Minnesota Trappers Association November 2012 Report


President — Shawn Johnson, 6122 McQuade Road, Duluth, Mn 55804; 218-525-4970; mcquaderoadfur@msn.com

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 to Trapper & Predator Caller — $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,

Well, so far so good on the proposed wolf season. A lawsuit has been filed (surprise, surprise) but all indications are that things should proceed as planned. There have been some issues with the lottery system here and there, but basically 60% that applied didn’t receive a license.

As far as I know, only two MTA members drew a trapping tag.

We’ve expressed some of our concerns with the DNR hunting/trapping regulations pertaining to wolves, the foremost being ANYONE can trap a wolf with a valid tag regardless of whether they have ever set a trap or snare in their life with 0% experience required. By the way, a general trapping license isn’t even required!

I also received a telephone call from a father whose SIX YEAR OLD SON drew a wolf trapping license, but that’s another story.

The DNR is telling us to hang in there and get this first season out of the way, and if issues come up, we’ll deal with them in the future.

We’ll definitely have more to say on this matter in the very near future.

It looks like northern Minnesota is on the brink of our first snowfall for the season (October 4) and judging from the weather today, I think they may have just guessed right this time.

Remember to pick up your fisher/marten/otter harvest coupons as soon as you can and remember to use extreme care when setting bodygrippers on land to avoid potential problems.

Time is short on the trapline, lets make the most of it and thoroughly enjoy our time in the woods.

Till next time.

Keep your skinning knives sharp. — Shawn Johnson



Hi Trappers,

I hope everyone is getting out and enjoying the nice fall weather. The crisp mornings and the sound of geese flying over head really gets me pumped up anticipating the rapidly approaching trapping seasons.

District 1 had its fall meeting Sept. 15 at Cotton.Attendance was very good and it was nice to see Dist. 4 and Dist. 8 directors Buzz Neprud and Brad Wobbrock in the crowd. I’d like to again thank my wife for preparing a fantastic lunch and to all those that donated items to add to the meal, to everyone that helped with the set-up and clean-up of the hall, and to Minnesota Trapline Products, Smokey Reds, Jason Panichi, Walt Gessler, and Bob Fortier for their generous donations for our raffle. A special thanks goes out to former district 1 member and DNR Wildlife Manager Walt Gessler who made the long drive north to give a presentation on giant kidney worm in wild mink.I always thought the worm, given time was fatal to mink, but learned that it generally is not. It was a very interesting presentation that everyone enjoyed. Also it was sure nice to have DNR biologist John Erb around for addressing the many questions concerning the DNR that come up at every meeting, it sure takes me off the hook. Thanks again John.

We discussed continuing the marten nesting project and to seek funding to finance the project. Our original plan was to build and distribute 100 boxes per year for 5 years. We plan on getting back to work on this in Feb. or early March and I’ll be asking for 5 or 6 people to help build them and a lot more to help get them out in the woods. The topic of beaver control in trout streams was discussed. We stand by our belief that watersheds should have diverse habitat that benefits all wild creatures from salamanders to moose and everything in between, not just a specific species which in some cases is not even native to our region. Con has been trying to work with the DNR on this.

By the time you read this, trapping season probably will have already started. I urge everyone to be extra careful when using 220’s for land sets. If you think there is any possibility of catching a pet, DON’T SET! Be very careful and read and understand the trapping regulations as there have been some changes. We don’t want to lose this valuable management tool.

The wife and I went 0 for 2 on the wolf trapping lottery — oh well, maybe next year. Here’s wishing everyone a successful season. Take care and above all be safe out there. Till next time — Bert



Greetings District 4,

By the time you read this, trapping seasons will be a few short weeks away. I hope you applied for your wolf permit app. and are lucky enough to receive one.

Don’t forget your site coupons for fisher, marten and otter. Also, you need your new trap tags by March 1, 2013.

If you have not picked up your tickets for the Legal Defense Banquet, you better hurry or you could be left out.

Till next time. — Buzz



Hello everyone,

By the time you read this, it should be trapping season. Please be careful where you set out your 160 & 220 conibears. I set more dog proof traps last year than conibears and did good on coon. I also used 160 conibears in boxes with the trap recessed in 14” and did good to.

If you haven’t got your Legal Defense Banquet ticket yet there are still some remaining. Gary Meis is handling the tickets, his phone number is (320) 838-1570, do not call after 9 p.m.

The Legal Defense Banquet will be held at the Askov Community Center, doors will open at 5 p.m. and dinner will be at 7 p.m. Saturday evening, January 5th.

We are taking donations for this banquet, if you have something you would like to donate contact Buzz Neprud at (218) 851-5989, or get a hold of a Director or Co-Director.

The winter MTA meeting will be held in Askov again this year at East Central School. Doors will open at 8 a.m. The winter meeting is January 5th.

District 5 is hosting the 2013 MTA convention in Litchfield, Friday August 16th thru Sunday August 18th until noon. We are in need of many volunteers to setup the convention on Wednesday, August 14th and Thursday, August 15th. We also need volunteers during the convention and for takedown of tables and cleanup up the fairgrounds at the end of the convention. If anyone can help even if it is for an hour or two, it would be greatly appreciated.

Take care. — Pete, (320) 236-2410



Hopefully by the time you receive this, you’ll be getting into the full swing of the season. Maybe some of you were lucky enough to draw a Wolf tag, I wasn’t so fortunate. On December 2nd we will have a district meeting at the Wildlife Science Center at 1:00. That is directly behind the Dnr building we usually meet at in Carlos Avery. Please bring carcasses if you have them, just no canines or raccoon. I plan on doing a muskrat or beaver skinning demo then watch the Wolves as they enjoy the fruits of our sport. They truly need all the feed we can supply. And if you have something for the tanned fur project I’ll gladly take them, put up or whatever. If anyone has any questions or info please give me a call or email. Hope to see you there and bring a kid or two, the WSC is an awesome to experience. Don’t forget the winter meeting in Askov. Please, use good ethics and judgment when in the field. — Jim



Hello fellow trappers.

On September 22, District 7 held their fall meeting at Schmitt Enterprises. This was the same day as their Open House. The event was well attended. Once again, Schmitt Enterprises provided a very good meal. Demos were going on all day long. People were there until the end. I was happy with the attendance for the full day. The general raffle that we held went over real well. This is a good thing as I signed District 7 up to donate two guns on this next year’s raffle. Thanks to Gerald and Doreen for allowing us to hold our fall meeting at their location. I am sure we will be back again next year.

The attendance at the Nationals in Owatonna was 5,584 adults went through the gate. There were also 700 kids that attended as well. This is the highest attendance though the gate according to the NTA. Way to go Minnesota. We worked hard to have a great show and we did it! Thanks to all that helped.

Greg Flor will be stepping down from the MOHA Directors position. Drake Jackson from District 6 will be stepping up to fill his position. Thank you Greg for your time you put in.

The winter meeting will be held January 5 in Askov at East Central School. This is the same location as last year. There will be plenty of events going on. The Legal Defense Banquet will be held Saturday evening at the Askov Community Center. This is a good time, so plan early, tickets are limited. You can get your tickets by contacting Gary Meis.

Here are a couple of things to add to your calendar for next year. Plans are in process for the MTA convention in Litchfield next year. Please make sure you put August 16-18, 2013. This is later than normal for the convention. Also the FTA Convention will be in Marshfield, WI the last weekend of June.

Until next time. — Leon Windschitl

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