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D8: Annual Report

This year promises to be one of the busiest District  #8 has ever had ! The 2018 magnet has gone out, if you did not get one please call me @ 717- 732-8099 so you can be informed on what we are doing. I will list all our events here also so no one misses all the fun! Our 2018 schedule is as follows:

  • January 21, 2018 – Meeting @ New Bloomfield Sportsman’s Club
  • March 18 – Meeting @ Richfield Sportsman’s Club
  • March 25- Rendezvous planning meeting @ Port Royal Fairgrounds  (10:00 a.m.)
  • April 7 – Blain Sportsman’s Show – Blain Picnic Grounds – (See Flyer)
  • May 6 – Rendezvous planning meeting @ Port Royal Fairgrounds ( 10:00 a.m.)
  • May 20- Meeting @ Twin Bridges- Chambersburg
  • June 7-10  2018 PTA / NATCA Rendezvous- Port Royal Fairgrounds, Juniata County
  • Aug 11- District #8 Trapper Training School @ Richfield Sportsman’s Club –  (See Flyer)
  • Aug 19 – Meeting @ Upper Adams Fish & Game Assn
  • Sept 15 – Newville Sportsman’s Show- ( See Flyer)
  • Oct 21 – Blain Shrimp and Chicken Feed – Meeting @ Blain Picnic Grounds

*   All regular District meetings start at 12:00, Lunch is served at 11:30. Please bring a side dish or desert to share!
**   Please see the attached flyers for show times and locations.
***  Don’t forget to visit – and please “like and share” on the PTA Facebook page where we post photos, info, and updates on events !

We will again be accepting donations of “put up” fur this year as a fundraiser for District #8. Just bring any pelts, no matter what species to a meeting and we will get them tanned to make hats, fur teddy bears and puppies. Sometimes if the donation is a really nice pelt we will keep it to sell as a “wall hanger”. All the proceeds go towards our efforts to educate the public, and cover the costs of things like our trapping school and our participation in Youth Field Days across the District.

Our first big event of the year will be our 3rd Annual Spring Sportsman’s Show on April 7th, 2018 at the Blain Picnic Grounds. The fun starts at 7:00 a.m and runs until 5:00 pm. We will have all the usual dealers with guns, traps, knives, hunting and fishing items, ammo, decoys, trapping supplies etc .We will have gun and bear trap raffles, 50/50 and more. Also this year there will be seminars and demos by The P.A. Game Commission on “Tree Stand Safety”, Dale and Robbie Rohm doing a turkey calling seminar, Cumberland Valley Trout Unlimited will be doing a fly fishing program and our own Kirk Snyder from Opossum Hollow Lures speaking on the proper use of trapping baits, lures, and urine. Also the NWTF Sherman’s Valley Strutters Chapter will have the Daisy BB Gun Range for the kids. The Blain Fire company will be serving a great breakfast and lunch. We will also have our good friends from BOOTLLEG Creamery selling their famous ice cream, so come on out and have some fun while supporting  District #8.
Admission at the gate for the whole show is only $5.00, and kids 12 and under are FREE! For info or to book dealer space, please call George McEntee@  717- 732- 8099 or Terry Swartz @ 717- 536 3733.  See the attached flyer for more info.

As I’m sure you have all heard by now the 81st PTA/ NATCA Rendezvous will be held June 7-10, 2018 at the Juniata County Fairgrounds in Port Royal Pa. This will be the first time in history that we have partnered with the North American Trap Collectors Association in putting on a Rendezvous! I’m sure Tom Parr and Co. will add a whole new dimension to this event. We have a ton of stuff planned for all ages, and something for everyone to enjoy.Camping is available for primitive and full hook-ups. The commemorative item for our Rendezvous is a beautiful working wooden mouse sized box trap. These were made for us by a turkey call factory and designed by Terry “Swamper” Swartz. We are offering them in cherry as well as a limited number in sassafras, walnut and maple. They will be available to purchase at Rendezvous for $30.00 each. As usual there will be demos by all the big names in the trapping community, master fur handling seminars every day by NAFA and Fur Harvesters of America, dealers and tailgaters galore, raffles, “3” BIG auctions, contests for young and old and great food! We will need all District #8 members to pitch in and help for this event, please consider lending a hand, even if for just a few hours. If we all do a little, no one has to do a lot! Please see the attached flyer for more info.

On August 11, 2018, District #8 will be hosting our annual Trapper Training School at the Richfield Sportsman’s Club, just off Route 35 in Juniata County. This free event is an all day school for trappers of all skill levels, young and old. You will learn everything from trap preparation to fur handling.  *** Pre- registration is required.***   For more info, or to register for the school see the attached flyer or call  George @ 717- 732- 8099.

