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

September - 2017

Hello fellow trappers!

Our convention is over for another year.  I would like to send a big thank you out to Pete Jonas and his entire family as well as to District 5 for putting on a great convention.  Thank you for all you do!

I would like to say congratulations to Stephanie Thompson and Angie Cohrs for their placing in the women’s skillet toss.  Stephanie is the wife of a district 7 member and took first place. Angie Cohrs took 4th place.  That is the way to represent district 7 ladies!  Would also like to congratulate Shannon Cohrs on his 4th place finish in the trap setting contest and the Conibear setting contest.  Cayson Hill also participated in the men’s division in the trap setting contest and the Conibear setting contest.  This was Cayson’s first year in the men’s division and finished in the middle.  Nice job guys!

I would like to congratulate Todd Roggenkamp and Dewey Schmitz for being elected president and vice-president. 

District 7 will have their fall meeting on Saturday, September 30, 2017.  Reminder:  This is an election year and we will have elections for director and co-directors.  We will have 2 vacant spots to fill.  If you are interested in filling one of these positions, but have any questions, please give me a call and we can talk about it.  This will be at Schmitt Enterprises in New Ulm.  We are finalizing the demo schedule, so make sure to check the website or watch for your post card.  We do know that Lesel Reuwsaat, Jim Gough, and our own Brian Fischer are in the line-up for demos.

The sustaining donor program is underway.  The patches are available through the membership coordinator or contact myself if you did not pick one up at the convention.  This year the proceeds will be dedicated to the Tanned Fur Project, to help with tanning expenses.  Anyone who donates will receive a patch and your name will be listed in the sustaining donor section of the newsletter.  If you have any questions on this, please feel free to contact me.

The tanned fur project can always use fur.  With the lower prices on fur it is always a good time to donate.

The winter meeting will be January 6 at East Central School in Askov.  I will again be in charge of the Pelt Handling Contest and Jr Pelt Handling Contest.  Please check out the contest information in this newsletter.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.

The Legal Defense Banquet will be on January 6 at the Community Center in Askov.  Tickets are now on sale.  This is a great event if you have not been there.  Please contact Buzz Neprud if you are interested in purchasing tickets. Make your plans now to attend.

Until next time!

Leon Windschitl


Co-Director - Shannon Cohrs

September - 2017

Where has summer gone?  Summer convention has come and gone again, and great time was had by all.  Thank you to Pete, Jeremy, Artie, and rest of District 5 for putting on the show this year at Litchfield.  Elections were held this year and Todd and Dewey were selected as our president and vice president.  Elections will be held at the fall district meetings also.  I will not be running for re-election this time around.  This is not a farewell to the MTA in no such way, but a new venture into the future.  It’s just time to hand the reins over to some new blood on the board of directors.  I have taken on a new position at my regular job, so I don’t have as much time as needed for year around volunteering and my other business.  I will still attend the summer conventions and help out where needed if need be.  My health is doing well, with my CLL. And the wife and I are going to do more traveling while it is in remission.  I have a daughter being married this fall and I am very happy to able to walk her down the aisle.  When first diagnosed I thought I was not going to be able to, along with many other activities.  As the old saying goes, “Make hay while the sun shines”, that is what we are going to do.

On Sept. 30th we will having the district 7 fall meeting at Schmitt’s Open House.  Post cards were sent out and if you didn’t receive one, come anyway.  We will be having Lesel Reuwsaat from South Dakota doing some great demo’s along with Brian Fischer from New Ulm.  We also have elections for district director and co-directors.  As usual the Schmitt family will be putting on a great meal to follow the meeting.  And don’t forget the district raffle along with door prizes to be given away. 

 Well it’s time to say so long for now.  I’ve had a lot of fun and met a lot of great people that I can call friends and thank you for all the prayers in the past for my health. 

We will see you on the line. 

Shannon Cohrs



Co-Director Brian Fischer

September - 2017

Hello my friends

Thanks to Litchfield and District 5 for a great convention and all the hard work they put into the event to make it successful. Good comments received on behalf of the MTA’s organization. Thank you to all other board members and volunteers that came to the plate to help with setup, activities and cleanup. It truly is a team effort.

 I enjoyed the responsibility of lining up all the demos for the land, water and Beginner Trappers Connection. Second year assigned with this task. The job and connections are growing. In summary all things went well and for the most part all demos had a respectable crowd. Between the 3 programs, 54 demos were presented with zero no shows. Please read BTC and demo report and see the listing for the in depth details in this issue. I personally have thanked all the prize supporters. If you have the chance, thank the presenters and vendors as well. The support was plentiful.

I did have the opportunity to visit a few events around my area and put a short program with my collection of pelts. One being a men’s church group (25 people), a Girl Scout camp (36 young girls), and a Youth Day at the Nicollet Conservation Club, (approx. 245 participants). All these event went well and me as a trapper felt appreciated.

A District 7, trapper’s education field day, has been schedule for Sept. 16th,  2017.  I will be the lead instructor. Program will start at 9:00 and finish at 2:00 pm. See the MTA web site for signup details or call me 507-276-6322.

 Our district 7 fall meeting is scheduled for Saturday, September 30th. Gerald and Doreen will be hosting the meet at their business location. It is Schmitt Enterprises Inc and an open house will be held as well. Doors will be open by 9:00am.

Up to 60 plus gallon of dirt dried ready to wax and soon to bring out the traps. Time to get ready.

Pass it on, Brian