Minnesota Trappers Association
Director - Jerry Larsen
I hope everyone is having a good season! There seems to be quite a few soon to be millionaire trappers in the woods in my area. Hopefully we will see some of these millionaires join the MTA as well. I want to take some time and thank Mark Melby for his years as a co-director and his continued support of the MTA. Also want to thank the members of District 5 for electing me as director. I hope to do at least half as good as Pete has done. I'm very glad Pete has stayed on in the co-directors spot. He is a very valuable person to the MTA. I have had the pleasure for years now to work by his side, and am very proud to serve with him and call him my friend. We also have another guy who has stepped up and joined in as co-director. His name is Dave Curtis. He is a great guy and is an asset to our district. So when you see him say hello. Now for the soapbox time. We all need to take five or ten minutes of our time and call, write , email , whatever it takes to get a hold of your state representatives, and senators. Tell them not to change any bodygripping laws. In contacting them use facts and common sense, but please contact them. Complaining later without doing something is the same as doing nothing. I Haven’t met too many trappers that don’t have an opinion on everything. Now is the time to make it count!!!! We as trappers need to have the loudest voice we can and it will take ALL of us to get action. Legislation will happening this year. Time to say something NOW. There is a battle for all bodygrippers on land and it will affect all of us. There will probably be some that say, they are going to do what they want, but I beg to differ. You can’t tell me, that if I was a politician that received a ton of calls, emails, letters, etc. that I would ignore them. Not if I wanted votes later.
Pete had a class in Kimball this fall and it was encouraging to see metro kids there and interested in trapping. We also helped out at the Boy Scouts Webelos Experience with about 3,000 kids. Awesome to educate kids and adults about trapping. Well take care and we’ll see you at the winter meeting in Askov. Stay safe. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Co - Director - Pete Jonas
On Saturday, October 5th Jim Lawrence, Dave Curtis, Jerry Larsen and myself had a MTA booth at the Fairhaven Boy Scout Camp. There were about 3600 scouts and parents at the event. The tanned fur and fur banners got a lot of attention. We do this event every other year. In 2015 we are going to need more help. If this is something you might be interested in helping with, keep it in mind. The District 5 winter meeting will be at Johnson Fur in Willmar, on Saturday February 1st.
The next MTA event will be the winter meeting and Legal Defense Banquet on Saturday, January 4th.
Co-Director - Dave Curtis
December 2013 - No Report at this time