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Tanned Fur Project Coordinator
Tim Caven
7444 County Rd 27
Pennock, MN  56279
(320) 599-4176

Summer 2022 Report
Good Day Trappers.
Spring 2022 Donations to the MTA Tanned Fur Project from February through April came from the following generous members and conservation officers:
  • Frank Brula – 5 Red Fox, 4 Otter, 1 Cross Fox, 1 Fisher, 1 Marten, 1 Mink                                
  • Gary Peters – 5 Coyote, 2 Raccoon, 1 Mink                                                                                          
  • Dan Collins – 2 Squirrels
  • Bert Highland – 2 Coyote, 7 Squirrels, 6 Mink
  • Terry Netland – 4 Mink, 4 Muskrat
  • Phil Mannon – 1 Marten
  • Jade & Casey Cumberland – 9 Muskrat, 7 Raccoon
  • Rusty Cumberland – 7 Muskrat, 2 Raccoon, 1 Mink
  • Scott Hill – 20 Raccoon
  • Doug Abel & Doug Padgett – 103 Raccoon, 40 Coyote, 18 Beaver, 17 Muskrat, 9 Red Fox, 6 Mink
  • Ben Hillesheim, - 14 Raccoon
  • Myron, Lyle, Greg, and Jeff Fluegge – 48 Raccoon – Fleshed and Stretched by Brian Fischer
  • Brian Fischer – 3 Coyote, 3 Red Fox, 3 Raccoon, 3 Opossum, 3 Muskrat
  • Dale Jindra – 1 Black Bear
  • Walt Gessler – 10 Muskrat, 2 Beaver, 2 Ermine, 1 Raccoon, 1 Mink
  • Bill Hanson – 11 Red Fox, 9 Raccoon, 7 Beaver, 13 Muskrat, 2 Mink, 1 Otter
  • Ben Hillesheim – 13 Coyote – Put up by Brian Fischer
  • Jeff Bussler – 4 Skunk
  • Isaac Hahn – 1 Otter, 1 Raccoon
  • LaRae Roseen – 3 Raccoon
  • Rick Olson – 5 Coyote, 2 Bobcat, 1 Red Fox, 1 Raccoon
  • Lac Qui Parle DNR Wildlife – 1 Otter
  • Team Trapline (Flor, Hilburn, and Hilburn) 15 Red Fox, 14 Raccoon, 10 Opossum, 3 Coyote, 2 Otter
  • Mike Mills – 8 Muskrat
  • In Memory of Erin Fischer and Jill Thompson – 2 Blue Fox
  • Officer Kylan Hill – 1 Bobcat
  • Officer Matt Frericks – 2 Otter, 1 Bobcat
  • Officer Kip Duncan – 3 Fisher, 3 Marten, 1 Bobcat, 1 Muskrat
  • Officer Mitch Lawler – 1 Fisher
  • Officer Dustin Miller – 7 Beaver
  • Officer Demo Regas – 12 Otter, 6 Muskrat, 1 Bobcat
  • Officer Keith Bertram – 4 Otter
  • Officer Trisha Plautz – 7 Otter
  • Officer Anthony Bermel – 2 Otter, 2 Marten, 2 Muskrat – Put up by Frank Brula
  • Officer Don Bozovsky – 1 Fisher, 1 Marten
  • Officer Shane Zavodnik – 1 Otter
  • Officer Duke Broughton – 5 Otter, 3 Muskrat
  • Officer Best – 1 Otter
  • Officer Schmidt – 1 Otter
  • Officer Willis – 1 Fisher
  • Officer Matt Loftness – 1 Otter
We received some very nice donations in recent months. Thank you to all donors whether you donated 1 skin or 100, all are greatly appreciated.  It is very encouraging to see new names on the list of Conservation Officers that are working with the MTA Tanned Fur Project. These Conservation Officers provide us with a large percentage of the otter, fisher, marten, and bobcat that we receive each year. In turn, the MTA supplies tanned skins to CO’s so that they can go to schools and educate students on the furbearers in our state. It’s a good trade with all sides winning. Tanning costs just like gas, food, and about everything else have gone up dramatically. I had a nice talk with Marc Berman owner of Tubari, Ltd. who has done a lot of tanning for us over the years.  We discussed the Tanned Fur Project and Mr. Berman wants to help and be involved. We will work out the details over the coming months, but it was refreshing to have him step forward to work with us, especially during this time of hyperinflation.

