Co-Director - Brad Suemnick
September - 2017
Greetings fellow trappers,
Another summer convention has come and gone. Hopefully everyone that attended had a great time. I'd like to congratulate the new M.T.A. president - Todd Roggenkamp, and vice president - Duane (Dewey) Schmitz. They definitely have their hands full to keep the organization going smoothly.
Thanks to Bill Ruhland and his organizational skills, the MTA booth at the Steele County Fair set a new sales record. It was my pleasure to be able to help out there a couple of the days, always fun talking to the general public, and trying to answer any questions they might have.
If anyone is interested in helping with the Adopt a Highway program give me a call, text, email, or now days you can even message me on Facebook. The fall pick up date is September 16. Hopefully we'll do it again in the spring, although we haven't set a date for that yet. The signs are up at mile markers 30/32 just south of Owatonna on I-35.
Southern Minnesota has had plenty of rain this summer so the lakes and rivers should be at favorable levels for water trapping this fall. The days are definitely getting shorter and cooler, a sure sign that our trapping season is just around the corner. Muskrat populations should be on the upswing too.
Don't forget to try and donate some fur this fall to the tanned for project. The winter meeting is January 7, 2018 in Askov, MN, just north of Hinckley. I encourage members from district 8 to attend, it’s a bit of a drive for us, and so if you're interested in carpooling let me know. Remember to save your biggest beaver tail, longest muskrat tail, and heaviest raccoon. That’s always a fun competition. This is also a great place to bring your donation for the tanned fur project.
The only law change I see for trappers for the upcoming season is that this year there will be a season for weasels. It sounds as if it will coincide with the fox season. I'm sure it's a pretty minor change for most trappers.
Make sure to try and take the kids trapping this fall. They are our future.
Have a great, safe fall trapping season,