Minnesota Trappers Association
 District 5




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

Artie Barnes
56006 260th St.
Grove City, MN 56243
(320) 221-2121


Jeremy Eickhoff
327 7th Ave NW
Melrose, MN 56352
 (320) 241-7549

Previous Reports



Director - Pete Jonas

March 2016

Hello everyone,

I would like to thank Scott Johnson and crew for letting us have our winter meeting at Johnson Fur again, and for providing the lunch and refreshments.

Thank you also to Mike Halonen and Jason Smith for doing skinning demos on beaver, mink and muskrats and on how to put them up.

This summer’s convention is in Fergus Falls and will start on Thursday at noon on August 11th and go through Saturday, August 13th.  Sunday will be a cleanup day. We will be setting up tables and building demo areas on Wednesday, August 10th. If anyone is able to help on Wednesday morning it would be appreciated.

Beaver season will close on May 15th.  With the price of beaver, I'm sure there will be a lot of damage work available.

Thanks to Jerry Larsen, Gary Leistico, Leon and Denise Windschitl The MTA has made up a new brochure that explains the MTA and trapping.  These brochures will be given to the Legislators and Representatives at the Capital. The MTA hired a lobbyist, Tim Spreck, to be at the Legislative session this year.  He will help out Gary Leistico on any trapping issues.

District 5 will have a field training class again at the Kimball Rod and Gun Club in September this year.  The date is not yet set.

Walt Gessler from Ortonville will also do a class for the western part of District 5, in September.

The Legal Defense Banquet will be in Askov again on January, 2017.

The MTA winter meeting will be on Saturday January 7th at East Central High School.

District 5 is looking at convention sites for 2017.  We will be looking at Willmar and Litchfield, where we had it in 2013.

Take care,

Pete Jonas

Co-Director - Artie Barnes

March 2016

Hello all,

My name is Richard Barnes, aka, Artie. I live south of Grove City in central Meeker County. I am married to Loriee and we have 3 children, Jake, Nick and Natalie. I also have awesome twin grandchildren, Nicholas and Ella.

I started trapping in grade school in Jewett's Creek in Litchfield on my bicycle with a basket. Young life and new adventures caused me to set it aside.

I returned to trapping in 1992 after buying out a trapper who was retiring and have stuck with it ever since.

I joined the MTA in 1995 and have been to numerous conventions and meetings and have continued to become more active. I have met a lot of great people and look forward to that continuing.

I have been involved in some local events that allow me to be in contact with kids and share my trapping and fur knowledge with them.

I am looking forward to being more involved and accept the challenge.

Bye for now. Good luck on the line!


Co-Director - Jeremy Eickhoff

March 2016

Hello District 5,

The season has come and gone for the most part. I hope you all enjoyed it and had success. Better yet, I hope you were able to introduce someone new to the sport. I know I had a blast with a new trapping partner and made some new trapping friends this season.

The non-resident proposal passed in favor for allowing nonresidents to trap in our great state 200 to 163. Now it’s a matter of a process to present it to our DNR and legislation. It would have been nice to have had more members turn in their ballots. A very small percentage voted.

I would like to thank all the people who showed up at our District 5 spring meeting held in conjunction with Johnson Furs Customer Appreciation Day. It is always nice to chat with fellow trappers. It is also a great opportunity for us to raise funds for the association, and a good place to express any questions or concerns.

The next Board of Directors meeting is March 5th. If you may have any concerns, please let Pete, Artie, or myself know. We can then present it to the board.

I hope this report finds everyone safe and healthy, and in smiles!

God Bless