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

 Previous District Reports

Director - Bert Highland

June 2016

Hi Trappers,

As I finish this report, it is only one week until the fishing opener.  It'll be nice to get the boat back in the water. I got in two weeks of open water beaver trapping and was all finished  trapping and skinning by the end of April. I had a lot of fun and even managed to catch a few! It's been a busy past month, in addition to trapping we spent two days manning our booth in International Falls at the Outdoor Expo and I helped out at Shawn's yearly trapper education class. Coming up we'll be putting together another 100 pine marten nesting boxes sometime in May.  This should bring our total to around 700 that have been built and hopefully put out.

I'll be attending the Midwest Furbearer Workshop in Ely on May 24-26, and we'll have our booth at Tall Timber Days in Grand Rapids the first week-end in August. Frank and I are planning on having a trapper education field training day on September 24. Frank has been doing the leg work on this and we'll have everything listed on our website when plans are finalized.  This will be field training only and at a site that is at a central location in our district. Our fall district meeting will be September 10 in Cotton.

The summer convention in Fergus Falls is fast approaching. I'm sure Dewey and company could use any extra bodies willing to work, so help them out if you can. District 1 has front gate duty on Friday from 7 to 12, ball toss from 12 to 1:30, and souvenir booth duty on Saturday from 8 to 11. It would be nice to see some new faces jump in to help. The "TEAM" is getting old and could use a break! We'll also have a short district meeting at the convention on Saturday at 7:45 am.  Check at the MTA booth for the location.

That's all for now. Good luck fishing, get those gardens in, and above all be safe! See you at the convention.



Co-Director - Frank Brula

June 2016


Spring has finally arrived and it is time to finish the wood cutting and get the garden in shape for the upcoming summer.  Maybe we will be able to have monster tomatoes and super sweet corn with the now present global warming.  It seems to affect the moose but not the deer or wolves.  Maybe this is also the reason for our fox, mink and muskrat numbers being low.  Spring beaver trapping is about over for the bulk of those trappers that pursued the "high priced" beaver pelts. We had a good season considering that snow and ice were only part of our challenges.  Stuck the truck only once trying to go beyond where the loggers plowed.  We still had deep snow pockets on some roads when we finished on April 26th.  Thank God and GMC for four-wheel-drive.  The area we could trap had most roads, rivers, etc. looking like a million McDonald's Arches with bent over trees and tag alder brush that we needed to get through.  We probably cut more trees than the Forest Service cuts in a year.  As a buddy of mine said, "If you can't have fun catching $8.00 beaver, then stay home!"  The beaver we trapped were in nice shape and it was the first year we never had even one bite mark!  We did, though, have a few with many deer ticks.  If anyone is interested, we have fifty or more in a jar!

Trap 'til I die