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

March 2016

Hi Trappers,

As most of you know 2016 didn't start out too well for our family. My wife is at Miller-Dwan now and is making progress each day.  She's working hard and I'm very proud of her. I'm optimistic for a good outcome. I'd like to thank Frank for taking over for me during this difficult time, I couldn't ask for a better co-director!

Frank and crew will be at the Duluth Boat Sport & Travel Show / Deer Classic Feb. 17 – 21.  Our spring district meeting will held in Cotton on March 12, and I just received an invite to the Sportsman's Expo in International Falls April 8 - 9. We'll have a busy spring for sure. I haven't heard a whole lot about the upcoming legislative session but I'm sure we will again have to be very watchful of the anti-trap / everything bunch!  Hopefully by the spring meeting we will know more on this.

My wife and I wish to thank everyone for the cards, visits, calls, and prayers sent our way, they are very much appreciated.

That's all for now, have a great spring beaver season, and we hope to see you all soon.

Take care and God Bless.



Co-Director - Frank Brula

March 2016


As everyone knows, the water animals needed help from the drought and low water.  Conditions this fall provided an abundance of moisture.  It seems that all levels increased over previous falls. Some of us had rain then sleet and then snow and it looked really neat but made traveling in the woods and trails a challenge.  I had to clean bent over trees and brush about three different times as nature repeated the rain, sleet, snow sequence. Trappers agree that trapping is great, but fur prices not so great, so let's hope next year will improve. 

This year's Legal Defense Banquet was beyond expectations.  Buzz and his crew outdid themselves. Those not attending missed the following raffles and games:  Wolf Trap raffle; Bear Trap raffle; Ladies raffle; Coffee Table Taxidermy Mount raffle (exceptional work by Dewey with a marten approaching a nesting box; Marten donated by Cory); Fishing Package raffle (auger, portable, rod); Five Gun raffle; a silent auction, and a live auction!  The General raffle with two hundred seventy-five plus items ranging from $30 to $150 was also a hit!  A Plinko game and a fun "Bead" game were also included.  The prime rib meal was exceptional!

The neat thing about the banquet is that it's similar to winning the lottery, but nobody bugs you to share your winnings.  You will be able to purchase your 2017 Legal Defense Banquet tickets when you attend the Summer Convention in Fergus Falls.  Remember this year the convention starts on Thursday, August 11th, and runs through Saturday, August 13th.

Trap 'til I die,