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District 6 Director & Co-Director reports
Minnesota Trappers Association
District 6 Reports
Andy Shoemaker
Stillwater, MN  55082
(651) 323-3268
Dan Stout
East Bethel, MN
Director Andy Shoemacher
Winter 2021-22 Report

Greetings Trappers!
Summer is coming to an end, and I hope all trappers are gearing up for another great fall/winter trapping season. Don’t let prices, work, weather, or anything else keep you from venturing out in the fields, streams, and swamps, doing what you love – TRAPPING! Congratulations to Brian Fischer, our new MTA President, and Bert Highland, our Vice President. We all look forward to working together to benefit the MTA and all Minnesota Trappers. Thank you to outgoing MTA President Todd Roggenkamp, and Vice President Duane Schmitz for all the dedication and hard work. All greatly appreciated. We need to have our District 6 Fall Meeting. It is an election year, so it’s especially important. I am having a hard time coming up with a fall meeting site, due to COVID restrictions again. Stay tuned to the MTA website for our date/location/time. We will be having our meeting! We have an opening for an additional District 6 Co-Director. Contact me if you are interested in stepping up and helping out. The Game Fair was very busy this year. See detailed report in this Newsletter.

On 09/11/21 I attended the Anoka Chapter of Pheasants Forever Youth Day, at the Beaver Brook Sportsmen’s Range, East Bethel, MN. I was assisted by Gary and Cindy Nelson, and Ron Brockamp. We had 6 tables set up with various tanned fur, skulls, photos, and handouts for the kids who attended, estimated at around 150, besides parents. Tons of interest in our booth, and plenty of kids and parents interested in trapping. Thanks to those who helped out! On June 19th and 20th, we had an MTA Booth at the Coon Rapids Traditional Archery State Shoot. We had quite a display of tanned furs, skulls, handouts, and photos. I also donated a weasel trapping box, Victor weasel/rat trap, and a tanned ermine pelt, which was given away through a drawing. It was well received and gained lots of interest. Last winter I was contacted by a High School Science Teacher from Blaine. He teaches a fantastic outdoor course, which includes ice fishing, trap shooting, winter camping, plant & animal identification, and much more. He said it is the most popular science course the school offers and has annually 300 – 400 students ages 17 – 18 years old attending. We were able to obtain a set of tanned furs, courtesy of Tim Caven and the MTA’s Tanned Fur Project, for his classroom. 300 – 400 students a year handling furs, identifying furs, and most of all, learning that they are donated by Minnesota Trappers and the MTA. Don’t forget to get your Legal Defense Fund Banquet tickets before they sell out. If you’ve never attended before, you are missing a great time for a great cause. While you’re at it, consider donating an item or two for the LDF event. Thanks again to District 1 for hosting a great convention in Barnum last summer. So nice to again meet and talk trapping with other trappers. Stay safe and good luck on the trapline.
Co-Director - Dan Stout
Winter 2021-22 Report
Greetings Trappers,
I would like to use this opportunity to introduce myself. My name is Dan Stout and I am happy to accept a position as Co-Director for the sixth district. I grew up in Vadnais Heights and started trapping raccoons and muskrats in my teens in the late 70s and early 80s. The Vadnais Heights area was still rural country back then and was rich in fur.  As a teenager it was a great place to live. Career and family responsibilities took me away from trapping until my mid forty's when my 16-year-old son one day asked if I knew anything about trapping. You guessed it. I was back. As I taught him what I knew, I quickly realized how much things had changed with trapping laws and new advances in traps and trapping equipment. I turned to the MTA to help me adapt to the changes that had taken place while I was not actively trapping.  I was impressed, not only with the organization but also their willingness to accept a relatively new trapper into the fold.

Since then, I have been able to trap every furbearer in Minnesota with the exception of fisher bobcat-hopefully this season I’ll have opportunity to pursue both. My favorite species to trap is beaver during open water trapping after spring breakup. I am one of the moderators of the MTA Facebook page. Communicating with and keeping Minnesota trappers informed is a priority of mine. I have also spent the last few years working at the Game Fair assisting Craig Hilburn, Andy, and Karen Shoemaker.  Promoting trapping to the non-trapping public is something I really enjoy. I now look forward to Game Fair every year. I would like to thank Andy for giving me the opportunity to pay back the MTA and all the Minnesota trappers that have helped me along the way.  District 6 members and all Minnesota trappers can count on me to help in any way I can.
Dan Stout

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