Minnesota Trappers Association
1861 Brimson Rd
Brimson, MN 55602
PO Box 358
Babbitt, MN 55706
Director - Bert Highland
December - 2017
I hope everyone is getting into the holiday spirit. As you all are fully aware our water trapping opener didn't get off to the best of starts. In fact, it was the worst opener weather wise I've ever experienced. High water, 6-10 inches of snow, and the slow water freezing up made it an interesting start to say the least. In my area most of the trappers seem to have sat it out, waiting for better weather and fur prices. My main competition the “North Shore and Iron Range Hardcores”, were largely absent from the waterways. I set about half my normal line and while not setting any records I'm still bringing home a fair amount of fur, but it sure hasn't been easy. I hope better days lie ahead
We certified 14 new trappers at our Trapper Education Field day back in September. It was a very good group of students this year, they interacted very well with the instructors and asked tons of questions. I'd like to thank the Iron Range Retriever Club for the use of their facility and to all those that donated items to get the new trappers off to a good start. I'd especially like to thank my fellow instructors Frank, Gary, Richard, Rusty, Fred, and CO Matt Frericks for a job well done, you guys are the best!
I've got next year’s district meetings all set; the dates are March 24 and September 8 in Cotton. The tentative date for next year’s Trapper Education Field Day is September 22 at the Range Retriever Club. I also got a call from the biologist at Voyageurs National Park and he is planning on doing a study on the declining muskrat population. While it is still in the planning stages he said he may need help from area trappers live trapping a good amount of muskrats for the study. I'll let you International Falls guys know when I hear more.
Remember the Winter General Membership in Askov on January 6. Pelt handling contests, big furbearer contests, DNR otter/bobcat tagging, fur buyers, trapping supplies, and auction house pickups are among the many things going on that day in addition to the meeting. That same evening will be the Legal Defense Banquet at the Community Center in Askov. Please plan on attending and supporting your MTA.
That's all I have for now. From my family to yours here's wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Co-Director - Frank Brula
December - 2017
Trapping seasons are upon us. In the north, it is one step greater than a challenge. All the still water is iced over and the moving water can only be accessed via snow-laden brush and heavy snow cover. The conditions definitely favor the animals.
Our trapping class went very well. My ability to help was limited because of my gimpy leg. Everything went smoothly and we would like to thank all the people who thought of the youth with generous contributions, They are as follows:
- Rob and Cory Wills of Babbitt donated dozens of traps for mink and muskrats plus weasel boxes.
- Rusty Wetzel of Babbitt game more than a dozen conibears plus mink and rat stretchers.
- Jim Linscheild of Silver Bay gave muskrat floats, older magazines, and fur handling manuals.
- Richard Turcott of Duluth gave beaver lure.
- Yours truly, gave each student 1 gram bottles of lure for mink, rats, fisher/marten, and beaver.
- Lunch, pop, and water was provided for all.
Trap 'til I die