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

Director - Andy Shoemaker

December - 2017

Greetings fellow trappers;

Looks like the District 6 trappers will be dealing with ice up a little bit earlier than usual this year.  Hope all of you have a safe and successful trapping season.

 In October I spoke to several bird hunters who had concerns about body grip traps and their use.  One was a member of the German Shorthair Club of the Twin Cities.  I agreed to meet with this individual and gave private instruction on the use of these style traps and where they are most likely to be encountered.  I also offered to do a demo at one of their meetings if they wanted me to do so.  The hunter was very appreciative and felt much better after receiving instruction and practicing with the actual traps. He admitted that a great deal of his fear was in not knowing anything about the traps.  24 zip tie kits were given away to be distributed to club members while hunting this fall.

As always, use good judgment and discretion when setting a body gripper. 

Co-Director Gary Nelson assisted with a Pheasants Forever Youth Day in September – see Gary’s report for details. 

The tanned fur project needs furs, consider donating a few pelts this season to the very worthy project.

We had originally planned for a December District 6 meeting, but due to scheduling conflicts, our next District 6 meeting will be held on January 27th, 2018, at the Carlos Avery WMA Office.  Meeting will start at 9:00 am - noon.  If you are unfamiliar with this location, it is at:

5463 W Broadway, Forest Lake, MN 55025.  It is approx. 7 miles west of I35E on Anoka County Road 18. 

I will be attending the winter meeting at the East Central High School, Banning Junction, on January 6th, 2018.  If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me and I will be open to discuss them with you.   

I hope you can make our meeting January 27th.  Good luck, stay safe, and remember to always introduce someone new to trapping!  



Co-Director Gary Nelson

December - 2017

Greeting fellow trappers;

District 6 participated in the 19th annual Anoka County Pheasants Forever Youth Day on September 9th.  We had over 130 youth participate in this event.  The MTA booth received great reviews from parents that brought their children to this event.  The Anoka County Chapter of Pheasants Forever has been very supportive of the Minnesota Trappers Association.

The next District 6 meeting will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 27th, 2018 at the Carlos Avery Wildlife Management Area Office.   The office is located at 18310 Zodiac Street, Forest Lake, MN.  The office is 7 miles west of Forest Lake on Anoka County Highway 18. 

Learn about MTA news updates; District 6 news updates; meet fellow trappers; participate in a fund raising raffle; and provide input on projects and goals for District 6.  Bring a potential new member to the meeting.  Coffee, pop and treats will be provided.

Contact Andy at 651-323-3268 or Gary at 763-413-3217 if you have any questions about the meeting.   We are looking forward to seeing you at the meeting.