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Minnesota Trappers Association
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Dan Collins
14706 County Road 12
Pengilly MN  55775
507-339-3623
Trapperdan218@gmail.com

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Summer 2022 Report:
Trappers,
As I write this, it is snowing again. I am impatiently waiting for spring to arrive. A new fundraising effort to help with the New Mexico lawsuit will take place in May. Starting May 1 raffle tickets will be sold for a “Once in a lifetime” antelope hunt. Tickets cost $100 and will be only available online. The raffle includes an antelope tag for a very hard to draw trophy area in New Mexico, guide/access fees, taxidermy work, and spending money. This also includes a drawing by trapper and wildlife artist Adrian Romero. The raffle ends at the end of May. Watch the website and social media for more information. A new membership drive will begin in June and run through the end of the year. For each new member that an FTA member signs up, they get entered into this drawing once. Two members. twice etc. The top prize is a New Brunswick bear hunt. More information will be published in the Fur Taker, the website, and on FTA’s Facebook page. There are anti-trapping attacks taking place all across the nation and all take time and money to defend our sport. Thankfully organizations like the FTA, NTA, and Sportsmen’s Alliance, along with state organizations like the MTA are working for us. One effort in Oregon would turn all animal uses into an “abuse” situation. Trapping would be affected, but also seafood harvest, livestock, and pet breeding would fall under this bill. In another effort, the Center for Biological Diversity is trying to deny the use of Pittman/Roberson funds (generated from the purchase of ammunition, and sporting equipment) in states that allow a wolf harvest. There are several bills at the national level that would affect trapping. One is Senator Nadler’s bill that would stop trapping in all national wildlife refuges. The other is hidden in the “America Competes Bill” – which is 3,000 pages long and prohibits the purchase, sale, possession, transportation, etc. of American-raised ranch mink. As you can see it is very important that each one of us become involved in protecting our heritage! Convention season is coming up quickly. The Fur Takers National Rendezvous on June 16 – 18, 2022 in Lawrence Kansas. Major Boddicker is this year’s special guest. Check the website and Facebook page for event updates. This looks to be a good event. At the convention, they will be collecting deer/elk/moose antlers as a fundraiser. If you have some hard white or brown antlers lying around, here is an opportunity to support the FTA. I would like to thank all the FTA members who are also Sustaining Donors. It is nice to see all of the names with MN after them printed in the Fur Taker. The cost of the FTA Sustaining Donor Program is $40.
 
This year’s Trappers College will be September 11 – 17, 2022. The cost is $1550. If interested in attending, contact the college ASAP as the class fills up every year.
Dan Collins
“If not us, then who? If not now, then when” – John Lewis


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