County Road 12 - Trapper George - WSFA.com Montgomery Alabama news.

County Road 12 - Trapper George

He retired from Teaneck, New Jersey and now calls Georgianna home. He's an artist, a wood carver  but above all he's an fur trapper. Debbie Williams caught up with him out along County Road 12.

You never know who you're going to run into when traveling down County Road 12. "I'm a fur trapper. I've written a couple of books, I do magazine articles. I do wood carvings, paintings I trap turtles in the spring, I do everything imaginable that has to do with wildlife." He forgot jewelry maker. "Oh yeah, I make jewelery out of wildlife parts." We can't mention what parts, this is a family show. "We're from Teaneck, New Jersey." A retired firefighter he came to Alabama after somebody got a hold of one of his books. Did we mention he's an author? "I wrote a book on beaver trapping and one of the woodland managers for union camp got a hold of it and they brought me down to trap beaver and I trapped beaver for three winters." 20 years ago he made Alabama home. Now he traps full time and he never knows what he'll find. "Hurry up," he says holding a huge snapping turtle by the tale,"this thing is heavy. He weighs 19 pounds." In his shed is where he spends most of his time. "These raccoons here are ready to go to market. Otter pelts ready to ship." It's a way of life, that makes him happy, although he knows there are some people who would disagree with what he does. "They believe that animals feel pain. They believe that animals are human and they don't realize that animals are a renewable resource, that Mother Nature is cruel." Regardless of your beliefs, George Wacha is an original and you have to respect that. "I can do anything it's just the impossible takes longer." In Butler County, Debbie Williams and photojournalist Darren Gilley somewhere out along County Road 12. 

George says when he introduces himself, he never tells people what he does because they will no doubt want him to trap something and he says he has enough work to keep him busy.

  • NewsMore>>

  • More than $55K raised for teacher who stopped shooter

    More than $55K raised for teacher who stopped shooter

    Sunday, May 27 2018 3:24 PM EDT2018-05-27 19:24:15 GMT
    Monday, May 28 2018 1:08 AM EDT2018-05-28 05:08:14 GMT
    (Southern Illinois University via AP). RETRANSMISSION TO CORRECT NAME TO JASON SEAMAN - In this undated photo, provided by Southern Illinois University, Jason Seaman, a defensive end for the SIU football team, poses for a photo in Carbondale, Ill. Seam...(Southern Illinois University via AP). RETRANSMISSION TO CORRECT NAME TO JASON SEAMAN - In this undated photo, provided by Southern Illinois University, Jason Seaman, a defensive end for the SIU football team, poses for a photo in Carbondale, Ill. Seam...
    Online fundraiser has already surpassed $55,000 goal for Indiana teacher shot while tackling armed student.More >>
    Online fundraiser has already surpassed $55,000 goal for Indiana teacher shot while tackling armed student.More >>
  • Bloody but forgotten WWII battle still haunts soldiers

    Bloody but forgotten WWII battle still haunts soldiers

    Sunday, May 27 2018 11:34 AM EDT2018-05-27 15:34:09 GMT
    Monday, May 28 2018 1:07 AM EDT2018-05-28 05:07:50 GMT
    (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen). In this May 19, 2018, photo World War II veterans Allan Seroll, left, of Massachusetts, and William Roy Dover, right, of Alabama, right, attend a 75th anniversary celebration of the Battle of Attu in Anchorage, Alaska. Dover w...(AP Photo/Mark Thiessen). In this May 19, 2018, photo World War II veterans Allan Seroll, left, of Massachusetts, and William Roy Dover, right, of Alabama, right, attend a 75th anniversary celebration of the Battle of Attu in Anchorage, Alaska. Dover w...

    One of the bloodiest World War II battles in the Pacific was waged 75 years ago this month on Attu Island in Alaska's Aleutian Islands.

    More >>

    One of the bloodiest World War II battles in the Pacific was waged 75 years ago this month on Attu Island in Alaska's Aleutian Islands.

    More >>
  • LeBron's 35 help Cavs beat Celtics 87-79, reach NBA Finals

    LeBron's 35 help Cavs beat Celtics 87-79, reach NBA Finals

    Sunday, May 27 2018 11:14 PM EDT2018-05-28 03:14:46 GMT
    Monday, May 28 2018 1:07 AM EDT2018-05-28 05:07:00 GMT
    (AP Photo/Charles Krupa). Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James soars to dunk in front of Boston Celtics forward Al Horford (42) and forward Marcus Morris (13) during the first half in Game 7 of the NBA basketball Eastern Conference finals, Sunday, ...(AP Photo/Charles Krupa). Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James soars to dunk in front of Boston Celtics forward Al Horford (42) and forward Marcus Morris (13) during the first half in Game 7 of the NBA basketball Eastern Conference finals, Sunday, ...
    LeBron James scored 35 points with 15 rebounds and nine assists to earn an eighth straight trip to the NBA Finals, leading the Cleveland Cavaliers to an 87-79 victory over the Boston Celtics in Game 7 of the...More >>
    LeBron James scored 35 points with 15 rebounds and nine assists to earn an eighth straight trip to the NBA Finals, leading the Cleveland Cavaliers to an 87-79 victory over the Boston Celtics in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals.More >>
Powered by Frankly