Usually, by this time of year, we have little fur going out to schools as the school year is winding down. That is definitely not the case this year as our fur sets are becoming more and more popular. We were able to award another permanent set of fur to a great pro trapping teacher last month. Thank you for all your donations that keep this very worthwhile program growing.

Each year the winner of the Tanned Fur Project pelt donation contest gets their name on the back of the large traveling plaque. They need to get it back to me prior to the summer convention so that the new winner’s name can be added. It has been decided that we will still engrave the winner’s name on the big plaque, but the winner will receive a smaller one that can be kept permanently at their home or office. The large plaque that has all winners on it since day 1 will travel to conventions so that folks can see who has gone the extra mile for the MTA over the years. The deadline for this year’s competition will be July 1st so there is time to have the plaques engraved prior to the convention in Wadena.

Have a great spring and summer and we’ll see you in Wadena. Be well.
Tim Caven
Tanned Fur Project Coordinator
7444 County Road 27 NW
Pennock, MN 56279

Photo of youth checking out furs at 4-H show

Benton County 4-H Shooting Sports and Wildlife

Photo Right:  
"Thank you to the Minnesota Trappers Association for the use of your furs. Our youth enjoyed learning about the animals and being able to touch the pelts. This has helped them to prepare for upcoming competitions."
                                   --Benton County 4-H Shooting Sports and Wildlife

For years I had heard of a Stillwater Area High School teacher who does an incredible job in teaching High School Biology Courses.  He has been employed there for over 30 years.  

My three children had all been students of this teacher and all said the same thing, he makes learning really fun, is interesting, and teaches in a way that makes students interested in the subject, even when they thought they wouldn’t be.

A licensed Master Falconer, this teacher has been involved in Peregrine Falcon restoration since 2002, and regularly hunts with a variety of hawks and falcons.  Live hawks or falcons are kept in the classrooms at the High School, giving students up close and personal experience with Birds of Prey they normally would never see or learn about.

This teacher has involved students in live trapping raccoons on the school Environmental Learning Center (ELC) fitting them with radio collars, and studying movement patters and denning locations.  Deer have also been live trapped and radio collared there, so movements can be monitored.
Every year, a trail camera collects hundreds of animal photos from the ELC which get posted on a Facebook site, and in the classrooms, showing students just how many animals are present in the suburban setting.  

A member of MOHA (Minnesota Outdoor Heritage Alliance) this teacher has represented the Minnesota Falconers Association on issues relating to the sport of Falconry.  

Almost every year, I will bump into young hunters in the Stillwater area.  Always interested in youth hunting/trapping, I ask them where they got started or how did they find this hunting spot? In many cases, they say the same thing, we got interested in hunting from a Stillwater Biology Teacher, and he gave us directions on where to go!
On December 3rd 2019, I was able to meet with Stillwater Area High School Teacher Andrew Weaver, at the High School Biology Area, and presented him with a set of tanned furs, collected by Trappers from Minnesota, donated by Trappers from Minnesota, and tanned through the MTA’s Tanned Fur Project.  He will now have beautiful tanned furs on display in their classrooms for students to see and touch and be used for animal identification.  All will know that the furs were donated by Trappers and the MTA.  He was very appreciative and couldn’t wait to display them in the classrooms.

Special thanks to Trappers who donate to the MTA’s Tanned Fur Project, and to Tim Caven of Minnesota Trapline Products, for heading up the Tanned Fur Project!  Consider donating some furs this year!  

Andy Shoemaker

Photo #1: Biology Teacher Andrew Weaver, with tanned furs.
Andrew Weaver, biology teacher, with a Goshawk

Photo #2:
Stillwater Area High School Biology Teacher, Andrew Weaver’s class rooms have lots of interesting things in them.  This is a female Goshawk, captured by Weaver and used for teaching students, and for hunting.  

Photo #3:
Another photo of teacher, Andrew Weaver, with the Goshawk.

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