Director - Brad Wobbrock
Hope all is well on the trap line and at home. We had our first frost on November 5th. We received a few inches of snow and temperatures were into the 20's at night. The recent weather of rain and snow put my leg holds out of service.
The Zip-Tie-Kits were a great hit. District 8 completed 2000 kits. Thank you to Brian and Kim Clausen, Bill Ruhland and my family for getting the first 2000 kits done. There were 350 kits that went to the Governor's Pheasant Opener. The rest of the kits were distributed to Districts 5, 6, 7 and 8.
At the board level - we decided to make 10,000 total kits. Drake Jackson has stepped up and is taking over assembling the next 8,000 kits. Thank you Drake. Brian Clausen has been involved in getting the instructions printed for the kits. Thank you again Brian for stepping up and getting the printing done.
The Board decided to have all of the specs for the zip-tie-kits on the MTA website as well. Looking forward to seeing that soon.
Brian Clausen and a couple other District 8 members are working on an educational video about trapping. The video will be reviewed in January at the board meeting. Thanks Brian. Josh Wells has agreed to volunteer his time and talents to help make a high quality video for our use. Thank you Josh. I have included a link to Josh's site and video page so you can view some of his work mnoutdoorjournal.com and mnoutdoorjournal.com/p/videos.html
Kathy and I attended both District 5 and District 7 fall meetings. We both enjoyed the time spent with our fellow trappers and friends.
We lost a great member of District 8 this past summer. Loren Spinler - a past President of the MTA, Director of District 8 and the official MTA auctioneer. Our condolences to the Spinler family.
District 8 will have the spring meeting in Pine Island, March 22, 2014 at the Pine Island Sportsmen Club. Doors will open at 8:00 am and meeting starts at 10:00. Remember to bring your post cards for a chance at the door prize. This will be a potluck - bring a dish to pass. Post cards will be forthcoming.
Please take the time to read the President's Report. Shawn will have all the details pertaining to any changes in trapping.
Be Safe - Best Regards