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District 3 Director & Co-Director reports
Minnesota Trappers Association
District 3 Reports
Don McGaffey
9811 Chippewa Heights
Brandon, MN 56315
(320) 815-0047

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Keith Friedsam
509 Pinetree Drive  
Perham, MN 56573

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Eric Maijala
56015 Co Rd 8
New York Mills,
MN 56567
Director - Don McGaffey
Winter 2021-22 Report

Greetings District 3,
As I write this, the trapping season is underway and hopefully, everyone is able to get out and get some steel working for them! The weather has been cooperative thus far. At least we didn't have another blizzard just before the season like we did a year ago!! District 3 held our fall meeting October 16th at the Conservation Center in Audubon. I would like to thank the Cormorant Lake Sportsman Club for the use of their excellent venue for our meeting! I'm thinking that we will take them up on their offer of hosting a spring Trapper Education Field Training Session. The facility and grounds offer an awesome teaching environment for everything that we need to have a very good class! A personal thank you to Rick Julian for doing the legwork that made this a reality. Thank you!

At the meeting the district election was held, and the members voted to keep the district leadership the same for the next two years. I thank the members for the continued support that you have shown us, and I will tell you that the trust you have placed in us is not taken lightly. I can speak for Eric and Keith and tell you that the future of trapping and the well-being of the MTA is forefront in our minds! Thank your co-directors for everything that they do! These guys are a priceless asset to me, the district, and the MTA. I can't say enough good things about your co-directors!

Speaking of co-directors, Eric is deep into the planning and organizing of the next convention to be held in Wadena August 4th, 5th, and 6th. He gave a report on the progress in the planning up to this point. There will be more detailed information regarding this in future communications. We will need volunteers to make the convention a complete success so please consider making yourself available to help out.

The Alexandria Youth Activities Day was held August 29th and we enjoyed beautiful weather and record attendance! This event just keeps getting bigger and better every year. This year we had well over 3000 people registered (the vast majority being between 6 and 16) and more that weren't registered. I would like to thank Tim Alsleben, Gene Tschida, Marc Lundeen, and Butch Herzberg for the long day behind the booth! These guys were so busy that they barely had time to shove a hot dog in their mouth! The event is an excellent opportunity to expose people to the sport of trapping and furbearers and to educate them about our sport. Education is critical for the future!! Next year’s event will be August 28th and we can use more volunteers so that we can expand the educational opportunities that we can provide.

The winter meeting is just around the corner and I'm hoping to see all of you there. It's a great time to get together and converse and reconnect. If you haven't bought your tickets for the Legal Defense Fund banquet yet it's high time to get that done! There's a limit to how many are available for sale, and you don't want to miss out on the excellent food and comradery. In addition to the great prizes available is the fact that all the profits are used solely to defend
the sport that we all love. It's a win/win! Let's get the place filled up!!

Hopefully there will be another Trapper's Day at the Capitol again this year. It's too early to have any dates or other information available yet, but PLEASE watch the website, and the Facebook page for updated information.

The stronger the showing that we bring to our elected officials the stronger our voice. Too many of them have no idea what our sport is about and if we don't educate them the antis will. It's up to us to determine our own future! As mentioned previous, District 3 is planning for a spring Trapper Education Class/Field Training Session to be held at the Conservation Center in Audubon. Please watch the website, Facebook page, and this publication for more information as details become available. That's all I have for now. Get out there and trap and take a beginner with you. Remember to teach someone something.
Co-Director - Eric Maijala
Winter 2021-22 Report

Fellow Trappers,
I hope all of you have been staying healthy and have been able to get out and do some trapping. Fur prices are still in question, so consider donating some of your fur to the Tanned Fur Project. District 3 was the winner of the competition last year so we should try to repeat. The Winter meeting and Legal Defense Fund Banquet is coming up on January 22nd. Check out the details in corresponding reports. District 3 members, remember we will be having the convention in Wadena next year, so will need some help with set up on Wednesday. We will also need as many volunteers as possible on Sunday for cleanup. I am looking forward to this event being held in our area. Our sport needs more support now than ever. I encourage all members to help educate the public and talk to them about trapping. Talk to your landowners and let them know that we need all the support we can get. I did this with my landowners and got them all signed up as members this spring. There are a lot of people that do support our tradition and want to see it continue and may be willing to support our organization if someone just asks. Take a youngster or someone new out on the trap line with you to introduce them to our sport. There does seem to be a lot of interest in trapping around our area so let’s take advantage of that.

Keep our tradition going.
Eric Maijala
Co-Director - Keith Friedsam
Winter 2021-22 Report

Greeting’s Trappers,
What a busy time of year it is. This trapping season is a little different for me, new job, new house, and baby made it a lot different than most years. I still have got a few sets out and will run a small line this year. I hope everyone has a successful time this year out trapping. We had our District 3 meeting this fall in Audubon. It was an election year and me, Eric and Don all were reelected. Attendance was a little light and I would love to see more people there. We try to make these meetings as enjoyable as possible. The winter General Membership Meeting is January 22 as is the Legal Defense Fund Banquet that evening. If you have not attended an LDF Banquet in the past, I highly recommend doing so. It is a great time and even a better cause to support with your time and dollars. The 2022 MTA Convention will be held in Wadena this year, we will need volunteers as it gets closer. Take a kid trapping, this is the greatest way to share our passion for the sport and our hope for future generations.

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