A trappers convention is expected to snare hundreds of visitors in 100 Mile House, April 17-19.
The British Columbia Trappers Association’s 70th Annual General Meeting and Convention will, among other attractions, see speakers, demonstrations, games, raffles and craft tables at the 100 Mile House Curling Club.
The general public is invited to drop by.
The event will feature things of interest to local hunters and outdoor enthusiasts, says Paul Blackwell, a director with the non-profit organization, which represents trappers and promotes wildlife management.
Close to 400 visitors are expected.
“There will be some pretty interesting stuff going on,” says Blackwell, a long time local trapper. “The general public likes to know what we’re doing and how we’re doing it. A lot of the trapping demonstrations revolve around the newer humane traps and the humane ways to catch the different species. A lot of those traps are on display.”
Snowmobiles and ATVs will also be on display, while exhibitions on taxidermy, chainsaw and snowmobile maintenance, and outdoor safety are also on the agenda.
Blackwell says it’s an exciting event to welcome back to 100 Mile House at time when there seems to be an enormous interest from many retired and semi-retired folks taking up trapping.
“The demand for classes right now is way beyond anything we could have predicted.