District 3 Chair & Co-Chair
Minnesota Trappers Association
District 3 Reports
Director - Don McGaffey
Fall 2018 Report
Greetings members of district 3,
Fall is upon us and soon we will be getting steel back out and pursuing our passion once again. Yeah, I’m fully aware of the outlook on fur prices but I never make a nickel fishing for walleyes either. There are lots of guys that are better trappers than I am but nobody has more fun and enjoyment out on the line than I do! Whether prices are high or low, get out there and enjoy what God has given us!
The first order of business that I would like to inform you of is the fact that Larry Anderson has resigned as your district 3 director for personal reasons. I would like to thank Larry for his years of service. Due to Larry’s resignation, the Board of Directors then elected me to be the district 3 director to finish out Larry’s term. I will do the best that it can to fill the big shoes that I have been chosen to fill. I have appointed two co-directors to assist with the leadership of district three. I am very excited to welcome Eric Maijala and Keith Friedsam aboard. I am very much looking forward to working with these young and enthusiastic gentleman. Their intro co-director report will follow in this issue.
The 2018 convention is in the books and I had a very enjoyable time. Yeah there was a little moisture from time to time on Saturday, but the opportunity to visit with friends and swap lies was once again worth attending by itself. The demos that I attended were informational and it amazes me how many times I find myself thinking “why didn’t I think of that”. Old dogs can learn new tricks. District four put together a fine convention and Barnum is a very gracious host community. Nicest bunch of folks you ever could meet. Thank you district four and Barnum!!
District three manned a booth at the Douglas County Fair in Alexandria for the MTA August 16th through the 19th. The Douglas County Fair has an average attendance of between forty and forty five thousand attendees every year. We sold a good quantity of tanned fur and had lots of good conversations with the general public. We were very well received and had lots of positive remarks. I would like to thank Butch Herzberg, Eric Maijala, Keith Friedsam, Richard Woodard, and Christian McGaffey for their dedication. Couldn’t have done it without you!
The Youth Outdoor Activities Day was held August 26th at the shooting park in Alexandria. This is the 5th year of this event I believe and continues to grow every year. The first year there were approximately 400 young people 16 and younger that attended. Last year there were 2400 attendees and it is believed that this year exceeded that! District 3 had an MTA booth there again this year and had good exposure with both the youth and the adults that came with them. A huge thank you goes out to Butch Herzberg, Tyler Doherty, Gene Tschida, Marc Lundeen, and Nick Lundeen for the great job they did. Opportunities to educate and inform the public about what we do happen because of people like you and I can’t thank you enough!!
In regards to future happenings, District 3 will be having our fall meeting Friday October 12th at 7:00 pm at the Perham Sportsman’s Club located at 42825 420th Ave., Perham, Mn. Hope to see you all there!!
I would like to remind everyone that the winter meeting and the legal defense banquet are moving to Brainard, Mn. this next January. More information is available within these covers so make sure and check that out and get your legal defense banquet tickets bought! The food is well worth the price and the fun and entertainment is an excellent bonus! make plans to attend; you won’t be disappointed!
Remember the tanned fur project and donate generously. If you don’t have any fur to donate, donate your skills and time. As has been talked about earlier, Melbys’ won’t be putting up our tanned fur anymore so if you can assist with this endeavor, let Dewey, Eric, Keith or myself know and we get you connected. Along that same line, if you have fur to donate, you can contact the same names mentioned above.
That’s all I have for now. Looking forward to seeing you at the fall meeting October 12!
Co-Director - Eric Maijala
Fall 2018 Report
Hello fellow trappers,
My name is Eric Maijala. I grew up around New York Mills and still reside in the area and work at Lund Boat Company. I am new to trapping and to the organization and look forward in helping in any way I can. We have had several events in and around District 3 at county fairs and different events that you may have seen me at. I look forward to continuing with the interaction with the public at these events and will be looking for some assistance next year to help man the booths at these events. Our District 3 meeting is going to be 7:00pm Friday, October 12th at the Perham Sportsman’s Club, just west of the Cactus. I look forward to seeing you there. Enjoy the upcoming trapping season and try to bring a young or new trapper with you.