District 3 Chair & Co-Chair - Minnesota Trappers Association

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District 3 Chair & Co-Chair

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
2019 Summer Report

Greetings District 3,
It appears that we may get some spring after all. As I write this the lakes are still coast to coast ice but the flowages are starting to move so hopefully can get after some spring beaver here the last week of April!

As you know, in March we had "trappers day at the capital" in St. Paul and Dewey, Eric Maijala, Butch Herzberg, and I attended from district 3. I think overall we were well received by our representatives and they were very interested in hearing what we had to say. Even though this is a fairly quiet year as far as trapping issues are concerned in the legislature, it is still very important that our representatives know who, and what, we are. Just today I received a letter from Jeff Backer thanking me for coming to St. Paul to talk to him about our concerns. (I had a personal meeting with Jeff in his office). Don't forget to call/text/e-mail your representatives! The squeaky wheel gets the grease and these folks do remember you contacting them and they decide the outcomes of matters that are important to us!

Obviously, the convention is just on the horizon. I know it's not until August but we all know how time gets away from us and it's here before we know it. This year district 3 has gate duty on Thursday from 5:00 to 10:00 and we have the souvenir booth on Saturday from 11:00 to 2:00 pm. We need as many volunteers as we can to step up and throw a shoulder into it as many hands make light work. Continue selling those raffle tickets!!

Also in August, the Douglas County Fair Board has asked us to have a booth at the fair this year. This is a venue that has between forty and forty-five thousand people pass through the gates each year so the exposure and tanned fur sales opportunities are very significant. The dates are August 16th through the 19th at the fairgrounds in Alexandria. If there is any amount of time that you can help with this, it will be greatly appreciated. Unfortunately, this is my weekend to work and I cannot switch my weekends so we need volunteers! It is very busy but also a lot of fun!! The fair board is actually pursuing us very heavily as they really want us to be there.

Remember to get your nominees in for the male, female, and youth trappers of the year by July 1st. The selection committee will decide the winners by July 15th so that they can be awarded at the convention. You can send the nominations to Frank Brula at ptcruiser@frontiernet.net.

Looking forward to seeing you all at the convention!!! We can swap stories and tell a few lies!
Stay safe,
Co-Director - Keith Friedsam
2019 Summer Report

Greetings All,

Trapping season is wrapped up for the year and now the preparation begins, I hope everyone had a successful trapping season and enjoys the summer, it will be a very busy summer for me as I am enrolled in an eight week summer class to finish up my schooling, however I will still answer questions or if anyone needs help please do not hesitate to reach out.

I want to thank all to who made it to the spring meeting in Park Rapids, we had an excellent turn out and would like to see these turnouts more and more. A big thanks to Minnesota Trapline Products, Schmidt Enterprises, Cumberlands Trapping Supply, Johnson Fur Company, OTR Trapping, for all donating prizes for the raffle, if I am forgetting anyone I apologize.

The summer convention is coming upon us, I hope to see many of you there, keep in mind summer fairs and starting to, if you want to get a booth and have any questions please feel free to ask me. On a side note please consider having a trapper’s safety class this fall or summer. They’re very easy and kids love them.

I hope everyone has a great summer!
Take a kid trapping!

Stay safe
Keith Friedsam

  • (Photo insert:  Dist 3 Eric M. & Keith F. with Senator Bill Ingebrightson at East Ottertail County Fair)

Co-Director - Eric Maijala
2019 Summer Report

Greetings All,

I hope you all have been able to stay warm in the past couple months with the lovely weather we have been having.  My trapping season was a good learning experience this year.  I have learned a lot by going on a ride along and seeing how different sets work.  I have just pulled the remainder of my traps in early February, as I was still having some activity around them.

We will be having our Spring District 3 meeting on Friday, March 29th at 7:00 p.m.  We will be meeting at the Park Rapids Public Library, located at 210 W. First Street in Park Rapids.  We will be sending out post cards with the same information.  Remember to bring your post cards as we will draw for a door prize.  This meeting is also our annual raffle, where our district uses the proceeds to purchase a firearm to sell at the benefit auction at this years summer convention held in Red Wood Falls on August 1st – 3rd.   Remember to bring the youngsters along to the meeting, as we will have some prizes geared to the young trappers.

We had a Trapper Day at the Capitol a couple weeks ago and we had a decent turnout.  We all had meeting with our local representatives and had good conversations on why we trap and why we need to continue to trap.  In early February there was a bill introduced to the House and in the Senate for Trappers to have written permission to trap on private property including some verbiage on public waters.  I encourage everyone to read up on these bills and get in contact with your local representative and explain your concerns.  (HF 880 & SF 842).   Hopefully by the time you read this, this will be a non-issue.

If anyone is looking at getting some raffle tickets to sell at events, family gatherings or buy all of them on your own, contact Tom Boser.  You can get his info on the website or in the magazine.

I hope you all stay safe the remainder of the winter and lets all hope for an early spring and ice out so maybe we can enjoy some spring beaver trapping.

Eric Maijala

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