Co-Director - Shannon Cohrs
June - 2016
Hello Fellow Trappers,
It’s been a while.
Well fur prices are in the tank for a while, but you all knew that. Coyotes are still holding somewhat for the better skins. With the down market, just don’t stop trapping. This is the time to hone your skills at trapping a species that you need help in catching. Or try to better yourself at putting up fur, because you are not out much if you wreck it. Also you can always donate to our Tanned Fur Project to fill our reserves.
I attended two Sport Shows this spring and there is still interest in trapping and what is does. A lot people commented that we are needed to keep the predator population down to help deer, upland birds, and waterfowl survive. So whatever we have been doing to educate other outdoor groups about what we do, we should keep it up! Some of you should look at getting into damage control work to help out those in need. I have a lot of people wanting me to take beaver, coon, and coyotes off of their land. I seldom do it for free, unless they are willing to let me trap again in the fall when the fur is prime.
I had a customer come in the other day to tell me that I volunteered again. I said, “Now what did I do?” He said, that MN/DOT had put up a sign at the end of his driveway. It says, Adopt A Highway, Minnesota Trappers Association. I had no clue and I had to go look for myself! I called Leon also, and he had no clue either of the volunteering of our services. I sure I will find out in time. By the way, it is the best two miles in the state to walk ditches in. It starts on the west side of Westbrook on State HWY. 30 and lies in Cottonwood & Murray County. It is 100% mowed for the two miles, and very easy to walk to pick up trash. So come fall and spring, we will be in need of volunteers to walk this stretch.
Next on the agenda is the upcoming MTA Summer Convention in Fergus Falls. The wife and I would not want to miss the annual family reunion of trappers. We will of course donate a little package to the live benefit auction. I’m sure Dewey and crew will put on a great convention! Leon and Brian’s reports will have more details on what volunteers from District 7 can do.
I see it’s time to get back to work! The next fertilizer truck just pulled in to load, so need keep the farmers happy.
Take care and enjoy every day you can outside!