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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!

 

OFBA Vendors

Terry Waggoner: Cage Traps  (405) 586-2570

Okie Cable & Trap: Trapping supplies (918) 429-4648

Rugged Cross Outdoors: Trapping supplies & predator calls          (918) 839-5540

 

2017 Wildlife Expo @ Lazy-E Arena

Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation Wildlife Expo September 22 to 24 2017 at the Lazy E arena at Guthrie, ok.
The Wildlife Expo will be upon us before we know it. If interested in helping at our Booth on any of the days please get with me at 405-238-0012 or Terry Waggoner at 405-650-1780. Friday will be School days and the weekend will be open for everybody else. All of the activates are free for everyone. There is something for everyone there. Always a lot of interest in what we have at our booth. Come see us there.

Thanks,

R.C. Edgar

Thanks everyone for the help!

 

2017 Fall Convention

The 2017 Fall Convention will be on October 13 and 14 at the Okemah Fairgrounds. Free primitive camping is allowed but there is no fires or AC hookups. There will be a fish fry Friday night and a drawing for a receiver mounted shinning machine. The doors will open at 7:00 am on Friday and Saturday. There will be drawings both days for tee shirts every hour. We will have several new people doing demos for us this fall. These guys are some of the best lure and bait makers that I know and some of the best trappers that there is. We will have Wayne Derrick from New Mexico, Cletis Richards from Missouri, and Brad Thomure from Oklahoma. They will be here to answer questions and catch up on old times with those of you that know them. Monty Dodson will be doing a question and answer session Saturday. Shawn Bell, Hydro Graphics Dipping Skulls. Dub Shankle, snares. Lloyd Teeters, matchless fire starting with flint and steel. Robin Teeters, jewelry and flower press. Shannon Sheffert Moles, Gophers and Squirrels. Alexander Pummill Bass Fishing. We should have something for everybody. We will have the Skillet toss for the women again this year so get your tossing arm warmed up. There will be a Trap setting contest for the kids like we had at the Spring Meeting. So be sure and get practiced up and bring your trapping equipment and make some good sets. We will have the Trap Toss again for the kids. Thanks goes out again to Bill Duke for suppling the traps. New this year is a Turtle Race for the kids! Bring your Box Turtle and race. Fish for the Friday night fish fry has been donated by Gene Callaway and Doran Smith. Meat for the lunch will be provided by the OFBA and we ask that you bring a covered dish. We will have an auction at the end of the day Saturday and we ask that you bring something for the auction to help support the OFBA. This is election year so be sure and vote. We want to make this the best Fall Convention that we have ever had. The Directors Meeting will be Friday night. Be sure to have your Ballots in to us by October 13, 2017.

Working on big name trappers from out of state to come do demos.

If any questions please call,

R.C. Edgar (405) 238-0012

Rusty Johnson from Georgia with Country Boy Lures confirmed his attendance and will set up a table.

Lee Steinmeyer from Kansas with L&P Trapline Supply will have fleshing knives and dispatch poles confirmed attendance and will set up a table.

Carliss Stephens with Sudden Valley Supply from Missouri has confirmed attendance, will set up a table, and will also do demos.

Lee Reuwsaat from South Dakota with Reuwsaat Bait and Lure has confirmed attendance, will set up a table, and do a demo.