Oklahoma Fur Bearers Alliance President’s Report
Hello from wet Southern Oklahoma. Spring is finally here. The creeks and rivers are full, and the fishing is getting better. Hope everyone can get out and enjoy the fishing. As you read this the Spring meeting will be over and we are getting ready to go to the 60th Annual NTA Convention at Springfield Missouri July 11-13, 2019. It will be hosted by the Missouri Trappers Association and it will be held at the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds, 3001 North Grant Ave. The OFBA will be helping at the event. We need volunteers to work the gates, help setup and clean up. If you help, then you get a free pass to the event. Please call me at 405-238-0012 and let me know if you want to help. If you get a chance to go, I’m sure that you will not be disappointed. You will be able to see lots of demos and there will be plenty of vendors. This would be a good time to stock up on supplies for this fall.
The OFBA Fall Convention will be at the Okmulgee County Fair Barns on October 18 and 19 2019. We have been looking for a better location for our meetings and fur sale and Okmulgee has so much more to offer. We are in the process of getting more vendors and more Demos for you. This will be the third year for a 2-day event. I believe that we are drawing a bigger and better audience than we can with only a 1-day event. We will have the Fish Fry Friday night and we will provide the meat for the noon meal Saturday. We ask that you bring a covered dish and enjoy the food. There will be an Auction Saturday afternoon. If you have anything that you could donate to the Auction, we would appreciate it. This helps offset the cost of the Convention. We will get a list of vendors and demos out on our websites soon.
This election year. If you would like to run for a director or officer position, then let me or Shawn Bell (405-238-4061) know so that we can get your name on the ballot. Please be willing to work to help improve the OFBA if you want to run for a position. Election will be at the Fall Convention.
We are planning 2 Youth Trapping Camps this year. The first will be at Lake Carl Blackwell near Stillwater, Ok. The date for it is Dec. 20, 21, and 22 2019. This will be the weekend before Christmas. The second camp will be at Lake Waurika near the town of Waurika, Ok. in southern Ok. We have not set a date for it yet, but we are working with the Game Warden from Cotton County. This will help to get some more kids involved that may not make to Stillwater because of the distance. If there is anyone wanting to help with any of the camps feel free to call me. We would really appreciate the help.
I would like to thank several people that have made donations to the OFBA. Richard Thornburg donated almost 1,000 new Predator Calling DVD’s to the OFBA. We will be handing them out at the upcoming events so be sure to pick up a DVD at our upcoming events. Tracy Anderson and Gene Callaway has donated cash to be used for Youth Camp supplies. Thanks so much for the donations.
The OFBA would like to help one of our young adults that is going to college. We are offering a $250.00 Scholarship to help with college expenses. We will have it posted on our website with instructions. It will need to be filled out and sent into us by September 1st. You or your family must be a member of the OFBA to qualify for the Scholarship. The winner will be announced at the fall meeting.
Remember to get a kid involved in trapping they are our future.