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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
Spring 2019 Report


This winter sucks! I’m so ready for open water and bare fields! That being said, the folks across southern Minnesota have it a heck of a lot worse than my neighborhood so maybe I’ll just shut up and count my blessings.

I want to make everyone aware of the time and location for the district 3 spring meeting. It is going to be held Friday March 29th at 7:00 pm at the Park Rapids Public Library. The address is 210 1st St. W. Park Rapids Minnesota. I don’t know which room they are going to put us in but the library is closed at that time so if you see people, just follow them. We will be the only ones in the building. We have plenty of things to talk about, a raffle that benefits youth education, a door prize, and other prizes for the youth. This is a great opportunity to bring any fur that you want to donate to the tanned fur project. I’m looking forward to seeing all of you there. Hopefully nobody will have to travel through a blizzard.

Speaking of snowstorms, the Trappers Day at the Capitol was well attended when one considers the weather forecast for the day. The forecast was for heavy snow in the metro and they were very correct. The roads were fine going down there but the snow started about noon and fell heavily the rest of the day. It took two and a half hours to drive down and six hours to drive home!! In spite of the forecast, there were approximately thirty trappers that made the trip. We met with multiple elected officials and were able to discuss our concerns and hear their positions on various issues that are being brought forward and several issues that are anticipated coming up in the future. If ever you get the chance to attend this event in the future, it is an excellent opportunity to meet your elected officials face to face and give them a viewpoint of our concerns that a significant number of these people have no other way of seeing. We can’t expect them to make informed decisions if they are not informed.

The process of educating the uneducated falls directly on the individuals that have the needed information. That is US! If we don’t provide a window into our world from the proper prospective, the antis will provide their view of our world from their perspective!! And the squeaky wheel gets the grease. I know I’m on a soapbox, but I can’t overstate how important this fact is on the future of our sport as we know it. We can’t sit back and do nothing and then whine when the antis “ruin our lifestyle”. Even if you don’t have the time or opportunity to attend future similar events, your elected officials are readily available by e-mail. Their e-mail addresses are all available on the senate and house of representative websites. And they DO read and respond to e-mails. It only takes a couple minutes to have your voice heard and it makes a difference. We can’t take the “someone else will do it” position or we will all be vegan within a generation! Overstated? I hope so, but I don’t think so. The anti lobby is powerful and very active. We are the ONLY opposition!!

Speaking of lobby, if you get the chance, extend a huge thank you to Gary Lestico, Randy Goldenman, and Tim Spreck for everything they do in St. Paul. These three guys are tireless down there and make a big difference. Okay, I’m done preaching, but please take this to heart.

Other than the trapper’s day at the capitol and the MOHA legislative banquet which I attended (yep, another extremely snowy day of miserable driving!) it has been a quiet stretch for district 3 and I have nothing to report.  It’s not too early to be thinking about individuals to nominate for the male, female, and youth trappers of the year. The scholarship program is available for qualified applicants and if you know any college students, encourage them to apply. The summer convention might seem like it’s a long ways away, but it will be upon us before we know it. Get out and get those raffle tickets sold! It should have warmed up by the time we meet in Redwood Falls in August!!!!

I am looking forward to seeing all of you at the spring meeting in Park Rapids March 29th. I have requested good weather, but apparently I have very little pull with the Big Guy. Bring a friend and don’t forget the kids/grandkids!! We will leave no legacy if we leave the youth at home!

Take a beginner trapping, share some knowledge, and enjoy the world that God gave us.
Be safe,
Don McGaffey

Co-Director Keith Friedsam
Spring 2019 Report

Greetings Trappers
I hope everyone had a productive trapping season this year, I know for myself it didn’t go as planned as I thought and I have officially pulled my line, and awaiting spring beaver. This winter was certainly a tough one to trap with the cold weather and deep snow!
I attended the winter meeting in Brainerd and being my first time I cannot say if it was a good crowd or not, however I thought it was good turnout and a very good centralized location. The legal defense banquet was a blast and if you haven’t attended it before I would strongly recommend!

The district 3 spring meeting will take place in Park Rapids, March 29th at 7pm at the Park Rapids, Public Library, we will also be holding a raffle! I strongly encourage you to attend and bring any important thoughts or questions to the meeting.

Spring and Summer will soon be approaching (Hopefully), with that the fairs will start along with other trade shows, if you have any interesting in working a county fair in your town or close by let me or one the other directors know, I know for fact that I will be at the East Ottertail County Fair, along with the Decoy show in Perham, this is a great experience and will only help us spread the word for what we believe in. I am going to be putting on a spring Trappers Certification class in Perham, date will be determined soon, if you would like to help out or help spread the news that would be great!

Good luck to all trappers still getting fur and to all that will be going after spring beaver, remember if you want to donate fur to the Tanned Fur Project get ahold of Dewey, Don, Eric or myself. Hope to see you at the Spring meeting and the Summer Convention.

Bring a kid trapping, this only helps get the new generation started and they have a great time!

Stay Safe
Co-Director - Eric Maijala
Spring 2019 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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