SPALDING — Along with regular business, longtime trapper and member of U.P. Trappers John “Gunner” Gunville will give an educational presentation at the monthly meeting of District 3. This meeting will be held at the Normenco Sportsman’s Club (just east of Powers/Spalding) Thursday at 6:30 p.m. 

The main theme of Gunville’s presentation will be trapping equipment modifications/inventions. Many of his ideas regarding trap modification may help trappers to be more efficient, effective, humane and easier in the field. Gunville also welds to fabricate or improve drags, stakes, packsacks, skinning equipment, etc.

“While most traps and other outdoor equipment can be used right out of the box, there are a lot of modifications that the trapper can do to improve his equipment. Most of the modifications I do are basically pretty simple and anyone who is a little handy with the tools in his garage, along with a little buzz box welder, can do it,” Gunville said.

Ginville handles all of his own fur. He reclaims one year when he caught 19 fox, 19 coyotes, 100 muskrats and then 56 beaver through the ice that winter. In addition, he also serves as President of the Region, which includes all the U.P. districts, and as Vice President of District 3. He works in both capacities to promote trapping and ensure its heritage continues.

“This will be a great meeting for not only veteran members of the club, but newcomers and anyone interested in becoming a trapper, especially youngsters. All in attendance will certainly gain valuable knowledge from Mr. Gunville,” said Bob Whitens, a longtime member of U.P. Trappers.

Anyone interested is welcome to attend. For directions or other information, people may call District 3 President Roy Dahlgren, 906-399-1960.