National Trappers Association convention coming to Columbia

Monday, August 1, 2011 | 1:54 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — If Daniel Boone were alive, you know where he'd be this weekend.

The National Trappers Association's 52nd Annual Convention runs from Thursday through Sunday at the Boone County Fairgrounds. Daily demonstrations will be held, including coyote-calling, beaver-snaring, under-ice otter-trapping and trap collecting.

If you go

What: National Trappers Association 52nd Annual Convention

When: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. Vendors with booths outside can stay open until dark. People can also come from 8 a.m. to noon on Sunday, but convention coordinator Daniel Skurski cautioned convention-goers that vendors might be packing up by then.

Where: Boone County Fairgrounds

Admission: $10 for attendees 12 and older, free for children under 12

More information: A schedule of events can be found at

About 500 vendors will have booths at the event, which is being hosted by the Missouri Trappers Association. Items for sale will include traps, lures, jewelry and homemade preserves.

The national association makes sure laws are followed and assists with game management.

"What the NRA does for guns, we do for the rights of trappers," convention coordinator Daniel Skurski said.

Roadkill collected throughout the year will be thawed and used for the demonstrations that show how to process pelts, Skurski said. There will also be scavenger hunts and trapping competitions judged on set-up time.

An auction will be held at 7:30 p.m. Friday, with proceeds going to the National Trappers Association.

Another weekend highlight will be a skillet toss at 3 p.m. Saturday in which contestants will hurl a 15-pound skillet at a target. There is no set distance, so all age and skill levels can enter.

Skurski said about 8,000 people are expected to attend.

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Mack ARA Freeman August 4, 2011 | 3:38 p.m.

A quote about hunting/trapping from an unremembered source: "Hunting/trapping is not a sport. In sport both sides think they have an equal chance."

Trapping is the lowest form of outdoor animal torture inflicted by man. It surpasses even canned hunting, where the animals have nowhere to escape, but are at least killed immediately without horrible, lengthy suffering before death.

Besides the inherent cruelty with the torture and deaths, there is no viable reason to support trapping. Animal meat is abundant in the markets everywhere, and there are plenty of synthetic materials that are less expensive than fur that one can wear for clothing.

Since trapping does not qualify as sport, and there is no human need for its continuance, why exactly does it continue? Why does man feel the eternal need to kill animals, and force them to suffer prior to the killing?

There's your food for thought. Thanks for reading.


Mack ARA Freeman
Oakville, Mo.

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Michael Williams August 4, 2011 | 5:54 p.m.

Mack: Can you come get the muskrats and otters out of my pond?

You can use any techniques deemed feasible.

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