Minnesota Trappers Association
District 2 Reports
Director - Steve Pahlen
Winter 2021-22 Report
Greeting Fellow Trappers,
As I write this trapping season is in full swing, I hope you have been able to get out and take advantage of this nice weather. We held our fall district meeting in Plummer once again with a good turnout. Chris and I were reelected to our respective positions and Les Huerd has been added as another co-director. Welcome to the Board Les. There are also few other new faces on the Board this year. I'd like to say to Todd, Duane, Brad and Dave it was a pleasure working with you gentlemen and the association is in a fine place from the effort you guys put forth. The winter General Membership Meeting will be held a bit later than normal this year to coincide with the later bobcat and otter season close so keep that in mind. I suggest that any of you that are able to attend, come to the Legal Defense Fund Banquet. It's a great time and this is our primary fundraiser to generate funds to pay for current and future legal counsel and lobbyist expenses necessary to defend our sport.
Personally, I expect this year’s State legislative session to be a busy one. The last two sessions have been tempered by Covid restrictions. With more relaxations I expect our adversaries to be out in force. We are anticipating resuming our Trapper’s Day at the Capitol this year. I suggest to all that are able to attend, it's important for us to be seen and heard. If anyone is unsure how to go about attending or who is their local representatives, don't be ashamed to ask for assistance. I, Randy, or your local director will gladly help you set up a meeting with your elected officials. Let's face it trappers, these issues aren't going away and every year it will be more and more important to be engaged and make our voices heard. I also ask that we all keep an eye on the Facebook page or our MTA website for alerts to any negative legislation and keep contacting your legislators when these come about. It's not always easy to see it but it does make a difference.
Anyways, I'm heading out to the deer stand.
Co-Director Chris Morinville
Winter 2021-22 Report
At our District 2 fall meeting in Plummer, I was re-elected as co-director for a 2nd term, and I want to thank you for the opportunity. Steve was re-elected as director and we’ve added another co-director, Les Huerd. We had a nice turnout for the meeting with about a dozen people attending the Trapper Education Field Training Session in the morning.
As I write this we are in the middle of deer hunting and trapping for me is just getting started and will pick up once deer hunting had ended. The fur season’s financial outlook is concerning with some questions surrounding the market in general and what I’m hearing is a substantial dip in the coyote market is anticipated, which had been so strong the past few years. I don’t know where this is ultimately headed, but at some point it’ll only have one direction to go-correct? I’m going to try to make the most of the season and just try to become a better trapper. I’m not a big numbers guy, but I really feel for the people that derive a significant portion of their income from trapping or those who are unable to participate at the level they’d like because of the lack of financial return.