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MTA Vice President, Duane Schmitz

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Vice-President's Report

Duane "Dewey" Schmitz
63539 340th St.
Wadena, MN 56482
(218) 631-4988

Spring 2019 Report

Hello Everyone!

We had a very successful Winter Meeting and Legal Defense Banquet. I’d like to thank everyone that attended and a special thank you to all of the volunteers that assisted with the Winter Meeting as well as the individuals on the Legal Defense Banquet Committee. Job well done!  The location of these events will remain the same for 2020.

Great news, this year our MTA will be awarding $5,000.00 in scholarships.  If you or someone you know is enrolled in a 2-year or 4-year program at an accredited college or trade school they may be eligible to apply. They do not need to be a member.  For more details or to submit an application, please refer to our MTA website. Feel free to share this information with your local high school counselor.
I encourage all of you to begin thinking about worthy recipients for the following awards that will be awarded at the Summer Convention:
• MTA Hall of Fame
• MTA Junior Trapper
• MTA Female
• MTA Male Trapper
The nomination forms will be included in the next issue of the MN Trappers Association Magazine and on our website.  All nominations are now be required to be submitted to the Awards Committee chairmen, Frank Brula PO Box 358, Babbitt, MN 55706 or email by July 1st.

Our website and magazine editors are always looking for trapping related photos. If you have some photos you would like to be considered, please send them to Cat Hanson via e-mail at and Carol Thaemert at
Our Summer Convention will be held on August 1-3, 2019 at the Redwood Falls Fair Grounds.  We are always looking for volunteers.  Please contact Brian Fischer at (507)276-6322 for more information or to sign up to be a volunteer.  

This is our third year for the Sustaining Donor Program.  The proceeds this year will go towards promotions and marketing of the MTA and trapping in general. Please consider making a donation by contacting Top Lot Stretcher Company at (507)360-6935 for a commemorative patch.

Trapping is under constant attack by people who either don’t understand the importance of it or those that don’t agree with trapping at any level. One of the best things we as trappers can do is to inform and educate the public about the importance of trapping. A good way of doing this is to have a booth at your local events and county fairs. If you need any help setting up a booth, please contact your district directors and, or, our Education director Shawn Johnson, at 218-525-4970 or via email at  I’ve truly enjoyed serving as your Vice President and would welcome the opportunity to serve another term if nominated.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at 218-639-9311.

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