Minnesota Trappers Association
 District 7




 Leon Windschitl
 617 Orchard Rd
 Worthington, MN  56187
 (507) 372-5588

 Shannon Cohrs
 244 Haynes St
 PO Box 66
 Dovray, MN  56125
 (507) 380-0997

 Brian Fischer
 55458 Cty Rd 21
Courtland, MN  56021
 H: (507) 354-2674
 C: (507) 276-6322

Previous Reports


Director - Leon Windschitl

December 2015

Hello Fellow Trappers! 

Trapping Season has started.  I hope that everyone’s season is going well.

District 7 had their fall meeting on October 10 at Schmitt Enterprises during their Open House.  We had a good crowd that showed up for the demos, meeting, and lunch.  Highlights from the meeting are:  I was elected as Director for another 2 years and Shannon Cohrs and Brian Fischer were elected as co-directors for another 2 years.  I would like to thank Shannon and Brian both for helping me represent District 7.  They do an awesome job.  We had two different raffles going.  We are well on our way to pay for the two guns that we are donating to the main raffle this year.  The other raffle we held was for the Legal Defense Banquet and we sold a full deck of cards.  Thank you for donating to our raffles.  I would also like to thank Schmitt Enterprises, Dead Coyote Snares, and Brian Fisher for their donations for these raffles.  Without the generous donations, we could not hold these raffles.  Mike Mazur also talked about the fur market.  Make sure that you wait to get your fur until it is prime.  Also, this is a good time to take a kid trapping with you.  You can always teach someone and get more interest in our sport.

I would like to thank Brian Fischer, Shannon Cohrs, and Red O’Hearn for doing demos at the open house.  Thank you Shannon for stepping up and doing a second demo to fill in for someone who couldn’t make it.  Thanks again Gerald and Doreen for hosting our meeting and a wonderful meal. 

Thank you Charlie Schaffer and Nate Compart for volunteering and representing the MTA at the Watonwan County Pheasant Hunt that was on October 17.  We need volunteers like this to be able to teach others about the trapping industry. If you would be interested in volunteering to do some programs like this or others, please contact me and I will keep your name and number handy when these events come up.

The Winter Meeting will be January 9 at East Central School in Askov.  Reminder that you will not be able to tag any fur at the winter meeting this year due to the later date of the meeting. The Pelt Handling Contest will also be held at the winter meeting.  We will have the adult and the junior division.  Please look for more details in this newsletter.  We will also have the Legal Defense Banquet that evening.

Please look in your newsletter for the non-resident trapping ballet. Make sure you mail it back to get your vote in. 

We are starting to plan the spring meeting.  Make sure that you watch the mail for your postcards or check on the website for information as it gets closer.

Remember that the Tanned Fur Project can also use some pelts.  Please remember to donate some nice quality pelts to this worthwhile cause.




Co-Director - Shannon Cohrs

December 2015

No Report At This Time





Co-Director Brian Fischer

December 2015

Hello my friends,

Both land and water trapping has opened for the season. The traffic seems light to this point and I suppose we have to contribute this to two reasons. One being the price of fur being down, or reason two we are taking the advice of the fur buyers and waiting for better quality.  I for one am following the later reason. It’s been hard, two weeks have gone by and I have not yet set a coon set. I did punch in a few coyote sets just to past the urge. Yotes dispatched could use more time as well.

September19th , District 7 held a field training day. Eleven participants registered and were certified for In the Field Training Education Course. Excited to say a few of the participants signed up and joined our association that day. Participants are driving a lot of miles from all over southern Minnesota. I would like to encourage registered instructors to step up and help certify these wanting sportsmen. It becomes rewarding and you will gain fellow trapping friends.

October 3rd, I attended a MTA board meeting in Verndale, MM. I encourage you to read the minutes in this newsletter. A highlight that I would like to mention is that the association has decided to move forward to another year of Beginner Trapper Connection. It was decided that this program will not qualify for credits toward trapper education courses. See the summary report, Beginner Trappers Connection, in this newsletter for details and thank yous referencing back to the program from our Bemidji convention.

October 10th, our district held its’ fall meeting at Schmitt Enterprise Inc. We had a nice turn out with a full day of activities. Thank you to Gerald and Doreen for hosting and providing the food, drinks, donations and all the work they put into the arrangements.

Let me repeat, the 2015-16 season is upon us. I ask all my fellow trappers to be respectful.  Don’t trespass, use proper disposal methods, respect landowners and fellow outdoors people. Take people with you if they ask. There are no secrets or locations we need to hide. Educating non-trappers about our sport can be positive and you may gain another supporter as our friend.

Good luck, stay safe and let’s pass it on.