Co-Director Gary Nelson
Greetings fellow trappers;
My son and I recently saw the new movie release “Revenant.” It revealed the near-death experiences of mountain man Hugh Glass in the 1820s. It is R rated and graphic. It portrayed very authentic scenes of the fur trade with an emphasis on beaver pelts. We saw the movie in 3D at the Plymouth Grand Theater. The 3D experience was amazing!
The first furbearer I caught as a youngster was in 1959 near my home town of Dassel, MN. It was a live spotted skunk. I ran home and told my Dad. He followed me into the woods and dispatched the critter with his single-shot 22 rifle. The odor from its spray was powerful! I checked the trap the next day and another animal, perhaps a fox, had scavenged the carcass. Back then, we referred to the spotted skunk as a civet cat.
For reasons that are not fully understood, the spotted skunk has nearly disappeared from the Minnesota landscape. Only a few individuals have been documented in recent decades. It is currently classified as a Threatened Species in Minnesota. If you encounter a spotted skunk, please report the sighting to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.
I hope you have a safe and successful spring beaver trapping season!