Director - Bert Highland
I hope your season is going well and your stretchers are full. I'm having a good season so far and was very surprised and pleased to see all the local guys out and a couple trappers from down south up for the split opener, despite the predicted low fur prices. For the amount of competition, you'd think mink were $50 again---- ha-ha.
It goes to show we're in it for the love of the sport. Grandson Tyler has 1 mink so far and found out this fall all the fun involved with rising and lowering water levels; it'll make him a better trapper in years to come. We just finished the opening week-end of deer season and one buck for seven hunters so far, very poor to say the least.
Coming up remember the Winter Meeting and Legal Defense Banquet in Askov on Jan. 9th. It's always a lot of fun so try to attend. Remember there will be NO DNR OTTER/ BOBCAT TAGGING, as the seasons will have already been closed. Also remember to vote on the non-resident trapping proposal with the three restrictions brought forward from District 8. The last time we voted on this item less than 400 members cast their ballots. If you truly care about this association, please vote on this very important issue. Remember if you don't vote don't complain about the outcome!
Last spring a Boy Scout contacted me about getting 6- pine marten nesting boxes to put out. After he got the boxes I quite frankly forgot about it until this fall, when I received a letter thanking me and the MTA for the boxes and data collection sheets we provided him. For his Eagle Project this young man and his troop constructed a wildlife viewing trail complete with nesting boxes for a variety of wildlife species along the upper Knife River north of Two Harbors within the Donald Ferguson Demonstration Forest. He documented and photographed all the nesting box locations along with GPS coordinates. He also created a brochure for the public to use when viewing the trail explaining the locations of the boxes and the habits of the animals and birds. Within the brochure he acknowledges the MTA in a positive way numerous times. I'd like to thank Mr. Bobby Whiting and his troop for a job well done. The world needs more young people like you! Bobby gave me permission to reprint his letter, the brochure, and nesting box photos, so somewhere in the pages ahead you should see this. Thanks again Bobby!
Well that's all for now. From my family to yours here's wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. God Bless. ---- Bert