Outdoors expert Ken Luedtke to present on trapping

ESCANABA — Felch resident and outdoor expert Ken Luedtke will conduct a demonstration on winter beaver trapping at the Trappers Convention and Outdoor Expo to be held at the Upper Peninsula State Fairgrounds in Escanaba next weekend.

His demo, to emphasize under-ice beaver harvest using snares and traps, will be held at 1:30 p.m. Friday and will be joined by a number of other outdoor experts with presentations, including Al Dubord on trapping in Alaska, Ed Schneider on coyotes, Les Johnson on predator calling, Lesel Reuwsaat on coyotes and cats, Mike Kain on beaver handling, Harry Nestell on raccoons and Jeff Dunlap on coyotes.

Luedtke has built up his excellence in trapping after doing it for 45 years starting at age 13. He’s also known as an excellent fur handler, having skinned, fleshed and stretched up to 60 beavers and also 100 raccoons in a day. He processed fur professionally for North American Fur Auctions for a decade.

Local favorites of food from the fair will be available with numerous vendors and tailgaters offering a wide variety of equipment and supplies for sale. For kids, there will be free pellet gun and archery shooting under adult supervision and a free fishing pond, along with trap throw and bean bag games.

Buildings on the ground will have exhibits, too, not just limited to trapping.

The convention and expo runs from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Admission is $5 each day and free for kids 12 and under. Camping on the grounds is also available.

For more information, visit online at www.conventionreg.uptrappers.com or call event coordinator Roy Dahlgren at 399-1960 or email him at trapperroy@outlook.com.