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
Summer 2021 Report
I try to keep an eye on the legislative session and the activity at the capitol. The regular session is almost over for this year (as I write this) and committees are putting together some omnibus bills. I’m not a fan of these omnibus bills in principle, but specifically and as it relates to trapping, they’re concerning because if something bad gets in these bills it’ll be tough to get it out. This is especially true if it remains after the conference of the House and Senate bills. The governor also continues to operate under an emergency declaration, just as he has since last March. He may be loosening his grip, but as long as he keeps these powers anything can happen and the balance in St. Paul is shifted to the executive. We need to always keep an eye on this situation as the session never really ends when he has to call the legislature back each month to renew these powers. This is in addition to him actually legislating himself, which has been occurring.
As far as D2, we held a spring meeting in Blackduck this year. I couldn’t attend, but it sounds like they had a few people there. Steve and I are again looking at a trapper’s education field day this September. Hopefully, we can get a few more trappers in our ranks and provide some good education at the same time. Look for more information on the MTA website, Facebook page and the newsletter as fall approaches.