Minnesota Trappers Association
 District 5




 Jerry Larsen
 28026 MN Hwy 4
 Grove City, MN  56243
 (320) 444-8398

Pete Jonas
 PO Box 51
 6815 Redwood Ave NW
South Haven, MN  55382

 Dave Curtis
26355 Cty Rd 139
St. Cloud, MN 56301
 (320) 363-7916
(320) 493-0403

Previous Reports



Director - Jerry Larsen

March 2015

Hello Trappers,

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.



Co - Director - Pete Jonas

March 2015

Hello everyone,

On Saturday, February 7th, we had our spring meeting at Johnson fur.  We had another good turnout and saw a few new faces also.  We want to thank everyone who brought their cards back for a drawing for traps.  Thanks also go out to Scott and crew for allowing us to have our meeting there and for providing lunch.

Despite the uncertain fur market most everyone was able to trap some.

We want to thank everyone who bought tickets for our drawing and chances on the #4 Newhouse double long spring trap.  The money raised from the trap will go to the Legal Defense Fund.  Thanks to the District 5 member who donated the trap but who wishes to remain anonymous. Thanks to Minnesota Trapline Products and Leon and Denise Windschitl for donating to our drawing.  The past two years we were able to sponsor 2 guns for the MTA raffle at our summer convention because of all the people who buy chances on our drawing.

Thank you to Jason Smith also for doing Fur Handling Demo's at the meeting. District 5 will be doing our field training day on Sunday, September 13th at the Kimball Rod & Gun Club from 1:00 to 5 p.m.  Please do your classroom part of the course online, and bring along your confirmation of completion of class and the parental release form to the field training class.  You must have both of these with you.  All students are welcome and adults can stay also.  You do not have to reside in district 5 to come to the class.  Please call to register for this class though so that we can have a count and enough materials on hand.

If any other instructors would like to do a class in the western part of the district you are more than welcome to do so.  It would save on travel time for some people.

If anyone is interested in doing a demo at the summer convention in Bemidji on Friday or Saturday, August 14th and 15th, let me know, or if you are a dealer, lure maker or have a new product and would be interested in doing a demo let me know.

There will be three demo areas at Bemidji this year.  There will be a Kids Water and Land Demo Area as well as the regular land and water demo areas.  Brian Fischer is heading the kids demo events at Bemidji. If you are interested in helping or have questions contact Brian.

This is an election year. There will be elections for President and Vice President at the summer convention in Bemidji.  The Directors and Co-directors elections will be at the first district meetings following the summer convention.  Please vote.

Finally, thank you to the Board members who attended the District 5 meeting.  Dave D'Aigle, Buzz Neprud, Tom Boser, Drake Jackson, Leon Windschitl, Brian Fischer, Brad Wobbrock and Bill Ruhland.

Take care,


Co-Director - Dave Curtis

March 2015

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