Trappers convention to welcome Les Johnson

Les Johnson is dressed in winter camouflage as he enjoys a predator hunt on a cold, sunny day.

ESCANABA — The Upper Peninsula Trappers Association will host its annual convention and outdoors expo July 26 and 27 in Escanaba.

The event will be 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern time Friday, July 26, and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 27, at the U.P. State Fairgrounds.

Camping, food and refreshments are available on the grounds. Admission is $5 for both days, with ages 12 and younger admitted free.

Along with vendors offering the latest in outdoors equipment, experts will be on hand for educational seminars throughout the convention.

Included in the all-star lineup is Les Johnson of “Predator Quest” fame.

“Les has become a regular at our convention and is always a big hit with attendees” said Mike Lewis, a longtime member of U.P Trappers. “He has won countless awards for predator calling and his TV shows featuring predator hunting are outstanding. It is really cool (during the convention) to hear a coyote yip, bark or howl and then to realize that it is just Les practicing his calling technique. Make sure to attend his demos — you won’t be disappointed.”

Johnson hails from Nebraska, where he spent his childhood pursuing all outdoor sports. While studying animal science at the University of Nebraska, he once said, “I want to be the best predator caller in the world.” With the success of “Predator Quest” and the awards Johnson has won, he appears to have achieved that goal.

Along with Johnson, other speakers include: Harry Nestell, Greg Schroeder, Jeff Dunlap, Ed Schneider, Mike Cain, Lesel Reuwsaat, Al Dubord and local beaver trapping expert Ken Luedtke.

This family-friendly event has activities for all ages, including supervised free fishing, archery and a pellet gun range.

For more information, contact Roy Dahlgren at 906-399-1960, email trapperroy@outlook.com or go to www.uptrappers.com.