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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

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