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Tanned Fur Project

Tanned Fur Project Coordinator
          -- Click here for list of people willing to process fur for this project.
Tim Caven
7444 County Rd 27
Pennock, MN  56279
(320) 599-4176
June 2019 Report
Recent donations to the MTA Tanned Fur Project came from the following generous members and Conservation Officers:

Linden Anderson – 3 Raccoon, 1 Beaver
Walt Gessler – 1 Mink
Steve Ruchti – 1 Coyote, 1 Beaver, 1 Muskrat
Dennis Zacharius – 1 Tanned Beaver
Steve Bayman – 2 Otter, 1 Raccoon
Jeff Holmer – 1 Beaver
Don McGaffey – 1 Mink
Bert Highland – 5 Muskrat, 3 Grey Fox, 2 Mink
Frank Brula – 1 Grey Fox and $100 towards our tanning bill
Al Dietz Jr. – 1 Muskrat
Gary Jorgensen – 3 Beaver
Ray Honnold – 5 Muskrat, 4 Mink
Donald Sherek – 1 Otter
Bill Kinnear – 4 Beaver
Dan Croke – 3 Beaver
Dennis Udovich – 1 Pine Marten
Tom Marks – 7 Raccoon, 2 Opossum, 1 Muskrat
Brian Fischer – 22 Muskrat, 6 Raccoon, 3 Red Fox
Leon & Denise Windschitl – 4 Grey Fox, 4 Beaver, 2 Opossum, 1 Mink
Steve Urban – 1 Red Fox
Doug Abel and Doug Padgett – 10 Raccoon, 1 Coyote
Jim Ojanen – 2 Ermine, 1 Raccoon, 1 Muskrat
Isaac Hahn – 2 Raccoon
Jeff Bussler – 1 Raccoon, 1 Red Fox, 1 Mink
Cumberland Family (Northwest Trappers Supply) – 5 Muskrat, 4 Opossum, 3 Mink, 2 Raccoon
Rick Olson – 3 Red Fox, 3 Muskrat, 1 Bobcat, 1 Mink, 1 Skunk
Butch Herzberger – 10 Beaver
Derek Wiese – 3 Beaver
Rob Caven – 1 Silver Fox, 1 Cross Fox
Duane Schmitz – 2 Beaver
Scott Gustafson – 6 Beaver
Eric Maijala – 4 Beaver
In Memory of Arnie Peterson – 5 Cross Fox

Officer Tom Sutherland – 3 Otter, 2 Fisher
Officer Mark Fredin – 1 Bobcat, 1 Fisher
Officer Mark Hopkins – 2 Otter
Lt. Dan Thomasen – 1 Fisher
Officer Matt Frericks – 1 Bobcat
Officer Tricia Plautz – 5 Otter, 1 Muskrat
Officer Demo Regas – 2 Otter
Officer Andrew Goodman – 1 Otter
Officer Scott Staples – 1 Mink
Officer Chris Vinton – 1 Otter

I just returned from Toronto after attending the North American May/June Fur Auction. I needed some items for myself which didn’t necessarily include the top lot of beaver but they followed me back to Minnesota anyway. It appears that Nancy will get a new sheared beaver jacket and a nice warm blanket for next winter. I also picked up a great variety of wolves, wolverine, lynx, arctic fox, etc. for the MTA to have for sale and show at future fairs and sporting events. These more exotic pelts help attract the public to our MTA booths where we are able to educate them to the truths of trapping and the fur industry. There were a few more buyers in Toronto from the Ukraine and Russia than last year but still a very small number compared to 2013-2014. There was a large contingent of buyers from China at the sale but they had low limits on what they were willing to pay for raccoon. Let’s hope that the Russians get back into the wild fur market soon.

Back in early March the MTA attended the Deer Classic and Turkey Expo at the St. Paul State Fairgrounds. Tom Miranda was the keynote speaker and graciously donated his booth space to the MTA. The weather could not have been much worse and the crowd reflected it. I drove back and forth Friday and Sunday and a 5 hour round trip drive turned into 8-10 hours that weekend. Thank you to the many volunteers that showed up to help man the booth. Andy and Karen Shoemaker were there from start to finish as was Greg Flor. Again, thank you to the many MTA members that stepped up to help.

Now that school is out I will have a chance to work on our many traveling fur sets and get them spruced up before late August when they will be in high demand once again. I’m also working on our fur collections that go to many county fairs in July and August. Please let me know a couple weeks in advance of any fairs or shows that you are going to attend. I keep a calendar of events in hopes that we can supply everyone with what they need.

Thank you to all the folks that have stepped forward to process fur for the Tanned Fur Project, this has been a tremendous help. As fall approaches remember that we can always use skunk and opossum so if they are of decent quality save them for the MTA. With fox, mink, and beaver being low in price at the present time those are good items to donate. We have ran out of red, grey, and fox squirrel pelts with the tails on if any of you squirrel hunters can save a few please.

I’m looking forward to seeing all of you at the summer convention in Redwood Falls. It won’t seem like a summer convention without being able to sit and visit with Arnie Peterson, Al Dietz, and Gerald Bue. You all are missed and your friendships treasured. Wishing everyone a summer filled with biting fish and no mosquitoes. God Bless.

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

Re: Photo (below):  

"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

Photo of youth checking out furs at 4-H show

Tim Caven

Tanned Fur Project Coordinator
7444 County Road 27 NW
Pennock, MN 56279
(320) 599-4176

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