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District 5 Director & Co-Director reports
Minnesota Trappers Association
District 5 Reports

Pete Jonas
6815 Redwood Ave NW
South Haven, MN 55382

Matt Akerson
5102 NW County Rd 1
Pennock, MN 56279
(320) 894-4997

Shawn Theis
6575 County Road 44
South Haven, MN
Director - Pete Jonas
Winter 2021-22 Report

Hello Everyone,
We had our fall meeting on August 28th at the Kimball Rod and Gun Club.  An election was held, and I was voted director.  We have 2 new co-directors, Shawn Theis from Kimball and Matt Akerson from Pennock.

A proposal was supported at our meeting to provide each student that successfully graduates the MN Trapper Education Course in the State a one year membership to MTA free of charge. The expenses for such a move could be obtained from the Education Fund which receives the bulk of its operating dollars from our annual raffle.

I made a motion at our fall Board of Directors Meeting on October 2nd and the motion was tabled until our winter BOD meeting on January 21st in Brainerd, so we can evaluate the prospective cost over a three-year average number of graduates of the Program. If we move forward with this, we would like to track membership retention after the initial free membership.

I think this would provide graduates of the program valuable information through the MTA Newsletter and Trapper’s Post subscriptions and introduce them to our Association activities.

The MTA winter General Membership Meeting will be Saturday, January 22nd, starting at 8 am at Forestview Middle School, 12149 Knollwood Drive, In Baxter. The Legal Defense Fund Banquet will be that evening at the Brainerd American Legion, 709 Front Street Doors open at 4:30 p.m. Katelyn Jindra is selling the banquet tickets, her number is (218) 820-5797. Dale Jindra is the chairperson for the Legal Defense Fund Banquet and is accepting donations. His number is (218) 821-1236. The host motel is Super 8 (218) 828-4288. A block of rooms has been reserved at a discounted rate for those MTA members attending. Our District 5 winter/spring meeting will be held at Johnson Fur in Willmar on Saturday, February 5th. Doors open at 8 a.m., the official business meeting will start at 10 a.m..  We will be sending out reminder postcards about 1 month in advance. Lunch will be provided, Scott will be buying fur and trapping technique demonstrations focusing on coyotes and muskrats as well as fur handling will be covered. The 2022 MTA Convention will be in Wadena, August 4th,5th, and 6th.  District 5 will be making a proposal to the Board to host 2023 convention which will be awarded at the Wadena convention in 2022. District 5 will be hosting an annual Trapper Education Field Training Session on Saturday, September 17th, 2022. Location TBA at later date.

District 5 held a Trapper Education Field Training Session back on September 28th this year where we certified 19 students for licensure.  We dyed traps, did water and land species trapping technique demonstrations, and furbearer identification.  Each student left with 3-4 traps and a bottle of lure generously donated by Cumberland’s, and the NTA Trappers Handbook.

 Matt Akerson and I manned a booth at Prairie Pothole Days in New London on Saturday, September 11th. We sold 32 furs through the MTA Tanned Fur Project and distributed pro-trapping literature and MTA Newsletters as well as signing up eleven students for our training session. We plan to return for this event again on September 10, 2022. It is like a scaled down version of the Metro’s Game Fair with hunting and fishing booths and now Trapping!   Dogs are even welcome when leashed.

Take care and be safe,
Co-Director -  Shawn Theis
Winter 2021-22 Report
In 2009 I had the good fortune to run into Pete Jonas while we were both getting our cars worked on at the same mechanic’s shop. He asked if I would be interested in attending a Trapper Certification Course and Field Training Session he was coordinating that would take place a few weeks later. I had no practical experience with trapping. All I knew was that my grandpa trapped in the 40s, 50s and 60s. In my head all I had for reference were Disney-like images of brutality and unnecessary cruelty to animals depicted in film. That class has been one of the best experiences I ever had and what an eye opener! In short order trapping quickly became an addiction that I wish I had started earlier. I was 35. All it takes is asking someone who doesn’t trap or know anything about it to come with on your line or encourage them to attend a trapping class or field training session to learn more. Through this type of simple outreach, we can grow in numbers and magnify our collective voice. In order to fight against the lies of the anti-crowd, numbers speak louder politically. The more people who know the truth, the better. I’m sure glad someone reached out to me. Larger groups have more political pull. That will help fight the anti-crowd as well. Please remember when sharing trapping images or videos that you are representing all trappers for better or worse. Think twice if something may be offensive and hurt the image of our sport unnecessarily.
Shawn Theis
Co-Director - Matt Akerson
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