UP Trappers event Feb. 2 in Hermansville

Jackson Draheim is happy to receive a weasel box at a previous U.P. Trappers Association event in Hermansville. (Mike Lewis photo)

HERMANSVILLE — The 14th annual Youth Trappers Workshop will be Saturday, Feb. 2, at the Community Center in Hermansville.

Doors open at 8 a.m. and the last activity will begin about 2:30 p.m.

Learning activities will throughout the day will include a mink, muskrat and raccoon trapping demonstration by Clint Seawright; a fur handling demonstration by Rich Clark; and a weasel trapping demonstration by Jim Fornetti.

Seawright, owner of Skunk Creek Furs, will be buying furs, and Clark, owner of Willow Tree Trapping, will have trapping supplies for sale. Scott Burton, owner of Burtons Trapping Supplies, also will offer a wide variety of trapping and outdoor items.

During the afternoon, all youngsters in attendance will be guaranteed to win a door prize. The younger, beginning trappers will be given a free weasel trapping set. Plans are for the older kids to receive a dog-proof raccoon trap.

“This annual event has helped hundreds of kids find out if they’d like to become a trapper,” said Bob Steinmetz, a longtime member of the U.P. Trappers Association.

“The furbearers we concentrate on at the workshop are relatively easy to capture, skin and flesh. So with that, beginners can be pretty well assured of having success on their first trap line and doing a reasonably good job of handling their catch. There will also be a lot of local veteran trappers on hand who are all willing to share their tips and stories with the attendees,” Steinmetz said.

The public is invited and admission is free. Food and refreshments will be available for purchase throughout the day.

“This is a great event where the ‘old timers’ of District 3 have as much fun teaching the kids as the kids do learning from them” said Mike Lewis, coordinator of workshop, adding,“We are continually trying to make this event better and better each year.”

For more information contact Lewis at 906-774-3592 or go to www.uptrappers.com.