Director - Bert Highland
Just got back from the convention in Litchfield. Good attendance, satisfied dealers, a nice clean facility, near perfect weather, and no mosquitoes made this a very enjoyable event for all who attended. Pete, Jerry, the MTA crew, and all the volunteers deserve a much needed pat on the back for all the work that went into organizing and pulling off this convention! I want to especially thank all the District 1 members that helped out at both gates and in the souvenir booth, it was very much appreciated. Next year District 1 will host the 2014 MTA Convention in Barnum on August 1 - 3. We'll be needing plenty of volunteers, so keep those dates in mind.
Talking with the representatives of both auction houses, it sounds as if this season will be another year of good prices and strong demand for wild fur. There will be many new trappers taking the field this fall, if you happen to see any set placed in a questionable location please take the time to tell the individual of his or her mistake and explain to them the correct and ethical ways of going about our business. It is very important for us to maintain a good image while in the field.
On August 3rd, Frank, Mike and I had a table set up at Tall Timber Days in Grand Rapids. We had a good time and everyone liked our display. Frank brought some of his own tanned fur to add to what I had borrowed from Tim.
While on the topic of tanned fur - our MTA Tanned Fur Project has next to nothing to loan to the schools and other organizations. I know fur prices are high but please consider donating at least one quality pelt to this very worthwhile program.
If you’re thinking about attending this year’s Legal Defense Banquet on January 4th, don't wait too long. Buzz said several tickets were sold at the convention. Contact Gary Meis at (320) 838- 1570 for tickets - no calls after 9:00 p.m. please.
District 1 will have its fall meeting on September 21 in Cotton at 10:00. We will be having our district elections. At this time I plan on having John Erb there to talk about the registered species seasons and harvests, and to answer your DNR related questions. I hope to see you all there. Well that's about all for now. Take care and stay safe.---- Bert