I hope everyone is doing well and enjoying the mild winter thus far. There is about 8 inches of snow on the ground at my place, just barely enough to use the snow machine. This should be good for the deer herd, but we have to remember we've still got better than 2 months left of winter and a lot of snow could still come.
We'll have MTA booths at the Duluth Boat, Sport, and Travel Show - Deer Classic on February 18-22 and at the State High School Archery Meet in Virginia April 10-12. Both shows should be a lot of fun plus good exposure for the MTA. Unfortunately we will not be able to attend the Sportsmen’s Expo in International Falls due to conflicting dates.
Don't forget our spring meeting in Cotton on March 2nd. We'll be discussing and voting on the non-resident trapping proposal District 8 has brought forward. Also it's not too early to start planning for this summer’s convention in Bemidji August 14-16. Both the President and Vice-President positions are up for election. Following that our fall meeting will be September 12 in Cotton. At that meeting district director and co-director positions will be voted on and elected at that time. Due to rising costs I've decided to only have one co-director position going forward. If anyone is interested in any of the above positions please feel free to give me a call and I'll let you know what is all involved. Next winter’s general membership meeting and Legal Defense Banquet will again be held in Askov on January 9th. Please note the DNR will not be tagging bobcats/otter there as in the past because the season will be closed and you will have to have your fur tagged before the 9th.
If you didn't sell your fur locally I'm sure your anxiously awaiting the results of the February/March auctions. I know I am. Hopefully clearances are good and prices are decent. In a couple months or so we'll be spring beaver trapping. Remember to use good otter avoidance techniques. As I've said before, stay away from the beaver dam cross-over and choke points on narrow streams and you'll be ok.