Co-Director Brian Fischer
Hello my friends!
Busy, busy, busy. We wait and prepare for months for another trapping season to start and when it gets here we push hard, putting aside other priorities. It’s the same every year the only thing different is that I have gotten smarter and finished other priorities sooner. When the trapping fever hits , there is no time for anything else.
Hope all have had a safe and good start to this season. As a land trapper seeing it dry all year and now getting rain every other day isn’t what I would be wishing for. In fact we have had our first 4” of snow and it is only early November. A person does get smart and deals with the conditions, changing our setup to where the weather becomes less of a factor. Wet ground to start with, a few rain showers, and then add 4” of snow all within the last two days. Temperature was at 22 degrees this morning at 6:15 a.m. Yes, a coyote caught in a dirt hole with wax dirt needing to be dispatched. Weather will always be changing; we as trappers need to make adjustments as well if we want to fill the fur shed. Complaining gets us nowhere.
Our area of District 7 has a new Conservation Officer. Thor Nelson started mid October cell # 507-766-3511.
Swan Lake is getting heavy pressure again this year from people all over the state. With the opener on November 2 it did not take long to see a rainbow of colored flags overlooking the swamp cattails. I would not want to be a muskrat on that lake. Other waterways have water but are not flowing. With the late opener I am afraid the water trappers may be having a short season for these waters are already iced over.
Housekeeping notes: please dispose of carcasses properly. Tossing them off the side of a road or along the river bed is not proper. These carcasses will not decay out until next late spring or float all over the place with the spring floods. It looks disgusting and gives a negative mark to all trappers. I don’t want to be a part of that. Please dispose of your carcasses properly.
We are sharing the outdoors with many, so watch where you set the traps. Take time to invite youth or some friends along for a day of trapping. Remember our tanned fur project.
Our supplies are low and donations are needed.
Good luck, stay safe and let’s pass it on,