‘Predator Quest’ host to offer tips at trappers convention

ESCANABA- The nation’s biggest trapping and outdoors show is coming to Escanaba later this month.

The 55th Annual National Trappers Convention/Outdoors Show will take place July 24-27 at the U.P. State Fairgrounds.

There will be many trapping and other outdoor experts on hand giving demonstrations every hour throughout the event. Included in the huge list of presenters is well known predator caller Les Johnson

Johnson hails from Nebraska and has ranked in the top five in more than 30 calling competitions in the past 15 years.

The Sportsman Channel has presented Johnson with numerous awards for his T.V show, “Predator Quest,” the first television series strictly dedicated to predator calling/hunting.

Many will find him familiar, having watched his show and his videos. Johnson films and produces 26 episodes per year. Also he has produced action packed, adrenaline pumping videos on calling and hunting coyote.

Johnson will share his techniques, methods and tips on set-up, wind direction calls, etc.

“We are proud and excited to bring such a big name outdoorsman to our event. He is sure to draw some big crowds,” said Jim Fornetti of Iron Mountain, a longtime member of the U.P Trappers Association.

Along with the hourly presentations, there will be something for everyone in the family to enjoy.

There will be a dance on Saturday night, July 26, featuring the band Runaway Train. Fur fashion shows featuring professional models will also be featured on that day.

Hours for the NTA Convention are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Eastern time) Thursday – Saturday, and 8 a.m. to noon on Sunday. Admission is $10 for all four days; 12 years old and under admitted free. Food and refreshments are available.

For more information contact Tamara Masterson (248) 568-5904; or Roy Dahlgren (906) 399-1960;