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Trappers to meet at Escanaba outdoor expo in July

Linda White holds up two red foxes she caught on her trapline in a past season. White, president of Trapping Girl, Inc., of downstate Burlington, will be one of the presenters at the Upper Peninsula Trappers Convention and Outdoor Expo set for two days in July at the U.P. State Fairgrounds in Escanaba. (Photo courtesy Bob Steinmetz)

ESCANABA — The annual Upper Peninsula Trappers Convention and Outdoor Expo is scheduled for two days in mid-July at the Upper Peninsula State Fairgrounds in Escanaba.

Put on by the U.P. Trappers Association, the event runs from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, July 10, and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, July 11.

Included will be nine presenters who are brought together by convention coordinator Roy Dahlgren and include top trappers and outdoors aficionados giving tips and techniques to capture various North American furbearers.

Vendors and tailgaters during the weekend will offer various supplies related to trapping and the outdoors, including trapping equipment and supplies, crafts and outdoor equipment. There will also be raffles, food and camping available. For children, supervised free fishing, archery and pellet-gun shooting will be held.

Set to return this year will be a Friday night fish fry and fundraiser, which was popular in its inaugural year and included locally caught panfish.

For fish fry tickets or more information about the two days, call Dahlgren at 906-399-1960 or email trapperroy@outlook.com.

Demonstrator bios and convention information is also available at http://conventionreg.uptrappers.com/.

Here are some details about the scheduled presenters. With their tips, presenters will stress safe, legal, humane and ethical means of capture while engaging the audience by encouraging questions and dialogue:

• Jeff Hagerty, inventor of the HAGz Bracket, will conduct a demo on mink, muskrat and beaver

• Ed Schneider of Kansas shows how to modify coyote sets for any weather

• Red O’Hearn shows how he manages to catch more than a thousand raccoons a year

• Expert Rusty Johnson will be joined by Mark June to teach future coyote trappers

• Lesel Reuwsaat shows how to rack up large numbers of bobcats

• John Chagnon, a trapper in the Upper and Lower peninsulas, illustrates how to catch beavers

• Local trapper and inventor Casey Shope shows how he makes catches mink and muskrats during his less than two weeks of vacation

• Linda White, president of Trapping Girl Inc., shows how she is proficient at trapping foxes using lightweight tools, brightly colored pink traps and other techniques.

Information compiled by Journal Sports Editor Steve Brownlee. His email address is sbrownlee@miningjournal.net.

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