Minnesota Trappers Association
Minnesota Outdoor Heritage Alliance (MOHA)
Winter 2021-22 Report
Not much to report again this month from MOHA, as the legislature is currently out of session. However, there will not be a Trapper's Day at the Capitol this year. House speaker Melissa Hortman announced the state office buildings will remain closed to the general public due to Covid. The legislative members being off limits to personal visits concerns me. I much prefer one-on-one in person visits when bills of concern emerge on short notice, it's much easier to get and keep their undivided attention under such controlled circumstances. But the situation is what it is. Be prepared once again for anti-trapping legislation to appear when the legislative session resumes in January. The same legislators remain in office that introduce this garbage year after year, so there's no reason to expect anything substantially different this session. The membership responded effectively last year by contacting representatives and we'll need at least the same volume of active, responses and engagement from trappers this coming year. I'll repeat the same wisdom I share every year at this time. Please be careful where you set traps and snares for bobcat, fisher, and coyote. Especially sets baited with meat using bodygrip traps. If we can eliminate incidental dog catches, the antis will have little ammunition to use against us. Legislators are aware of every incidental dog catch reported. Our right to trap effectively in the future will likely depend on how well we prevent incidentals. The vast majority of incidentals are free roaming dogs on private land, dogs that shouldn't be on the property in first place. Not much we can do there, but we must exercise good judgment in choosing set locations on public lands where hunters and dog walkers may also be present during the trapping season. The Anti's are just waiting for something bad to happen. Let’s not give them anything to use against us.