Our fall meet at Fall Creek Falls State Park was a huge success. A special thanks to Casey Payne for his generous donation of a New Mexico trapping trip. It was a great fund raiser for TFHA as well as the Montana Trappers Association.
Congratulations to this year's award winners:
Trapper of the Year - Ralph Cyrus and Jess Pratt
Jr Trapper of the Year - Jaylen Duke and Jesse Rainbolt
Director of the Year - Earl Barnes
Lady Fur Harvester of the Year - Morgan Pratt
Benefactor of the Year - Duke Traps
Buck Ingram Award - Mike McMillan
Hall of Fame - Richard Sudderth
Also, Congratulations to this year's election winners.
Membership Secretary/Treasurer - Debbie Ross Smith
Recording Secretary - Morgan Pratt
Lady Fur Harvesters President - Laura Dies
Our annual District 1 and 2 meet was held at Panther Creek State Park on Nov. 5th. A good time was had by all in attendance. Thanks goes to the District 1 and 2 guys for hosting this event. While at Panther Creek Earl Barns announced that he will be donating $100.00 to be given as an award for a TFHA membership drive. This new membership drive will run from Nov. 5th thru our spring meet. The individual who signs up the most new members will receive one hundred dollars for their efforts. Only adult memberships of 10.00 or more qualify for this contest. A new member will be considered as anyone who has not had a TFHA membership for one year or more.
I met with Don Hosse with the TWRA in Nov. and looked at their facility at Buffalo Ridge Refuge. We will be partnering with the TWRA to hold a new Trapper Training Camp. The date is Feb 24th - 26th 2017. This camp will be along the same line as the Hiwassee Trapper Training Camp. Anyone wanting to volunteer and help with this camp please give me a shout. Thanks to Richard Sudderth for helping set this up.
We will be holding a fur handling workshop at Beachel Hall's place in Crossville, TN on Feb 4, 2017 at 9:00 am Central Time. Beachel's address is 711 Mc Ginnis Rd. Crossville Tn 38571. For more info Contact Wilbur Brady at 865-851-5381
This year's Fur Sale will be held at the Cumberland Co. Fair Complex in Crossville, TN. on March 4th. Check-ins at the sale will begin at 8:00 am central time with the sale beginning at 9:30 am Central Time.
Call-ins to reserve a table start at 9:00 am Eastern Time on Feb. 18, 2017. To reserve a table contact Debbie Ross-Smith at 423-710-5300
The TFHA will again host the NTA South Eastern regional convention Oct. 20-22, 2017 in Crossville Tn. Plans have already begun for this event. Be sure to mark your calendar.
Hope to see you soon.
Until next time, keep your boots dry.