Minnesota Trappers Association
20733 Glenbrook Ave N
Forest Lake, MN 55025
5237 Idaho Ave N
Crystal, MN 55428
Director - Jon Longfellow
Greetings Trappers, I'm hoping that each of you is first and foremost having a safe trapping season and secondly a season matching your goals for the year. Word of mouth reports from the muskrat sloughs are that the catch might be a bit shorter than many had hoped for. They are a creature of boom and bust whether they are trapped or not so maybe it's just some bad timing with current forecasts of favorable fur prices. Regardless of the critter you are after it seems that the trappers that get out there and do their preseason scouting, set on sign and keep at it always seem to have the most "luck." No real secret to that.
I've had two reports of fisher catches in the metro area and both were released. It doesn't seem like classic fisher habitat around here but they would be cool to have around regularly. Maybe they will like to eat feral cats. Anyway hope to see as many of you as possible at the winter meeting. I will be working to plan a spring meeting for District 6. It seems like getting one in December or January is too tough to fit in the calendar.
|Co-Director - Drake Jackson |
The word is out and competition for fur is back and is almost like the trapping boom of the 70's - 80's. The season is well under way and I hope you have been able to keep your cool, traps and fur. Remember fur bearers are a public resource. With lower populations of most species in many areas and many more trappers afield, be concerned of over harvest - manage the resource for the future. We are getting what the MTA has wanted MORE trappers.The MTA is beginning two new projects that I would like to highlight. First is the body-grip-trap -release kits. If you have not yet seen one this compact, inexpensive kit is very easy to carry with you when afield. It comes with instructions and consists of two heavy duty nylon plastic zip ties that can be quickly threaded thru the spring eyes and pulled tight as the spring is compressed. It greatly aids in releasing tension off of springs and does not require the spring to be compressed far enough to engage safety hook. Something that is not always easily done by those not experienced and will make trap non-lethal or able to free a hand or fingers. The MTA wants to show that we are doing everything reasonable to be responsible with our traps in the field and prevent unintended contact with them. Help with assembly of kits may be required so if you are contacted by your District officers or want to volunteer please consider this project. The kits will be distributed free to individuals who are most likely to come in contact with body-grip traps.
Our second endeavor is a cooperative effort between the bow-fishing sportsmen of our state and trappers to supply unwanted rough fish for trapping bait to trappers that want it. This aids the trappers with a source for their needs and helps bow-fishermen to ethically dispose of their unwanted harvest. Look for more information in this newsletter. Pilot exchanges have proved it can work to the great benefit of both groups and I am seeing smiles and bridges built between sportsmen. I have a very time demanding personal project that begins this spring. Our new district 6 director Jon wants to invigorate our district so a district co director that had more time available that I do is needed. So if anyone is interested in helping Jon please contact either of us. I will continue to give what time I can to aid the district but it will be very, very limited come spring.