Minnesota Trappers Association
District 2 Reports
Welcome to Chris Morinville as the new 2020 District Co-Director...
Director - Steve Pahlen
Summer 2021 Report
Greetings fellow trappers,
Greetings fellow members and hoping all is well with you and your family.
We held a meeting on 5/02/21 at the Blackduck lanes. Attendance was decent considering the short notice. I believe it was like 21 or 22. We had some pretty good discussions; some items were trying to get muskrat and otter season extended with the beaver season to limit the headaches associated with incidentals. Another item was the possibility of a timber wolf season. At the meeting we signed up one new member, I sold 10 sustaining donor patches and we passed the hat and raised another 172 dollars for legal defense. I'd like to say thank you to Rick, he made a generous donation of fur to the tanned fur project. Thank you!
After discussing with Chris, we have set the date of September 18th to hold the fall meeting. Location will be the Plummer Sportsmen's Park. If there is enough interest we will be having a trapper education class that day as well. Talking with the members in Blackduck there is interest in having a benefit auction so to speak.. How we have done it in the past is members bring items to auction and all proceeds go to the MTA it's been successful, we didn't do it last year because of the Covid. Also, it's an odd numbered year so we will be having elections for director and co-directors. Mark your calendars.
It looks to be a busy summer as the Covid restrictions are starting to lift. The NTA convention is in NW Iowa this year, I imagine I'll make the trek to that. Our MTA convention is in Barnum and of course I'll be attending John Graham’s Coyote Days again in Lusk Wy.
It looks like fur prices have turned the corner so get your gear ready.
Co-Director Chris Morinville
Fall 2021 Report
It’s been great serving as the district 2 – Co-Director this past term. Despite being unable to have many regular in-person meetings I enjoyed seeing how our organization operates in the meetings we were able to have in-person and in our conference-call meetings. It was an honor, and if nominated, I’d serve another term.
I’d encourage each of you to consider becoming a director, co-director, or officer, in the future. I’ve got a lot of respect for the people in these positions and we’re lucky to have some great people. We’ll need many more good people in the pipeline to promote and defend trapping in the future. I know these positions are not for everyone, but please stay involved and active any way you can.
We’ll have a Trapper’s Education Field Training Session followed by our district meeting in Plummer on Saturday, September 18th. Look for more information on the MTA website, Facebook and in your mailbox. I’ve had a few people approach me about the field training session, and it’s great to see the continued interest. I learned a lot my first year of teaching and I’m excited to do this again and hopefully every year thereafter. Education and our work in St. Paul are so important to the future of trapping in Minnesota.