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MTA Vice President, Bert Highland
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Minnesota Trappers Association
Vice-President's Report
Vice President
Bert Highland
1861 Brimson Rd
Brimson, MN 55602
Home# 218 848-2383
Cell# 218 600-7585

Summer 2022 Report

Greetings All,
Time sure flies, before you know it our summer convention in Wadena will be here. District 3 and others have been doing a tremendous amount of work planning and organizing this year’s event and it promises to be a good one! If you plan on attending please consider helping your fellow district members with front gate and souvenir booth duties. Times and dates for district obligations are listed in this publication. It’s a great way to meet fellow members and you’ll get the satisfaction of knowing that you did your part in fulfilling your district’s assigned duties.

I’ve received a few calls regarding the Trapper Warrior 99 Club. This is an exclusive club for individuals that want to do a little extra for the benefit of the MTA. It’s sort of like the NTA Presidents Club or the FTA Circle of Friends but on a somewhat smaller scale. For a $100 annual donation, you get a spot on the list that is limited to 99 members. If more than that number sign-up you are then put on a waiting list in the order that you applied. In the following year if a present Warrior 99 Club member chooses not to participate he or she forfeits their spot and is replaced by the first person on the waiting list. All monies generated from membership to the Warrior Club will go to the MTA General Fund. The benefit of being a member of this exclusive club is the satisfaction of knowing you are one of a limited number of members who have gone above and beyond what a regular member financially contributes. Once a year a list honoring the club members is published in our magazine. I hope this answers your questions.

As of this writing, it sounds like we’ll be OK this legislative session, of course, we always have to be watchful of any anti-trapping legislation that could be attached to a larger bill but so far things look good. Be sure to thank Tim Spreck, Gary Leistico, and Randy Goldenman when you see them for all they do at the Capitol. On the not-so-good side of things, we are losing Sen. Tom Bakk and Sen. Dave Tommasoni to retirement at the end of the year. Both were huge advocates for trapping and were truly our friends down there, they will be missed! I hope their replacements are as good as they were. Get to know the candidates this fall and ask them for their views on trapping. Now more than ever your vote in November is of utmost importance.

One of our goals is to increase MTA membership. We all know trappers who are non-members, and we should remind them of the benefits membership of and urge them to join us.  One thing I’ve been thinking about lately is how many spouses or significant others are also non-members? They know our passion for trapping, they’ve probably accompanied us or maybe have been actively involved on the trapline, attended the conventions, or sat next to us at the LDB. Maybe it’s time to recruit them for membership as well? A reduced cost membership W/O Trappers Post is only $20 with all the regular membership benefits voting privileges, etc. This will increase our membership substantially with little effort, heck what’s $20 nowadays?

Enjoy the summer, catch lots of fish and I hope to see you all in Wadena.
Take care and be safe.

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