Minnesota Trappers Association
District 1




 Bert Highland
 1861 Brimson Rd
 Brimson, MN  55602
 (218) 848-2383

 Frank Brula
 PO Box 358
 Babbitt, MN  55706
 (218) 827-2638

 Mike Peterson
 1256 Floodwood Rd
 Floodwood, MN  55736

 Previous District Reports

Director - Bert Highland

March 2015

Hi Trappers,

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.

That's all for now, take care and be safe.

God Bless,


Co-Director - Frank Brula

March 2015


Fall is upon us and the "seasons" are going strong.  According to the "market forecasts" it may cause some trappers to back off a bit.

In my area, the better furs of muskrat and coyotes don't seem to exist.  The fox numbers are way down, too. Nobody seems to know why.  The DNR states that fisher and marten numbers are low and base the limit and season length on that statement.  No need to mention deer numbers because that is fairly obvious.  The Feds just announced that timber wolf numbers are increasing in Minnesota and throughout their range.

All of this makes one wonder about the DNR management programs.  It appears that "nature" controls more than all the "computer modeling." Most everything was blamed on the "terrible" spring weather, from grouse to deer numbers.  As every trapper notes, predators must eat meat to survive and they don't always have a choice in their menus.

Most of the "trappers" will still trap even if the dollars and numbers are not that great.  This is what we do.

Trap til I die,


Co-Director - Mike Peterson

March 2015


It is with sadness that I report I attended a Memorial for MTA member, 19 year old Winston Lahti of Brockston. He was killed when his pick-up collided with a MN DOT snowplow on US HWY 2 near Floodwood on January 28th.  I got to know Winston when he attended the Trappers Education course earlier in his life.  He still called me for advice and to visit.

This winter has given us a real break, as I remember the past two winters.  A walk in the woods this year is a real treat.

The Winter Meeting was well attended.  A great deal of fur was registered by the DNR.  Next year the winter meeting will be a week later due to New Year’s.  There will be no fur registration at the 2016 Winter Meeting as it will be past the deadline.

At the Summer Convention there will be an election for MTA President and Vice President. We will most likely also be voting on non-resident trapping.  Please vote!

As always help is always welcome at the convention.

Trap with Sisu,