Minnesota Trappers Association August 2013 Report


President — Shawn Johnson, 6122 McQuade Road, Duluth, Mn 55804; 218-525-4970;

Vice President — Dave D’Aigle, 29765 Holly St NW, Isanti, MN 55040; 612-366-2748

Secretary — Linda Johnson, 6122 McQuade Rd, Duluth, MN 55804; 218-525-4970

Treasurer — Tricia Coons, 8747 Tranquility Ln. NW, Bemidji, MN 56601; 218-444-8244; MTATrish@paulbunyan.net

Membership Coordinator — Mitzi Heavirland, 31301 County Road 67, Grand Rapids, MN 55744

Director of Trapper Education — Shawn Johnson, 6122 McQuade Road, Duluth, MN 55804; 218-525-4970; mcquaderoadfur@msn.com

NTA Director

Education Coordinator — Shawn Johnson, 6122 McQuade Road, Duluth, MN 55804; 218-525-4970; mcquaderoadfur@msn.com


Membership Options:

• Individual membership including subscription — $25

• Junior (under 16) with subscription — $15

• Lifetime membership with subscription — $400


Complete membership application on first page of association section and send dues to:

MTA, Membership Coordinator

Mitzi Heavirland

31301 County Road 67

Grand Rapids, MN 55744


Greetings All,

With combined spring issues of TPC, some news is a bit dated by the time this issue reaches you. At any rate, the Litchfield convention will either be days away or over by the time this issue arrives. Odd numbered years are election years and the seat of MTA president will be decided this cycle. Either way the elections ultimately turn out, the MTA president will have the concerns of the membership at heart.

Jerry Larsen is a fine man and would do the position justice if elected.

No matter who ends up in this chair for the next term, anti trapping organizations will once again have the bulls eye on our way of life. We’ve weathered some severe storms over the past few years and we must persist in a united front against those that oppose our sport through misguided emotionalism and in some cases deliberate lies.

Higher fur prices than we have witnessed in many years will no doubt have the potential to attract the unscrupulous. Some trappers think the potential of those new to the sport to generate unfortunate headlines are not nearly the threat that inactive trappers might be returning to the sport after many years.

Laws and regulations have changed a bit over the years and folks that persist in doing things the way they did back in the “good old days” regardless of those changes can really hurt us all in the ever present court of public opinion.

As most are acutely aware, the continued practical use of our body grippers may hang in the balance. That coupled with the controversial wolf harvest season will provide plenty of opportunity for antis to access the media in an attempt to bring it all to an end in one full swoop.

I ask only that trappers refrain from infighting on matters such as nonresident trapping privileges and focus on the battles that lie ahead from the outside to protect what is really of far greater importance- the great and valued heritage of fur trapping in the State of Minnesota.

Keep your skinning knives sharp. — Shawn Johnson



Hi Trappers,

I hope everyone is having a good summer so far. Above average rainfall and slightly cooler temperatures are a welcome relief from the past few summers. The down side to this is a bumper crop of mosquitoes!

The late season Canadian auctions concluded with very good prices and clearances on most items. I’m hopeful this renewed demand for wild fur continues into the future.

Remember to cast your vote for MTA president and vice-president. The ballot is on the first page of our newsletter magazine, you may either mail it in following all the instructions or hand it in at the convention in Litchfield. Also district director and co-director positions are also up for election at our fall district meeting in Sept. If anyone is interested in any of these positions please let me know and I’ll fill you in on what is required. I’ll need district 1 members to help out for gate duty on Friday from 2:45 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and for souvenir booth duty on Sat. from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at the convention, your help will be very much appreciated.

On Sat. Aug. 3 district 1 will have a booth at Tall Timber Days in Grand Rapids. It’s always a good show and we were very happy to be invited again. If you can, stop by and say hello.

That’s about all for now. Hope to see you at the convention. Take care and be safe. — Bert



Greetings District 4,

Here we are, half the year is already gone. All the fur sales are over and we are all awash with cash. What to do. I guess you can spend it on unimportant things or you could choose to spend it at our summer convention in Litchfield, Aug. 16 to 18.

Our work duty times are front gate Friday 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. and booth duty Saturday 1:45 p.m. to 5 p.m.

We will also have a short meeting Saturday morning at 7:45 a.m. place posted at MTA building. I know this is a little early, but I do not want to conflict with other events at same time. See you there.

We helped support the fourth annual youth outdoor day in Brainerd, June . We had over 350 youth come to our booth. They had a great time. Thank you Tom Boser, Brian Donnelly and Lloyd Baakkhonen for your time. It is members like you that make it happen.

Remember if you have any questions you want brought up to the board, call me at 218-851-5989.

Till next time. — Buzz



Hello everyone,

By the time this report comes out it will be the Minnesota Trappers Association Convention. Hope everyone was able to make it.

I will be having another field training class this fall in late September. We encourage everyone to do the classroom part of the course online if possible. Watch the MTA web site and the September issue of the Trapper & Predator Caller for class time. I will be doing the field training at the Kimball Rod & Gun Club again.

This year is an election year again and we will vote at our fall meeting. We will probably have this at Mark Melbys. I will send postcards out again as a reminder. The election is for a Director and 2 Co-Directors.

Take care. — Pete Jonas, (320) 236-2410


Hello fellow trappers! There is not much to report on at this time. I hope that everyone is getting ready for the convention.

The MTA Summer Convention is just around the corner. I hope you are planning on being there. This year it will be held in Litchfield on August 16, 17, & 18. District 7 will have gate duty on Friday night from 6:45 – 10 pm. We have Souvenir Duty on Saturday at 10:45 – 2:00. Volunteers are needed for both of these times. Keep that in mind as you plan your attendance.

Just a reminder that this is an election year, make sure that you vote for the president and vice-president while you are at the convention. If you are not going to be there, be sure to mail in your ballet. At the fall meeting, it will be the elections for the Director and Co-Director.

We are working on setting up the fall meeting that will be held at Schmitt Enterprises at the time of their open house. Be sure to watch for more information as details will follow.

We were able to make it to the Fur Takers Convention in Marshfield, WI. The weather could have been a little better but it was a good convention. I hope that all that attended were able to find what they were looking for and had a good time.

Until next time. — Leon Windschitl

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