Minnesota Trappers Association
District 6 Reports
Director - Andy Shoemaker
Fall 2019 Report
Hello Fellow Trappers,
As I write this report, summer is changing to fall, nights are getting cooler, and the shadows are longer. It means only one thing – another trapping season is just about to begin. Here’s hoping that each of you have a safe and rewarding trapline!
Summer was a busy one. Thanks to all District 7 members and volunteers who put on a great summer convention in Redwood Falls. We had great weather and it was well attended. Next summers convention will be back north at the Carlton County Fairgrounds, Barnum, MN. Hope you can make it.
I’ve forwarded a short report for the next MTA Newsletter on the 2019 Game Fair. Although many of the photos I submitted do not show it, our booth was extremely busy and popular with hundreds stopping in each day to check out our tanned furs and talk trapping. We sold many furs and raffled two Mountain Man style fur hats to very grateful winners! Remember to donate some furs each year to the Tanned Fur Project – as funds raised go to Youth Education and the Beginner Trappers Connection.
District 6 sponsored a get together at the Forest Lake Sportsman Club on Sunday, July 14th. It was also an invite to local Veterans and advertised as “Veterans Introduction to Trapping”. A short district 6 meeting was held, raffle and door prizes given out, good food, and multiple trapping demos presented. Thanks to Jon Longfellow, Craig Hildebrandt, Dan Stoudt, Bill Mezzano for all their hard work! Also, thanks to Matt Carlson of Carlson Furs for attending, as well as MN DNR Conservation Officer Tony Salzer for participating and taking numerous questions. Even Steve Palen showed up! Thanks Steve.
On Saturday, September 7th, myself and former District 6 Co-Director Gary Nelson had a booth at the Anoka County Chapter Pheasants Forever Youth Day, held at the Beaverbrook Sportsman’s Club, Cedar, MN. We displayed many different tanned furs and skulls, had an MTA fur identification board, past MTA Newsletters to give out, and answered many questions about animals and furs from parents and children. The event was well attended, but rain in the afternoon shortened the event. Great to see kids involved in outdoor activities!
On Sunday, September 15th, I will be giving a two-hour presentation at the Kelly Farms, May Township, MN, to the Minnesota NAVDA (North American Versatile Hunting Dog Association). Focus of the presentation will be trap set avoidance, dog release from traps, etc. I will discuss how this goes in a future report. It is important to reduce other outdoor users concerns regarding traps. The best way is by relaying your knowledge about what we do! Every time we do a presentation to dog groups, we get a great response and thanks for reducing their concerns.
Check the MTA website for our upcoming District 6 fall meeting date and location. It is not finalized yet, but looking like the second weekend of October. It is an election year at this meeting, so District 6 members, your attendance is critical! We have much to cover.
Remember the winter get together is up in Baxter, MN, with the Legal Defense Banquet in Brainerd. Hope to see you at both.