It is my pleasure to announce the winners of the MTA Tanned Fur Project competition. The MTA presents awards each August to the largest individual donor, largest Conservation Officer donor, and the District that donates the most tanned fur. Points are awarded based on species and on the quality of the pelts. The new competition is under way and I will post the points system in the next issue of the newsletter. Congratulations to this year’s winners.
Winner - Greg Flor, Minneapolis
Runner Up - Terry Edson, Staples
Honorable Mention - Mike Peterson, Shannon Cohrs, Scott Waldorf, and Pete Jonas
(This is the 3rd consecutive year that Greg Flor has won the competition with huge donations. Greg has removed himself from the competition so there will definitely be a new winner next year. He will continue to donate to the Tanned Fur Project but will not accept any future Tanned Fur Project awards. Thank you for all your great donations Greg.)
Conservation Officer Competition:
Winner - Officer Greg Oldakoski, District 3
Runner Up - Officer Mike Lee, District 4
Honorable Mention - Officer Tricia Plautz, District 3
(This was a very tight race. Thank you to all the Conservation Officers that work with us to provide pelts for our ever growing education needs. If it wasn't for you we would never have enough otter, fisher, marten, and bobcats for our education displays.)
Congratulations to District 3 on repeating as winners. Director Dewey Schmitz has really developed a fur collection network, thank you Dewey. District 4 was runner up with District 5 receiving honorable mention.
Recent donations to the Tanned Fur Project came from the following members and Conservation Officers:
Terry Edson - 23 tanned beaver, 4 tanned ermine
Preston Esby - 8 ermine
Officer Brett Grundmier - 2 otter
Officer Mike Lee - 9 otter
Thank you to all that have recently manned fair booths to speak with the public about trapping and to sell tanned fur. Selling fur at the fairs is what pays our tanning bills each year. Once again both Dallas Erickson and Darby Miller were #1 and #2 in sales for the MTA.
Congratulations to all the MTA members that worked so hard at the National Trappers Convention, what a show you put on! I had many out of state dealers tell me that they wished all conventions were run the way this one was. Always plenty of sweaty volunteers were ready to lend a hand in any way possible. My thanks also to the Cumberland family for all they did in assisting the MTA/NTA with this convention. Few will ever know all the running and chasing they did. Thank you – Cumberland’s.
Please remember the MTA Tanned Fur Project as fall approaches. We are in particular need of grey fox, red fox, beaver, and of all things opossum. Best of luck to all of you this season. Be safe.
Tanned Fur Project Coordinator
7444 County Road 27 NW
Pennock, MN 56279
Telephone: (320) 599-4176
Fax: (320) 599-4314