Fall Convention Youth Camp

The OFBA Fall Convention is October 15 and 16 2021 at the Okmulgee County Fairgrounds. We have lots of demos and vendors scheduled up for you. Some of the vendors will be Okie Cable and Trap, Ozark Mountain Lure, Lee Reuwsaat, Gaylen Oppel, Dale Billingsly Lures, Dakota Harmon Peaceable Creek Fur, Lloyd and Robbin Teeters. Demo list is Jim Beavers NM, Mark Connor Texas, Derrick Search Missouri, James Lord Tennessee, Lee Reuwsaat SD, Justin Elliot Missouri, Gaylen Oppel OK and Brad Thomure OK. We will have the auction Friday night so bring something for the auction. The auction helps offset the cost of the building. There will be 3 stretchers that belonged to Monte Dodson and maybe some other things. We will have a fish fry Friday night and we ask that you bring a side dish for the meal. The Ladies Skillet toss will be Saturday, so ladies get your throwing arm warmed up. There will be a concession available both days. Lloyd Teeter will be doing how to make fur items. Robbin Teeter will be doing woman crafts. Catie Wyskup will have a craft table for the kids. Matt Yocham is in charge of the Demo area and he has had a year to plan this out. Every year it just gets better. Matt also does the auctions and as always, he does a great job doing everything. We are going to make 3 stretchers that have the trappers trap tag on them. We need 3 trap tags from each of our members. We ask that you bring them to the Fall Convention or send then to me. R.C. Edgar 16090 NCR 3270 Pauls Valley, Ok. Two of the stretchers will be auction off and 1 will be in a drawing.

  We are having 2 Youth Camps again this year. The North Camp will be at Lake Carl Blackwell and the South Camp will be at Waurika Lake. Please call Shannon Sheffert a call at 405-742-7884. The camps fill up fast so get your name in soon. Last year there were around 150 people that attended both camps. They have been a big hit and they are growing. If you would like to help as an instructor, please give Shannon a call.

May 2021 report

 May 2021 Oklahoma Fur Bearers Alliance Treasurers Report

Hello from Southern Oklahoma. I would like to thank Charles and Lucille Spring from Miami Oklahoma for their generous donation of $200.00 to the OFBA. They are great people helping the OFBA. We will use the money towards the Youth Camps.

  The 62nd Annual NTA Convention will be held at Spencer Iowa July 22 – 24 2021. The NTA needs our support to fight the antis from taking away our right to trap. Looking at the demo list and vendor list it should be a good convention. My grandson and I had the time to make the Twin Bridges Trapperman get-together, Texas and the NTA Southeast regionals and got to see a lot of old friends and make a lot of new friends. I didn’t see a lot of kids and that is not good for us. We need to get our young people involved in what we do. Please pass it down so that they can enjoy our sport.

  The OFBA Fall Convention will be October 15 – 16, 2021 at the Okmulgee County Fairgrounds. We are working on the demo list and vendor list. If there is someone that you would like to see do a demo, please let us know as soon as you can so that we can try to get them here. Fish fry Friday night followed by the auction. Saturday we will provide the meat for lunch. We ask that you bring a covered dish for the meals. We are looking for donations for the auction. Anything that you can help out with will be appreciated. The auction is how we pay for the Fall Convention. Any ideas that you have to make for the OFBA will be appreciated. I am looking forward to the demo area that Matt Yocham builds. It just gets better every year. He is always coming up with a different twist. Hope to see everyone there.

  The Oklahoma Wildlife Expo will be September 25 – 26, 2021 at the Lazy E Arena in Guthrie Okla. The Expo is free to everyone. This is a great way to experience what Oklahoma has to offer in the outdoors. We are needing people to help in the OFBA booth. If you would like to please get in contact with the OFBA. We explain about trapping and show what we do. We also get a lot of kids for our Youth Camps there. Any help would be appreciated.

  We are going to continue with 2 Youth Camps again this year. Last year there were about 75 kids and adults that attended each camp. Last year we had the largest turnout ever. We are always in need of instructors and helpers. The OFBA cooks are the best, but they can always use some support with their busy weekend. They do such a great job of keeping everyone feed so that the instructors can work with the kids. They always have enough and very good food. If you would like to get your kids in a youth trapping came please get with Shannon Sheffert at 405-742-7884. Sign up early before they are booked.

