Minnesota Trappers Association
8100 Shady Trail
Breezy Point, MN 56472
MTA President’s Report
Members of the MTA:
Greetings! I hope you all had a chance to get out and do some trapping this fall. Even with the low prices and an early freeze-up, it was great to get out do what we love to do. Some of you may still be at it most likely doing some through the ice trapping or maybe some snaring for canines. Whatever it is you may be doing, enjoy it, follow the rules and be safe. Don’t forget to take someone along who hasn’t experienced a trap line and introduce them to this great sport. Whether it is a youth or adult, they will benefit from learning about the importance of trapping and how it is done.
I would like to inform everyone that we now are looking for a MTA Raffle Chairman. Tom Boser has announced he will be stepping down from the position. He has stated he will stay on to the end of the summer convention. If you are interested in this position or know someone who is, please contact me. The raffle is a very important program to the MTA to raise funds to help support our various education programs including Mandatory Trapper Education. I would like to thank Tom for his years of service to the MTA not only as the Raffle Chairman, but also as the District 4 Co-Director and in other capacities. You will be missed!
Brianna Jonas has also informed the BOD she too will be stepping down as MTA Secretary as of the summer convention. Again, if you are interested in this position or know someone who is, please contact me. Brianna has done a great job for us as MTA Secretary and has helped the MTA in many other capacities as well. I thank her for the hard work and time she has given as well over the years to the MTA. Thank you to both of Tom and Brianna for their dedication to the MTA.
The BOD met October 6, 2018 in New Haven MN. The meeting went well and the BOD made decisions on a variety of items. A couple of these I believe should be mentioned. After many years of having the MTA Hat Pin program, the BOD voted to discontinue this program in the next couple of years. Increased costs for the pins and lack of participation led to this decision being made. If you have specific questions about this change, I encourage you to contact our Souvenir Coordinator. Eric will fill you in on how the MTA plans to phase out the program. The BOD also approved to once again retain Tim Sprecht as the MTA’s lobbyist. Tim has proven to be very productive in working with the MTA at the Capitol to maintain trappers’ rights in MN and helping work to stop legislation that could be damaging to trappers. The BOD also voted to increase the number of scholarships to be offered this next year. The MTA will now award 1 $2000, and 3 $1000 dollar scholarships. If you have a student or know one that could benefit from these, I encourage you to look to our website or contact our Education Coordinator for more details on how to apply. There were many other topics discussed during the BOD meeting and the minutes are printed in this issue of the magazine. If you have specific questions about these don’t hesitate to contact your District director, Vice President or myself.
With Christmas right around the corner at the time of this printing, I offer up the idea of an MTA membership to that loved one or friend as a great Christmas present. The MTA magazine as well as the Trappers Post comes with the membership along with all other benefits awarded a member most importantly having the MTA help to retain your rights to trap in the state. You can find an application right in the magazine and Membership Coordinators Matt and Kaitlin Buntjer will take good care of you making sure you get all of your membership benefits.
If you don’t have anyone you can give a new membership to, consider sending in for a supporting member patch. Details on how you can get one are found right here in the magazine. You get a beautiful patch and all the proceeds go to help support promotion of trapping in the state of MN. I want to thank Leon and Denise Windschitl for their work and support of this program on behalf of the MTA. Thanks and it your help is greatly appreciated!
Randy Goldenman MTA’s MOHA Liaison is going to be working with the MTA to once again have a “Trappers Day at the Capitol.” This is going to be an opportunity for trappers from around the state to come to the capitol in support of trapping. Details of the day, what it will entail and how you can get involved will be forthcoming. I encourage all of you when the opportunity comes to get engaged and help support your right as a trapper in this state by participating.
The legislative session will be starting soon. With the mid-term elections now official, we know the landscape in our legislation has changed. This change will impact trapping and outdoor related issues. The MTA is working to formulate a strategy to navigate this new landscape. Be assured we will continue to make sure trappers are protected in this state and we will work hard to make sure the freedoms you have as a trapper is maintained.
I want to remind everyone now is the time to start thinking about nominating someone for one of the MTA awards given out every year at our annual summer convention. The awards committee is taking nominations for the various awards that are listed further on in the magazine. I am sure you know someone who is deserving to receive one of the awards. If you have further questions regarding this, I encourage you to contact Frank Brula who is the Awards Committee chair.
I encourage you all to attend the MTA Winter Meeting in Brainerd this year. There are demos planned and there will be fur buyers and Vendor’s there as well. DNR agents will be tagging fur. The venue is easy to access and there will plenty of space for all. The General Membership meeting will begin at 11am with doors opening at 7:30am. Please see the VP report for more details. Stay around afterwards and attend the Legal Defense Fund Banquet being held later that evening at the Brainerd Legion. Some tickets are still available and details on how to purchase one can be found in the pages of the magazine. You get your choice of a chicken or prime rib dinner followed with games, live/silent auction, and general raffle. The committee has been working hard to put together a great event and you are missing out if you don’t attend.
If you have questions or concerns contact me. You can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 218-52-4050. I will do my best to answer them for you.
Thank you for your continued support and Together we stand-