Director - Jon Longfellow
Happy New Year Trappers,
At the time of this report we have already held our District 6 meeting at Carlos Avery WMA as well as the general membership winter meeting in Askov.
As a recap of our district meeting my first comment is THANK YOU! We had 27 people present which is a great turn out compared to recent history. I hope we can continue our momentum and double that number at our next meeting. I am looking for ideas on a late spring/early summer get together so if anyone has ideas please share them with me. I did put out a challenge to everyone that attended the meeting to bring another member with or a new member next time. A new member would be even better.
If you read Shawn Johnson’s notes in the last newsletter you may know that the MTA Board is taking feedback from the districts based on the following nonresident trapping proposal put forth by District 8:
“We would like to try and have the MTA membership vote on supporting a Non Resident Trapping season with the following restrictions;
1. No Tagged species including Marten, Fisher, Otter and Bobcat
2.Non Resident Beaver Season to close the end of February
3. Non Resident water season to open I week later than residents in each of the 2 Zones.”
The members present at our district meeting voted in favor of supporting such a proposal. The next steps will be to see how the other districts vote. Depending on the outcome of the vote, the issue will move on to a general membership vote at our convention in Bemidji or remain status quo.
I have taken on an action item based on some comments at our meeting. I am looking into how we might approach White Bear Township about regaining some or all of our ability to trap there. If any of you would like to join in this effort please contact me. We want to do this the right way so we will need to have a well thought out plan but all voices are welcome.
Additionally, if any of you ever hear of any potential ordinances that might restrict trapping please let me know as soon as you can. We will help fight any more erosion of our trapping privileges.
And lastly just a heads up to you all, I am going to be calling as many of you as I can over the next month or so. I would like to get your personal feedback on how we can continue to improve as an organization.
Thanks, and please be safe spring beaver trapping.