Minnesota Trappers Association
 District 8

 District

Co-Director 

 Brad Wobbrock
 598 State Highway 99
 Cleveland, MN  56017
 (507) 340-1772
bradleydwobbrock@live.com

 Bill Ruhland
 600 4th St NE
 Montgomery, MN 56069
 (952) 290-0400
 


Previous Reports
 

 

Director - Brad Wobbrock

March 2014

Greetings:

Have we all had enough of the cold and snow yet this winter?!

Kathy and I just got back from District 5 meeting at Johnson Fur Company. We fought the wind and blowing snow both ways.

We also attended the Legal Defense Banquet again this year.  Thank you goes out to all who donated prizes and their time for this event.  We had a very good time and the meal was great!

Zip Tie Kits have been a big success. We in District 8 should be proud that this idea came from our district! Thanks again to Brian and Kim Clausen for all of their time spent on this great opportunity to educate.

We had the kits at the Governor's Pheasant Opener, Pheasant Forever Banquets, Water Fowler’s Program and at the Capital. These kits are a very helpful tool to the education of trapping to many outdoor user groups.  A big "thank you" to those who have participated in going to these programs and continuing to educate.

Fur has been a bit thin and spotty in most of my areas the last couple of years. Why this is, I do not know. Coyote and raccoon start with good litters through the summer and when fall hits they are nowhere to be found.

MTA gave a monetary contribution to the Le Sueur Henderson Trap Team. Their goal is to promote gun safety and improve marksmanship in a competitive setting.  It is with the help from sponsors like ourselves that they are able to offer this alternative sporting activity to students in their district.

I have enclosed a picture and a "Thank You" from their Head Coach, Deanne McConnell.  Please look for it in our newsletter.

District 8 meeting will be at Pine Island Sportsman Club, March 22, 2014.  Doors open at 8:00 and the meeting will be at 10:00. This will be a potluck lunch - please bring a dish to pass.  Remember to bring your post card to enter for the door prize.

District 8 Members - we are going to be putting together some kits after the meeting. We have an additional 1,000 to put together. We will have things set up and it should go together very quickly in about an hour.  "Many hands will make light work."  Also know, that for those who stay and help there will be another door prize that we will raffle off!

For anyone who is wondering about rules and law changes, please take the time and read the president's report. There is not much that has changed.

Dog proof traps may this year become legal for us to use next to water in the early season.

Be Safe-

Best Regards,

Brad Wobbrock

 

 

Co-Director - Bill Ruhland

March 2014

Greetings District 8

It looks like we are having one of those old fashion winters that doesn't want to end. On February 1st Drake from Dist 6 and I had a education table at the Minnesota Waterfowl Symposium. It was a good event to attend, there was not one negative word said about trapping. We had many thanks for the zip tie kits that we brought with us. Many people were glad the MTA was taking a proactive approach with the kits. I was happy to see some of their speakers were advertising trapping of beaver to maintain good wild rice yields, and predator trapping to increase better waterfowl nesting success. Steven Hagg and his wife are testing the waters in taking over the raffle chair position. I'm sure Gary Meis appreciates the help.

Keep on educating the public about trapping.. With that said contact your representatives and let them know where you stand on trapping.

Have a good spring beaver season

Bill.