The U.P. Trappers Association has announced that the 2013 Convention/Outdoor Expo will be held from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. July 12 and 13 at the U.P. State Fairgrounds in Escanaba, Mich.
The convention will include an array of trapping and predator-calling experts from around the country, including Ron Leggett (member of Trappers Hall of Fame) who will demonstrate fox trapping, sets, techniques and lures. Harry Taylor from Maine will show how to trap marten and fisher. Jeff Dunlap will return to the convention this year and instruct how to trap raccoon. George and Bill Porter will offer a weasel trapping demo. Kellen Katz will offer tips and methods for lure-making. Rich Clark, an agent for NAFA, will demonstrate proper fur handling. Smiley from FHA will display proper handling of high dollar otter and Greg Schroeder will demonstrate skinning, fleshing and stretching a variety of furbearers. There will also be a jewelry-making demo by Tamie Lundborg. Les Johnson of Predator Quest will demonstrate methods and techniques for calling coyotes, fox and other predators.
The Outdoor Expo will include outdoor sports equipment, crafters, gun dealers, fishing, boats, woodworking, quilters and more. There will be free fishing and prizes for the kids at the Pocket Park.
Admission is $5 for both days, with free admission for children 16 years and under. Food and refreshments will be available. Camping is $20 per night and includes water and electricity.
For more information, contact Roy Dahlgren at (906) 399-1960 or visit uptrappers.com.