Minnesota Trappers Association
District 6 Reports
Director - Andy Shoemaker
Fall 2018 Report
Greetings District 6 members,
Well, summer is flying by and fall is soon upon us. Hope everyone has had an enjoyable and safe summer.
Recent District 6 Activities:
We attended the MTA summer convention in Barnum, hosted by the members of District 5, on August 2nd, 3rd and 4th. I’d like to thank Director Behrant Miller and all the other district 5 members who worked so hard to host the convention and make sure it went so smoothly. The convention was well attended and enjoyable – except for the rain on Saturday. Also, great job by District 7 Director Brian Fischer with the Beginners Trapper Connection and organizing all the demo’s. I heard many great comments about them.
Thanks to District 6 members, especially Trapper Phil, and Co-Director Gary Nelson for the hard work at gate duty. You guys made the gate duty enjoyable and entertaining.
AWARDS - Congrats to District 1 Director, Bert Highland, for his selection into the MTA’s Trappers Hall of Fame. Well-deserved and a great example for others to try and follow. Congrats also to Brian Fischer for his hard work with Beginners Trapper Connection. Lastly, I’d like to mention District 6-member Mac Hilburn’s incredible donation of 265 pelts for the Tanned Fur Project. Caught in just 2 ½ weeks. His award for most donated fur to the tanned fur project was well deserved! My apologies if I missed any other award winners.
District 6 members represented the MTA at the Coon Rapids Archery Club State Shoot on June 16th/17th. The event was very well attended and the MTA booth was easily the most visited. Lots of information passed out regarding the MTA, Summer Convention, Trapper’s Education, and lots of general questions answered. Thanks to Gary Nelson, and Ron Brockamp for their help.
A big thank you to District 6 member, Ron Brockamp of Isanti, MN, for his donation of trapping equipment for the Summer Convention Benefit Auction, and future District 6 meetings. Thanks Ron!
District 6 members staffed an MTA booth again at Game Fair, August 10-12, and 17 – 19. The booth has been planned, organized and staffed for years by Greg Flor. Greg for many years worked six days - alone – dealing with hundreds of people each day, professionally representing the MTA and answering thousands of questions. The past several years he has been helped by Craig Hilburn and the two do a great job in representing the MTA and all trappers! Thanks to both! Craig was busy giving impromptu trapping seminars to families, individuals and sizeable groups. I’d also like to thank District 5 Director, Dave Curtis, and District 6 member, Dan Stout for volunteering and helping out at the booth. Thanks guys.
District 6 will sponsor a booth at the Anoka County Pheasants Forever Chapter, Youth Day on September 8th. Consider helping out, or stopping by. See Gary Nelson’s report for further details.
District 6 will be having our fall meeting on Wednesday evening, September26th, at the Woodbury Cabela’s store, 8400 Hudson Rd. Start time is 5:30 pm, and will be ending by 8:30. Stop by if you can make it and please contact me if you have any items for the agenda. Good luck this season.
Co-Director Gary Nelson
Fall 2018 Report
Greetings Fellow Trappers;
District 6 had a booth at the Coon Rapids Archery Club field day in June. The event was held at Bunker Hills Park in Blaine.
Special thanks to Behrant Miller and all those who volunteered at the summer convention in Barnum. Thank you to members of District 7 for the great fish fry on Friday evening of the convention.
Game Fair, which was held during two weekends in August in Ramsey, was again a great success. Members from several districts volunteered at the MTA booth. Hundreds of attendees visited our booth.
District 6 had an outdoor booth at the Anoka County Chapter of Pheasants Forever Youth Day on Saturday, September 8. The event is held annually at the Beaver Brook Tri-County Sportsmen’s Club in Cedar, MN. You can learn more about this event at www.anokapf.org.
District 6 will sponsor a meeting from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, September 26 at Cabela’s in Woodbury. The address is 8400 Hudson Road. Hope to see you there.
Have a great fall hunting and trapping season!