SUMMER RENDEZVOUS

JULY 28 & 29

LADY LAKE REGIONAL PARK

In the middle of the heat wave at the end of July, the last thing most people think about is trapping. Yet, a great turnout of Saskatchewan trappers congregated at Lady Lake on July 28 and 29 to take part in the 2017 Saskatchewan Trappers Association summer rendezvous. The two days were filled with fun, frivolity and education.
Starting fall 2017 south Saskatchewan trappers are now able to trap black bears, as well a province wide cougar trapping season is open. Past president and long time bear trapper, Don Gordon gave two very educational bear trapping demonstrations which has many trappers excited to harvest their first bear.
A first ever family demonstration was presented by the Aichele family. The children demonstrated how they set for muskrat and beaver followed by the entire family of five simultaneously skinning, fleshing and boarding beavers and muskrats. That presentation truly embodies the true trapping lifestyle and the importance of family.
President Mike Keen put on a cubby trapping demo, Director Bill Zak showed his favourite lynx set, and Director Scott Blades and Ryan Demchynski showed coyote dirt hole sets and power snaring respectively.
The Ministry of Environment showed a large presence at the rendezvous. Two officers accompanied with the Public Education trailer were very knowledgeable, cordial and helpful. As well a very informative presentation was given by their K9 Unit. A special thanks to the Ministry of Environment and their officers, both two and four legged, for spending some time with the trapping community.
No rendezvous would be complete without ultimate trapper events. Kids and adults competed together in the ultimate event which included smooshing up a hill, cutting firewood, tea boiling, a BB gun shoot as well as a beaver/muskrat carry. There were also canoe races for all ages so everyone was able to participate.
The big hit of the rendezvous was the slip and slide. Dozens of kids made literally hundreds of runs down it. Even some of the “older kids” made a few trips down the slide. The kids also had a scavenger hunt looking for trapping related objects with a frosty treat as the prize.
Great meals, fellowship, and story swapping were just a few of the other attractions this year.
The Saskatchewan Trappers Association would like to thank everyone who donated, the vendors and the countless people and hours that make Rendezvous a success. See everyone at the AGM and Convention in Humboldt in March. Visit www.saskatchewantrappers.com or the Saskatchewan Trappers Association Facebook page for the most recent happenings in the Saskatchewan trapping community.