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JULY,  18,  2014     Check for current news in President's column;  and just below here.........
 
      We need members to step up and help.   We are going to have our animal display at the MTA convention in Barnum, Aug. 1,2 3.   Call Ray to see when the trailer will be there.  We need help setting up and we will need lots of help taking it down on Sunday.   If 6 to 8 people show up,  it takes about 35 minutes.  
      And,  we will need members to sit at the two gates and collect the entry fee for our convention (Aug. 8-10) at the Embarrass fair grounds.   We will be setting up the display, about 4pm on Thursday inside Timber Hall.   The gates open at noon on Friday.  we need two people at each gate from noon to ?   Come early to get details.  Then on Saturday,  starting at 9 am.   to 1 pm,  two at each gate,   1 pm to 6 pm,  another two.  Sunday,  9 am to 1pm  two at each gate.  
 
       Aug. 23 and 24th,   we will use our members at the Embarrass Fair to collect money at the two gates.   see schedule in President's column.
      We also nee two more on Sat.   at the Mudrun booth,  and two more on Sunday, at the demo booth.   (9am to 1 pm)  call me or Ray)
 
 
Check out this video    http://www.liveleak.com/ll_embed?f=f9132a37d604   a moose caught in a swingset. 
 
 
  Click on the link below to watch the video on how a 220 trap functions and how to release a non-target catch.  Dog owners should watch this. 
 
LINK:         www.womenhfs.org    
 
   This is the group 'Women Hunting and Fishing for all Seasons',  our partner in producing this video.  You have to click on their video links in Hunting, to find it.  It is easy to find. Click on videos near the top of the page.
 
  2014 MFZTA Trapper Convention and Gun Show will be AUG. 8-10, 2014.   Vendors can email or call for reservations for tables.   Don't miss out,  this event has grown and is well attended.   There will be 'Permit to Carry" class on Saturday,  you need to call Ray to register ahead of time.  There will also be a Trapping Certification class on Saturday.   Please do the online class work ahead of time at the MTA website. 
 
 
 
      It is a video of beavers working on their house. 
 
 
  This website currently has five (5)  pages.  To view them,  look at the right column:  "Home"  is page 1;   to view page 2,  click on "About Us",  to view page 3,  click on "Contact Us".  To view page 4,  click on "Events".  Page 5  for website links.
 
Check Presidents column for news
 
 On page 2 and 5,  are new pictures,   Check them out..........
 
An application to join is on page 2. ("About Us"  page)
 
Pictures of the Sept. 19, 2012  Banquet are on page 2 "About Us" 
 
The MFZTA district boundaries are shown on page 3 ("Contact Us" page)
 
   On page 5,  is a picture of a 1965 Tail-a-Sled made by the early Scorpion snow mobile company.   Check it out.  It is a one piece fiberglass body with a 12 hp engine.   
 
Our old website can now be accessed by this     www.mfzta.com       I update this site with new information in the Presidents column,  below, on the right.    You can send articles or pictures to me by email.    I will check them out,  and,  if we accept them,  I will publish them on this site.
 
  Try out this new site
 
  Check out down below for shows we will be at.  Please come and help.  It is easy, if help is there;  especially at set up and take down.......3 people carrying 28 animals and 9 tables is tough,  but 8 or more can carry 3 animals and two tables each.   (a lot less trips to and from the trailer.)
 
   
History of the MFZTA......
 
      The Minnesota Forest Zone Trapping Association  {MFZTA} was formed by a group of trappers that decided it was time to have a 'voice' in the management of the sport. 
      The forested region of Minnesota has dense cover and abundant water.  This region has distinct climate variations from the rest of the state.   Freezing temperatures and snow can come at any time during the season start in late October.   Trappers have to have the ability to recognize potential problems, as mentioned above,  and have the equipment needed to be able to get to their trap line, regardless of the weather.  It takes an experienced trapper to be able to handle what nature puts out.
 
      The MFZTA will  have a number of programs that will enhance the sport of trapping in Minnesota.   We will educate all new trappers and the public on the values of trapping.  We will promote good sportsmanship,  good trapping ethics, and safe trapping practices.  We support wildlife research and  provide information to wildlife biologists.  We support the enforcement of regulations,  and will promote trapping methods that will prevent incidental catches of non-target fur-bearers.  Trapping instruction classes are another item on our agenda.   We will have classes for trapper certification.   We will promote trapping for youths.   The MTA trapper certification courses will be used and taught by MTA certified instructors. 
 
   We have a lot of trappers in the designated  Lynx Management Zone.  The western boundary of this zone follows State Highway # 53 from Duluth, north, to International Falls.  All land east and north of this line,  is the "Lynx Zone";  therefore,  trapping regulations have been modified to restrict, or eliminate the incidental take of Canada Lynx in this area.  The www.dnr.state.mn.us  has more information about this zone.
 
   The National Forest Lands in Northern Minnesota are open to many public uses, including trapping.  There are many special designated areas within the National Forests that have additional restrictions on the use of the lands.  OH V's  (4-wheelers) are banned in all of these designated areas.  A trapper has to be familiar with 36 CFR Part 261,  to trap in these areas.  It takes a lot of dedication and knowledge of the sport,  to pursue any type of fur-bearer in the Forest Zone.
 
