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

December 2015

Hi Trappers,

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


Co-Director - Frank Brula

December 2015


Conventions, district meetings, gardens, etc. are all done now and the attention turns to scouting, hunting and trapping.  We are organizing our trapping to cope with the low prices and not worrying about large numbers.

In my trapping area the beaver, mink and rat numbers are way down.  Fox are nonexistent.  The rest I have no idea because I'm not finding any sign.  We know how much the wolves affect the deer and moose numbers but they are very tough on the beaver numbers as well.  In low water years and in old established colonies where the food source is far from the water the wolves take a lot of beaver.

When I first started teaching school my trapping buddy and I snared Canis Lupus in January-skinned it and brought the carcass to my friend's biology class. Contents in the stomach included the hind feet, webbing and toenails from beaver. This would be a good year to consider donating fur to our tanned fur project.  Contact Bert or myself and we can get the fur to Tim Caven.

We have a very important meeting coming up in Askov in January.  We will again be voting on non-resident trapping. The ballots will be in this magazine.  Make sure you vote!!!  This is the most important decision the trappers will decide.  It has the potential of dividing our membership more than any other issue!  The ramifications will have a far-reaching effect on our members and the organization!  We are approximately 2,500 members presently.  We need the numbers as well as money when dealing with the DNR and the legislature. Just look at license sales and you can tell who the DNR and legislature listens to.  We have super people working for our goals now and we need a strong united organization to back them up.  Go Vote!!

Trap 'til I die...