Minnesota Trappers Association
District 3 Reports
Director - Don McGaffey
2019 Fall Report
Greetings District 3,
I hope all is well with everyone! It’s been a busy August for district 3 with the convention in Redwood Falls, the Douglas County fair, and the Alexandria Youth Outdoor Activity day.
A big thank you to district 7 for an excellent convention. The last time we were in Redwood Falls it was extremely hot and last year’s convention was soaking wet but the weather was very satisfactory in my opinion. I would like to extend a huge congratulations to Frank Brula for being selected to the Trappers Hall of Fame!! Well deserved!! Frank bleeds trapping and the MTA and there’s not a more qualified individual. I’m pretty sure that Frank has in attendance at EVERY MTA event that has ever been held dating back to sometime just after the end of the civil war! Congratulation’s Frank!!
The Douglas County Fair is an event that has an attendance of right around 48,300 people that pass through the gates. District 3 manned a booth selling tanned fur and getting exposure for the MTA to the general public. A huge thank you to the members that volunteered their time putting in 12 hour shifts over the four days. In the end, we sold over $600.00 in tanned fur and got LOTS of positive comments from the public.
The last Sunday of August is the annual Alexandria Youth Outdoor Activity Day held in Alexandria for the past seven years. This event started its first with an attendance of just over 400 youth up to 16 years of age and that number has swelled to over 2100 youth this year. This year the weather kept a few attendees away, but exposing more than 2100 future voters to trapping is a huge deal. And that doesn’t take into account the large number of adults that came with the kids. As stated earlier, we were all drowned rats by the time the event ended (an hour earlier than scheduled), but the MTA was well represented even when the crowd pretty much dispersed due to the weather. A huge thank you to the members that chose to give up their dry recliner in order to get our sport the exposure that we need to get. The MTA is now a silver supporter of this annual event and I am now a member of the planning committee so I foresee this continuing to be a great venue to educate the youth. Without recruitment, we will cease to exist! It’s really that simple!
I don’t have any real announcements specific to district 3. Our fall meeting will be history by the time you read this, but it was held in Millerville October 4th.
It’s not too early to be thinking about the winter meetings the first weekend n January. It will be held in Brainerd again this year. It’s a great venue with plenty of room and centrally located in the state. Brainerd also is a very family friendly city that has lots of things to do for those that want to do something else for a change of pace. If I am not mistaken, tickets for the legal defense banquet either sold out or nearly sold out last year so don’t procrastinate! You would miss a fantastic meal and a great time! Hopefully, Keith will allow some of the rest of us to win a few prizes this year!
I’ve babbled on long enough. It’s the most exciting time of the year and I know that you are all as anxious as I am to get out there and enjoy the natural bounty that God has given us.
Remember to take a kid out on the line and I’ll see you at the winter meetings. We can tell a few stories and swap some lies.
Co-Director - Keith Friedsam
2019 Fall Report
The cooler weather has begun and soon enough we will be sitting in the bow stand and getting ready to start laying steel. I hope everyone had a great summer.
This past weekend I went to the Alexandria Youth Outdoor day. The amount of kids that this event pulls is astounding. I didn’t see the trapper’s booth empty the whole day until the rain started. This is an excellent event that we need to continue to be involved in.
I, Eric and Don, made weasel boxes for events in district 3, Eric and I made 18 weasel boxes all with traps in them, which we will be giving away to kids on the field days. Don, I believe did the same for youth outdoor day. Small things like this can start a youngster trapping and that is what the main goal is.
The summer convention was held this year in Redwood Falls, it was a great convention that was put on and I cannot say it enough thanks to everyone who helped work it and made it happen. I hoped everyone got what they wanted and had a great time there and I am already excited for next year’s convention. I also want to put out there to make sure to buy your legal defense tickets as that will be the next event taking place, this event is a great time and is enjoyed by all.
The district 3 meeting will be held in Millerville at the American Legion at 7:00pm on Friday October 4th. I hope we can have as good of a turnout as we did in the spring. September 7th there will be a field day in Wadena at Dewey’s house, if any kid you know of is needing there certification get them signed up for this day, it is good class and the kids really enjoy it. I myself will be holding a field day in Perham on October 12th, if any reason the September date does not work with your schedule please get signed up for this class. Pre-registration is required for both classes.
I hope everyone is excited for the upcoming season!
Good luck and make sure we take the youth trapping!
(Photo insert: Dist 3 Eric M. & Keith F. with Senator Bill Ingebrightson at East Ottertail County Fair)
Co-Director - Eric Maijala
2019 Fall Report