Minnesota Trappers Association
District 1 Reports
1861 Brimson Rd
Brimson, MN 55602
PO Box 358
Babbitt, MN 55706
Director - Bert Highland
I hope everyone is having a good season so far. Here in the northeast our water season came to a close on Nov. 8 with permanent ice up, which gave us close to 2 weeks of good open water trapping. I think I got spoiled a few years ago when we still had open water on Thanksgiving, now it’s catching walleyes over 5-6 inches at that time! Me and the Mrs. just got done with marten/fisher trapping the day after it started. In my area both species are doing well and it seems like fishers in particular are on the increase. Other trappers and hunters have been seeing the same things in their areas as well. It would be nice to see the limit increased and the season extended for both these species, a limit of 2 and season 6 days in length just doesn’t make much sense to me. It will be interesting to hear what the DNR’s population models are telling them.
We had our Trapper Ed. Field day back in Sept. and certified 12 new trappers. Everything went real well and I’d like to again thank my fellow instructors Richard Turcotte, Frank Brula, Gary Jorgensen, Don Klick, and Fred Precht as well as the Range Retriever Club for letting us use their facility in Mountain Iron. It was nice to see quite a few fathers sit in on the training and show support in their sons or daughters interest in trapping. Awhile back Jerome Blazevic’s son Jerry had given me a bag of tanned fur of his fathers to do what I wanted with so I gave each young trapper a tanned coyote or red fox pelt, the kids were very happy with this but I’ll bet Jerome is much happier!! We also gave each new trapper a few supplies to get started with and served them up a hearty lunch then sent them on their way. That day we also received a donation of traps to be given out in future classes from Jeb Backe of Babbitt, thank you Jeb!
As far as things going on in our district we’ll be manning a booth once again at the Duluth Boat Sport and Travel Show/Deer Classic Feb. 13-17 and our spring district meeting will be March 16. At this meeting I will be collecting donations of put up fur for the MTA’s Tanned Fur Project, I’ll have fur bags and document your name and amount donated so you are recognized in our magazine for your donation. This issue is supposed to arrive at your door sometime in late December. Remember the Winter General Meeting and Legal Defense Banquet on Jan. 5, 2019 in Brainerd. There will be fur buyers, representatives of both auction houses picking up fur, pelt handling contests, big furbearer contests, and trapping supply dealers in addition to the meeting, I hope to see you there. That’s all for now, it might come a little late but here’s wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Prosperous New Year! God Bless.-------- Bert
Co-Director - Frank Brula
Another convention has come and gone. Congrats to those who worked so hard to put it all together. The clean-up crew deserves a special “good job”, too.
In the “north”, Mother Nature “blessed” us with enough rainfall to make one want to start looking for wood for an ark. But we die-hards hit it anyway. Scouting went well, but to my surprise USDA changed the river structure in many places as they took out beaver and dams that were in my plans. This hurts the other trapping as well. After adjusting to the conditions with things going positively, another obstacle came along...snow and freezing rain.
Looking forward to the marten/fisher season with six(6) good days of weather and trapping. Maybe a bobcat may make it through the “wolf” zone to offer a challenge.
Trap ‘til I die