Minnesota Trappers Association Legislative Action Alerts

2024 Legislative Action Alerts:

LEGISLATIVE ALERT SF1316/HF1299

We’ve heard this bill will be getting moved forward soon. Authors are Fischer, Edelson, and Rehm in the House and Hoffman and Dibble in the Senate.
To update you, the bill in a nutshell would require all bodygrip traps larger than a #110 would have to be fully submerged unless very restrictive conditions are met (no 1/2 submerged 330’s or 220 boxes on the ground). Pull triggers only on dog-proof traps, so the vast majority of dog-proof traps currently in use would now be illegal. Regarding snares. A maximum cable length of 7′, with no entanglement larger than 1/2″ within a 7 foot circle. So, no setting snares in brush or anchoring to trees. Relaxing type locks, large washer style only. No kill type locks. Anyone that catches a dog or collared animal in a snare or trap must immediately report it to a DNR employee. If the dog is dead you will lose your license for 5 years even if it’s on your own property.
Contact your state House of Representative member for HF1299 and your state Senator for SF1316. Tell them to oppose the bill. This is a state bill, so no need to contact U.S. Senators Klobuchar or Smith. Also, along with your own legislators, contact the members of the House Environmental Committee and especially Charman Rick Hansen. Just click here and then click membership, they will pop up. If you’re not sure who your representatives are Google “who represents me Mn”. Click on the top link and you should find it there.

As most of you are aware by now, the US House of Representatives passed HR 6784 and now it needs to be passed by the US Senate.

 HR 6784 – Minnesota Wolf Management

Minnesota State and US Legislative and Representative Contacts

The web page links can help you find your representatives for your area.

Contacting your US Representatives:  
Contacting your MN State Senate and House members:
(List of Elected Officials for the State of Minnesota with Contact information.)
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