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Minnesota Trappers Association
NTA Director

NTA Director
Wayne Thompson
42222 450th St
St. Peter, MN 56082





Winter 2021-22 Report
Hello Trappers,
Trapping is well underway, and I hope everyone is having a great season. I went deer hunting with my sons and granddaughter (she’s 10 years old) the look on her face when she got to shoot at one, it really made my whole hunt much more memorable Wow what a great time. So, with that said please take a kid trapping and hunting. They can be some of the best memories ever for both you and the child.

It appears that some form or variation of fur labeling and source traceability system is eminent in the retail end of both ranch and wild fur. At the present time there are two systems in the development and establishment stages, Fur Mark and Wild Fur Forever. Both John and Dave (presidents of NTA and FTA respectively) have had several meetings discussing these systems and have formed an Ad Hoc committee made up of members of both organizations there remains much work to be done. This effort will at least give us seat at the table and the voice required to present our views on how such a system should be implemented. Necessary The ties between the FTA and NTA continue to strengthen which is a good thing for the sport. Leadership in both organizations get along well and view issues along similar lines. The Fur Industry as a whole continues to take fire from anti-fur groups and binding and combining forces as a united front is our best defense strategy. Both national organizations seek to create coalitions with like-minded outdoor sporting groups in order to gain additional strength in advocate numbers. It is absolutely essential that hunters and trappers support each other and become active participants in local, state and national sporting organizations for mutual benefit.

The political reality of fighting multiple lawsuits is a very slow and drawn-out process and financially burdensome for smaller organizations. It may take months, if not years to resolve. Many gears are currently in motion and patience is a necessity. But battles can be won. New York fought and defeated a bill that would have prohibited the use of any foothold trap in the state. New Jersey sought to ban the manufacture, sale or possession of certain traps and that was also effectively defeated recently. These are just a few examples of what can be accomplished when we unite effectively. If we don’t fight these lesser battles today, outright trapping bans are just around the corner.

Enjoy the sport and continue to fight for it.
Thank You,
Wayne Thompson
NTA Director

Please note:
The 2022 NTA Convention will be held in Lima, Ohio July 28th – 30th.
   “THE NTA FIGHTS FOR ALL OF US”

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