Co-Director - Brad Suemnick
June - 2017
Greetings fellow trappers,
I would like to introduce myself as the new District 8 co-director. I am excited to get the chance to help district 8 and all trappers throughout Minnesota. Trapping has a long history in my family, my dad, grandpa, great grandpa, as well as much of my other family were trappers. I grew up in a rural area of small town, Waterville Minnesota. My 3 brothers and I started out trapping gophers in the road ditches, and it escalated from there. I moved to Owatonna about 15 years ago and have lived here since. I'm the proud dad to an 8 year old daughter, she loves fishing, hunting and trapping with her dad whenever she can.
It looks like the high water, and mild winters have been a blessing for muskrat and beaver populations. They've rebounded well from the drought conditions we had in years past, and fur prices appear to be on the uphill swing. Don't forget to mark your calendars for the list of summer conventions; the National Trappers Association Convention July 27-29 at the Winnebago County Fairgrounds in Illinois. That is fairly close for me, only about 5 hours. The Iowa Trappers Association Convention is September 8-9 at the Worth County Fairgrounds, just across the border. But the most important convention to attend will be the Minnesota Trappers Association Convention August 17-19 at the Meeker County Fairgrounds. This is a very important year for the MTA, as we will be electing a new president. If you can't attend be sure to fill out the voting form in the newsletter. The Minnesota Trappers Association is a strong voice to defend trapping in our state and nation against anti trappers. Without the MTA we might face the same outcome as other states across the nation that have imposed strict laws against trapping.
Recently Brad Wobbrock, Bill Ruhland and I have adopted a 2 mile stretch of Interstate 35 just south of Owatonna for the Minnesota Trappers Association. We believe having Adopt a Highway signs on I-35 will have a positive impact on the general public traveling the highway, as well as helping make our state look a little nicer. The first roadside clean-up is scheduled for September 16, 2017 at 8:00. With a few volunteers I would guess we would be done by 12:00. If you would like to help, and get some exercise, please contact Brad, Bill, or me. Your help is greatly appreciated.
I would also like to take time to thank everyone that has donated their time, and resources to the MTA over the past many years. It's these people that keep our tradition alive, whether it be by giving youth education, donating fur to the tanned fur project, selling raffle tickets, or helping at the conventions. It all matters, your time and resources are greatly appreciated.
It appears the verbiage that would have required written permission to trap on private property in Minnesota was taken out of the bill in the past weeks. Anybody that took time to call or email senators and representatives, your voices were heard.
Customer appreciation day is at Cumberland’s Northwest Trapping Supply, Saturday August 26 from 8:00-4:00 with free demonstrations by very knowledgeable trappers, the district 8 fall meeting will be there also. Sure to be a great time for all in attendance.
Last of all if anyone from District 8 has any questions, on anything don't hesitate to call, or text. (507)475-1090 Your voice, and opinions matter.
Have a great summer, Brad