ESCANABA — U.P. native Ken Luedtke will be doing a demo on winter beaver trapping at the Trappers Convention/Outdoor Expo which will be held at the U.P. State Fairgrounds July 26 and 27. His demonstration will be July 26 at 1:30 p.m. EST.

Luedtke began trapping at the age of 13. He has skinned, fleshed and stretched as many as 60 beaver in a single day and has put up over 100 raccoon in a day. Luedtke processed fur professionally for NAFA for 10 years. That included processing fur from all furbearers, which would number in the thousands. 

Luedtke stated. “I love teaching and sharing my knowledge. I have trapped, processed and graded fur with some of the best in the business. And I look forward to sharing this knowledge with other veterans and beginning trappers.”

The main topic for Luedtke’s demo will be on under-ice beaver harvest, using snares and/or traps. Luedtke has appeared on TV 6’s Discovering Outdoors program several times, and he has also presented at several NTA (National Trappers Association) conventions.

Luedtke will be joined by many other outdoor experts giving presentations as well. Included in the demo lineup are: Al Dubord (trapping Alaska), Ed Schneider (coyotes), Les Johnson (predator calling), Lesel Reuwsaat (coyotes/cats), Mike Kain (beaver handling), Harry Nestell (raccoons) and Jeff Dunlap (coyotes).

Along with the demos, there will be fair food available for purchase. Hundreds of vendors and tailgaters will have a variety of equipment and supplies for sale. For the youngsters, there will be trap throw and bean bag games (small charge), free pellet gun/archery shooting (under close adult supervision) and the popular free fishing pond. Buildings on the grounds will be full of exhibits (some not limited to trapping — including pottery, antiques, crafters, sewing and quilting).

Hours of operation are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on July 26 and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on July 27. Admission is $5 for both days with kids 12 and younger are admitted free. Camping on the grounds is available.

“Our convention continues to draw more attendees each year. With the vast array of things to see and do at this event, it is sure to be a great experience for all,” stated Jim Fornetti (longtime member of U.P. Trappers). “Escanaba is a friendly, little town in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Many first time visitors to the event return again to take in the sights and beauty of the area and how much this expo has to offer.”

For further information, people may visit www.conventionreg.uptrappers.com, or contact event coordinator Roy Dahlgren at 906-399-1960 or trapperroy@outlook.com.