West Virginia Trappers Association
Defending and promoting the ethical harvest of furbearers in the
State of West Virginia.
Sportsmen's Alliance
Fur Takers of America
National Trappers Association
ADDRESS
P.O. Box 775
Glenville, WV 26351

CONTACT
Email: info@wvtrappers.com
Phone: (304) 997-1863
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West Virginia Trappers Association Events
The West Virginia Trappers Association sponsors two main events each year: the Spring Rendezvous & Fur Auction held the first full weekend in March, and the Annual Trappers Convention held the third weekend of September.
WVTA Event Accommodations
On-site camping is encouraged for this year's convention. Camping cost is $5 per night, and includes outdoor showers, pit toilets and potable water. Fishing and swimming are located near the camping areas, and generators are permitted. All generators must be turned off by 9pm each night. A central bonfire location is provided.

Local area accommodations:
Barker's - Full Service Campground
15775 Staunton Turnpike
Smithville, WV 26178
304-477-3331
Located about 2 miles from convention grounds. 50 amp service, water, sewer, wifi. Call for reservations.

Sleep Inn
29 South Main Street
Ellenboro, WV 26346
Approximately 17 miles from the convention grounds

North Bend State Park Cabin Rentals
202 North Bend Park Road
Cairo, WV 26337
Approximately 17 miles from convention grounds

In addition, Glenville Inn in Glenville, is located 25 miles from the convention, and several motels are located in Parkersburg, WV, which is about 30 miles from the convention.
Friday, September 17th
10:00am - Coyote Trapping with Calvin Cottrell
11:00am - Predator Trapping with James Stewart
12:00pm - Raccoon Trapping with Lenzy Zickafoose
1:00pm   - Canine Trapping with Ed Taylor
2:00pm   - Mink & Muskrat Trapping with Justin Lewis
3:00pm   - Beginner Bobcat Trapping with John Setliff
4:00pm   - Deer Lures &  Trapping with Seniors with                  Smokey McNicholas

Saturday, September 18th
9:00am  - Trapping Farm Land with Mike Hardbarger
10:00am - Trapping Beaver with Link Wood
11:00am - Snaring Furbearers with Ken Stewart
12:00pm - Lure Usage & Bobcat Trapping with Steve McCue
2:15pm  - Trap Speed Setting with Multi-Time National Record Holder Mike Gray
3:00pm  - Harvesting Roots & Herbs with Dave Cook
4:00pm  - Coyote Trapping & State Hopping with John Houben
5:00pm  - FTA Trapper College Grads Q  & A
Convention Trapping Demos
Friday, September 17th
All Day - Kid’s Scavenger Hunt
7:00pm - Hot Dogs & Marshmallows
Evening - Kid’s Activities & Movie Night

Saturday, September 18th
9am - 2pm - Kid’s Scavenger Hunt
9:45am   - Tobacco Spitting Contest
10:30am - Rolling Pin Throw for Ladies
10:45am - Skillet Toss for Ladies
11:00am - Longest Beard Contest
1:30pm   - Hay Scramble for Kids
2:00pm   - Youth Trap Setting Contest
2:30pm   - Adult Trap Setting Contest
Evening - Kid’s Activities & Movie Night
Convention Contests & Fun
September 17-18, 2021
WVTA Annual Convention
969 Prunty Road
Smithville, WV 26178

Due to the amount of time it takes to plan a  convention, the board of directors decided not to take any chances for another canceled convention. This year's convention will be semi-primitive and be held on private property, which eliminates any problems stemming from Covid-19 stipulations. This is a  one-time location change, and the convention will encourage a family atmosphere.

The convention committee is hard at work preparing a unique convention which will include on-site trapping demos -- water trapping will be held at the creek and river, and land trapping will be tailored to actual farmland, forests and fence rows -- all of which are on the convention grounds.  Of special emphasis will be trap setting locations, which can be visualized on site, rather than in an enclosed demo area.

