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 Fall Report
I hope this report finds you well. As you’re reading this we’re about to begin another trapping season. I don’t need to tell you that this year has been like nothing most of us have ever seen. Many of the things we enjoy have been canceled like sporting events, concerts, fairs and so on. However, we’ve still got a trapping season and despite the troubles we’ve had the last few years with fur prices and our continual battle to preserve trapping, I hope you can find some optimism and something positive in trapping this season. Clint Locklear has a podcast called Trapping Radio, you can find it with a simple Internet search. I’m reminded of an older episode where he talks about trapping like a child (Episode 95). When I was a new trapper, I was a young adult, but could relate to trapping this way. I had no prejudice or preconceived notions about how something was done. I was well read and studied trapping articles and videos but I tried a lot of different things outside the box. Some of them worked and many failed. In fact, some of my ideas were pretty laughable looking back, but it was fun. My point is that if you’re having trouble finding optimism in this trapping season, maybe try to trap like a child. Try something you’ve never done before. Maybe that’s tanning your own fur, marketing your catch differently, cooking and eating some of your catch or just trying to catch the same animals with different methods.
Steve and I are hosting a Trapper’s Education Field Day on Saturday (morning), September 19th at the Peoples Park in Plummer, MN. Interested students can contact me or Steve for more information and to register. This will be my first field day and I’m looking forward to it. As I’ve said before, I think our work in St. Paul is one of the most important functions of our association, but education is every bit as important. Without restocking our ranks with good, enthusiastic, young trappers we would have worked to preserve trapping for nothing.
Speaking of St. Paul, as long as our governor maintains the peacetime emergency and continues to legislate in the form of executive orders from that position of power, we need to have continued vigilance. While I don’t think we’d see an executive order outright against trapping, you never know what types of orders might indirectly affect our freedom and our freedom to trap such as quarantines or closures. Further, because of the monthly renewal of the peacetime emergency, the legislature is required to reconvene for a special session each month. Any time, they are in session, we need to be aware of what they are doing.
Finally, as you may have heard, there are new snare construction rules related to a requirement of a 350lb breakaway of the snare loop. Prior to what we were told, there will not be a grace period to change over your snares and this rule will go into effect immediately this season. I believe there will be a detailed article regarding these rule changes in this newsletter, but if you have any questions please make sure to ask to avoid any trouble with your snares this season as the rule will be enforced.