Minnesota Trappers Association
"Hall of Fame"
Award presented to Frank by Don McGaffey.
Frank has been the Co-Director for District 1 for the past 10 years. During this time he has proven to be a real workhorse for the district and the MTA. Every year Frank works the MTA booth at the Duluth Boat, Sport, and Travel show for all 5 days. He engages very well the crowd and spreads the word of all the benefits of trapping in regard to sound wildlife management. Due to the distance from his home to this event, Frank stays in a hotel and pay’s for it and his meal out of his own pocket. Every year Frank arrives early at our summer convention and helps with the set-up and take-down of the event and also assist in the trap-setting contest and is co-sheriff of the camping detail. At our spring and fall district meeting’s Frank is in charge of selling raffle tickets and is the real reason why our district is always’ near the top in dollars earned per district. He also assists me in running the meeting and never fails to bring a dish to share at the luncheon.
At our fall Trapper Education Field Day Frank is probably the one with the most years of trapping experience and he stresses trapping ethics over trapping successes when he does his portion of the training.
During his working years Frank wan an educator working at the Barnum and Babbitt school districts, he taught chemistry. I’ve talked with plenty of his former students and they all have the utmost respect for Frank. They all said he was strict but made sure everyone understood the material he was teaching, he spent many hours after school assisting students who were having difficulties. Frank and his wife Linda reside in Babbitt but move to their cabin on Lake Vermillion for the summer. They have 2 adult children and 3 grandchildren who they love to spoil.
Frank is a master trapper of all species and has taken huge numbers in all the seasons. Frank has a good relationship with all local conservation officers and puts up a lot of fur for them which in turn goes to our Tanned Fur Project. This past winter he even processed a large timber wolf complete with ear’s turned and paws attached. As of this writing, Frank is 82 years young and this past spring trapped 185 beaver in a short amount of time.
Please consider Frank Brula for this year’s Hall of Fame Award. He deserves it.
Respectfully submitted by,
District 1 Director