Minnesota Trappers Association
42222 450th St
St. Peter, MN 56082
Fall 2021 Report
Hello and welcome back!
It has been too long since we were able to have a convention. It was great to see old friends and make new ones. The National Trappers Association Convention (NTA) was held in Spencer, Iowa this year and what a great time with Marty Meierotto and Tom Miranda attending. Since Covid-19 I believe that this has changed everything in our lives. Now there is even a second wave about to hit. Time will tell but I hope and pray it passes without tragedy.
Within the last two years, the NTA has acquired a permanent home in Bedford, Indiana. This building is big enough to have an interpretive center and a Hall of Fame with a museum!
John Daniels, The National Trappers Association President has been working very hard to build relations with other sportsman’s groups to bring more of the trapping community together for the fight. FTA and the Sportsman’s Alliance are working hand and hand with us to build better relations with the NASC. This group is working closely with the political leads and trying to educate them about things like trapping, so they are not blindly voting on things they do not have any knowledge about.
The New Mexican Law suit we only lost by one vote. There was foul play that happened. I know we will hear more about this as things unfold.
I spoke of the fur market a couple of years ago and they are still around and getting a foot hold in Europe. They want all fur to be traceable back to where it was caught and harvested. Not necessarily the person but the state, so far that is their main focus have been the Ranch Furs. We will be able to closely follow the implementation of the Sportsman’s Alliance which is the new education program. The NTA, FTA and FBU are investing in this alliance as well. At least four states are tentatively using the criteria from this program in their science curriculum. This is an exciting new way to show the students about the conservation methods.
One of the struggles the anti-trappers use in the courtroom are the number of constituents. The anti-trappers try to play this off saying that this does not matter because it is only a small group. With this being said, please join your local Sportsman group, because there is power in numbers. This uphill battle comes at a cost, and we need all of the help and support we can get.
The 2022 NTA Convention will be held in Lima, Ohio July 28th – 30th.
“THE NTA FIGHTS FOR ALL OF US”