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.

  1. Fundraising
  2. MTA’s Goals 2022
  3. Budget
  4. Preparation for Winter General Membership Meeting
  5. 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
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