Co-Director Brian Fischer
“We want better fur!” say the buyers. Trappers should take this advice for consideration, no early stuff. I know that I have started late this year and my numbers are down but I am not flooding over flooded warehouses with bad fur. The fur market isn’t good. Trappers that did not listen will find themselves with non-marketable goods and find themselves doing a lot of work for nothing. I did feel like I was alone out in the wild, didn’t see too many people out and about. Weather did no favors in my part. 5-6 inches of rain, 10 inches’ snow, days of melting, and 8 inches of addition snow. Result was a lot of walking and carrying out catches. Makes me appreciate the good weather years.
I have mentioned this before; As trappers we learn and experience a lot if we are out there dealing with the elements as presented. Crawling back into the shed and complaining doesn’t put fur in the shed. I think back, 2012 cold and water froze up already in November. As I travel around my route here in February 2016, creeks are running with no ice. In 2013, there was about 3feet of snow, and trappers had to pull footholds and lean on snaring. 2014, lots of snow early and it all went away for a nearly perfect foothold, winter trapping. Weather is a great teacher and I look forward to the challenge every year.
Our 2016 Minnesota State Convention, which will be in Fergus Falls this year, runs from Thursday afternoon though Saturday evening. It figures to be a very busy convention. I am assisting in land and water demo scheduling. My contact information is on the MTA web site. If anyone has suggestions, comments or names, give me a call. I do have the demo times slots all complete and in the process of filling in the blanks. After our next board meeting in March, I will get the tentative information posted on the web site. We will be also doing our second year of BTC (Beginner Trapper Connection).
First demos, for the any age beginner, land and water are scheduled for Thursday 1:00. We will be adding 3-4 extra demos, in each division, on Thursday and the usual demos times scheduled for Friday and Saturday. One of the objectives this year with the BTC demos is to have youth presenters. Schedule and slots have been created but I still am looking for volunteers. This will be posted on the web site when enough information is gathered. If you’re interested in helping give me a call.
My fellow trappers, let’s get involved and help carry on this American Heritage.
Stay safe and let’s pass it on,