Minnesota Trappers Association
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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. The open water was short lived this year with the early freeze up. 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.
The BOD met October 5, 2019 in Brainerd, MN. The meeting went well and the BOD made decisions on a variety of items. There were many 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.
This was an election year in the districts. I want to take the time to welcome our new directors in districts 1 and 4 and new co-directors in districts 1, 2, 4, 6 and 8. Please make sure to get to know these new members of the BOD if they are in your district. They are there to represent you the member. I also want to thank the outgoing directors and co-directors for their work and efforts on behalf of the MTA.
By the time you read this most likely we will know the final outcome of the situation with North American Fur Auctions (NAFA). At the time of this writing, all that is out there is rumors and unsubstantiated information. If indeed NAFA is no longer a viable option for trappers to send their fur to for sale, trappers will still have other buyers they can sell to either at a local level or an international level and should seek out those other places.
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 capital 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.
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 Tyler Thompson, District 7 co-director who is the Awards Committee chair.
The legislative session will be starting soon. We will face another challenging year at the state capital. The MTA continues to work hard to make sure trappers are protected in this state and the freedoms you have as a trapper is maintained.
I encourage you all to attend the MTA Winter Meeting being held in Brainerd again this year. There are demos planned and there will be fur buyers and vendors there as well. DNR agents will be tagging fur even with the later close dates of bobcat and otter this year. 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-