Minnesota Trappers Association
Land, Water, and BTC Demos at Convention 2019
Land/Water Demo’s Update - May 28
Forty demos in two and a half days, twenty land and twenty water. All demos will be under cover and they will have their own set of bleachers and individual sound system. These are needed and added improvements from years past. Thank you all for sharing your suggestions and concerns.
Demo area construction will be starting on Wednesday afternoon. That morning a 20ft x 30ft tent will be setup. Shannon Cohrs has stepped forward and offered doing the demo construction. If anyone is wanting to help with this, the plan is to start that Wednesday afternoon around 1:00. See convention contacts for other areas of need and contact people for specific roles. If you have questions on this give me or Shannon a call, both numbers are on the contact sheet.
Both land and water demos will start on Thursday one hour after the gates to the convention open. The plan is to have eight on Thursday, eighteen on Friday and fourteen Saturday. See the listing on the web site or in this newsletter for content and presenters. If you’re looking for trapping certification you can receive a hour every hour through the convention, see the demos listed with an asterisk. I will have a registration form at the MTA booth for participants to pick up. You will need this for documentation and presenter sign off. The course requires at least six hours of classes with two of them being in fur handling or processing. Once this is returned to Shawn, our education president, or myself we will forward this on to meet up with your book testing. Over the years this has benefited a hand full of participants and now some of them are our fellow members in the association. Continue to support the kids running around with the papers.
I am looking forward to this year’s new presenters and the veterans. We can all learn so much from these people, the secrets are not hidden anymore. Over the last five years of doing this for the association I have developed a nice library of names to rotate in and out due to location and work schedules. If anyone would like their day viewed in the spotlight let me know and I would be happy to work with you.
Pass it On,
Land, water and BTC demo requests for 2019 in Redwood Falls:
What’s the program all about?
-- Educating our newcomers!
MTA, just completed our fourth season of Beginner Trappers Connection (BTC) at the 2018 State Convention in Barnum. A new educational program specifically designed for kids, youth, or any age beginner. Let me remind members of our objective’s. Introduce the sport to newcomers of all ages, help build up the MTA organization through increased membership and to engage youth with vendor interaction. After four season of organizing this program I am questioning its title. When you see the groups gathering around the BTC presenter you soon realize it’s not just young people. It’s hard to associate beginner with elderly people, but it’s become reality. So maybe a name change down the road would be in line.
4 years; changes are coming to keep interest for repeat participant’s!
I don’t have the answer for what’s changing. If you have thoughts let me know. The program will go on and we will see you all in Redwood Falls 2019, Want to be a part of this? ...call me, love to have you.
Demo program reward process;
Thank our Sponsors!
Thank our Sponsors!
We did follow the same format of certificate handouts. We had scheduled 13 demos. A special thanks to Craig Hilburn for his Saturday commitment and setup that we will need to expand on in the future. The program had its own tent, space and demo area. In the future we will have to go bigger with the tent to allow more space for demo setup and people space. I thought it was big enough but who would have thought it would rain most of the time. The tent was still a program saver. Thanks again board for approving the coverage over the area. This year a total of 88 certificates were handed out by presenters with a total of 87 redeemed. The number of certificates handed out was lower but the percentage of redeemed was much higher, almost 100%. This doesn’t work without the support of our willing supply vendors. Thank you all!