Youth Outdoor Activity Day
August 29, 2021
The Youth Outdoor Activity Day was held August 29th at the shooting park in Alexandria. The MTA is committed to youth outdoor education and is a major financial sponsor for this worthwhile cause and has donated $5,000.00 for the last two events as a reflection of that commitment. Booths of every imaginable outdoor activity can be found including various giveaways, demonstrations, and hands-on activities. The MTA Trapping Information Booth manned by district 3 members is a major source of attraction during the course of this annual event. There were well over 3000 registered attendees with the vast majority between the ages of 6 to 16. The District 3 manned an information booth that Our booth had every type of trap and associated equipment as well as tanned fur for people to touch and ask copious amounts of questions about! Those attendees that showed interest were exposed to the fundamental facts of modern fur trapping and furbearer management dispelling many of their inaccurate preconceived opinions which included hands-on learning throughout the day It's an excellent chance to reach out and expose folks to the truth about our sport! I would like to thank MTA members Tim Alsleben, Butch Herzberg, Marc Lundeen, and Gene Tschida for volunteering their time and knowledge. Don
The Alexandria Youth Outdoor Activity Day -Tanned Furs
The Alexandria Youth Outdoor Activity Day- Hardware!
It was below zero when this collection was hung. But nobody felt the cold. Good seasons are memories worth keeping. Bill
Getting in Shape for the Season
Getting in Shape for the Season
About 6 weeks ago, my wife suggested I join her exercise class so I would be in better shape for the upcoming trapping season. I guess maybe the fact that I could no longer mow the lawn without breaking a sweat or the fact most of my exercise was lifting a fork to my mouth, was incentive enough to push me to an organized exercise program. Like my mentors, Click and Clack—The Tappit Brothers, who used to talk about their wives being in better shape than they were, I figured I'd be able to out-perform 70-year-old women any day. Ho ho, the first session was an eye-opener! Those old women showed me their leg-lifting skills were much better than mine. Shamefully the only thing I could beat them at was weightlifting.
I call it 'sweatin' with the oldies' but my wife calls it, re-learning balance. Yup, I almost fell over several times per session until my balance improved. Today we lifted straight legs. I'm still pretty bad at it. Then we tried to touch our hands by reaching over the shoulder and up the back. Never could do it. Touching toes is more about stretching than it is about the touch. Balancing has gotten easier. High stepping, as in stepping over logs, is something I can use so I work hard at that. Getting up off the floor without having to use a chair or someone's out-stretched hand has gotten better. I no longer wheeze or breathe hard walking around the work-out room. And I'm developing newfound appreciation for 75-year-old women being more limber than I am. Now, If I can just get one older woman to help with the yard work, cleaning out the garage, washing exterior windows with the ladder or lifting anything over 30 pounds, life will be better.
So where do I think these exercise classes are going to pay off? For one, I can lift my legs fairly high, and this will help stepping over logs while wearing chest waders. Balancing on rocks should be easier, too. Carrying dead weight (traps or critters) for an extended period of time has been enhanced. As has steady breathing instead of sounding like I'm trying to catch my last breath when slogging through loon poop bogs. My wife was right about exercise, it gets easier the more you do it. I'm not convinced I want to try Pilates, Qi Gong or Tai Chi just yet. My balance isn't that good yet and being upstaged by a 75-year-old is pretty humiliating even if I can out-lift her. Stretching left and right will help me reach that support stick without falling in the mud. Standing on my tiptoes will also keep the water from pouring into my boots. Yep, exercise is good for me even if I'm the only guy in the class.
Carrying 3-550s, cable stakes and driver, 3-pound hammer, bait jar and setting pad is a compound lifting, carrying, and balancing act I can do now. Carrying a coon or coyote instead of dragging it through the muddy field will be easier. High stepping beaver trash as opposed to falling over it is now doable too. As my wife says, 'whatever doesn't kill you makes you stronger'. I guess she's right.
The Youth Outdoor Activity Day was held August 29th at the shooting park in Alexandria, Mn, The MTA is a major sponsor of this fantastic event. There were well over 3000 registered attendees with the vast majority of those being youth between the ages of 6 to 16. The MTA had a booth that educated people about trapping and furbearers with hands on learning over the coarse of the day. The event has booths of every imaginable outdoor activity with giveaways, demonstrations, and hands on activities available for all attendees to participate in. Our booth had every type of trap and the equipment as well as tanned fur for people to touch and ask copious amounts of questions about! It's an excellent chance to reach and educate folks that would otherwise not be exposed to our sport!
I would like to thank Tim Alsleben, Butch Herzberg, Marc Lundeen, and Gene Tschida for volunteering their time and knowledge for the MTA.
Submitted by Don & Jodi McGaffey