This convention will be similar to those held many years ago -- families are encouraged to camp and spend quality  time together. Trappers will be encouraged to spend time perfecting their skills in prime trapping locations.  There is no cell phone service or internet at the convention location, so this will be like the conventions of yesteryear.

Although there are no hookups for campers, we have plenty of space for both wheeled campers and tents. Outdoor showers, pit toilets and water will be provided.

As a special treat this year, we bring back the Civil War Encampment, which will provide a living history lesson for attendees.


Our website will be updated as we add to our vendor and demo list.

If you have questions or wish to reserve vendor space, please contact President Briana Frederick, 304-997-1863, or email info@wvtrappers.com

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West Virginia Trappers Association Events
The West Virginia Trappers Association sponsors two main events each year: the Spring Rendezvous & Fur Auction held the first full weekend in March, and the Annual Trappers Convention held the third weekend of September.
September 17-18, 2021
WVTA Annual Convention
969 Prunty Road
Smithville, WV 26178

Due to the amount of time it takes to plan a  convention, the board of directors decided not to take any chances for another canceled convention. This year's convention will be semi-primitive and be held on private property, which eliminates any problems stemming from Covid-19 stipulations. This is a  one-time location change, and the convention will encourage a family atmosphere.

The convention committee is hard at work preparing a unique convention which will include on-site trapping demos -- water trapping will be held at the creek and river, and land trapping will be tailored to actual farmland, forests and fence rows -- all of which are on the convention grounds.  Of special emphasis will be trap setting locations, which can be visualized on site, rather than in an enclosed demo area.

This convention will be similar to those held many years ago -- families are encouraged to camp and spend quality  time together. Trappers will be encouraged to spend time perfecting their skills in prime trapping locations.  There is no cell phone service or internet at the convention location, so this will be like the conventions of yesteryear.

Although there are no hookups for campers, we have plenty of space for both wheeled campers and tents. Outdoor showers, bathrooms and water will be provided.

As a special treat this year, we bring back the Civil War Encampment, which will provide a living history lesson for attendees.

In addition to our trapping supply vendors, we will also have some unique vendors and activities which will provide a new learning experience, such as beekeeping, basket making, trot lining, turtle skinning and outdoor learning.

Our website will be updated frequently as we add to our vendor and demo list.

If you have questions, please contact President Briana Frederick, 304-997-1863, or email info@wvtrappers.com

WVTA Event Accommodations
Schedule Subject to Change!

Friday, September 17th
10:00am   - Proper Tuning, Dying & Waxing Traps with Ritchie Trappers Association (trap dying both days - bring your traps and give it a try!)
10:00am to 2:00pm - Tomahawk Throwing with WV Muzzleloaders Association
11:00am - Fleshing Raccoon with Steve McCue
11:00am - Bushcrafting: Ropes & Knots with Tyler Sheets
12:00pm - Making Nails with Blacksmith Terry Carl
1:00pm   - Civil War: Meet an 11th WV Infantry Soldier (Clayton Barker)
1:00pm   - Make a Recycling Bag Basket with Amy Walker*
2:00pm   - Calling Turkeys with Randy McAdams
2:00pm  - Free Kid's Basket Making Workshop
3:00pm   - Fleshing Raccoon with Blake Barker
3:00pm  - Bushcrafting: Purifying Water with Tyler Sheets
3:00pm to 6:00pm - Learn to Shoot a Muzzleloader with WV Muzzleloaders
4:00pm   - Snapping Turtle Butchering with Dale Barker & Bill Healy
5:00pm  -  Coonhunting with Hounds with Tyler County Coonhunters
5:00pm -   Woods Walk with Tom Snyder
6:00pm  - Treeing Contest for Hounds (TCCHA - trophies awarded)
6:30pm -   Trot Lining, Baiting the Hooks with Janet Hodge
7:00pm  -  Bow Drill a Fire with India Hodge

