This family friendly event offers a lot of activities for all ages. Raffles, contests, games; along with supervised free fishing, archery, and pellet guns for the kids. The food vendors offer a wide variety of local cuisine.

For more information, contact Roy Dahlgren (906) 399-1960; trapperroy@outlook.com or visit www.uptrappers.com