Minnesota Trappers Association
 District 6



Andy Shoemaker
Stillwater, MN  55082
(651) 323-3268

Gary Nelson
5061 201st Place NE
Wyoming, MN  55092
(763) 413-3217

Previous Reports


Director - Andy Shoemaker

September - 2017

Greetings District 6 Trappers,

As I write this report, the summer convention has just concluded.  In spite of the heavy rain Wednesday evening, and some showers early Thursday, the convention grounds dried out just fine and beautiful weather was enjoyed by all for the remainder of the event.  I hope you had a chance to attend and enjoyed your visit. 

Special thanks to District 5 for all their hard work and preparation in hosting the convention, as well as all the volunteers behind the scenes that help get things done.  Great things can be accomplished when we all work together!

Summer is flying by and has been quite busy this year.  During the month of June I assisted with a trappers booth at the Owatonna Cabela’s during “Youth Day”, with Deb Offerdahl, a field representative for the National Sportsmen’s Alliance.  Deb puts on a great display and numerous tanned furs are on hand.  The interest in trapping and tanned furs by both young and old was amazing to see and we answered trapping related questions all day. 

Other June events included a two day booth at the Coon Rapids Archery Club State Tournament.  I was assisted by District 6 Co-Director Gary Nelson and member Ron Brockamp.  The event was very well attended and we made plans to attend again next year.  Later in June I attended the Fur Takers National Convention in Manchester, Iowa, and visited with trappers from other States and discussed trapping related issues and later attended some demo’s there. 

On June 29th Co-Director Gary Nelson and wife Cindy hosted the District 6 summer get-together at their residence in Wyoming, MN.  This is the second year of their hosting the event and they really put out a great spread!  Thanks to you both.  We had a good showing and some new members attended and a short meeting was held and issues discussed.  Great food, great camaraderie and the night ended with some great door prizes given away.  Special thanks to Cumberland’s, Schmitt Enterprises, and the family of Greg Holaway for donations.

During the month of July I displayed a collection of tanned fur, MTA handouts, and some antique traps at the downtown Minneapolis Filson clothing store.  Filson is a producer of high quality outdoor clothing, and related materials and often sponsors hunting and fishing seminars.  The booth was well received and I handed out some of the MTA zip-tie kits. 

On August 11th and 12th I assisted at the MTA booth at the Minnesota Game Fair.  I must admit that I had never before attended the Game Fair and was pretty amazed at its size and the attendance.  The booth is set up by Greg Flor, MTA MOHA Director, and he is assisted by MTA District 6 member Craig Hillburn.  Gary Nelson, Drake Jackson and several others also volunteered at the booth over the two weekends.  Numerous tanned furs from the tanned fur project are displayed and sold; a fur identification board for kids received tons of attention, as did Greg and his pet skunk (just a tanned pelt).  MTA related handouts are given away, hundreds of trapping and fur questions are answered, a few zip-tie kits were handed out and some new members were made.  Hats off to Greg and Craig for the long hours and hard work they put forth in this two weekend event.  It is greatly appreciated, and an awesome way to introduce many outdoors folks to trapping!  If you are interested in volunteering next year, contact Greg Flor for details.

Congratulations are in order to Co-Director Gary Nelson, recipient of this year’s President’s Award, and to his wife, Cindy, awarded Lady Trapper of the Year.  Both love trapping and work hard behind the scenes, introducing many to trapping, teaching trapping, hosting meetings and volunteering with trapping related events.  Both also donate a ton of time in many other non trapping related areas.  This is what makes the MTA, and our communities successful.  Thank you Gary and Cindy.

Thanks also to outgoing President Jerry Larsen for his service and hard work, and congrats to President Todd Roggenkamp and Vice President Duane Schmitz.        

 The District 6 Winter meeting date will be sometime in December.  I will send out postcard reminders, as well as updating the time and place on the MTA website.  Please bring forward any questions or concerns you may have regarding trapping issues, the MTA, and any ideas you may have to make the association stronger and more successful.  I pledge to do my best to serve the membership in any way that I can. 

Wishing all trappers a safe and successful trapping season,

Andy Shoemaker


Co-Director Gary Nelson

September - 2017

Greetings trappers;

I am looking forward to the upcoming waterfowl season.  This gives me a chance to survey furbearer populations in the areas that I hunt.

District 6 had a social potluck/meeting at the home of Gary and Cindy Nelson on June 29th.   The camaraderie was great and the meeting was very informative. 

Cindy and I attended the National Trappers Association convention in July at the Winnebago County Fairgrounds in Illinois.  It was interesting to meet trappers and vendors from all over the United States.  We also had a tour of the Groenewold Fur and Wool Company in Forreston, IL.  The machines they operate for rapid fleshing of beaver and raccoon are amazing.

Special thanks to Greg Flor, Craig Hilburn, Andy and Karen Shoemaker, Drake Jackson and Ron Brockamp for volunteering at the 2017 Game Fair in Anoka.   Members of District Six received awards at the 2017 MTA summer convention in Litchfield.  District Six Director Andy Shoemaker received the 2017 Trapper of the Year Award and Cindy Nelson received the Lady Trapper of the Year award.  Congratulations Andy and Cindy!  District Six will have a booth at the Anoka County Pheasants Forever Youth Day on September 9th.  The event is held at the Beaverbrook Tri-County Sportsmen’s Club in East Bethel.  Call me at 763-413-3217 if you are interested in volunteering at this event.

I hope you all have a great fall hunting and trapping season!

Gary Nelson