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MTA Vice President, Duane Schmitz
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Minnesota Trappers Association
Vice-President's Report

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

Fall 2019 Report

Hello Everyone!

It’s time to start thinking about putting on a trappers ed class. If you feel uneasy or uncertain about how to conduct a class, find a scheduled class in your area and volunteer to help with the class. I’m sure you will find it fun and rewarding. We want every kid to have access to a class, they are our future.

January 4, 2020
Minnesota Trappers Association Winter Meeting
Forestview Middle School
12149 Knollwood Drive
Brainerd MN

The DNR will be tagging fur, so bring any bobcat or otter you have caught so far.
Contact Dewey Schmitz at (218) 639-9311, dtax39@yahoo.com for more information.   Dealers are welcome at no charge.

January 4, 2020
Legal Defense Banquet
Brainerd American Legion
708 Front Street
Brainerd, MN

To purchase tickets, contact Chris Holm at (218) 831-7878.  For all other information or to make a donation, contact Dale Jindra at (219) 821-1236.

The Fall Board Meeting will be held on October 5th in Brainerd at the American Legion at 9:00AM.

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 email at mntrapeditor@gmail.com  and Carol Thaemert at mntrapweb@gmail.com

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.

This past June the MTA was invited to participate in a workshop on trapping and why it was important to wildlife management. The workshop was hosted by the DNR for its new employees and a continuing education opportunity for current employees. The DNR thought it would be beneficial for the MTA to attend since it is the state trapping organization. I was asked to attend to represent the MTA. During the day long workshop, a variety of topics were covered like trapping demographics, how to understand public opinion on trapping and speak to it, role of trapping in wildlife management and the use of BMP’s in management, and the basics of trapping.

All the topics were informative and helped educate DNR employees on how trapping is relevant in today’s world. It is good to see the DNR taking a proactive approach to educating their employees about trapping in MN. They are hoping to make this an annual event for their employees. If you have further questions about this, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

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

Take a kid trapping,

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