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Mississippi Trappers Association Upcoming Events
Here you will find upcoming events that may be of interest to Mississippi Trappers Association Members as well as other trapping related events and information. Do you have an event that you would like to see listed here? It’s easy to do, just fill out our online form.
Presidents Report – August 2018
Where did July get away from us? It’ll be trapping season before we know it! A few of us just returned from the 2018 NTA N’tls in Escanaba, MI. This year’s National did not disappoint! Mr. Wayne Franklin and myself attended two days full of board meetings and committee meetings, and we learned volumes about the positive things that NTA is actively doing to keep trapping a free and viable sport for years to come. We will have a full report at next month’s convention and annual meeting. During the NTA board meetings, I was nominated for and was elected to an At Large NTA Delegate Seat, and Mr. Wayne was appointed NTA Delegate from MS. We are both humbled to represent the interests of Trappers in Mississippi and we both will strive to do our jobs well!
This weekend, the MTA will be manning a booth at the Mississippi Wildlife Expo at the Trademart building in Jackson. We have members lined up all 3 days of the show to be at the booth, sell memberships, and get the word out about MTA and all of our upcoming events! If you’d like to help for a few hours at the booth and you are an MTA member, please let me know and we’ll get you set up! If you find yourself in the area, please stop by the booth and say hello! This is always a great show with a packed house and unofficially “kicks off fall” in our state!
Next, our MTA Fall Convention (September 21-22 at Bass Pro in Pearl) is really beginning to come together! Our long-time friends and partners at Duke Traps have sponsored the convention, and as always we welcome and VERY MUCH APPRECIATE this great company for their unending support to the MTA! We have multiple vendors committed to attend and we have a full slate of demos that will rival any trapping convention anywhere in the country! Some of the best and most knowledgeable Trappers in the country will be on hand and giving demos (many of whom live right here in Mississippi), and to say I’m excited is an understatement! We will be running concurrent demos, both at an inside and an outside classroom, so there will be tons of information presented and taught, so come prepared to be overwhelmed! Many of these demos will be filmed and will be later available to watch on demand on our website (we even have plans to live stream certain portions of the convention on YouTube Live)…..something I’ve never seen another Association do! We will add an awards banquet on Friday night of the convention, where we will be honoring both a MTA Hall of Fame Inductee as well as award the 2018 MS Trapper of the Year! This event will be in the Uncle Bucks restaurant inside Bass Pro following the close of the convention on Friday. We do have discounted lodging set up at the Holiday Inn in the Bass Pro parking lot, but you should call soon to reserve a room in the block before they are all gone! Just mention that you are attending the convention for the discount. Also, don’t forget that we will end our Convention on Saturday afternoon with our Annual MTA Business Meeting, and I will be releasing the Agenda for the meeting in the next few weeks.
We also are about to begin organizational meetings for our Trappers College that will be held the 1st weekend in November at Central Hills Baptist Retreat near West, MS. I’ll announce meeting dates, place, and time very soon both on this page as well as our website. There has been a great deal of interest in the Trappers College and the enthusiasm is very high! We have been awarded a grant from MDWFP to assist with the Trappers College, and I’m looking to call a meeting to get started either next week or the following week, depending on the schedules of those members who have already volunteered to help. Please seriously consider stepping up and becoming involved at the committee level to help plan and implement these events. Our Association is only as strong as our members’ willingness to step up and make it happen, and we need and desire YOUR help to make this a truly successful and outstanding event!
I am pleased to announce that the John Caparac Estate recently closed, and with the proceeds from Mr. John’s estate that he so graciously left to our Association, a scholarship titled the MTA John Caparac Scholarship Fund has been established and funded (in excess of $100,000) to assist with the education of students wishing to study and pursue careers in wildlife management. We miss Mr. John, but we are honored to further advance trapping and wildlife management through the gracious gift that he left us with.
As you can tell by reading this far, things are busy within our Association! Please check this page and our website regularly, as even more positive changes are planned and being implemented on almost a daily basis. This is a great time to be involved, and if you are willing to step up and help with any of these or other projects, please let me know! Until the next report, please stay tuned for several upcoming announcements, be safe, and cooler weather and trapping season is right around the corner!