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Trappers to welcome O’Hearn to July 9-10 expo in Escanaba

Red O’Hearn shows a day’s catch after trapping beaver out of a canoe.

ESCANABA — Red O’Hearn will be joining other trapping experts at the 59th annual Trappers Convention /Outdoor Expo on July 9-10 at the U.P. State Fairgrounds in Escanaba.

O’Hearn is from Iowa where he started trapping as a youngster. He has trapped in at least nine states and consistently puts up unreal capture numbers. Seasons with catches of over 1,000 raccoons, 350 beaver, and 150 mink are common for him. With all that practice, he has his beaver-skinning time averaging seven minutes.

He serves as director of District 1 of the Iowa Trappers Association and does his best to promote the sport. O’Hearn will be giving a demonstration on beaver trapping when he takes the stage.

He will be in a lineup that includes Jeff Dunlap of Dunlap Lures, Ed Schneider of Kansas Trap Lines, Lesel Reuwsaat of Freedom Outdoors TV, Jeff Hagerty of Hagz Trapping Products, John Chagnon of PCS Outdoors and Lenon Lures, along with local trappers John Gunville and Roy Dahlgren.

“We are pleased to have Red returning to Escanaba,” said Bob Steinmetz a member of U.P. Trappers and National Trappers Association director for the Upper Peninsula. “He does a great job of teaching his methods, techniques and tips. He also willingly engages the audience with dialog and Q and A.”

Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern time Friday, July 9, and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 10.

Along with the educational sessions, this family friendly event offers lots to do and see. There will be at least two buildings full of inside vendors and additional vendors outside.

There will be a Friday night fish fry and a limited number of tickets are available by contacting Roy Dahlgren at 906-399-1960 or trapperroy@outlook.com.

Camping is available on the grounds. For more information, go to www.uptrappers.com.

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