Minnesota Trappers Association
 District 8




Brad Wobbrock
596 St. Hwy. 99
Cleveland, MN 56021
(507) 340-1772


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

Brad Suemnick
3950 34th Ave NE
Owatonna, MN  55060
(507) 475-1090

Director - Brad Wobbrock

December - 2017

Greetings All:

As I write this report we are in the middle of trapping season. From what I have heard, trapping has been good with lots of fur being put up. We just had our first hard frost on November 6 and the lakes have a skim of ice on them although the centers are still open.

At the fall Board of Directors meeting we discussed NR trapping and we will be working on how to collectively bring this up at the Capital at the next session.

We appointed four directors to be on the Legislative Committee - Andy Shoemaker, Jeremy Eickhoff, Steve Pahlen and myself, along with President Todd Roggenkamp and Gary Leistico to represent trappers in St. Paul. We do have several groups out there that just do not want trapping at all.   Please be careful trapping as well as representing ourselves as trappers.  We need to stick together as an association and try to bring new members in as well.

District 8 took part in the Adopt A Highway early this fall.  The location of our sign is just south of Owatonna on I-35.  Brad Suemnick, Jim Blakley, Jon Salmonson, Jerry Hanson, Kathy and I participated. We had great weather, a lot of fun and laughter with the surprise findings we came upon. This will be an annual event, so please consider signing up to help.  We will have sign-up sheets at both the spring meeting in Pine Island and the fall meeting at Cumberland’s.  As the saying goes, “many hands make light work.”

This has been an election year and there have been many leadership changes and new faces in the association. Change is good and I look forward to working with them all.

Congratulations to:

District 2 - Director - Steve Pahlen

District 3 - Director - Larry Anderson

District 4 - Director - Behrant Miller

District 5 – Director - Dave Curtis

District 7 – Director - Brian Fischer

Kathy and I spent a lot of time going to the fall district meetings.   Our daughter Maddie, Mitch and granddaughter Baizyl even attended a couple meetings. It was enjoyable to see how the meetings are run.  Best thing about going to these meetings is the fellowship and of course the great food that is provided.

I would encourage members to check out the web site for dates and times of district meetings and attend a few if you can. It is a great opportunity to make new friends and maybe even learn something new. Also please consider donating to the tanned fur project

Winter General Membership Meeting is Saturday, January 6, 2018 in Askov at the East Central School, doors open at 8:00 am.  Please try to attend and participate in the multiple events, consignment auction, dealers, fur buyers, competitions and the general membership meeting.

We will have our spring meeting in Pine Island again this year in March.  I will have the date posted on the website once we have confirmed a date and will send cards out a month ahead of the meeting.

Please take time to read the newsletter from cover to cover.  Also consider submitting articles and pictures.  This newsletter represents all of our members beyond just the director’s reports.

Good luck trapping and please be SAFE!

Brad  Wobbrock    

Co-Director - Bill Ruhland

December - 2017

Greetings District 8

I hope everyone is having a good season so far.

I hope you find some time to make it up to Askov for the general membership meeting.  Our new president will have a lot of things to bring to the meeting. There also will be demos and the pelt handling contest as well as the biggest coon and biggest muskrat and beaver tail contest. There also will be DNR tagging for your tagged species.  There will be fur pick up for those that have fur to ship. After the meeting later that same day there will be the Legal Defense Banquet so make sure you get your Legal Defense Banquet tickets before they’re sold out.

Fur prices are still struggling so it’s a good time to remember to save some fur for the Tanned Fur Project. If you don't get out trapping or choose not to donate some fur a cash donation will be very much appreciated to help cover the cost of tanning or the purchase of some species that are not able to be trapped here in Minnesota. This project gets fur in the hands of people that may never ever get the chance to touch a furbearer.

Trap safe

Bill R.



Co-Director - Brad Suemnick

December - 2017

Good evening fellow trappers,

Where did the summer and fall go? I'm writing this report on November 7 from the comfort of my heated deer stand,  I'm sure glad I built this deer stand with the cool, wet fall we've had this year.  Deer hunting opener last year was 80 degrees and swatting bugs, but that's Mother Nature, she kind of does what she wants.

On September 16 we cleaned our Adopt a Highway on Interstate 35 south of Owatonna.  Six volunteers came out to help. It didn't take too long - I think we were done by 10:30 or so.  There wasn't too much garbage. We will again do it next September, and will let you know the date next summer.

The winter meeting is in Askov on January 6, 2018.  Don't forget about the longest muskrat tail, biggest beaver tail, and heaviest raccoon contest. Also Saturday night is the Legal Defense Banquet.  Be sure to buy tickets for that if you're interested in going.  Don’t forget to book a hotel room if you are spending the night. 

I just saw a buck and a doe at about 80 yards, hope they come a little closer.....

There are a few vacant positions in the MTA.   Jerry Russert did a fabulous job for many years as souvenir coordinator, that position will be open after the summer convention in Barnum 2018.  Mitzi Heavirland resigned as membership secretary.  She was an asset to the MTA and will be missed.   If anyone is interested in these positions, please contact President Roggenkamp.

On October 7 Brad Wobbrock, Bill Ruhland and I went to the Fall Board Meeting in Barnum.  I met a few new people, and a few decisions were made about future happenings with the association.

There is many new directors and co-directors in the association.  I couldn't possibly list them all if I tried.  I wish them all the best as a team. hopefully we can all work together for the trappers of Minnesota.

Well, it’s almost dark and it's not looking good for shooting a deer this afternoon, but I think the possum population is up from previous years as I've caught more in traps,  and my mom even has shot a few around their place.

Until next time, tight chains, and be safe on the line.