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Trapperman Weekend

Twin Bridges Trapperman 10th year spoonbill weekend.

Will be March 16 for the Fish Fry and March 17 for the Saturday events. We have the Shelter 3 reserved and paid for so we will have a roof over our heads. We need RSVP as soon as possible so we know how much we will need for the main course. And yes we will have a repeat of the dirthole contest with some nice prizes for the winners. As you know this/your event is paid for by donations to be raffled off Saturday so bring your trap related items. Cash donations are welcomed also.

This is our 10th year anniversary and we would like to have a record crowd. Come out and enjoy a great weekend.

Please contact Cletis Richards at 417-529-1060 or Brad Thomure at 918-944-8673.

Hope to see you there.

2018 OFBA Fur Sale

We will only have 1 Fur Sale this year and it will be on March 3 2018 at the Okemah Fair Barns. . You will need to be an OFBA member or purchase a $12.50 Fur Sale membership to sell furs. Doors will open at 7:00am Saturday morning. You will need to get your lot number from John Weygandt and his phone number is 918-645-5667. Terry Wagoner will be the fur sale manager this year. We need helpers to setup, move fur, take down, and clean up after the sale. If you would like to help please get with Terry Wagoner, his phone number is 405-586-2570. Any and all help will be appreciated. There will be several vendors there so that you can get your supplies.

OFBA Youth Camp Attendee Sheet

OFBA Youth Camp Attendee Sheet

 

Please fill out the following form and return it and checks to Shannon Sheffert at 1301 Old Bumpy Road Stillwater OK  74074. Please also send me an electronic copy or at least the attendee details toOKSHEFFERTS@hotmail.com. For more information call (405) 742-7884.

 

How many will be in your party?  Adults_____   Youths_____

 Name_______________________________ Age______ Ph.#______________________

ADDRESS where magazine should be sent:  (ONLY ONE PER FAMILY IF LIVING TOGETHER)

__________________________________________________________________­­_____________________

Name_______________________________ Age______ Ph.#______________________

ADDRESS for magazine:

_______________________________________________________________________________________

Name_______________________________ Age______ Ph.#______________________

ADDRESS for magazine:

_______________________________________________________________________________________

Name_______________________________ Age______ Ph.#______________________

 Name_______________________________ Age______ Ph.#______________________

Participating youths must bring the following items:

  1. Sleeping Bag
  2. Orange Hat/Cap

 Additional Gear Recommendations:

  1. Boots (Knee high rubber)
  2. Snacks
  3. Flashlight
  4. Tent or camper.

 If you have them the following items would be nice to bring:

  1. Trowel – Heavy Duty Trapper type for digging, not a light garden trowel or cement trowel
  2.  Dirt Sifter
  3. 2-3lb Hammer
  4. Traps or any other Trap Supplies

 

Title 800 Rule Change Proposals

R.C.,

I just spoke with the assistant that is heading up the commentary period for the Title 800 Rule Change Proposals. The commentary BEGINS on Dec. 1st, any commentary received before Dec. 1 will not be counted. Commentary may be sent via email or written letter. Written letter is preferred. The address for emails and the address for written letter will be available on our website after Dec. 1. There will be a public hearing at our Department headquarters on Jan. 4, 2018 at 7 p.m. which will also be listed on our website after Dec. 1. Commentary period will be closed on January 5th.

Please pass this along to your members and I will let you know how we are looking and if we might need some representation at the meeting.

Thank you and please let me know if there is anything else that I can do to help.

