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Hunting & Trapping convention set to take over Marshfield

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Thousands of hunters and trappers will be in Marshfield this weekend for a convention and rendezvous.

It's the “Furtakers of America” National Convention.

This is the first time the Furtakers of America have brought the rendezvous to Marshfield.

"This is what I call the toy box for adults in the trapping industry," said Rich Butera, Trapping Vendor

The event takes place at the Marshfield Fair Grounds, featuring experts in trapping from around the country.

"We put on trapping demos all day long," said Virgil Schroeder, President of the Wisconsin Trappers Association.

Schroeder says trapping has been criticized in recent years as being inhumane.

Trapping enthusiasts hope to change that.

"What we do here is teach them how to trap ethically," added Schroeder.

Marshfield officials say at least 5,000 people are expected to attend the convention and could spend up to 1 Million dollars in the local economy.

"The restaurants and retail here in Marshfield will be very busy this weekend," added Matt McLean, Marshfield Visitors Bureau.

Officials at the Marshfield Holiday Inn tell Newsline9, close to all 91 of their rooms are booked from people attending this event.

"It is a great fit, We are a very central location in Wisconsin with hunting and trapping being very large here," added McLean.

Butera says if your into the sport or wanting to learn more about it, this is the place to be.

"You can go through it, touch it, set it, whatever you need to do to get yourself more informed," said Butera.

The hunting and trapping convention begins Thursday morning morning.

For a full list of events and activities scheduled head to the Fur-Takers of America website at:

Http://www.furtakersofamerica.com/convention.html

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