Minnesota Trappers Association 
District 3



 Duane "Dewey" Schmitz
 63539 - 340th St
 Wadena, MN 56482
 (218) 631-4988

  Larry Anderson
1232 257th Ave
Wendell, MN  56590
218) 770-7800

Previous Reports




Director - Dewey Schmitz

September - 2016

Hello Fellow Trappers:

It was a good time had by all at the Fergus Falls Convention.  I would like to thank all of the volunteers who put in so many countless hours to make the convention a success.  There are too many to mention by name but here are a few that come to mind:

TJ Johnson was a tremendous help in preparing for the convention.

The demonstrations were well attended, thanks to Brian Fischer.

The Wild Game Pot Luck was a great success thanks to the Redneck Resort Camp and John Schoon for the coordination and preparation of the food.  Let’s make this a yearly tradition. You can begin planning a dish to bring for next year’s convention.

All of the District 3 members who devoted time and energy to make this convention run smoothly.

Congrats go out to the following individuals for the awards they received:

·     Rollie Aho – Trapper of the Year for a lifetime of helping trappers

·     Butch Herzberg – Volunteer of the Year is well deserved for a man that will never say “No” when asked to help with everything and anything.

·     TJ Johnson – The Who’s Who Award was well deserved as he always finds a solution to any issue.

·     Jacob Miller – Junior Trapper of Year This young man has a great future ahead of him!  He already is one heck of a salesman selling over 3,500 Raffle Tickets.

·     Tricia Plautz – Topped the Conservation Officers in turning in furs.  If you get a chance, please take a moment to thank her and all of the Conservations Officers that donate to our organization.

On to a more serious note, this is an election year and keep in mind the candidates that value our way of life.  I am sure some of the same old legislation will be brought forward again.  Be ready for action and get registered on an alert list and keep a watch on MN Trappers Association website for updates and alerts.

With the low fur prices let’s take this opportunity to restock the tan fur project shelves.

Just a reminder to try and schedule a trapping class or field day.  Let’s make sure that any youngster has a chance to participate in the upcoming season.

Our Fall Meeting will be held at the Henning Community Center on September 30th at 7:00PM.  Hope to see all of you there.





Co-Director - Larry Anderson

September - 2016

Well another convention has come and gone and if you missed it you missed a good time. Plenty of great demos good food and friends. The attendance was down a bit but the dealers said business was good. They sure help make a convention successful and fun. Please support our Minnesota trapping supply dealers.

The benefit and the consignment auctions were successful and will be held again at next year’s convention which is in Litchfield. The wild game feed was also a big hit. Thank you to all the volunteers and district directors and co-directors for their help. Without everyone’s help things would be a bust. A special thank you goes to the RDO Company for the free use of a JD skid steer; and to the West Ottertail Fair Board- the grounds and buildings were perfect. It made a great convention. 

Our district fall meeting will be September 30th at the Henning Community Center at 7.00 pm. Please try to make it. Awards were given to our district members for Trapper of the Year to Rollie Aho. The Who’s Who award went to T.J. Johnson and the Volunteer of the Year went to Butch Herzberg, all district 3 members. I think all were deserving of these awards.

Postcards will be sent about the fall meeting. Please let your fellow trappers know and maybe offer a ride. We need everyone to get involved in the MTA.

As always I welcome your comments, questions and complaints. Any suggestions on how to make the MTA better let us know.

Keep it legal out there.