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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
Spring 2021 Report

Greetings District 3,

This is going to be short and sweet as I only have a few items to cover.

The pandemic has cost us the opportunity to have the Trapper's Day at the Capitol this year, but we all need to remain on high alert for any negative bills that might come up. We can't be there in person, but we can all have our voices heard by our elected officials via e-mail. It is our responsibility to let the decision-makers know where we stand on the issues that affect our outdoor activities!!!

Hopefully, Covid won't affect the summer convention again this summer! We are all very much looking forward to our annual get together. Please remember to get your nominations for the MTA Trapper of the Year (male, female and junior,) MTA Trapper's Hall of Fame, and applications for MTA College Scholarships submitted on, or before, July 1st. Award nominations should go to Tyler Thompson while scholarship applications should be sent to Shawn Johnson.

The district 3 spring meeting is scheduled for March 20th at 6:00 pm. It will be held at the New York Mills city ballroom at 28
Centennial 84 Drive West, New York Mills, MN 56567. Hope to see you there!!

That's all I have for now. As always, if you have any questions or concerns, (or just want to talk) feel free to contact Eric, Keith,
or I. If we don't know the answer, we'll get it for you.

Remember to teach somebody something!!
Stay safe, Don McGaffey
Co-Director - Eric Maijala
Spring 2021 Report

Greetings Fellow Trappers

The winter has been going fast but as I write this our first real cold front is moving in.  I hope you all had a successful and safe trapping season.  For me, I had a enjoyable time and had my best year yet.  I had a couple riders scheduled to with, but Covid had struck in the area so we were unable to do it.  It is important to get people interested in our sport or even have experienced trappers to ride together to see different methods.
We are in the process of planning a District 3 meeting for this spring but need to button up some of details.  Watch the mail for your invitation.

This year the convention is scheduled to be in Barnum on July 29th – 31st.   I sure missed visiting with everyone last year, so hopefully this year we can keep it as scheduled and get back to a little bit of normal.  Remember to sale your raffle ticket and get them turned into Tom Boser.  That is an important program as it completely funds our Trapper Education Program. Fur prices are questionable at best so if you have any fur you want to donate to the Tanned Fur Project, you can get to Don, Keith or myself and we can get it turned in for you.  This project is also an important program, as we use the fur at schools, for our local CO. of the DNR and to sell at our events scheduled throughout the year.  This program really promotes the fur industry and the true beauty that can come from it.  We also have a Sustaining Donor program, where you can buy a patch annually for $25. This is the 5th anniversary of this program. This year’s proceeds are going to our Legal Defense Fund.

Last year we were fortunate that we did not have any dangerous bills to hit the capitol due to Covid taking priority.  This year could be a year our elected officials try to move forward on this.  If you are able too, watch for any bills that may be anti-trapping. If you have a chance to talk to your representative about our sport and what role we play in the balance of nature, now is as good of time as any.

That is all I have for now so stay safe and I hope to see at a spring meeting and the convention.
Keep our tradition going!
Eric Maijala
District 3 Codirector
Co-Director - Keith Friedsam
Spring 2021 Report

Greetings Trappers,  

As I write this report it is a bone chilling 12 below zero. It is quite amazing how lucky we were this winter to have such great weather for trapping season. I pulled all my traps the first of the year and recently sold my fur. It was a good year for myself and I finally caught a cat that I could keep. Fur prices are not at their prime this year. However low fur prices are no reason not to trap, it is a great year to try putting up fur or teaching beginner trappers the better methods to put up fur. There is always the need of more fur the Tanned Fur Project as well, if anyone is interested in donating fur for the Tanned Fur Project please get a hold of myself, Eric, or Don.  

The Legal Defense Banquet is still on for this year and it was pushed back to April 10th in Brainerd. This is a great time and I highly recommend coming. All the money raised is used to fight for what we love. I hope to see a great attendance.  

It is also that time that our yearly raffle tickets are getting sent out. Again, a great way to raise money for our education fund and with COVID-19 impacting many of our fundraising options it’s an easy way to raise money.  

Hopefully, this summer we will be able to have booths at the county fairs and other shows. If anyone is interesting putting a booth together and has questions, feel free to give me a call and I will gladly help you with putting it together.  

The District 3 Meeting will be held at the New York Mills City Hall Ballroom March 20th at 7:00 pm. Hope to see you there.  
That is all for now, hope everyone had a great trapping season and is looking forward to some open water.
Keith Friedsam

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