Jerrod L. Davis

Furbearer Biologist

Oklahoma Dept. of Wildlife Conservation

Cell -405-590-2583

**The statute numbers on the 2 trapping changes are:

800:25-7-61. Bag limits (refers to lifting daily and season limit on raccoon)

800:25-7-115. Kaw WMA (refers to allowing footholds on parts of Kaw)

 

 

 

2017 Youth Trapping Camp

2017 Youth Camp

The 2017 Oklahoma Fur Bearers Alliance Youth Trapping Camp will be December 29, 30 and 31 at Lake Carl Blackwell near Stillwater, Oklahoma. We try to have it the weekend before Christmas but it did not work out this year. We will be accepting the first 30 kids this year. You need to have your applications in by November 30, 2017. Cost will be $35.00. That includes food and trapping supplies for the weekend. There will be camping spots available for electricity and water will be available. Be sure to get signed up early. You can contact R.C. Edgar at 405-238-0012 or Shannon Sheffert at 405-742-7884. We will supply the trapping equipment if you don’t have your own. Be sure to bring plenty of warm clothing and some rain gear.

 

2017 Fall Convention Results

OFBA 2017 Fall Convention

Just wanted to say that we had one of the best Fall Conventions that we have ever had. There were 2 days of demos from some of the best of trappers in the nation. Wayne Derrick from New Mexico, Rusty Johnson from Georgia, Lee Steinmeyer from Kansas, Lesel Reuwsaat from South Dakota and Brad Thomure with Apple road Predator Bait. There were lots of vendors and lots of activities for everyone. Trap Toss for the kids and all of them went home with traps. The skillet toss for the women was a big hit again this year. 1st place Amber Doerr, 2nd place Jennifer Crosby, and 3rd place Sharon Smith.

The trap setting contest for the kids were judged by Wayne Derrick, Rusty Johnson, Lee Steinmeyer, and Kyler Damron. They judged how well the set was made, how stable was the trap and location. 1st place Catie Wyskup, 2nd place Lane Crosby, and 3rd place Logan Crosby.

Turtle races were something new this year and was very exciting. 1st place Miranda Sanders, Robbie Sweetman, and Lane Crosby.

We did something new for some of the members that always go out of their way to help with anything that they can. They received Plaques that acknowledges their efforts. Those receiving recognition were David and Rhonda Marsh, Sharron Smith, Cloyce Callaway and Margie Dodson. Outstand directors were Lloyd Teeters, Noel Carruthers, Doran Smith, Terry Waggoner, and Gary Jarman.

We gave away a hitch mounted vertical skinner and Tim Davis was the lucky person. We hope that he enjoys it.

Fish Friday night was great. There was Crappie and Catfish with all the trimmings. Saturday meal was smoked pig. Everybody enjoyed the food and company.

I would like to thank everyone that took the time to come to the Convention and help out and visit. Without people like you we would not be the OFBA.

The 2017 to 2019 officers and directors are:

R.C. Edgar President

Gary Jarman Vice President

Shawn Bell Secretary/ Treasure

Shannon Sheffert NTA

Directors

 

Tracy Anderson       Evan Crosby

Noel Carruthers      Kyler Damron

Monty Dodson        Dwight Keen

Scott Newby           Doren Smith

Lloyd Teeters          Brad Thomure

Cletis Richards of Apple Road Predator Bait Heart Surgery

Good morning!  Dr. Takayama’s first surgery case this morning, so we are already up here at the hospital waiting for the OR to call for him. This is a big surgery. He’s going to be placed on the heart lung machine which means they will stop his heart and the machine will oxygenate his blood for him. The doctor will open the sternum, make an incision in his aorta and scope down into the left ventricle. Once the instruments are inside the left ventricle, the doctor will shave off the thickened part of the inside of the muscle of the ventricle. This will remove the obstruction to the flow of blood and restore the chamber of the heart to its normal size. After this is complete, the doctor will look at the mitral valve to determine if it needs to be repaired, also. This surgery is very rare, very complicated, and not very many places in the United States even offer this surgery; very few doctors specialize in it. Dr. Hiroo Takayama is one of the best in the nation, but he still only performs 20-30 of these surgeries per year.
While I was typing this, OR transport came to escort us all to surgery holding. This hospital has been nothing short of exceptional! And so many of the staff have told us that they are praying for us. It is truly miraculous!
I’ll keep you updated as we go! Thank you all for your prayers and support!