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

June - 2017

Hello Fellow Trappers:

Our last district meeting was held on March 10th in Sebeka and it was very well attended.  I would like to thank everyone that took time out of their day to join us and support our organization.  I would especially like to thank Tom from Weber’s Hardware, Mike Kelly from Wild River Traps, L&M Fleet Supply, Trapline Products and Larry Anderson for their donations to our raffle. It was an overwhelming success, taking $752.00.  Thank you also goes out to Mary Ryithi for all the delicious treats.

Our district continues to receive many donations towards the Tanned Fur Project and I can’t thank you all enough.  Let’s keep the pace going.

With the low fur prices, it’s a good time to fill the inventory.  Mark Melby has been putting up fur for the MTA free of charge and continues to do so.  To try and give Mark a helping hand I asked for volunteers from District 3 to assist with putting up fur and I’m pleased to say that all of District 3’s furs got put up.  This could not have been accomplished without the help of Dennis Meeks, he did the bulk of the work, along with Ryan Schmitz and Joey Schmitz.

It’s even more important now than ever to mentor beginner trappers.  Consider putting on a class or helping out with one. It’s not that hard and can be very rewarding as your students share their success stories.

This is an election year, take a moment to send in your ballet or vote at the convention.  It’s your organization and your voice.

I look forward to seeing many of you in Litchfield on August 17-19th.  Our district will be responsible for a shift at the MTA Booth as well as the front gate.  The schedule is listed in this newsletter.  Please take a moment to check your schedules and let Larry or myself know how you can help out.  The more volunteers we have the less of burden is put on those that always seem to set-up and volunteer. 




Co-Director - Larry Anderson

June - 2017

Hello Trappers:

There’s not much news on the trapping front to report, besides better than expected fur price at the auctions. I imagine some of the trappers that sat out this season are having second thoughts now. Things are shaping up on the MTA business side. The board is taking steps to make sure that what happened in the past doesn’t happen again.

Plans are basically finalized for the summer convention in Litchfield. Volunteer some of your time at the convention. Plan to attend the district meetings at the convention, the time and place will be posted at the MTA booth.

Remember to book your motel room early or you might have a long drive each day. It is very important that your] sell your raffle tickets, this fund raiser benefits our youth.

This is an election year for MTA President and Vice President. Vote for whom you feel will do the best job for the MTA.  These are the men who drive our organization so your vote is important. If you have questions, concerns or comments please contact me and I will get back to you.

If you have extra traps or equipment why not sell it at the conventions Benefit or Trappers auctions.

See you in Litchfield and don't forget the tan fur project.