CONTACT:                                       
Roger Burnham, NHTA, (603) 744-3561
Dwight Pennell, NHTA, (603) 539-7954
Tom Flynn, NHFG, (603) 536-1290
September 10, 2008         


55th Annual Trappers Rendezvous -- September 19 - 21, 2008

HOLDERNESS, N.H. -- The New Hampshire Trappers Association (NHTA) will hold its 55th Annual Trappers Rendezvous at the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department's Owl Brook Hunter Education Center in Holderness the weekend of September 19-21, 2008. 

September 20-21, 2008:  Saturday and Sunday feature ongoing demonstrations, trapping supply vendors and activities for families and children. The event is open to the public.  There is no charge for general admission.  Rendezvous attractions will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on September 20; and from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on September 21.  The N.H. Trappers Association's annual fall meeting will take place on Sunday from 1 - 3 p.m.

September 19, 2008:  This year, the Rendezvous includes a special session on Friday, September 19, in which participants spend the day walking through woods, field and water along with Kurt Beaugard, an experienced trapper from New York, for instruction on how to trap fur.  Rain or shine.  There is a $40 fee for this session and pre-registration is required; call Dwight Pennell at (603) 539-7954.  Participants should bring their own lunch. 

In conjunction with the Rendezvous, a N.H. Fish and Game Trapper Education course will be offered at Owl Brook. This class is full and additional registrations will not be accepted. Another Trapper Education certification course is scheduled in Swanzey, N.H., on October 25; for information, visit www.wildlife.state.nh.us/Hunting/hunter_ed_schedule.htm and scroll down to "Trapper Education Courses," or call 603-271-3212.

The Fall Trappers' Rendezvous is an educational event, with demonstrations of trapping techniques on Saturday and Sunday, conducted by New Hampshire Trappers Association members long experienced in trapping.  Trapping supply vendors will be on hand at the event to help you learn about trapping equipment and get outfitted for the upcoming season.  Be sure to visit the replica of an old-time Trapper's Cabin, built at Owl Brook for the N.H. Fish and Game Department by the New Hampshire Trappers Association.

For directions to the Owl Brook Hunter Education Center, visit the N.H. Fish and Game website at www.wildlife.state.nh.us/Hunting/hunter_ed_center.htm.

Next month, you'll have another chance to learn about trapping when N.H. Fish and Game and the N.H. Wildlife Federation present a Beyond Becoming an Outdoors-Woman -- "Introduction to Trapping" course on October 18, 2008, from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. at N.H. Fish and Game Headquarters, 11 Hazen Drive, Concord, N.H.  This one-day workshop will dispel myths associated with trapping.  Participants will learn how to identify furbearers, their tracks and habitat; get hands-on instruction in setting traps in the ground or under water, fine tuning the trap and setting a trap line; and explore the benefits for wildlife and society that are provided by trapping. This is not a trapper certification course.  It is open to both women and men, age 18 and older.  The cost is $15.  A registration form is available at www.nhbow.com or call 603-271-3212.

For more information about the N.H. Trappers Association visit www.nhtassoc.org.

The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department is the guardian of the state's fish, wildlife and marine resources and their habitats.

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