Les Johnson

Les Johnson is dressed in winter camo as he takes part in a predator hunt on a cold, sunny day.

The U.P. Trapper’s Annual Convention and Outdoor Expo is coming to Escanaba, Mich., July 26-27.

It will be held at the U.P. State Fairgrounds in Escanaba. Gates are open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Camping, food and refreshments are available on the grounds. Admission is $5 for both days and youngsters 12 and under are admitted free.

Along with all of the vendors on hand offering the latest in trapping and outdoor equipment at special prices, many famous outdoor experts will be giving educational seminars throughout the convention. Vendors on hand will be offering trapping, hunting, fishing, quilting, guns, knives and many other outdoor supplies.

Included in the all-star lineup of experts giving seminars is Les Johnson of “Predator Quest” fame.

“Les has become a regular at our convention and is always a big hit with attendees” said Mike Lewis, a longtime member of U.P Trappers. “He has won countless awards for predator calling and his TV shows featuring predator hunting are outstanding. It is really cool every once in a while to hear — in the Ruth Butler Building — a coyote yip, bark or howl and then to realize that it is just Les practicing his calling technique.”

Johnson hails from Nebraska where he spent his childhood pursuing all outdoor sports. While attending the University of Nebraska — Lincoln studying animal science he once stated “I want to be the best predator caller in the world.”

Along with Johnson, other speakers include Harry Nestell, Greg Schroeder, Jeff Dunlap, Ed Schneider, Mike Cain, Lesel Reuwsaat, Al Dubord and local beaver trapping expert Ken Luedtke.

This family-friendly event offers a lot of activities for all ages. Raffles, contests, games; along with the always popular “supervised free fishing, archery, and pellet guns” for the kids are sure to be of interest to all. The food vendors offer a wide variety of local cuisine sure to satisfy all taste buds.

For further information, contact Roy Dahlgren 906-399-1960; trapperroy@outlook.com or visit www.uptrappers.com

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