Minnesota Trappers Association
District 8 Reports
600 4th St NE
Montgomery, MN 56069
Director - Brad Wobbrock
Winter 2018 Report
Greetings To All:
The fall and winter trapping season is in full swing and the trappers that I have talked with seem to be doing well. There seems to be a lot of fur out there to trap and with not too much competition.
I personally have not had much time to trap although I will be headed north for the cat opener this Friday. Our house incurred hail and wind damage this spring - a new roof for the house and two out buildings. They had our three roofs done in one day – tear off and back on. The siding is now getting done as I write this.
Kathy and I wanted a farm table for our growing family, especially for the holidays. I made it out of wood that I harvested, using oak and walnut. This has been a lengthy project time wise, as I built this in my shop which is also my skinning shed. The process took longer than expected as we had to take it out and store it for a while during last year’s deer hunting and trapping seasons. The project is nearly completed and the table is now in the house to get acclimated to the indoors. Kathy will do the poly on it while I am gone up north and I will put the legs on when I get back.
Wiebke’s Trading Company put on a Trappers Education Program October 13th and approximately 30 students and several adults attended. I would like to thank Jason Wiebke for doing this. I spoke with Jason before they held the class, and he said that he went to area schools and informed them that they were putting together a Trapper Education Day. John Petersen was the lead instructor and I want to thank John for taking time to help with this program. We need more people like this to step forward and help with Trapper Education. When I was talking with Jason Wiebke, it is his intent to put a class together every year going forward. I will have Jason get those dates to me and have them posted on the web and future newsletters.
-- District 8 Spring Meeting will be held at a new location – Saturday, March 16th.
Stewartsville Sportsman Club
1735 County 6 Road SW
Stewartville, MN 55976
Doors open at 8:00 am and the meeting will start at 10:00 am.
It will be a potluck again, so please bring a dish to pass.
Also a reminder that Bill Ruhland will be stepping down and we will be in need of a co-director. Please consider stepping up and filling this position. If you do have an interest, please contact me.
Have a safe trapping season.
Co-Director - Bill Ruhland
Greetings Dist 8,
I hope you all are having a great season this year, I know my season catch is way down this year, most of my catch is normally coon and I got a later start this year than normal, the water froze shortly after I got started and froze most of my traps in the water, waited 8 days hoping they would thaw out with no success so I had to chop them out of the ice. I did mange to catch 7 coon in a small stream that stayed open once in a while.
Tanned fur project is doing well, we still need more donations as well as more volunteers to process fur for the tanned fur project. If you are looking for someone to process your fur for the Tanned fur Project there is a list on the MTA website, you have to go to the search link and print Tanned Fur Project and click on it and a list of volunteers and their locations and furs that they are willing to process are there. If you are interested in volunteering for this please let me know and I can get you on the list.
The winter meeting will be in the Brainerd Baxter area this year I hope many can make it, there will be auction pick up as well as fur tagging, bring your biggest coon, beaver tail and muskrat tail and win a prize. Fur buyers will also be there so bring your fur to sell also.
I believe Brad has a date and place for our spring meeting set up so check out Brad’s report for the details on that, I know its always a fun time, swapping trapping stories and seeing what’s new on the trapping front and what we can look foreword to in the coming year.
Well I’m running short on time I still need to get in the fur shed this evening so trap safe.
Until next time...
Co-Director - Brad Suemnick
I hope everyone had a successful trapping season, the weather seemed to cooperate for us fairly well. The winter meeting will be January 5, 2019 in brainerd. It’s always a good time, if anyone wants to carpool let me know.
The MTA has scholarships available; check the MTA website for information and the guidelines. M and M Lawn and Leisure, in Pine Island, will again be supplying the 4-wheeler for this year’s raffle.
We will again have a trappers day at the capitol sometime in February or March; date to be determined. Thanks again to Bill Atler for managing the booth at the Steele County Fair. It’s the largest county fair in the state. Be sure to stop and say hi if you’re at the fair next summer.
Most importantly, a huge thanks to Cumberlands Trapping Supply for all they do for the trappers of District 8 and beyond. They always donate a lot of equipment and time. It’s much appreciated.
Stay warm this winter,