Minnesota Trappers Association Tanned Fur Project Coordinator

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

Tanned Furs to a Good Cause

Tanned Fur Processing Volunteer Contacts

Linden Anderson
Austin Area
Any species
Terry McElmury
Mark & Pam Marsolek
coon, mink, muskrat, beaver
Justin Johnson
coon, mink, rats
Larry Jacobson
coon, beaver
Bruce Lillienthal
Any species
Matt Carlson
Any species
Dan Collins
Hibbing/Grand Rapids
Any species
Mike Shaleen Sr
Mountain Iron
Any species
Shawn Johnson
Duluth/Two Harbors Area
All species

If you want to be added to this list, please send your request with pertinent information to the webmaster.


Fur Donation to Cedar Ridge Elementary School 2019

Minnesota Trappers Association
Tanned Fur Donation to
Cedar Ridge Elementary School
Tim Caven presented 12 tanned furs to Ms. Heyer for the Kindergarten classes at Cedar Ridge Elementary School in Eden Prairie, MN. The youth were able to touch and feel the pelts and learn of the animals they came from. Ms Heyer’s class each wrote a thank you note to the MTA and the other Kindergarten class at the school also sent thank you notes. The notes from each class ar linked below. The MTA received the following note from Ms. Heyer:
“Dear Minnesota Trappers Association,
Thank you for the 12 pelts and the education board – the kids absolutely love everything.  We’ve started some lessons using both items and have additional lessons we are planning on.  Since receiving your package before Thanksgiving, the pelts and matching board have been used by students EVERY SINGLE DAY!  They are quizzing their friends, matching, using the pelts to create homes for the animals and even trying to match their coat fur to the animals.  Today we had a tracking expert come in and when guessing what animal left a certain track the kids were jumping around shouting, “Ermin!”  It’s been so fun to hear them talking about these different animals!  Thank you for this wonderful gift.  I have emailed thank you notes from my kindergartners as well.
Best Wishes,
Jen Heyer”
Cedar Ridge Elementary School

Benton County 4-H Shooting Sports and Wildlife

“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

Tanned Furs to a Good Cause by Andy Shoemaker

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
Stillwater Area High School Biology Teacher, Andrew Weaver, with tanned furs.
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.  

Spring 2024 Report

Recent donations to the MTA Tanned Fur Project came from the following generous members and conservation officers:

Bert Highland – 3 Muskrat, 1 Ermine, 1 Skunk, 3 Red Squirrels
Tim Alsleben – 2 Coyote, 2 Mink, 1 Skunk, 1 Raccoon, 1 Beaver
Andy Shoemaker – 5 Otter
Richard Copa – 11 Coyote, 1 Red Fox, $200 check to be used for tanning.
Allen Golden – 2 Opossum
Gary Peters – 8 Coyote, 4 Red Fox, 1 Grey Fox, 1 Raccoon
Eric Maijala – 5 Coyote, 1 Grey Fox
District 1 Crew – 15 Muskrat , 2 Mink
Charlie Worrath – 2 Mink, 1 Raccoon
Don Collins – 3 Ermine, 1 Skunk
Tim Strobel – 1 Otter
Daniel Kreidermacher – 1 Beaver, 1 Raccoon, 1 Muskrat
In Memory of Steve Bayman and Frank Brula – 2 Silver Fox

Officer Joseph Scholz – 1 Otter
Officer Nathan Benkofske – 1 Bobcat
Officer Duke Broughton – 3 Otter, 1 Muskrat
Officer Aaron Larson – 3 Otter
Officer Kip Duncan – 2 Muskrat
Officer Don Murray – 1 Muskrat
Officer Brent Grewe – 2 Otter
Officer Phil Mohs – 1 Otter

Donations have definitely improved in January but for the calendar year, we are still off about 50% on donations. Hoping that we will get a bump from Pelting Day which will be held at the Mac Hilburn residence in Princeton on Saturday, March 2nd. If you have not attended in the past, don’t miss this event. It is a great chance to stand at a fleshing beam next to some true professionals. Come and learn from the best. We have the Duluth Deer Classic coming up just around the corner. Bert Highland and crew will once again run the booth, answer questions, sell memberships, and show off our Minnesota Wild Fur. In March Matt Akerson, Pete Jonas, and crew will have a booth at the Deer Classic in Shakopee. These members give up a lot of their time and talent to run these booths, please say thank you when you see them. For those needing fur for events this year please give me as much advance notice as possible. With a much lower inventory than we’ve had in the past several years, I need to have a game plan and keep fur moving from event to event.

Now that the school Christmas break is over, we are getting hammered with requests for loaner fur sets from teachers. I like to send complete sets, but we are out of skunks, badgers, and bobcats. We are always thankful for any donation but if you have any of those 3 items they would be especially appreciated. A special thank you to Luke Jackson from Iron Trail Trapping Supply for running the Tanned Fur Project table at the winter meeting. Have a great time trapping beavers this spring and I hope to see many of you in St. Paul for Trappers Day at the Capitol.  

Tim Caven
Tanned Fur Project Coordinator
7444 County Road 27 NW
Pennock, MN 56279

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