Our last big event of the year will be our 40th annual PTA District #8 Outdoor Show at the Newville Lions Club Fairgrounds on Sept 15, 2018 from 7:00 a.m.- 5:00 pm. It’s only 5 miles off I-81 in Cumberland County. This show keeps getting better every year and there is so much to see and do its hard to get through it in a day!  You can find anything and everything at this show, from new traps to guns to old ammo boxes and fishing lures, if you can’t find it here they never made it! This year our special guests will be Mossy Oak Pro-staffer and local turkey hunting legend, Matt Morrett showing you all the secrets of his success.
Also we have professional fishing guide and fly angler Tony Dranzo teaching you his methods for fall Trout and Steelhead fishing in P.A. Tony is a top notch guide and fly tying expert! While your at the show, DON”T forget to check out our BIG raffle ticket !!! There will also be a host of other seminars and demos from trap modification, to proper use of baits lures and urine, and more. We have a cable restraint class with certification (you must pay and register on the PGC website for this) There will be great food, raffles, 50/50, and a HUGE auction! As always our thanks goes out to our show sponsor, Sleepy Creek Manufacturing for their continued support of this event! Please see the attached flyer for more details or vendor space availability.

I would also like to let everyone know that District #8 is selling DVD’s of the PTA 2016 Rendezvous demos.The price is $16.00 each, that’s about half the price of your average trapping DVD and you get to support a great cause! These were filmed by KIFE ( Keystone Institute for Furbearer Education) at the Rendezvous and all proceeds benefit KIFE. If you would like to purchase one, please see Nelson at the meetings or give me a call.

On our BIG District #8 raffle ticket this year the top prize is a $500.00 gift certificate from Sleepy Creek Traps, as well as  guns, cash and other prizes.Tickets are only 10.00 each and you have 10 chances to win on each ticket. Only 500 tickets will be printed. Also, we started a new program this year, for every 100 raffle tickets you sell, the seller will win $100.00. Don’t forget to write your name on the “seller” line on the tickets you sell so we can keep track. Good luck!

Also if you use PTA Facebook please “like and share” not only District events but everything you can, it really helps to promote the organization and our sport! In closing I would like to say “THANKS” to all the great folks that I have the privilege of working with in District #8. No matter what, you folks always answer the call when you are needed. I could not ask for  better crew !

George McEntee
Director/ District #8
Tel- 717- 732- 8099

Obituary: Jack Wilkinson

John W “Jack” Wilkinson Jr, 78 years old of Armbrust, Pa, passed away peacefully Sunday, October 15, 2017 in his home, surrounded by his loving family. After a long and courageous battle, he received his eternal reward.

Jack with a beautiful bull elk.

He was born July 21, 1939 in Mt Pleasant, son of the late John and Yvonne (McHenry) Wilkinson.

He was a life member of Youngwood Vol. Hose Co. #1. Life Member of the Youngwood Lions Club, member of the PA Nurserymen Association, member of the Marion Lodge #562 F&AM., member of Tall Cedars of Lebanon, Westmoreland Forest No. 77. He was a member of the National Trappers Association, the PA Trappers Association and Fur Takers of America. Jack was a advid supporter and member of the NRA. He was also a strong supporter of the American Red Cross as a blood donor.

Jack was in the first graduating class of Hempfield Area High School in 1957. After graduating from high school, Jack followed in his father’s footsteps and joined the family business, J.W. Wilkinsons’ Nurseries in Armbrust where he started working in the fields as a child. Although he retired in 2011 he continued to keep a close eye on it daily from his wheelchair. He loved being on a tractor plowing fields and took great pride in being a caretaker of God’s creation.

Surviving are his High School Sweetheart, his wife of 55 years, Connie (Simpson) Wilkinson. His daughter Joyce W Rettura and husband Joe Jr- Armbrust; Son John W Wilkinson and wife Vicki- Armbrust; Daughter Jeanne W Green and husband Michael- Armbrust; Son Jason W Wilkinson and wife Melinda- Armbrust. Nine grandchildren, JJ and Alyse Rettura; Jake and Morgan Wilkinson; Danielle Green; Keegan and Jordan Miller; Taylor and Tanner Wilkinson. His brother James W Wilkinson and wife Linda- Armbrust; His brother Jary W Wilkinson and wife Peny- Morgantown, WV. As well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Jack didn’t have a bucket list; he lived it. He touched many lives through his kindness, knowledge, compassion, frequent words of wisdom, and prayers. He had an amazing spirit and never left a place without making a new friend. He loved to travel and throughout those travels had the opportunity to widen his circle of friends across the miles. Jack had a passion for anything outdoors, especially hunting and trapping, and enjoyed sharing that passion with everyone. For several years, Jack was the World Champion Barefoot Bear Trap Setter! Anyone who knew him loved to listen to his stories and his tales would not be complete without telling the one about wrestling an orangutan. Above all, Jack loved his family. Nothing brought him more joy than seeing them and spending time with his wife, children, and grandchildren. Jack’s faith was strong and he knew he would someday again be with those he loved most in heaven.

Friends will be received 2-4 and 6-8, Wednesday, October 18 & 2-4 and 6-8, Thursday, October 19 at the at the C. Richard McCauley Funeral Home, Inc., 101 South Fourth Street, Youngwood, PA. There will be additional visitation from 10-11 Am, Friday October 20 at the Armbrust Wesleyan Church.

Services will be held at Armbrust Wesleyan Church, Friday, October 20, 2017 at 11:00 Am with Rev. Timothy Stradling, officiating.

Interment will follow in the Mt Lebanon Cemetery, Tarrs, PA

Family suggusts memorial contributions made to the Armbrust Wesleyan Church, American Heart Association, American Diabetes Association, National Kidney Association, Heartland Hospice or the NRA