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District 1 Director & Co-Director reports
Minnesota Trappers Association
District 1 Reports
Paul Zieroth
4805 Johnson Rd.
Saginaw, MN 55779
(218) 391-5706

John Backman
7509 Enberg Rd.
Embarrass, MN 55732
(218) 780-3238
Director Paul Zieroth
Summer 2022 Report

As I write this report at the end of April, most streams are open, but ALL local lakes remain locked in ice in the Duluth area. I suspect Minnesota/Canadian border waters may still be ice-covered at the end of beaver season on May 15th as well. I expect numerous beaver complaints this summer as a result. The Pheasants Forever chapter leadership once again invited us to attend their spring banquet and to provide a trapping information booth. So, Bruce Lotti and I set up a table with tanned fur, fur banner, brochures, MTA information pamphlets, Newsletters, information on the Trapper Education Program, and release kits to distribute. Several PF board members personally thanked us for attending and would like us to continue to participate annually.

Never say never, but as the legislative session is coming to an end there has been no action negative to trapping due to the efforts of our lobbyist and several other MTA members at the Capitol.
Wadena Convention Aug. 4-6th. District 1 duties- MTA booth duty Friday 11 am-2 pm. Gate duty Saturday 12 pm-5 pm. Please consider volunteering.
Enjoy your summer.        
Co-Director John Backman
Spring 2022 Report:
Retirement allowed me to make several trapping trips this year.  Quite the experience and never thought it would involve so much gear. Double equipment at the least. Enjoyed it but I am not much of a longliner. I was happy to catch my first opossum, the happiness wore off as they seem to prefer my cat sets a lot more than cats!

Fur prices on animals made it a good time to go as farmers were happy to get you pulling nest raiders as most had not seen a trapper or a coon hound run in 5 years. On the flipside, fur prices were not high enough to pay the gas either. But the hunting game never has paid the bills either. Especially when better than half the coyotes were rubbed or mangy.

I offered one-on-one trapper education field training on the line with two adults this winter locally and enjoy that. Hopefully, you took someone new with you at least once this year. I firmly believe getting more folks exposed to the renewable and regulated resource that is wild fur is the key to the survival of modern trapping.

If you would be interested in spending an afternoon helping novice trappers in your area learn late ice or spring open water beaver trapping reach out to me and we can set something up. There is a big interest in this for the personal use of fur and meat amongst adults these days. I will be up in the Ely area yet this spring doing that; contact me for a date.

The NTA and New Mexico trappers are asking for financial help in their lawsuit against New Mexico's new ban on trapping public lands. Consider sending $20 to reverse this effort; Donations are accepted through the NTA website.
John Backman
(218)780-3238 or mta.dist.1@gmail.com

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