Greetings District 6
This year’s MTA convention was once again a success and well attended. It appears that our raffle was one of the most successful of all time. These funds are important to the organization because they fund the many educational endeavors that we provide and sponsor in support of trapping. I encourage each of you to participate if it fits into your budget.
I hope that each of you is ahead of me in preparing your gear for the upcoming season. It seems like the days peel off the calendar very fast after the convention and soon we will be out doing our thing. I would like to say I never scramble to get things in order at the last minute, but I’m sure I will be scrambling to finish something that could have easily been done in June.
I will be looking for feedback on planning a District 6 winter meeting so if any of you have ideas please reach out for me by phone or send me an e-mail.
A few things to remember out there:
Most people, even other sportsmen and women, know very little about trapping. You represent us when you encounter others out on your line. Please attempt to make the best impression at all times.
· If you have to think twice about making a set that might not be appropriate because of a potential non-target species catch or public viewing…move on. One more critter on the stretcher is not going to make your year but the wrong one in your trap can sure ruin it.
· Be safe. It’s easy to get overtired and make a mistake. If you are alone and end up really injured or in the water you may not get a chance to tell your story at the next convention.
· Take a beginner. I say beginner because not all “new” trappers are kids. We need the number of trappers in this state growing if we want to stay relevant in influencing legislation that can impact us.
· Oh…And have some fun!