Beginner Trappers Connection in it's 6th season at Barnum 2021.
BTC is a program designed for kids, youth, or any age beginner.
Hard to believe that we launched the Beginner Trapper Connection program back in 2014. Had it not been for COVID forcing the cancellation of last summer’s convention this would have been the eighth year of the program. As a result, 2021 will officially be our seventh anniversary of BTC.
We have come a long way from presenting under a tree on a picnic table. Thanks to our organization and many supporters the kids now get a tent for cover, sound system and their own demo area. New and seasoned presenters make this a valuable experience for all.
Starting on Thursday at 1:00 Ryan Bishop will present a demo titled “Animal Identification”. The kids at this demo will be able to touch, feel and handle many pelts of animals native to Minnesota. In most cases this will be typical of all demos with a kid’s hands-on approach. A full listing is in this Newsletter, on the website and will be posted on the grounds the week of the convention. Fourteen demos are planned. Three will take on Thursday, six on Friday and five on Saturday. All demos will start in the same spot on the hour it is listed. I must note that these demos do not qualify for Trapper Certification Field Day credit. Participants seeking field certification credit must attend the land and water demos highlighted in the program.
What’s in it for kids? Fourteen different items. Every demo comes with a vendor sponsor. Once a presentation has been completed the instructor will hand out a certificate for kids to search out vendor and receive the item related that specific demo. This creates excitement and interaction amount the kids, instructors, and vendors.
As fellow trappers and MTA members take the time to thank presenters and vendor sponsors for their contribution to helping us grow the organization through time, knowledge, or resources.
Pass it On, Brian
Thursday Demos...Start at 1:00 pm:1) Animal identification (1:00-2:00)-showing tanned pelts-identifying species of animalsRyan Bishop1-role fluorescent flaggingSponsor Cumberland Trappers Supply2) Water basics (2:00-3:00)-traps/anchoring types of trap-description of animals native to waterDan Greenwald1- mink stretcher boardSponsor Top Lot Stretchers3) Trap talk for kids (3:00-4:00)-different traps and sizes-usage of trap per different animalsMatt Buntjer1 dozen rivetsSponsor Minnesota Trapline Products
Friday Demos:Start at 10:00 am4) Kid/trapper friendly (10:00-11:00)-cards and information needed-role playingCade Thibodeaux1 tail zipperSponsor Schmitt Enterprises Inc5) Trap setting (11:00-12:00)-hands on setting of traps-safety and procedureCraig Hilburn1 pc flat stake swivelSponsor Cumberland Trappers Supply6) Baits & lure purpose (12:00-1:00)-purpose of the three smells-pass around to experimentBrian Fischer1-DVD Coyote Trapping 101Sponsor Fischer Predator Control7) Muskrat handling (1:00-2:00)-Skinning and fleshing-putting them on a boardDan Greenwald1 bottle fish oilSponsor Smokeys Trapping Supply LLC8) Weasel box construction (2:00-3:00)-supplies and habitat-making boxesFur Takers of America-Dan Collins1-8oz bottle of lureSponsor –Reuwsaat Baits & Lures9) Build a Muskrat Float (3:00-4:00)-different traps and sizes-usage of trap per different animalsMatt Buntjer1 dozen rivetsSponsor Top Lot Stretchers
Saturday Demos:Start at 9:00 am10) Animal pelt display (9:00:10:00)-go through animal pelt and sexes-habitat and benefits of each speciesCraig Hilburn1 grooming combSponsor Schmitt Enterprises Inc11) Drowning sets (10:00-11:00)-chains and cables-how to properly usePending1-Drowning LockSponsor MTA12) Set for muskrats (11:00-12:00)-setting water sets-go through blind and pocket setsPete Jonas1-bottle salmon oilSponsor MTA13) Tools and equipment (1:00-2:00)-trap pre prep-dipping trapsBrian Fischer1 lb block of trapping waxSponsor 5HTrading Post14) Clean skin a beaver (2:00-3:00)-how to skin a beaver-visit the adult water demoMatt Buntjer1 dozen S-hooksSponsor Minnesota Trapline Products15) General Membership Mtg 3:00