Minnesota Trappers Association
District 6 Reports
Has stepped down. We thank him for all his work.This position is Open.
Director Andy Shoemacher
2020 Winter Report
Here’s hoping that trappers and their families are doing well during these trying times and that all trappers have a safe and successful trapping season!
At our last Board of Directors meeting, Directors voted to cancel our winter meeting at the Forestville Middle School on January 16th, 2021. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the school would not allow the meeting to be held there, and no other nearby venue could be found.
The Legal Defense Banquet is still scheduled to take place, January 16th, at the Brainerd American Legion. Tickets always go fast, so get yours while there are still some available. The LDB is always a great time.
Consider purchasing a patch or two from the Sustaining Donor program. This year’s funds will go towards marketing and promotion of the MTA. Contact Leon and Denise Windschitl of Top Lot Stretchers Company, the Program Sustaining Donor Coordinators.
As you should have heard by now, the DNR will is requiring Break Away Devices (BAD’s) rated at 350# or less on all snares as of this season, except for those placed under the ice, or used by a licensed wolf trapper. Don’t forget to check your snares, and make sure you are in compliance! If you are like me, that will take many days to do so! Please contact me if you have any questions regarding this change.
On October 10th, we held our District 6 fall meeting outdoors at the May Town Hall, Stillwater. We were lucky and had a beautiful day, and I felt that the venue was a safe location in regards to COVID regulations. A couple of young men, Alec Angel, and Colton Johnston both did very well with door prizes! Congratulations to these two upcoming young trappers! I also conducted a Trapper’s Education Field Day for two new trappers, following our District meeting. Big thanks to Schmitt Enterprises Inc. for the wonderful donated items for our meeting!
Remember to plan ahead for furbearer registration, since our winter meeting has been cancelled. Many of us are accustomed to getting it done there each year. Don’t get down to the last day before you start trying to register your furbearers.
I will do my best to stay on top of any adverse trapping legislation that may come out of St Paul this year, and bring it to the attention of the membership as soon as I hear of it.
Finally, Frank Moser, our District 6 Co-Director has had to step down due to a job change. Thanks to Frank and his sons for stepping forward and getting involved, and good luck to Frank and his family on their move to another State. If you might be interested in the Co-Directors position, please email or phone me and I will be glad to answer any questions you may have, prior to encouraging you to take the position.
Remember to introduce someone new to trapping!
Co-Director - Open Position