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

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Eric Maijala
56015 Co Rd 8
New York Mills,
MN 56567
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Keith Friedsam
509 Pinetree Drive  
Perham, MN 56573

Director - Don McGaffey
2020 Summer Report

Greetings District 3,

I hope everyone is well and staying safe with the whole COVID thing going on. Our world has changed and God only knows if things will ever be “normal” again. Fortunately, spring beaver trapping has been a good method for social distancing. I can’t begin to tell you how sick I am of this new world, but I’m sure all of you are also.

As you have probably heard, the 2020 summer convention has been canceled due to health concerns. I will tell you that that was a very gut retching decision by the board of directors. Even though it was a unanimous decision, there wasn’t a single individual involved that didn’t have heartburn because of it. Sometimes doing the right thing just plain sucks! However, we will rise up and move forward! At some point, things will return to normal (maybe a different normal) and this crap will be just a very bad memory. Please note that the raffle is still going to happen so get those raffle tickets sold!

Hopefully, we can get together this fall. We are looking at having a fall meeting that would include some demos, raffle, a card game, and hoping to have a vendor or two there so guys can get some supplies for the fall. We will hold it on a Saturday to eliminate the conflict with high school football. Obviously, we don’t have any way of knowing a date yet but we will pass on more information (if we have it) in the next edition of this publication.

The last word that I have regarding the Alexandria Youth Outdoor Activity Day is that the plan is to move forward in anticipation of the event happening as planned. It’s currently set for the last Sunday in August (August 30th). I will bring you the latest information in the next publication.

I think that’s about it for this time. Everything worth talking about either didn’t happen or isn’t going to. Don’t hesitate to contact Eric, Keith, or myself for any questions or concerns that you might have, If we don’t have the answer, we can get the answer.

Stay safe,
Co-Director - Eric Maijala
2020 Winter Report

Fellow Trappers,
We are still living in unprecedented times where our lives and activities have been turned upside down, but we are learning to deal with it.  This is a good time to go out and do some trapping.  Then mother nature kicks in and dumps 8 inches of snow on the ground right before the opener.  It seems anything and everything in 2020 is not cooperating.  The weather has taken a turn for the better, so I do have my steel in the ground, however with a slow start.

    District 3 had our fall meeting/trapper education day on September 12th.  This day turned out great as it was one of our best showings for the education day and for our fall meeting.  A special THANK YOU to Andy Shoemaker for making the drive up for our education day to take part in the beaver trapping training.  I heard very great reviews on Andy’s presentation.

    As many of you may have heard, out winter meeting in January has been canceled due to Covid 19.   The Legal Defense Banquet is still a go, at this point, so check out the newsletter and website on how to obtain tickets.

    This year was an election year so make sure to check who our new representatives are and start to reach out to them and talk about trapping.  The more they learn about our sport the better off we will be.  With the wolves being delisted, there will be some groups trying to stop a season in Minnesota, so that is something we will have to watch for.

Keep our tradition going,
Eric Maijala
District 3 Codirector
Co-Director - Keith Friedsam

2020 Winter Report

Greetings Trappers,

As I write this report, trapping as begun, I want to wish every good luck on their traplines. This is a perfect year to take a new trapper or to teach someone that is interested in the sport. The weather has not been in our favor, but this is 2020 and it seems like nothing is normal this year. With many questions circulating about fur prices, keep in mind this can be a great year to practice putting up fur and donating to our tanned fur project or hosting a fur put up day. Fur donations are always welcomed!

In September we held a trapper’s field day/ demo day for our members, we had a great turnout of kids. We also held our district 3 meeting after the field day. We had a decent turnout, but I would always like to see more people so we can bring more ideas to the table.

I hope everyone will purchase a ticket for our legal defense banquet, this is always a great time had by all and a great way to make money for defending our passion. It will be held on January 16th, 2021 in Brainerd at the American Legion. This year there is no winter meeting. I still hope to see many of you at the banquet.

I believe that is all I have for this report. In our current time nothing is set in stone so please stay informed by going to the website or the Facebook page for changes in dates and times or possible cancellations. If anyone has questions regarding events, do not hesitate to give myself, Eric or Don a call.

Good luck and be safe this fall!

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