Minnesota Trappers Association
District 1 Reports
Welcome to District 1's new Directors...
Director John Backman
Summer 2020 Report:
Spring Beaver was a busy trapline. My 13 yr old nephew accompanied me each day and we split the proceeds. He was the last kid I thought would trap but money motivated him and it has been a great thing for him inside the “Shelter in Place” rules. Lots of people were out trapping under the COVID rules. My harvest was down as we were sharing with more people.
I took some complaints on the USDA trappers, aka “Federal Trappers”, were out in April. The complaints stem around unfair competition with the Federal Government competing with the private business. This will be on our meeting agenda September 12th in Cotton.
As you have heard by now, 2020 Convention is cancelled do to COVID 19. The fact is nobody expects crowds of more than 500 to be allowed until at least August, and it was slated to start in July. District 1 will be hosting it in 2021 in Barnum. Dates are not set yet. I hope to see lots of volunteers from our district come out of the woods and help.
I can be reached at (218)780-3238 or firstname.lastname@example.org
District 1 Director
Co-Director Paul Zieroth
2020 Summer Report
I hope everyone was able to get out for spring beaver trapping. It was nice to take advantage of reasonable gas prices also. My employer considers me an “essential employee” so I wasn’t able to run as long of a trap line as I wanted, considering fur prices I’m OK with that. Thank you to Jim R. Who donated beaver and muskrat for the tanned fur project. I turned in 2 incidental otters this spring so they should also be donated. If any other dist members would like to make a donation please let me know. Time to go fishing, stay healthy, and enjoy your summer.
Photo: Bert presented the MTA Conservation Officer of the Year Award to CO Kip Duncan of Duluth at their District meeting.