Minnesota Trappers Association
FTA Director's Report
14706 County Road 12
Pengilly MN 55775
Pengilly MN 55775
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Spring 2021 Report:
I hope everyone had a safe and enjoyable trapping season. I liked the relatively mild weather we had up North. At this time, the FTA National Rendezvous is still a “go”. It is scheduled for June 17 to 19, 2021 in Charleston Indiana at the Clark County 4-H Fairgrounds. As always, this should be a good time.
The Trappers College is scheduled for September 12 to 18, 2021. There is very limited space available as most of participants chose to roll their attendance over from last year, when the college was cancelled, to this year.
There are a number of anti-trapping bills being pushed forward around the county. It is even more important now, that all trappers come together and support each other during these trying times. We need to present a unified front and let our voices be heard. Here are a couple of examples of issues that trappers in other states are facing;.
- On a Federal level, HB 8828 would outlaw the transportation of traps across state lines, outlaw out-of-state trap sales and sale of traps at events like the National Rendezvous.
- There is a new push in Oregon to outlaw beaver trapping on public lands.
- There is a renewed effort to outlaw all trapping – including cage traps – and snares on public lands in New Mexico. Another item of concern is President Biden’s selection for Secretary of Interior is a big supporter of this legislation.
- In Connecticut there is an effort to ban all “new fur” products.
With all these attacks coming against trappers, and facing large organizations like the Humane Society, we all need to be involved. By becoming a member or maintaining your membership in organizations like the Minnesota Trappers Association, the Fur Takers of America, the National Trappers Association, and the Sportsman’s Alliance we can all help to protect our sport. Please, check the websites frequently for the most current information.
Remember “the cruelest thing we can to wildlife is fail to manage it.”