Minnesota Trappers Association 2022 Annual Goals
"Helping to perpetuate the Nation’s oldest industry – the Fur trade: Conservation – Education - Outreach"
District 7 motioned to add the mission statement to read “Helping to perpetuate the Nation’s oldest industry – the Fur trade: Conservation – Education – Outreach.” District 5 seconded; motion approved. Board approved to update the policy and procedure to have a mission statement added to the handbook.
The MTA Board Meeting held on October 2, 2021, approved a list of Goals for the Association:
- A change to the MTA’s Mission Statement: “The MTA is Dedicated to the Education, Conservation, and Protection of Trapping”
- MTA’s Annual Goals for 2022 are reflected in the BOD Minutes draft.
- Focus on New Membership Recruitment and Retention, Foster a Spirit Unity Among Trappers, Increase Association Revenue, Solidify our relationships with MNDNR, NTA, and FTA, and Continuing to support and foster mutually beneficial relationships with like-minded outdoor sporting groups on both a State and Federal level. Connecting with and mentoring youth and all interested individuals, by active promotion and advocacy to preserve of our trapping heritage for future generations.
- Setting goals is a simple matter but tracking progress in these efforts requires review at specified timelines. Anticipate a report to the membership on our progress in these areas in a future Newsletter in 2022.
The Board is focusing on five 90-day goals to be reported on by the winter General Membership Meeting Saturday, January 22, 2022, in Brainerd.
- MTA’s Goals 2022
- Preparation for Winter General Membership Meeting
- Preparation for Legal Defense Fund Banquet
MTA 2022 Goals: Organizational Snapshot
- Increase membership – our goal was an increase of 500 in 2 yrs.
- 240 membership increase, presently organization is 2400 plus
- 140 youth signups
- Facebook to date has 3426 followers, this is since the 2019 launch
- Unity within our organization
- Shared goals by stating verbally and publicizing them in print
- More members have stepped forward to help at events and convention
- Connection with youth
- Targeting younger age groups with coloring books, and track books. Handed out 1440
- Received over $2300 from outside sources in recognition of our youth program
- Animal track mold kits (one for each district, VP, and BTC) approx. 19 footprint species
- Surprisingly over 230 certificates were handed out at Wadena’s convention at BTC demos
- Preserve and Promote Trapping
- Presence at numerous sport shows and outdoor events (at least 19 appearances)
- Handed out deserving awards at state convention to people instrumental to the sport
- The sale of fur at shows and events has netted $8,828, up from one year ago
- Increase Revenue Options
- Twenty-four Trapper Warrior 99 Club members recognized names in the winter newsletter
- Calendar sales exceed our budgeted number of $3,000
- Strengthen our relationship with DNR
- Been invited to a Furbearing Meeting
- Presented proposals on fur season changes. bobcat, fisher pine marten statewide
- Discussion on otter bag limits and season
- On the table is Non-Resident
- Someone is always represented at our meetings, Jason A. is corresponding well
- Working through lynx lawsuit, court hearing scheduled in October
- Continue aligning with other like-minded outdoor groups
- Present at approx. ten county fairs
- Present at three Pheasant Forever banquets
- Duluth boat and outdoor show
- Supported Sharp-tail Society
- Prairie Pot Hole Days
- Southern Minnesota Youth Day-Nicollet
- Game Fair (2 weekends)
- Whitetail and Turkey Sport Show
- Alexandria Youth Day
- Fairmont PH Youth Day
- Increase of vendors at convention
- Strengthen relations with NTA & FTA
- Made a $4800 donation to NTA by January (MN has been listed in every 2022 newsletter)
- Donation of $2500 to the FTA in support of their organization
- $500 donation to MOHA
- Supported Kids Cave at the NTA convention with a donation of $250