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Shawn Johnson
6122 McQuade Road
Duluth, MN  55804
(218) 525-4970

Summer 2020 Report

Greetings All,

Obviously, in light of the “virus that shall not be named” trapper ed opportunities for this year all but evaporated for most.  Coupled with the sad fact that our convention was canceled due to circumstances beyond our control, additional chances for attaining trapper certifications have also been eliminated. Consequently, certifications were at near all-time lows this year. Hopefully, our lives will return to a somewhat normal routine come this fall and we can provide opportunities for those seeking certifications for the upcoming trapping season opener. Reports from local trappers in my area reflect very active participation in open water beaver trapping this spring in spite of less than ideal fur market returns. Likely cabin fever was a prime motivating factor for many- same goes for those pursuing turkeys as well. Reports of groups of hunters gobbling to one another became frustratingly commonplace. Any outdoor distraction was welcomed after months of stay at home incarceration.

Obviously, time will tell but if you may have an interest in hosting trapper certification opportunities as fall creeps closer, please get in touch with me as soon as you can. Our family has three bear tags to fill this September but I’m cautiously optimistic that I’ll be able to sneak in a field training session for those interested somewhere in between. Trapping bait is already stored in the freezer for October and I look forward to getting a bunch of those semi-retired traps back out in the woods earning their keep once more. I can always use more fur hats!

I’d like to remind everyone that college scholarship applications remain due by July 1st. Information on our scholarship program along with applications are available on our website www.mntrappers.org

Keep your skinning knives sharp,
Shawn Johnson-Education Coordinator
Minnesota Trappers Association
6122 McQuade Road
Duluth, MN 55804

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