Minnesota Trappers Association
Minnesota Outdoor Heritage Alliance (MOHA)
Trapper’s Day at the Capitol
Tuesday Feb. 5, 20199:00-2:00Room 400 south, State Office Building
More Info... Come and make a difference!
The ones that make the most noise are the ones that often get heard. Legislators pay special attention to those that make the effort to see them personally.
Carpooling is encouraged for those that have to travel. Easiest way might be to take I-94 to Marion street north. You can see the Capital to the east from Marion. The State Office building, where our reserved room is located, is right next to the Capital, just to the southwest. Parking is easy. There’s a parking garage just southwest and a parking lot straight west of the Capital for a fee. There’s also free parking to the north and west on side streets.
No need to be intimidated. Myself or some others would be happy to set up an appointment with you and your legislators, and even go with you to meetings if you want. Just give us a few days notice to set it up for you. It doesn’t take much once you get into the meeting, all you really have to do is introduce yourself and tell them you are there for the Trappers Day and you hope they will support pro-trapping related bills. They may have questions, ALWAYS be polite and act professional, even if they don’t agree with you. You are representing all trappers!
It’s a great time to just meet and hang out with trappers too!
Any questions, just call Randy Goldenman 612-598-3886
Winter 2018 Report
Well things have certainly changed in our state government. The democrats have taken over the House of Representatives, and we have a new governor. How this will affect trapping remains to be seen. Because of the Democratic control of the house, there are new Chairmen for the committees. Chairmen are extremely important because they can decide what bills clear their committee and in what form. The committee most likely to affect trapping is the Environment and Natural Resources committee. Representative John Persell, from the Bemidji area, has been named chairman of that committee. If trapping related bills come up, we are especially going to need trappers in his district to contact him. Representatives listen to their constituents, so you need to contact him if we need it. All trappers though need to monitor the website during the legislative session, which runs from January to May, in case we need you to contact your own legislators. If a bill does come up and we need to make some noise at the Capitol, PLEASE take a few minutes and email or phone your legislators.
The trappers day at the capitol will most likely be either the last week of February or the first week of March. We will set an exact date when we know for sure when some major organizations are having their special days. We don’t want to have our event the same day as a large organizational rally, it can get a little hectic with all the people. Again, monitor the website or newsletter for an exact date as we get closer.
A bill (HR 6784) that would de list Gray wolves from the endangered species list has passed the U.S. House. We need to get wolves out of federal control and back into the control of the states . As of this writing, it’s up to the Senate. If it’s not to late when you read this, please contact Senators Amy Klobuchar and Tina Smith. The fact that wolves were ever on the endangered species list was a political stunt by the animal rights groups from the beginning. The species as a whole was never in danger of extinction. The population has always been stable across Canada and Alaska, trapping and hunting seasons have continued in both places the whole time they were on the endangered species list in the lower United States. Especially since they have exceeded the population goals in the Great Lakes states by the biologists, it’s past time control went back where it belongs which is to the states.
Be safe out there,