Minnesota Trappers Association
District 2 Reports
Welcome to Chris Morinville as the new 2020 District Co-Director...
Director - Steve Pahlen
Summer 2020 Report
As I write this report I hope all is well with you and your families in these interesting times we are living in. With the shutdown going on it’s been pretty quiet so there is not a whole lot to report on. Legislatively this year ended favorably with little to no issues. Chris and I are hoping to hold a trapper ed day in Plummer this year, we haven’t set a date yet with all the uncertainty, check on the website to see when. I’m optimistic we can hold one in August or September. If you need a child enrolled email me, I’ve got a list started and I’ll reply when I know more.
As most know the convention has been canceled. As a board we felt it prudent to make the decision early allowing dealers and attendees to be prepared, we felt like the state wouldn’t be opening back up by early August and it still looks that way.
Well that about all I have
Co-Director Chris Morinville
2020 Summer Report
As of this writing, the Minnesota legislative session has just adjourned. It sounds like there will be a special session related to the bonding bill, but I don’t believe there will be any other trapping related legislation. It’s never really over until it’s over but with the current situation, I think they’ve got other issues on their minds.
We’ll be losing an ally to trapping in Rep. Dan Fabian (R – 1A) as he has decided to not seek re-election. He held an important committee position and he’ll be missed. However, we have to move on and continue to build relationships with our leaders. With that, we’ll have elections once again in November, and candidates are never more approachable and responsive than during this time right now as they seek endorsements, primary elections, and general elections. When they knock on your door or call you on the phone, don’t be shy about asking them some questions. This year maybe a little bit more challenging to actually meet the candidates in person with the lack of county fairs, conventions, and other events, but it’s still your responsibility to inform yourself. Find out where the candidates stand on trapping and other issues important to you. Consider supporting candidates, financially and otherwise, who share your views on trapping. A little bit goes a long way in these smaller races.
The kids and I have done a little bit of spring beaver trapping and just a little bit of pocket gopher trapping before I got in the field to plant the crop. We’re wrapping that up now and we’ll get back after those pocket gophers and help out our townships. The kids are trapping to earn a little money to buy some kayaks and I think that’s outstanding. Trapping is an awesome way to teach the kids about the value of a dollar and how hard work can pay off. The townships are really hurting to find trappers and they’re paying a fair bounty to help with the problems. Let’s get our kids out there and help the community while earning money doing something we enjoy. Pocket gopher trapping might very well be a gateway to further trapping pursuits and we desperately need these kids to join us one day. I’m proud to say the kids earned enough to buy a couple of new kayaks to use out on our river and still a little frozen fur and castor in the freezer yet to sell.
I post a lot of our little trapping adventures on my Instagram account (@chrismorinville) and if you don’t mind a few kid’s sports pictures mixed in, feel free to follow and I’d love to follow back and see what you’re up to on the trap line. In the meantime, keep close that which is important to you and we’ll look forward to better days ahead.