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.