Minnesota Trappers Association
District 3 Reports
Director - Don McGaffey
Fall 2021 Report
Greeting District 3,
WOW!!! It was so good to be at the convention again!!! Thank you District 1 for putting on a great show! Everyone's hard work really paid off! I would like to welcome Brian Fischer on board as our new MTA President and Bert Highland as our new Vice President, I'm excited about having this leadership team at the helm of our organization and am looking forward to working with them as we move forward!
I would like to thank Todd and Dewey for their four years of service. I enjoyed working with them and I know that their support of the MTA and trapping will continue in the future. Dewey is already elbowing deep in the planning of next year's convention in Wadena!
A huge CONGRATULATIONS goes out to Dale "Gabby" Hayes on his being inducted into the MTA Hall of Fame!! Gabby is so deserving of this honor! Thank you Gabby for all you have done for this organization and the sport of trapping. Thank you also for your service to this great country!
Congratulations are in order for Brenda Jindra for the Female Trapper of the year. Brenda not only does a fantastic job as the MTA treasurer but is the matriarch of a very strong trapping family, very active with the legal defense fund banquet among other areas of involvement. Plus, she has to ride herd on Dale. Congratulations Brenda!!!!
Because of the fact that we didn't have a convention last year, the awards selection committee decided to award two Youth Trapper of the Year awards. I would like to congratulate Caleb Englund and Even Rollofson for receiving this award. I couldn't be prouder of the accomplishments that these two young men have achieved! I see great things in the future for these young trappers. I have seen the future and it is young people like these two guys! Congratulations men!!
As I mentioned before, the 2022 MTA convention will be held at the Wadena County fairgrounds in Wadena August 4th, 5th, and 6th 2022. District 3 is looking forward to hosting an excellent convention and we're looking forward to seeing all of you there. District 3 will be having the fall meeting October 9th with time and venue to be announced at a later date. Please watch the Facebook page, website, and mailings for more information. Please note that this is an election year and this meeting is YOUR opportunity to contribute to the direction that your organization takes in the future. It's your chance to have your opinions heard in an open forum. We want to know what's on your mind. I'm hoping to see every one of you October 9th!
Lastly, just a reminder that the Alexandria Youth Outdoor Activities Day is August 29th in Alexandria. Please contact me if you are willing and able to volunteer for assisting at this very worthwhile event.
That's all I have at the moment. I will see you October 9th.
Please contact myself, Eric, or Keith with any questions or concerns.
Remember to teach somebody something!!!!
Co-Director - Eric Maijala
Fall 2021 Report
Greetings Fellow Trappers,
Convention time has just flown by, and I had the opportunity to see many of you there to enjoy the show and ability to visit with friends and fellow trappers. We had a very successful show at the Souvenir booth and there was a lot of excitement with the new merchandise. I hope to replenish some of the stock soon and have it available on the online store and at the Winter meeting. There was a lot of young kids and babies present this year as well. This will be exciting to watch these youngsters grow into becoming future leaders of our organization.
District 3 will be having a Trappers Field Training Session coming up in September with potentially having a district meeting to follow. We currently do not have the date locked in but will soon after this writing.
District 3 won the Tanned Fur Competition this year for donating and processing the most fur to go towards the Project. The Tanned Fur Project is important to educate the public and schools what trapping is about and gives the schools the opportunity to use the furs to do the teaching. Great job to everyone in District 3 for your donations and hard work processing this fur. I want to thank Dennis Meeks for giving up an afternoon to teach me how to flesh and stretch beaver. Since then, I have put a lot of them up and I might need to go back and teach him a thing or two. LOL
The convention will be held right in the middle of a lot of our back yards next year. It will be held in Wadena at the Wadena County Fair Grounds on August 4th – 6th. Don, Keith and I will be looking for volunteers to setup and tear down for this event. If you are willing to help, please contact one of us and we will add you to the committee. We are already in some of the planning stages, and I look forward to putting on a great show in our neck of the woods. The convention was last held in Wadena in 2003, so the scenery has changed a lot since then.
We will be having the Annual Winter Meeting and Legal Defense Banquet in late January, so watch for locations and dates and hope to see everyone there.
That’s it for now, so get the steel ready and get it in the ground this fall.
Keep our tradition going,
Co-Director - Keith Friedsam
Summer 2021 Report
I hope all of you are having a successful spring beaver trapping. I have been able to get out myself and run a small line for some lake owners who were having trouble with beaver cutting down their trees. The weather is always playing a game with us as one day is 65 degrees and then in two days its 35 degrees.
District 3 had the spring meeting held in New York Mills. We had a decent turnout with about 25 members present. While this is a good number, I am never going to pass up more people coming. These meetings are a great way to get information and for the director and co-directors to get your information to pass on to the board.
In April, the Legal Defense Banquet was held. As always it was a great time. All the money raised benefits us trappers to continue to stick up for our rights and to preserve our trapping rights. I highly recommend attending this in the future if you have not been to it before.
Fair season will be coming up as well, I am hoping to have a booth at the Perham Fair this year, if you interested in helping or wanting to set up a booth at a different fair and have questions, give me a call and I can help with whatever you need.
The state convention is coming up in July in Barnum. It looks to be like a great convention. Barnum is always a great place to have a convention. I hope to be in Barnum for at least one of the days. This summer is going to be very busy for myself and my wife and we are in the process of building our house and in June we will be welcoming a little trapper to our family. Summer will be a very busy time for us, but we cannot wait.
That is all I have for this report, like always if anyone has questions or anything they want to bring up, please do not hesitate to reach out to myself, Eric or Don.
Take care and stay safe.