Saturday, September 18th
8:00am  - Trot Lining, Checking the Line with Janet Hodge
9:00am -  Skinning  Bobcat to the Toes with Nick Williams
9:00am -  Bushcrafting: Dakota Fire Pit with Tyler Sheets
10:00am -Beaver Fleshing & Boarding with Justin Lewis
10:00am to 2:00pm - Tomahawk Throwing with WV Muzzleloaders Association
11:00am - Catfishing Cleaning with Harold Stutler & Janet Hodge
11:00am - Make a Traditional Gathering Basket with Amy Walker*
12:00pm - Making Trap Drags on the Forge with Blacksmith Terry Carl
2:30pm  - Bushcrafting: Shelter Building with Tyler Sheets
2:30pm - Free Kid's  Basket Making Workshop with Amy Walker
3:00pm to 6:00pm - Learn to Shoot a Muzzleloader with WV Muzzleloaders
3:00pm - BEEKEEPING WORKSHOP with John Setliff
6:00pm - Bow Drill a Fire with India Hodge
6:30pm  - Trotline Check with Janet Hodge
7:00pm - Catfish Fry & Turtle Burger Sampler

*-Notes fee for basket materials
WVTA Convention Vendors
Annie's Little Acres
Arlington Cape
Backwoods Design & Hunting Supply
Barker's Restaurant Catering - Food Vendor
Battered Anvil Blades
Blacksmith Terry Carl
Bobbi's Bees
Bonds Creek Knives
Bourbon Hills BBQ - Food Vendor
Calvin Cottrell Honey
Civil War Living History Encampment
Coyote Cowboys Predator Control
Ed Taylor
Fur Takers of America
Harold Stutler
Houben's Animal Lures
Link Wood
Mason Dixon Boys Chainsaw Carving
Murray's Lures & Trapping Supplies
PDK Snares
R's Turkey Calls
Remie's Flies & Spinners
Ritchie County Trappers Association
Setliff Beekeeping
Smokey's Deer Lures
The Basket Elves
Tim Ingram
Tom Teague
Tyler County Coon Hunters Association
Williams Fur & Trapping Supplies
WV Muzzleloaders Association
WV Trappers Association & More!!
No Gate Fee - All Events are Free - Open to the Public
Gates Open at 10am on Friday, 8am on Saturday
Food Available on the Grounds
Free Trapper Education Classes

Saturday, September 18th
8:30am -  Class Registration (beginner & intermediate)
9:00am - Classes Begin
11:45am - Graduation & Class Lunch
General Membership Meeting & Awards Ceremony - Saturday at 1:00pm

Benefit Auction - Saturday at 1:30pm

Worship Service - Sunday at 8:30am
Annual Magazine

All WVTA members will receive their annual magazine by mail which has complete convention details. Don't miss this issue!!
Honored Guests: WV Muzzleloaders Assoc.
Honored Convention Guests: WV Muzzleloaders Assoc.
Convention Trapping Demos
Friday, September 17th
10:00am - Coyote Trapping with Calvin Cottrell
11:00am - Predator Trapping with James Stewart
12:00pm - Raccoon Trapping with Lenzy Zickafoose
1:00pm   - Canine Trapping with Ed Taylor
2:00pm   - Mink & Muskrat Trapping with Justin Lewis
3:00pm   - Beginner Bobcat Trapping with John Setliff
4:00pm   - Deer Lures &  Trapping with Seniors with  Smokey McNicholas

Saturday, September 18th
9:00am  - Trapping Farm Land with Mike Hardbarger
10:00am - Trapping Beaver with Link Wood
11:00am - Snaring Furbearers with Ken Stewart
12:00pm - Lure Usage & Bobcat Trapping with Steve McCue
2:15pm  - Trap Speed Setting with Multi-Time National Record Holder Mike Gray
3:00pm  - Harvesting Roots & Herbs with Dave Cook
4:00pm  - Coyote Trapping & State Hopping with John Houben
5:00pm  - FTA Trapper College Grads Q  & A
September 17-18, 2021
WVTA Annual Convention
969 Prunty Road
Smithville, WV 26178
No Gate Fee - All Events are Free - Open to the Public
Gates Open at 10am on Friday, 8am on Saturday
Food Available on the Grounds