Each year Beyond BOW and The Florida Trappers Association and Not a Clue Adventures host a Ladies Trapper Training at Richloam WMA near Mascotte, Fl. This year we had 3 participants -probably due to the very wet weather! Here is a recap of the event.
Ellie and Steve arrived early on Thursday to set out a trapline in preparation for event. Participants arrived for a rainy weekend of instruction and training. Everyone was very attentive and eager to learn. Class began at 8 am on Friday and continued through Saturday afternoon. Friday morning trapline was checked and upon returning to the campsite participants enjoyed a hearty lunch before Steve Lee and Robert Priest instructed participants on snare building and maintenance, setting cage traps and snares. reviewing laws and regulations before heading out to set another trapline in the afternoon. After a hot meal of Raccoon Stew, Squirrel with Yellow Rice (Raccoon and Squirrel provided by trapper Ellie Willingham)we enjoyed smores for dessert. Time was spent around the campfire swapping tall tales and trapping stories before settling in for the night. Saturday morning after breakfast everyone loaded back up in trucks to check and collect traps and snares. In total 2 opossum and 1 raccoon were trapped with one opossum being released. After breaking camp everyone traveled 10 min to the home of Bo Carlton where he and Ellie Willingham instructed the participants on proper skinning and grading techniques, fleshing and drying of skins. Mary Carlton prepared a wonderful lunch of chicken and dumplings, biscuits and home-made coconut cake for everyone and we enjoyed a meal on their front porch. Everyone enjoyed this time together to reflect on what they had learned. Too soon it was time to head home and everyone expressed their thanks for a great weekend. We are excited to be able to offer this course and look forward to doing this again next year.
For more information on the Florida Trappers Association please visit: http://www.floridatrappers.org/
For more information on the Becoming an Outdoors Woman Program: http://www.myfwc.com/BOW
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