Minnesota Trappers Association
District 6 Reports
Director Andy Shoemacher
District 6 Meeting & Winter Report:
Hello fellow trappers,
I’ll try to keep this short. District 6 held its Fall meeting and elections at the Carlos Avery Wildlife Oﬃces, Forest Lake, MN, on Saturday, October 12th. I am happy to announce that I was elected as District 6 director again and that as such, I will do my best to represent your interests as a member of the MTA’s Board of Directors. It is both an honor and a privilege to do so!
I am especially happy to announce that District 6 now has a new Co-Director. Frank Moser of New Prague, MN, has been elected to serve as the District 6 Co-Director. I look forward to working with Frank on District 6 and MTA issues. Welcome, Frank!
The winter meeting will again be held at the Forestview Middle School, Baxter, MN, on Saturday, January 4th, and the Legal Defense Banquet will be held again at the Brainerd American Legion, that evening. Please consider attending and supporting them. Both are well attended each winter. The winter meeting will have fur buyers and trapping supply dealers present, DNR Oﬃcers for fur registration, trapping demos and much more.
If you’ve never attended the Legal Defense Banquet, you’re missing out on a great time. Check for tickets as they are in limited supply. Hope to see you all there! Here’s hoping everyone has a safe, enjoyable, and successful trapping season. And by all means, introduce somebody new to trapping!
Co-Director - Frank Moser
Winter 2020 Report
Hello Fellow Trappers,
I am the new District 6 Co-Director, Frank Moser. I want to thank Andy and the other members who were present at the fall meeting for allowing me the opportunity to serve in this role. I live on the extreme southern edge of our District in New Prague MN. I will be the ﬁrst to admit that this is a maiden voyage for me and my family to serve in an oﬃcial capacity with the MN Trappers Association, so I don’t know all the ropes yet, but I am working on it. I am excited to work with the many, more experienced hands in our District and especially the new participants.
I hope that we all have our calendars up and ready for this winter and spring as this issue of our magazine is going to have a ton of events both fun and important for us all to attend.
1. Starting with the MN Trappers Association Winter Meeting, Jan 4th. I hope that you will all be able to make this for a few hours as there will be a few demonstrations from some experienced hands as well as great vendors and even better fellowship.
2. This will be immediately followed by the Legal Defense Banquet which is so important for all of us to support in any way we can; give a few bucks, attend, it’s a pretty fun event, or donate something of value to help the cause. I understand that Tickets to the event are still available, so get yours while the getting is good.
3. After that, we more fun events to attend, one of which is the Day at the Capitol working with the lawmakers. These lawmakers do listen, and the more we can ﬂood their schedules with positive facts and genuine caring the more response we will get moving forward. I would encourage you to get it on your calendar and make it a point to attend.
4. A District 6 Groups of guys started a very fun event for the tanned fur project that I have not seen a date for this year, but my understanding is that last year was both fun and rowdy. Two of my favorite descriptions of events to attend.
I have just a couple of goals for my position representing our District:
- Every conversation is worth having. Some get tradition and some are just venting. We are all in this together and we all want a positive outcome, so let’s have those conversations and move forward.
- Better participation: We are all busy with life and lose track of important things from time to time. Let’s make it a point together to be better about attending events and meetings together for the next year. I am personally putting all the events for 2020 into my calendar this month so I have a priority to attend.
- New People: We all need to either bring someone new to the MTA, saw a great example at the Fall Meeting, or get our fellow existing utilize the opportunity or solve the problem and put a plan into action. Yeah, Trapping is fun, resource-oriented and challenging, but I believe at the end of our journey it is about making ourselves better people, citizens, and a stronger community.
Wow, this looks ambitious now that it is in paper and out for everyone to see. I plan to let my Children be my inspiration to get this accomplished. I was once asked, why trap? I gave the usual solid responses of wildlife control, healthier populations, recreation so on and so forth. What I should have responded with was: I trap to test myself. Can I be self-suﬃcient? I sure want to be self-suﬃcient, and every day I go on the trap line I ﬁnd a test of what can I see, what can I do, am I smart enough and resourceful enough to ﬁgure it out. I want my children to learn to see what is in front of them, determine how best to proceed and ﬁnally ﬁgure out solutions on their own. Trappers are the most resourceful people I have ever met, and I believe that we do it, not just for those important resources, but to make ourselves better people. We can look at potential opportunities or problems, assess the resources available to utilize the opportunity or solve the problem and put a plan into action. Yeah, Trapping is fun, resource-oriented and challenging, but I believe at the end of our journey, it is about making ourselves better people, citizens, and a stronger community.
Until next time…