Minnesota Trappers Association
District 3 Reports
Director - Don McGaffey
2019 Winter Report
Greetings District 3,
What happened to fall?? I don’t need to tell any of you that ground conditions went from sloppy mud straight to frozen like a brick! The wet, then frozen, fall made trapping very interesting to say the least, but we’ve all endured difficulty before and we will persevere again this time. It’s good that prices are so high so that it makes our trouble worth it!!
Probably the worst casualty of my personal line was the number of cancelations I had from people (mostly youth) to ride along for the day. I totally understand that most people want 60 degrees and sunshine when they are out , but reality of a trapline doesn’t frequently allow that luxury. The kids (and adult) that did ride along were very interested in everything they saw and a couple of them were hard bitten by the trapping bug.
District 3 held our fall meeting October 4th at eh American Legion in Millerville with approximately 17 attendees present. I had invited state Senator Bill Ingebrigtsen and states Representative Jeff Backer to join us. Unfortunately, Jeff had some obligations that prevented him from attending, but Bill attended and provided the membership with some insight into how things function in St. Paul. He was also very helpful in answering questions that members asked of him. One of his main messages was the fact that our elected officials need to hear from us. He made it very clear that no one else is going to take up the battle in regards to issues related to trapping. It’s up to us to speak up, or die in silence. The date obviously has not been set yet, but start thinking about “Trappers Day at the Capital”. It is proposed to be in February this year I believe but more information will be on the website and Facebook page as we get closer to the event. The larger the number of attendees we have, the more noticeable we are. Please attend if at all possible.
Also on the agenda at the meeting was the elections of your district leadership. The members elected me to continue on as your district director. I am humbled by the honor of being able to serve not only you members, but also the MTA for the coming two years. I am glad to carry on and will do everything in my power to promote and enhance our organization and sport to the best of my ability. The trust you have placed in me will not go unrewarded.
I am also very pleased to continue working with the co-directors for another term. I can’t say enough positive about these two young men. Eric and Keith absolutely love the sport and their energy and zeal are infectious to everyone around them. They are willing to do whatever is needed to serve the district and MTA to the fullest of their ability. Please know that we are here for you and you can feel free to contact any of us with any questions, concerns, or comments. We appreciate your support.
The winter meeting in Brainerd are upon us!! This is an excellent event and an opportunity to get together for some fun and talk trapping. There will be some vendors present as well as fur buyers. Contests such as biggest beaver tail, longest muskrat tail, heaviest raccoon, and fur handling are all available to participate in.
The Legal Defense Banquet will be Saturday evening January 4th. Tickets are still available and information is available within these covers regarding who to contact for those tickets. There is an awesome prime rib or chicken meal served and multiple games to enter into. Remember, the Legal Defense Banquet is a major fund raiser for our defense budget so bring your generosity and have a great time!
Also elsewhere in this magazine is information regarding nominations for the trapper of the year awards and the hall of fame award. Historically, the number of nominations that are received for these awards is VERY disappointing. We want people recognized! Get those nominations in so that those folks can get the recognition that they deserve! And don’t forget to have your college bound people check out the scholarship applications!
I’ll shut up. I had decided to try to shorten my report but that failed miserably.
Get a newbie involved in trapping!
Stay safe, Don
Co-Director - Keith Friedsam
2019 Winter Report
Trapping season is well underway and I hope everyone is having great luck! I myself have been struggling to deal with the cold weather freezing up our water as well as high water levels, however it still has been very successful.
We had our district three meeting in Millerville this fall, we had around a dozen members present, myself, Eric and Don were all reelected to serve district three. I would like to see a bigger turnout for fall meetings though, this is a great way to express what you want to be done within the organization. Please think about attending these district meetings!
Myself and Eric held a trappers field day on October 12th, in Perham, we certified 10 youth who braved the 30 degree temps with snow and strong winds, I highly recommend hosting a field day, many kids want to start trapping, we had two people come from the cities, who left at five in the morning to be there.
The next event we have coming up is the winter meeting and the Legal Defense Banquet, on January 4th in Brainerd Minnesota I would strongly encourage to attend to both of these events. The Legal Defense Banquet is a great time with a lot of great prizes and fun for everyone, tickets are going quick so get them sooner than later.
I don’t have much else to cover, I hope to see you in Brainerd for the winter meeting, and Legal Defense Banquet.
Good luck on the Line, remember to take a kid trapping!
(Photo insert: Dist 3 Eric M. & Keith F. with Senator Bill Ingebrightson at East Ottertail County Fair)
Co-Director - Eric Maijala
2019 Winter Report