Co-Director - Shannon Cohrs
Hello Fellow Trappers:
Trapping Season has come and will be gone soon, except for spring beaver trapping. Wow, what a different trapping season then the past few years, with the winter weather and all. This fall started well, but it went downhill fast including freezing temps with ice up, early snow that stayed throughout the season and lack of some critters. Being compared to last few seasons, we have to take the bad with the good. I still managed to harvest a few critters in spite of the circumstances. Bobcats this past season was a bust for the wife, son, and me, due to the deep snows during the season. The cats didn’t move too much with all the snow and cold temps, during the two weeks we had traps set. When it came time to pull our traps, we were going to need the assistance of a snowmobile. My friend Kyle Little came thru and offered us his Ski-doo Tundra to use to retrieve our traps and cubbies. Thanks a bunch Kyle, you’re a lifesaver! And my wife thanks you also for letting me use the Tundra, because I want one now. More gear needed for the Trap Line!
I have been managing to snare some canines this season even with snow and very cold temps. Every year you learn more about the critters you pursue and that is one of the main reasons I love trapping. As with life you never quit learning and the critters always like to throw you a curve ball now and then. I also drew a leftover wolf tag for hunting, but didn’t get to hunt any, due to unforeseen circumstances.
Most of you had known that I lost my mother in June this past year. Well on December 1st, I had received news on my way back from setting Bobcat traps that my brother Craig went missing in the Wyoming Mountains that morning. Later that night around 11 pm we received word of his passing. He and his wife Robin were heading up some hills to go after elk around 7:30 am and he never came back to meet up again. He was found by his son Don, sitting by a rock, with his rifle cradled and looking towards the sky. I know what you are thinking, “What a way to go or I would like to go that way”! But it was way too soon. He was 58 years old on Nov. 27 and healthy as any Mountain Man should be, putting on 8 to 10 miles in the mountains a day. They said it was a blood clot that took him and no early sign of this was even known. So a lot of my time was spent in Wyoming this fall, hunting elk and paying my respects to a Great Hunter, Trapper, Fisherman, Friend and Brother. “I will see you up on the Mountain!”
Last issue of the newsletter showed a picture of the Bull Elk I shot in Wyoming. It also stated that it was the reason for not submitting a Co-Directors report. Trust me it was a very good reason, it so happened to be with my brother Craig, sister in-law Robin, nephew Don and my wife Angie. It was our last elk hunt together. He was so happy that I scored a nice one finally, and having the knack for shooting elk close to the road, after all I had been thru with the Big “C”. I had a different outlook on life then, but I have a way broader outlook now! I say, if you want to do something in your life then just “Get it done”!
I had the pleasure to attend the State Pheasants Forever Convention with Jerry Larsen, in January. We had a table set up with body grip release kits, newsletters, membership forms and other literature. We were welcome by all who attended and were asked to attend more functions to promote our education of body grip release kits. Jerry and I spoke during a 45 minute seminar about dogs and traps afield. I think we had around 70 people attending our seminar from around the state. Jerry and I answered questions about the release kits and spoke about other traps that were used today. All who attended left with a better understanding of what needs to be done in the event a dog comes in contact with a trap. We handed out over 300 body grip release kits that day and were invited to attend their upcoming area banquets to further our cause. So directors beware! We put the word out and they will be contacting you for attending their banquets. Blame Jerry Larsen, he did it! LOL! Enough for now as I believe Leon and Brian covered what is coming up in district 7 and the state.
Take care and enjoy every day you can outdoors!