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.

July OFBA President’s Report

 Well Summer is here again and I’m writing this from the NTA Convention in Springfield Missouri. Hope that you had a chance to make it up here. There were a lot of great demos and a lot of good deals on supplies. There were a lot of old friends that I had a chance to talk with and a lot of new friends. I would like to everyone that helped with the OFBA table. Gary Jarman, Nolan Sweetman, Gene and Cloyce Calloway, Ken Smith, Darrell Woodward, Noel Carruthers, Brad Thomure, Tracy Anderson, BJ and Janice Johnson, and Shannon Sheffert. I would also like to thank the dealers that made donations to the OFBA Youth Camp and Auction. Rusty Johnson, Le Reuwsaat, Jeff Dunlap, Apple Road Tomahawk Trap & Supply, Winter Wildlife Control, Coon Dagger Volker’s Trap & Supply, Backwater Baits, Minnesota Trapline Products, Fur Fish and Game, Ernie’s Feed and Supply, Southern Snares, and RBG Traps. We also would like to thank the many State Associations that donated also. 

  The Oklahoma Department Wildlife Expo will be September 28 and 29 2019 at the Lazy E Arena in Guthrie, Oklahoma. The OFBA has been helping do demos and informing the public about trapping. If you would like to help and maybe do a trap setting demo, please call me at 405-238-0012. We would love to have you come by and help answer any questions about trapping.

  The Fall Convention will be October 18 and 19 2019 at Okmulgee County Fairgrounds, 1901 N Oklahoma Avenue Okmulgee, Ok. We are working with many vendors to help you get your supplies and do demos. Some of the Vendors are Rusty Johnson Predator Lures Georgia, Nick Beder Wisconsin, Mitchell Simpson Texas, Cletis Richards Apple Road Bait Missouri, Ed Schneider Kansas Trapline Products, Dave D Anglo Minnesota Trapline Products, Okie Cable and Trap, Dakota Harmon Peaceable Creek Fur, Darren Cheek Missouri, and Justin Elliott Missouri. There will be many more added to this list as vendors and demos.

  I would like to thank Richard Thornburg for his donation of the many Predator Calling DVD’s that he made. With this donation we were able to give other state associations some DVD’s to give to their young trappers or auction off for their youth camps. We were able to collect $749.00 at the NTA Convention from donations for the DVD’s that will go to the Youth Trapping Camps that we will put on this year. Richard Thank you so much for your help to support the young trappers in our state and the many states that we donated the DVD’s to. You don’t see many people like that. Again, Richard Thanks so much for your help with the young trappers.

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

R.C. Edgar