    This is Election year and if you want to have your name put on the Ballot please get with me 405-238-0012. If you don’t like what the OFBA is doing, then become a director and help make the changes that you want to see. We need people that will help to build up the OFBA. If you want to put your name in, then expect to work. We need help with every event and youth camps. Thanks in advance for your support and help.

  If you know anybody who is not getting their Trappers Post magazine, please let me know so that we can find out why they are not receiving it.

  Remember to get a kid involved with trapping as they are our future. Thanks R.C. Edgar

Monte Dodson

Monte Merle Dodson left us on November 5, 2020 in Oklahoma City, OK to be with his heavenly father. He was born to Merle Wilson Dodson and Ellie Veach Baumgartner in 1925, growing up in Oklahoma. Monte is survived by his wife, Margaret Dodson, his only daughter, Karen Dodson Williams, three granddaughters, Shauna Riggs, Carmen Walker, and Erin Daves, six great grandchildren, three great-great grandchildren, his sister-in-law, Sharon Zellinger, his niece, Susie Brantley, great nieces and nephews, as well as many friends.
Monte spent his entire life enjoying nature and loving the outdoors. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree at the University of Oklahoma in Fish and Wildlife Management, and put his career to work in that field for Oklahoma and the Federal government. On two occasions he held Game Refuge Manager positions in Texas and Arizona where he managed three game refuges.
He had a passionate love of trapping and was heavily involved with Trappers Associations where he held leadership positions and wrote regular articles for various publications. Monte was a mentor to younger trappers and set the bar high with his integrity and compassion.
A graveside service will be held at 1:00 pm at Rose Hill Burial Park, 6001 N.W. Grand Blvd. in Oklahoma City on Monday, November 9, 2020. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Oklahoma Furbearers Alliance.

2020 Fall Convention

Brad Thomure has ben working with several directors on planning the 2020 OFBA Fall Convention. The date for the Convention will be October 16 and 17, 2020 at the Okmulgee County Fairgrounds. We have changed the auction to Friday night after the fish fry. Again, we are asking for donations for the Auction. We also ask that you bring a covered dish for the Fish Fry Friday and Lunch Saturday. Here is a partial list of vendors. Rusty Johnson, Minnesota Trapline, Kansas Trapline, Appleroad, Okie Cable and Trap, Rich Tunget cage traps, Ozark Mountain Lure, No BS Trap and Lure, Lloyd and Robin Teeter, Dakota Harmon, Glen Pullen, Michael Taylor and Country Gems. Here is a partial list of demos. Rusty Johnson, Cletis Richards, James Lord, Rich Tunget, Nick Beder, Justin Elliot, Darren Search, Brad Thomure, and Mark Connors. There will be more vendors and demos that are not listed. There will also be Demos for the kids. The trap toss board will be there for the kids and the skillet toss for the Ladies.

Youth camp at Lake Carl Blackwell will be December 18-20, 2020.

Youth camp at Lake Waurika will be January 1-3, 2021.

Please get in touch with Shannon Sheffert at 405-742-7884 or OKSHEFFERTS@hotmail.com. He can send you the paperwork to get enrolled.

2020 Trapperman Spoonbill Weekend

Twin Bridges Trapperman 12th year spoonbill weekend will be March 20 and 21 2020. Friday night there will be a fish fry. Saturday dirthole contest and some nice prizes for the winners. We have shelter 3 reserved and paid for so that we will have a roof over our heads. We need RSVP as soon as possible so that we know how much we need for the main course. Please bring a side dish to help out at the meals. As you know this event is paid for by donations to be raffled off Saturday so bring your trap related items. Cash donation are welcomed also. Please contact Cletis Richards at 417-529-1060 or Brad Thomure at 918-944-8673. Hope to see you all there.

2020 Spring Meeting

The Spring Meeting will be March 6, 2020. That is the Friday night before the Fur Sale. We will setup the building Friday afternoon starting around 4:00 pm. Please contact Gary Jarman at 405-207-4840 or Brad Thomure at 918-944-8673.

