Wow, where did the summer go? Seems like I was just complaining about the spring beaver season and all the ice. Then with all the rain, gopher trapping was not much better. Oh well enough complaining. By the time this issue hits your mailbox everyone will be getting ready for the trap line and thinking, What can I do different this year?
In June, I attended the FTA Rendezvous in Marshfield, Wisconsin and as usual had a great time: especially at the President reception which was held at a micro brewery. It is always easier to enjoy a convention when your wife has plenty to do and she was having fun. Barb is now one of the girls and has so much fun. Once again the Minnesota Trappers were recognized in the Elusive Bobcat Circle for donations totally between $2,500 and $4,999 at the Awards Banquet. I also need to mention that the trap auction was very successful and hopefully there will be another one in two to three year. Congratulations to all the winners in the FTA sweepstakes raffle and I might add there were four winners from Minnesota. I was not one of the four. Congratulations also to Cory VanDriel for receiving the Fur Takers of the Year award. One last reminder, the ballots for this year’s election will soon be mailed; I encourage you to read about the candidates and vote for your choices.
At the spring board meeting, I mentioned that I would like to end my career as the FTA Director for Minnesota Trappers Association Affiliate 25. This decision does not come easy but I know the time is right for someone to take over. I am not sure but it has been at least 10 years since I was asked at the convention in Mora, Minnesota. As said earlier it has been a pleasure and a lot of happy times over the years. Barb and I are planning to go to next year’s rendezvous in Washington, Pennsylvania. If anyone is interested please step forward and I will assist if possible. I do want to thank all of you who became members and remained members by renewing over the years. I believe that the Fur Takers of America is very important to the trappers.
Best of luck on the trap line,