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Experts to teach youth trapping and outdoor survival skills

LIMA — The National Trappers Association’s 63rd Annual Convention will host three days of outdoor activities (Thursday, July 28 through Saturday, July 30) at the Allen County Fairgrounds in Lima.

“We are thrilled as we expect approximately 8,000 people to pass through our fairgrounds over these three days,” said Troy Elwer, promotions and operations manager at the Allen County Fairgrounds. . “It will have a big impact, not only on our fairgrounds as a venue, but, I believe, it will be a big economic boost for the community of Lima. Some of the hotels we work with are already fully booked during the convention.

Trapping: A History of Livestock Preservation

Holding a trappers’ convention in this location is a natural extension of the activities of the fair in terms of its relationship with breeding, agriculture, animals and the outdoors.

“At the fairgrounds, we have more than 1,400 young exhibitors each year. The vast majority of these children are cattle exhibitors. A big part of their project is learning how to safely handle and care for their animals, and it’s a similar activity in terms of lessons in safety around animals (in this case wild animals) and outside,” Elwer said. “When trapping or hunting, it is also important to focus on animal welfare, so that they do so safely, correctly and humanely.”

Some of the animals that are trapped include predators with a habit of killing farmers’ cattle and chickens, such as the well-known parable of the fox in the chicken coop, or coyotes, bobcats and foxes killing lambs and sheep. .

“It’s a perfect example of a problem that affects farmers who have large pastures with livestock like cattle or chickens in a coop. That’s a lot of space to manage. Being educated on how to properly prevent these predators from harming your farm animals all ties directly into the projects the kids present at the fairgrounds,” Elwer explained.

Members of the Ohio State Trappers Association will host the event, Elwer said. On-site experts will be a great benefit for young people to get involved and learn about safety issues surrounding trapping activities when interacting with wildlife, as well as learn how to trap and hunt humanely an animal in season, and if they find themselves somehow alone in the wild, how to survive a dangerous situation using a survival kit.

Scheduled event and fees

This year there will be double the number of hands-on activities, demonstrations, workshops and seminars, such as building trapping equipment and nesting boxes, drawing animals, making and using survival kit, fishing, archery range, BB guns, laser guns, bug safari, animal skin identification and more. Additionally, there will be a number of vendors selling trapping-related products.

Thursday demonstrations and activities include ground bobcat trapping (10:30 a.m.), aquatic mink and muskrat trapping (11:30 a.m.), fireside chat (12:30 p.m.), fox butchering (1:30 p.m.) and a hands-on activity to sew a fur coozie (2:30 p.m.).

Friday’s programming begins with Land Fox Trapping (9:30 a.m.), followed by Aquatic Raccoon Trapping (10:30 a.m.), Coyote Snaring (11:30 a.m.), Fireside Chat (12 h 30), bobcat (1 h 30 h) and a practical activity of sewing a fur scrunchie (14 h 30).

Saturday events include Land Coyote Trapping (9:30 a.m.), Beaver Water Trapping (10:30 a.m.), Coyote Trapping (11:30 a.m.), Fireside Chat (12:30 p.m. ), skinning the skunk (1:30 p.m.), and a hands-on activity of sewing a fur pillow (2:30 p.m.).

Entrance fees are $10 for a one-day pass or $20 for a three-day pass. Children 12 and under are free.

The National Trappers Association teaches children about the importance of trapping in agricultural and survival settings, as well as trapping safety, like in this photo from the 2021 National Trappers Association convention.

Contact Shannon Bohle at 567-242-0399, by email at [email protected] or on Twitter @Bohle_LimaNews.