Dunlap to give demo at trappers convention

ESCANABA — Expert trapper Jeff Dunlap will once again give a presentation at the 57th annual U.P. Trappers Convention /Outdoor Expo July 26-27 in Escanaba. He will be joined by at least seven other outdoor experts who will be presenting as well. Dunlap has trapped in Michigan, Louisiana, Arizona, Ohio, Indiana, Alabama and Texas. His favorite method of operation is to “state -hop” and go where the fur is plentiful. His capture numbers are outstanding. Numbers such as the following prove he is an expert in his field: One season: 1,105 muskrats, 495 raccoons, 76 otter, 326 beaver, 25 grey fox, 21 bobcats, three red fox, and 18 mink, and many coyotes. He traps full-time seven months of the year. In his non-trapping time, he travels the country speaking at conventions, producing lures, and appears on numerous trapping shows on television and radio. His demo (which will be concentrated on coyotes and state hopping) is scheduled for 2 p.m. on July 27.

“I have attended several of Dunlap’s demos. It sure is great to hear of his techniques, trap placement, lure use and all the other tips he is always willing to share. Even a veteran trapper like me will always learn things from Jeff that will put more fur in the shed. Be sure to attend his demo. You will not be disappointed,” said Dennis Girardi, a longtime member of U.P. Trappers.

This family friendly event will take place at the U.P. State Fairgrounds in Escanaba on July 26-27. Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. There is an admission fee with youngsters under 12 admitted free. Camping is available on the grounds. Many food vendors will be present offering a wide variety of local favorites. Hundreds of vendors/tailgaters will be on hand offering their goods for sale. Trap dealers, hunting/fishing suppliers, crafters, firearms, quilters, and lots of knife dealers will be in attendance.

Organizers of this event make a great effort to offer something of interest to not only trappers, but all outdoorsman and their family members. Raffles, kids games, supervised pellet shooting and archery and free fishing pond, new items and inventions. This year, one whole building is dedicated to quilters.

“Attendance at this event increases each year. We are proud to bring this event to Escanaba. It takes a lot of manpower to do it and we ask that anyone willing to volunteer a few hours to help out would be greatly appreciated. Please contact me if you may be interested. There are countless items for sale along with all the other activities. Come on out and enjoy it, you will be happy you did,” said Roy Dahlgren, president of U.P. Trappers.

For further information about the event, visit www.uptrappers.com and click on the convention banner for convention specific info and demonstrator biographies or contact Roy Dahlgren at (906) 399-1960 or trapperroy@outlook.com.


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