January Treasurer’s Report

Hello from Southern Oklahoma. Both OFBA Youth Trapping Camps were a great success and blessed with very good weather for December and January. The Lake Carl Blackwell Camp had 85 people there for lunch on Saturday. We had 36 kids sign up for camp. There were lots of mom’s and dad’s present. There were a lot of excited kids going home with a lot of memories, fur and trapping supplies. 2 bobcats, 2 coyotes, beavers, coons, opossums and a skunk were caught. A big thanks goes out to the camp cooks that kept everyone feed and happy. They were Rhonda and David Marsh, Dana Wyskup, and Pam Waggoner. Instructors were Gary Jarman, Brad Thomure, Shannon Sheffert, Noah Smith, Terry Waggoner, Evan Crosby, Dale and Ayden Cyson, Katie Wyskup, Tom Mitchell and R.C. Edgar. Larry Barnes, longtime trapper and OFBA member, donated all his trapping equipment to the kids at this camp. Everybody received some type of trapping equipment or fur handling equipment. The OFBA would like to thank Larry for his generosity to help the kids. We also had Richard Thornburg with us Saturday. Richard donated over a thousand CD’s on predator calling. We gave away a lot of these and most people donated money to the Youth Camp. Thanks, Richard, for your help with Youth Camp. The OFBA presented plaques to both Larry Barnes and Richard Thornburg for their generosity. Jerrod Davis, Fur Biologist, from the ODWC was there to help answer questions and give updates on the fur bearers of Oklahoma. We also had Kelly Adams, Information Specialist from the ODWC taking pictures of Youth Camp. This was one of the biggest camps that we have had in a long time.

  This was the first time for the OFBA to have a Youth Trapping Camp at Lake Waurika. I would like to thank Allen Harper with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for all his help with getting the area for the kids to trap on. We had Jerrod Davis, Michael Taylor and Matt Farris from the ODWC. They talked about trapping regulations and the fur bearers in our state. There were 24 kids signed up for the Youth Trapping Camp. Lots of moms and dads came with their kids. Lunch Saturday had about 52 people attending. The camp went very well, and we are expecting many more camps there. 3 bobcats, 2 coyotes, 1 beaver and many coons, skunks, and opossums were caught. Lots of memories were made and a lot of fur will be tanned. We had Makenzie Burk from Channel 7 News out of Lawton come over and eat lunch with us. She will be running a video of the Youth Camp. We are very pleased to have Makenzie to help us promote the youth and trapping in our great state.  A big thanks goes out to the Camp Cooks that kept everyone fed. They were Dana and Katie Wyskup, and Rhonda and David Marsh. These people always go above and beyond to help make Youth Camp Great. Our Instructors were Gary Jarman, Shannon Sheffert, Noah Smith, Mike Bond, Jeff Jones, and R.C. Edgar. We met Jeff Jones at the NTA in Springfield Missouri and we were talking about youth camp. He was very interested in what we were doing for the kids and wanted to help. Jeff came up from Texas to help. We hope to see him again. The kids got to try some fried bobcat that turned out very good. I encourage anyone that wants to help at the Youth Camps to get in touch with any of the directors or officers. We would appreciate your help. Both camps had some of the best weather we have had to trap in. 

The Spring Meeting will be March 6, 2020. That is the Friday night before the Fur Sale. We will setup the building Friday afternoon starting around 4:00 pm. Please contact Gary Jarman at 405-207-4840 or Brad Thomure at 918-944-8673.

  The OFBA fur sale will be March 7, 2020 at the Okmulgee Fair Grounds. The doors will open at 7:00 am and the sale will start at 9:00 am. You will need to contact John Weygandt at 918-645-5667 to get your sellers number. Only carcass animals allowed will be Bobcats. All other animals you can sell stretched or green. Be sure that they are thawed before the sale.

  Twin Bridges Trapperman 12th year spoonbill weekend will be March 20 and 21 2020. Friday night there will be a fish fry. Saturday dirthole contest and some nice prizes for the winners. We have shelter 3 reserved and paid for so that we will have a roof over our heads. We need RSVP as soon as possible so that we know how much we need for the main course. Please bring a side dish to help out at the meals. As you know this event is paid for by donations to be raffled off Saturday so bring your trap related items. Cash donation are welcomed also. Please contact Cletis Richards at 417-529-1060 or Brad Thomure at 918-944-8673. Hope to see you all there.

Remember to share some time with the kids helping to get them into trapping as they are our future. 

R.C. Edgar

2020 Fur Sale

  The OFBA fur sale will be March 7, 2020 at the Okmulgee Fair Grounds. The doors will open at 7:00 am and the sale will start at 9:00 am. You will need to contact John Weygandt at 918-645-5667 to get your sellers number. Only carcass animals allowed will be Bobcats. All other animals you can sell stretched or green. Be sure that they are thawed before the sale.