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On Sunday, September 4, 1966 twenty-three concerned trappers met in Hungry Mother
State Park in Smyth County, VA to discuss the trapper’s future in Virginia. In view
of unknowledgeable, emotional people trying to get legislation passed to outlaw trapping
in Virginia, these trappers knew something had to be done to combat the lies that
were being told and the antics of these groups to get attention and donations.
The facts are that a large percentage of the propaganda being advertised by these
anti-trapping groups have been proven to be outright lies. The National Wildlife
Federation, who make their policies on scientific fact alone, state that trapping
furbearers is a legitimate use of a renewable resource. These trappers knew, as well:
• The need to conserve and maintain an adequate supply of furbearing animals;
• To preserve the freedom and pleasures of the trapline for those who succeed them;
• To uphold the fundamental rights of freedom, liberty and justice for all;
• To develop leadership for the advancement of the best interests of trapping and
the fur industry as a whole;
• To insure a desire to practice the ethics of true sportsmanship towards others
who wish to enjoy the recreation and pleasures of the outdoors;
• To impart knowledge to the young concerning the necessity of conservation;
• To cultivate a feeling of goodwill and mutual understanding through a proper respect
of the rights of landowners at all times;
• To aid and cooperate with law enforcement agencies in bringing about the apprehension
and just punishment of those who violate the laws as they relate to the interests
• To oppose and request revisions of any proposed legislation which discriminates
toward the hunting and trapping fraternity; and,
• To oppose any legislation which would impose unreasonable restriction on the taking
of furbearing animals or the sale of furs.
Therefore, the Virginia Trappers Association came into being, and an election was
held on the spot. Mr. Johnny Hundley, of Bassett, VA, was elected the first President,
Mr. E. C. Morgan, of Abington, was elected Vice President, and Mr. William “Bill”
Kindervater of Richmond was elected Secretary-Treasurer.
Since this was first written in 1978, we had over 3,000 licensed trappers and many
thousands of hunters who do not realize the Virginia Trappers Association is the
Virginia sportsperson’s first line of defense. If we fail, then our brother hunters
will be next.
Think it over. If you want to do something about it, become a member of the Virginia
Trappers Association and National Trappers Association and stand on the front line
with us. From our beginnings with 23 concerned trappers, we must continue to remain
strong and alert to safeguard our heritage.