Beyond BOW Ladies Trapper Training 2014

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.

2014 Ladies Trapper Training

2014 Ladies Trapper Training Group Photo

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.

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About notacluegal

Jeanene was born in Pittsburgh, PA. As a young child her family was very active in the outdoors. Things changed when her parents decided to travel down different paths in life and with that decision so went many of the opportunities to enjoy the outdoors. Being lucky to live in the suburbs Jeanene always had a backyard to play in and loved being outdoors. As the years passed she took every opportunity to be outdoors. She bought land in Tennessee and as a single mom moved her young daughter to the mountains. The were many life lessons learned on that mountain. There was no plumbing on the property – or even a house, but that did not stop her. She learned to live off of what was available and built her own cabin from the trees on her property. Those were rough years but the most rewarding. Now Jeanene resides in Tampa, Fl. and works as an office manager full time….but still yeans to be outdoors. Jeanene started “Not a Clue Adventures” to teach everyone she could how wonderful the outdoors are! That camping and fishing and hiking can be done by everyone and at many different levels. Single mom’s no longer have to be afraid to take their sons and daughters outdoors. By working with young couples, single parents and even seniors, she gets to teach others about her love for the outdoors and hopes to open their eyes to new adventures. In 2009, Jeanene completed certification as a Leave No Trace Instructor. She also works closely with the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF), Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission (FWC) and the Florida State Parks. Jeanene is also certified in First Aid/Adult CPR.
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