Minnesota Trappers Association
District 8 Reports
Director - Brad Wobbrock
Spring 2020 Report
It has been a difficult fall and winter weather wise for trapping. We have had such a mixture of temps from highs to lows and rain and snow that it has been difficult to set traps with any kind of consistency.
The Minnesota River has yet to get into its banks for the past three years. I expect a very wet spring with high waters and flooding. They actually have towns in the river bottoms that are already doing some preventative measures for spring flooding.
With my health and we had some family health things to work through as well, my trapping this year has been less. My father-in-law had a heart valve replaced and it is unbelievable that they sent him home 36 hours after surgery. He has weight and other “life style” restrictions and we see a very noticeable difference in his health already. He still has a ways to go as his heart is only operating at 24% at the time of surgery. After surgery they are hoping for an increase in that percentage. He will have continued doctor visits to keep a watchful eye on this.
We lost two members of District 8 - Joe Bambenek and Rick Hyland both great men and long time MTA members. I have included a brief summary of their obituaries.
“Joe will be remembered for his love of people, kindness and generosity, family gatherings, campouts, produce and the Mississippi River. And in general - love of the outdoors. He had an avid interest in fishing, hunting and trapping. He also gave many wildlife presentations. Joe was affectionately known as the “Popcorn Man” for selling popcorn at the conventions, often with his grandson by his side. Joe was inducted in MTA’s Hall of Fame.”
“Rick was an avid outdoorsman and had many interests and hobbies which included: hunting, fishing, trapping, ranching, riding, roping and socializing. He also loved hunting and fishing trips to Northern Minnesota, Montana and Wyoming. Before retirement, Rick started his dream business of ethical animal trapping - Ranger's Rogue Wildlife Control.
Our MTA Board Meeting will be on Saturday, March 21 in Barnum. Both Bill and I plan to attend and we should have some new information to bring to our Spring District Meeting.
By the time you read this, we may have already had our District 8 Spring Meeting. March 28th, Stewartsville Sportsman Club, 1735 County Road 6 SW, Stewartville, MN 55976. Doors open at 8:00 am and the meeting will be at 10:00 am. Bring your cards for the door prize and a dish to pass.
Continue to watch our website for upcoming information regarding Legislation, Trapper Day on the Hill, March 24th, 9:00-2:00, Room 300 South, State Office Building and Summer Convention.
Take care and be safe!
Brad Wobbrock – Progressive Trapper
Co-Director - Bill Adler
Winter 2020 Report
About a year ago, I toyed with the idea of getting involved with the organization. Brad Wobbrock was thinking of stepping down as director and I wanted to be more involved. Brad decided, however, that I needed some time to get used to the organizational structure and after being at a couple of board meetings, I believe that was a wise decision. This organization is much more comprehensive than I would have known just being a member.
MTA has a lawyer who also does nuisance beaver control and traps bobcats during the fur season. This is not something enjoyed by many other trapping associations. Now, when local, state, national or international eﬀorts are made to eliminate fur use/trapping, we don’t have to spend dues money to convince a lawyer about the merits of fur harvest and nuisance animal removal. He already knows and is keeping his ﬁngers on the pulse of all of these initiatives so we don’t have to. More importantly, though, he shares his discoveries and implications of This organization is involved in several statewide educational programs, which put trapping and fur harvesting out there in a positive light. We don’t live in a world of rural over urban anymore. Lots of people know nothing about wildlife, farming conditions, animals caused damage and the need to keep populations under control. Participating in wildlife and conservation heritage educational events lets the public know animals-being-animals can be controlled when they impact rural and urban environments. There is still genuine interest and as long as MTA provides the information, trapping, as a control method, stays alive.
Close working relationships with the DNR is helping DNR ﬁ eld personnel become more acquainted with trapping as a tool. Trapping is not something many wardens know much about. Apparently, in-depth trapping education hasn’t been a part of the formal training DNR specialists get before, or until recently, after they become wardens. Parts of Minnesota have been blessed with wardens who know and understand trapping. Other parts have not always been so fortunate. These working relationships are important to MTA and the DNR and become more so as our tools and methods evolve.
I had no idea what our budget was; where the money came from; or even how funds were distributed. This is all part of the learning process and I’m a little humbled by the comprehensive nature of the organization’s management. What I’m seeing is an organization that addresses past practices, present conditions and future situations that will beneﬁ t all of us, even though some things are painful to process. The directors, co-directors, and staﬀ I’ve met are dedicated to keeping trapping a continuing process in Minnesota. It’s a lot to learn.