Minnesota Trappers Association
District 6 Reports
Director Andy Shoemacher
District 6 Spring Report:
Greeting fellow trappers,
Here’s hoping everyone was able to run some traps this winter, and had a safe and enjoyable season! Some of the events posted in this report may have passed by the time you read this.
District 6 news:
On December 3rd, 2019, I had the pleasure of meeting with Stillwater Area High School Biology Teacher, Andrew Weaver, and presented him with a collection of beautiful tanned furs for his classrooms. I’ve included a short article for this issue of our newsletter, telling you about this wonderful teacher, and how he supports outdoor activities like fishing, hunting, and trapping. Thanks to all who donate to our Tanned Fur Project!
Fur put up day at the Hilburn residence has not happened at the time of this writing, but is scheduled on Saturday, February 29th. Start time is 07:00 am and will go until done. Check the MTA Facebook site for directions, and by the time you read this, photos. If it is like last year, it will be a great time! If you have not attended this in the past, I encourage you to contact me and attend in future years. It’s a great opportunity to learn fur put up methods, share information with other trappers, and enjoy the camaraderie. All the work goes to a very worthy cause – the MTA’s Tanned Fur Project. Many thanks to the Hilburn family, and all who donated furs or volunteered!
On February 8th, 2020, I attended the National Wild Turkey Federation’s Sunrise River Longspurs Chapter Banquet in Stacy, MN. Prior to attending, I had been contacted by a Chisago County Trapper, Mike Ardolf, about the possibility of making a donation of some type. I donated two of my tanned pelts, an ermine and a mink, along with wooden display stretchers, and a year’s subscription to the MTA. Mike Ardolf built and donated a cedar weasel box, and a new Victor rat trap. All were displayed as a “package” and placed on a silent auction table. Over a dozen folks bid on the package, and the winner, Brandon Pigman of North Branch, MN, was the very happy winner!
Bill Elliott’s Coon Skin Cap class, in association with Anoka County Chapter of 4H, will be held on March 14th, at the Bunker Hills Activity Center, 550 Bunker Lake Blvd NW, Andover, MN. Class starts at 9:00 am. Cost is $35 - $40 depending on attendance. I’ve attended this the past few years and really enjoy it! All my grandkids get a coon skin cap that grandpa made! Consider attending. The class is held every year around the same time in March. Contact for registration is Kim Ferguson at firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline to register is March 2nd.
Trappers Day at the Capitol will take place on Tuesday, March 24th, starting at 9:00 am. Location will be in the State Office Building, room #300 South. Stop down and show your support to our Legislators. Meet with fellow trappers, and consider scheduling a visit with your representatives to discuss trapping! See you there!
We will be having a District 6 Spring meeting soon. Late March or early April. Date, location and time will be posted on the MTA Facebook site, and District events site. Hope you can make it.
Co-Director - Frank Moser
Spring 2020 Report
As we come to the end of another challenging trapping season, I would offer a few words of encouragement and suggest a few ideas.
Every season is tough. We deal with wet, dry, cold, snow, heat, flooding, you name it everything mother nature throws at us we take in stride and make the best we can of it. Take a moment to write a journal of your season and thoughts of what you would like to fix or change for next year. For instance, I had a goal this year of filling my otter tags and boy it was a complete disaster on that front. I didn’t catch a single otter, mostly, okay all my fault, I didn’t put in the work. I need to get out from behind the computer desk and take a walk through my areas. Take a few pictures, write myself some notes, seal it in a Ziplock bag and throw it into my trap storage box. It’s the best place for me to remember what the heck I was doing when I start my trap prep in August and September. Speaking of walking through my area, I need to go and talk to those landowners and offer at least a verbal report of how things went, things I noticed, were there more turkeys, any damage that occurred to fences during the flooding. While landowners know their land, they might appreciate knowing if there is something out of place or an increase in certain wildlife.
I would also encourage you to get involved with your District and State Leadership to help support a Trappers Field Day, Volunteer for a shift of something at the Summer Convention. These are great ways to help promote our sport. I understand that we are all a little reclusive in our interactions but remember what started you in this lifelong pursuit and share that with some others.
Get out there and do some scouting!
District 6 Co-Director
Cell (206) 915-9072