Just finished attending our winter meeting at Johnson Fur, and it was a great time. Many members attended, and much information was passed around. The market is a real downer, but it will come back.
Again, the body gripping issue seems to be looming. Please take some time and get in touch with your politicians and inform them about our use of these traps. These are valuable tools for use in furbearer management. Surprisingly, in spite of the propaganda, there are few to none sporting dogs that are being caught.
Obviously the wolf issue was a real surprise. But there are things in the works to try and get that back on the right track.
This is an MTA election year. I have been nominated and I am looking for your support and vote in the Presidential election. Even if you don't vote for me, vote, because this your organization and your vote does count. There will be a ballot in the June Newsletter, and ballots will be available at the convention in Bemidji. It takes about 2 minutes of your time.
We have a ton of Pheasant Forever Banquets to hit and also the State DU Banquet. We have been working with these organizations to help promote trapping and we do work together with these groups to help all outdoor groups.
Thank you to the district member who donated the collector trap at our meeting. This was raffled separately for the Legal Defense Fund.
Our district will be having a field training class on September 13 at the Kimball Rod and Gun Club. Please get the future trappers there to complete their training.
The Summer Convention is at Bemidji Fair Grounds this year, on August 14-16. Hope to see everyone there. We are going to have a separate beginner’s demo area. This is new and will be a real asset for the beginning trapper. The water and land demos will still be going on at the same time. I'm sure Danny and Dallas will put on a great show. Please read the newsletter, as that is where you will find tons of stuff about what's going on in your organization.
If you have any questions please drop me a call or send me an email.
Remember to sell your raffle tickets. It is our only fund raiser, and if you don’t sell tickets, at least buy your own.
God Bless and be safe.