Minnesota Trappers Association
District 6 Reports
Director - Andy Shoemaker
Spring 2019 Report
Here’s hoping you had a safe and successful trapline this winter.
District 6 News:
Trappers Day at the Capitol was held on February 5th. Trappers had a chance to meet with their Representatives to discuss trapping issues and let their elected officials know where they stand! The event was well attended and the MTA had a couple tables in the hallway outside our room to display tanned fur. I had the chance to speak with many people just passing by, who stopped to look over our furs. A common question – many wanted to know if they could “touch” the furs, because they were so beautiful. Answered a lot of questions regarding furbearers, trapping and the outdoors in general. So many in today’s society are so far removed from the outdoors, and so uninformed. Thanks to Randy Goldenman for all his hard work in setting this up. A worthy endeavor. Plan to attend next year.
The MTA Summer Convention will be held in Redwood Falls, MN, on August 1-3, 2019 at the Redwood County Fairgrounds. Tentative duties for District 6 volunteers are as follows: Friday, Aug 2nd, Souvenir Booth, 11:00 am – 2:00 pm. Saturday, Aug 3rd, Front Gate Duty, 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm. An event like this requires lots of support. If you are willing to step up and help, please let me know and I’ll get you in touch with the right person. Make sure you attend this summer. Camping available.
And speaking of stepping up, District 6 Trappers held their first Tanned Fur Project “fur put up” day, Saturday, Feb. 23rd. Since becoming the Director, I continue to be amazed at individuals taking the initiative and donating time, effort, money and talents to further a good cause. Such was the case on this date as the Hilburn Family allowed trappers to skin, flesh and stretch furbearers donated to the Tanned Fur Project in their garage. At least 12 trappers arrived and spent much of the day having a good time; Ryan Bishop, Calvin Stenburg, Mike Halonen, Mac Hilburn, Marty Katzenmeyer, Jon Longfellow, Craig Hilburn, Greg Flor, Cory Van Driel, Randy Goldenman, Dan Stout, and yours truly. A great opportunity to meet other trappers, learn skinning, fleshing and stretching furbearers from knowledgeable trappers. This will become an annual event. Consider donating your time next year. Put up totals included: 13 carcass otter, 13 green otter, 29 green beaver, 6 green coon, 9 carcass muskrats, 5 carcass mink, 2 green coyotes, 1 green red fox. Special thanks to Craig and Mac Hilburn, the Hilburn family, and Dan Stout for making this happen.
Bill Elliott’s Raccoon Skin Cap making class takes place on Saturday, March 16th, at the Bunker Hills Regional Park Activity Center. For $35.00 registration, you get a beautiful tanned raccoon pelt, which you will turn into your own coon skin cap. Contact Bill Elliott for time and details @ 651-387-0197.
District 6 Spring Trappers Education Classes at Bunker Hills Activity Center are scheduled as follows: Tuesday Evenings, March 26th, 6:30 – 9:00 pm, April 2nd, 6:30 – 9:00 pm, April 9th, 6:30 – 9:00 pm, and Field Day, Saturday, April 13th. Again, contact Bill Elliott to register for this event @ 651-387-0197.
District 6 members who would like to be contacted regarding trapping related updates, anti-trapping legislation activity, and MTA related functions, please contact me and provide your email address.
Remember, introduce someone new to trapping!