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U.P. Trappers Association convention in Delta County

Fur trappers Les Johnson from “Predator Quest” and Lesel Reuwsaat, who has been a frequent guest on the F&T Freedom Outdoors television program, will be among the demonstrators at the Upper Peninsula Trappers Association convention and outdoor expo in Escanaba.

The event will take place from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, June 30 and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 1 at the U.P. State Fairgrounds, which is located along U.S. 2 in Escanaba.

“These gentlemen will join an all-star line-up of outdoor experts who will be giving presentations on the trapping and hunting of furbearers,” said Bob Steinmetz, National Trapping Association director.

Johnson, from Nebraska, is regarded as the “best coyote caller” in the world. He produces his own television show, Predator Quest, for the Sportsman’s Channel. His action-packed videos are well-known to trappers.

He has been honored with numerous awards including the Coyote Calling Triple Crown and he has been named Sportsman of the Year numerous times.

“Les is always a big hit at our convention” said Jeremy Lundin, secretary and treasurer of the U.P. Trappers Association’s District 3. “Along with the sharing of his skills, he is very personable and friendly toward those who attend his demos.”

Reuwsaat is from South Dakota and is a professional trapper and lure maker. Each year, he captures over 400 coyotes and 300 raccoons, along with big numbers of fox and badger.

His reputation is well-known and he is well-respected among the ranks of trappers.

“Lesel has been here before and does a great job,” said Duane Halvas, a longtime U.P. Trappers Association member. “We welcome him again and hope he continues to return to our convention.”

In addition to Johnson and Reuwsaat, the convention will feature presenters John Chagnon, Rusty Johnson, Harry Nestell, Rich Clark, Jeff Dunlap and Greg Schroeder.

The convention is expected to draw over 3,000 attendees. Activities for children are planned, including a fishing pond, mini raffles and games. Food and refreshments will be available. In addition, a wide variety of items will be for sale from vendors and tailgaters.

“The list of vendors and tailgaters just keeps on growing. The wide variety of items for sale or swap available is sure to offer things of interest to everyone” said Roy Dahlgren, president of U.P. Trappers’ Association’s District 3. “Great prices, no shipping charges and availability of needed items are sure to please attendees.”

Dahlgren said the convention is a great preview of what’s to come with the National Trappers Association Convention being held in the Upper Peninsula in 2018.

For more information, including biographies of the presenters, visit www.uptrappers.com.

Admission to the convention is $5 each day, with kids age 12 and under admitted free of charge. Camping on the grounds is available.

For more information contact Roy Dahlgren at (906) 399-1960, or trapperroy@outlook.com.