Minnesota Trappers Association
FTA Director's Report
14706 County Road 12
Pengilly MN 55775
Pengilly MN 55775
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Fall 2020 Report:
I don’t know about others, but I am getting the itch to get out on the trap line. This year obtaining my supplies has taken several unexpected turns. If you have not heard, the Fur Takes of America combined convention with the Wisconsin Trappers Association, that was scheduled for September, is another victim to the Corona virus, as is this year FTA’s Trappers College. The cancellation of these big events will have a very big impact on, not only the FTA’s budget, but the MTA’s budget also. In these times of uncertainty it is very important that each member continues to support and stay connected to these organizations as best you can. The FTA is hosting two on-line auctions of the Adventure Outings that were normally auctioned off during the benefit auction. Information on these auctions can be found on the FTA web site – www.furtakersofamerica.com.
The 2021 National Rendezvous is scheduled to take place June 17 – 19, 2021 in Charleston Indiana. The Kansas Fur Takers will be hosting the 2022 Rendezvous. Hopefully.
This years Christmas Blanket raffle is for a beautiful otter with silver fox trim and plucked beaver top boarder. It is a California Queen size blanket. This year each FTA member will be sent tickets to purchase / sell. Tickets will be sent out shortly. The drawing will be held on Thanksgiving. If you are not a FTA member and would like to purchase raffle tickets please contact me.
Recently the 2019 report on Americans’ Attitude Toward Hunting, Fishing, Sport Shooting and Trapper was released. This is an opinion poll conducted by Responsive Management and the National Shooting Sports Foundation with funding from the Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies. They found that 52% of people polled approved of trapping while 31% disapproved. The remaining 17% did not have an opinion either way. These are the people we can influence to have a positive opinion of trapping through our interactions with them in public and on the trap line.
Check the FTA web site and Facebook page for updated organization information and www.furbearereducation.com for trapper education resource information.
Be sure to check the 2020 Minnesota DNR Hunting and Trapping Regulations book for information on the requirement for break away devices on snares.
“The cruelest thing we can do to wildlife is fail to manage it”