Conservation and Trapping Science

Mike Wilhite of Trapper’s Post To Give Presentation At Rendezvous
Aug 13, 2021 08:29 ET

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LITTLE VALLEY — After a year off due to COVID-19, the 2021 Cattaraugus County Trappers Association is back this weekend with its annual Sportsmen’s Rendezvous.

The Sportsmen’s Rendezvous starts today and runs through Sunday at the Cattaraugus County Fairgrounds in Little Valley.

The Sportsmen’s Rendezvous has been organized and hosted by the CCTA for more than 40 years, and has become one of the largest locally run sportsmen’s conventions in the eastern United States. More than 70 vendors specializing in trapping, hunting, fishing and other outdoor-related products typically attend the event each year, including many well-known trapping supply dealers from around the country.

The Trappers Association expects attendance of 2,500 or more over the three days. It is open to the public. Admission is $5 a day. Camping is available.

Brian Davis, Trappers Association treasurer and longtime member, said vendors as well as other outdoor experts, such as Mike Wilhite of Trapper’s Post Magazine, give presentations and demonstrations on trapping, hunting and other outdoor activities. They also donate goods which are sold at an auction on Saturday night of the event to help support the efforts of the group.

Trappers Association member David Allen will present a trapping demonstration at the Rendezvous which will include trapper certification needed for a New York state trapping license.

Davis said another interesting activity at the Rendezvous includes the Mountain Man Encampment, where area re-enactors give a glimpse into the lives of early pioneering outdoorsmen and women from the late 1700s and early 1800s, and includes a blacksmith.