Tennessee Fur Harvesters Association


                                        Presidents Report and Important TFHA related news

I hope this newsletter finds everyone doing well and enjoying the last of the summer.  This is my last official letter as your president. I consider it an honor and a privilege to have served the membership of TFHA and represent trappers of Tennessee.

Our annual fall meeting at Fall Creek Falls is just around the corner and there will be an election for the following offices; President, Vice President and State Organizer.
If you are a member in good standing with your dues paid current you will find the official ballot enclosed with this newsletter. If you did not receive a ballot, use this letter as a reminder to renew your membership. You can either mail your ballot in to our membership secretary, Debbie Ross-Smith at 13740 Birchwood Pike Birchwood, TN 37308 or bring it to Fall Creek Falls and personally put it in the ballot box. If you chose to mail in your ballot allow enough time for it to be received by September 28, 2017. If you are bringing your ballot to Fall Creek Falls, the ballot box will be available Friday, September 29, 2017 until noon central time on Saturday, September 30, 2017. No ballots will be received after 12:00pm noon central time on September 30, 2017. There will be no ballots available to pick up at Fall Creek Falls. You must vote with your official ballot that was mailed to you.

Enclosed you will find a letter from each of the perspective  candidates. I would encourage each of you to put thought and informed knowledge of the candidate into your selection. TFHA has made great strides in the previous years to earn a reputation as a respectful professionally run organization. Our fur sales are well organized and run like a well-oiled machine. Our relationship with the TWRA and elected governmental officials is at it's highest level since TFHA began. Our finances are sound and stable, and we host several educational booths throughout the entire state throughout the year. These booths are manned primarily by your elected officers. Travel expenses to and from fur sales, booths, TWRA meetings etc... Are mostly not covered by TFHA but instead covered by the volunteers and/or officers representing TFHA. If TFHA had to fund most of these activities it would limit us greatly on our effectiveness throughout the state. As you cast your vote keep in mind the people you elect will be the face of your organization. The way they conduct themselves in public and in social media will be a direct reflection on your organization. If you don't feel that you are informed enough to make a good decision I encourage you to talk to a member who regularly attends our events and is more familiar with the candidates and ask their opinion.

Now, more about our fall meet at Fall Creek Falls. We will once again hold our annual crawfish boil on Saturday night. There will be a dessert-only Dutch Oven Cook-Off Contest that will be judged Saturday evening just prior to the crawfish boil.
There will be a Director's meeting on Friday evening at 7:00pm Central.

Remember, we are hosting the NTA Southeastern Regional Convention and Sport show in  Crossville, TN October 20, and 21, 2017. Be sure to mark your calendar to attend this event. We have big name trappers coming from across the country to share their knowledge at this event. The vendor building has been sold out for months and we are currently trying to make room for the vendors who still want to come. There will be a free Southeastern Trappers Feed on Saturday night followed by a fundraising auction. If you will like to bring a dish for the feed contact Toby Hutcheson at (256)627-4704 or you can reach him through Facebook or email at [email protected]
We still need volunteers so if you can volunteer to work a shift please contact myself or Debbie.

Don't forget our District 1 and 2 meet at Panther Creek State Park on November 4, 2017.

As most of you know by now, Clarence and I worked for about a year and a half to get some of our trapping regulations changed in Tennessee. As a result, trapping is no longer regulated by legislation but is in the hands of the TWRA where it should be, the same as hunting and fishing. We can now use specified laminated jaw traps and cast jaw traps and double jaw traps that are a minimum jaw thickness of 1/4" to trap on land along with the padded jaw trap. We now have a 72 hour check on lethal sets.
At the NTA awards banquet this year several Tennesseans received National awards because of these accomplishments. Our Vice President Clarence Dies received NTA's Trapper of the Year East. Chris Richardson; assistant to TWRA's director Ed Carter, received NTA's Conservationist of the Year. Senator Mike Bell received NTA's Congressional Merit Award for sponsoring the bill that removed trapping from legislation.
Representative Ron Lollar received the NTA President's Award for co-sponsoring the bill.

To my knowledge, for the first time in the history of TFHA, we have a half-page ad in the Hunting and Trapping Guide promoting our association. This ad is a result of some bartering I did with the TWRA. I'd like to thank Don King and Director Ed Carter for making this possible.

I am very proud of the accomplishments of TFHA during the four years that Clarence and I have served as your President and Vice President. Having a man like Clarence to work with and having the confidence that if something should have happened, and I could have no longer served as president, that he was more than capable and willing to step in and devote the time and talents to be the head of our organization. My hat's off to you Clarence Dies, my good friend and right-hand man.

I look forward to seeing everyone at our upcoming events.

Until next time,
Keep your boots dry.



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