   This new organization is going to work hard for the rights of trappers in the Forest Zone,  and will work with the MN DNR to enhance the trapping experience.  We need you as members to make the organization as strong as possible....Please join today. 
 
  Only MFZTA members who live in the Forest Zone have voting rights.  All the rest are "supporting" members who have input into the organization, but cannot vote on issues that affect trapping in the Forest Zone.  We do not want others to dictate and try to set policy in this fragile area of the state.  ....{it's just plain common sense}    We already have many influential members who have the "supporting" membership status.
 
   The MFZTA was  'formed';   and we are gaining members steadily as other trappers hear about us, and understand our commitment to trapping in the state of Minnesota.
 
     We support all areas of the state in maintaining resident trapping rules and regulations.   You can be a member no matter where you live,  your membership status is a 'supporting member', and all that means is that you cannot vote on issues in the Forest Zone,  unless you live in the Forest Zone.   We will listen to your ideas no matter your status.
 
  If you are a member of the MFZTA,  get your friends, your neighbors, your family  to join us...
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Above map courtesy of St.Louis Cty., MN. and  MDHA    
 Around 90% of all public land in Minnesota,  is in the Forest Zone.  
 
 
*** If you have not seen a new DNR Hunting and Trapping rule book,  there are a number of changes that affect trapping in the state.   The first is the fisher/marten limit is only 2. ...and at registration,  you must bring in the fisher head, as well as marten heads...Also, the DNR set  April 30, 2014 as the last day of spring beaver season.  .
 
 
 
JOIN THE MFZTA:
 
 It is not too late to join;  you can be a member of as many organizations that you want to;  please join today.  We do have a strong voice,  and we will get stronger, with more support by Minnesota trappers
........If you have never been a member of a trapping organization,  now is the time to join us.............Ken
 
 
If you do not receive the 'Trappers Post',   It is a good magazine and a lot of other trapping organizations are joining in and offering it to their members.   It is only $13 a year for our MFZTA members. 
 
 
 
 
 
  We have added our own bobcat and raccoon to our wildlife display.  We also have Lynx on loan form the DNR for our display.   Our newest member is the wolverine.  It came from the Churchill, Manitoba area of Canada.
 
 
 
 
The  4 gun raffle tickets can be picked up at the Virginia show.   The drawing is at the fall banquet.,  sometime in September. This raffle will have 4 guns.
 
All raffles are open to the public.  and you do not have to be present to win.  
 
Tickets are available,  email us for locations. 
 
MORE NEWS:
 
  We acquired a nice used 14' tandem trailer.    If you would like to advertise your company on the trailer,  please contact us......
 
     Members,  if you know of a company or business that would like to have their company logo on the trailer,  call me or email me and I can send the worksheet.  Picture of trailer on pages 2 & 3.  
 
   Those of you who have seen our display,  know how much equipment has to be moved.  We were using 3 pickups to haul everything;  now,  one truck and the trailer works great...  
    We were storing all the mounts and equipment in a business's warehouse;  and we could no longer use the space due to construction.  We had to be out by April 15.  Now we have a safe and secure method of storing and moving our display.  
 
 
  I will put in a new membership application box on the next page. We now have a new mailing address
It is MFZTA,  Box 367,  Hibbing, MN. 55746   There have been some problems downloading the large page.   Hopefully,  you should be able to print out the application..... High lite the smaller application, go to File,  then click on print. contact me if it doesn't work yet...or you have not heard from us.
 
2014 SHOW SCHEDULE
 
  We attended these shows;
 
Aitkin Sports Show    Mar. 7-9
 
Virginia Home & Sport Show;
     March 27-30, 2014
 
Bemidji Sport Show  Apr 4-6
 
Nashwauk Sports Show
   April 11 and 12.
 
Future Shows:    (planned)
 
   MTA Convention  Aug. 1-3, 2014
 
Like all events,  we need help to set up the display and take it down.   Please call Ray for exact times   218-969-3425
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Attention:
 
We have more green T-shirts with the MFZTA logo for sale.  Medium, Large, X-large, XX-large, and 5X sizies.
They are a bargain and are good quality.   Also the MFZTA  patch is still available.....You can help support our group by contacting me and ordering some. We have MFZTA Hats also.
 
   Membership is still growing in the MFZTA.   We attend sport shows across northern Minnesota,  to help educate the public on the various animals,  trap safety, and recruit a lot of new members.  
 
   This is important for all the trappers in Minnesota.   Please join.  we have to protect our trapping rights..and we can only do this if we have  trappers on our side....and,  as members. 
 
 
Something to ponder: 
 
 We are always seeking donations for our tanned fur display......tanned fur,  and/ or animal mounts are what we are looking for.....We  will use them for public education on the types of animals found in the Forest Zone.     Please contact me,  Ken,   call me or use the email address for MFZTA,  if you have something for us.
 
......John A. from the east range area let us use 5 of his tanned furs for display.  thanks  John
Thanks to Chuck D. from Lakeville, Mn. for his donation of a large wolf rug.   Joe D.,  one of our directors,  lent us a nice black bear rug for the display. 
 
 "The Trappers Post" magazine is what we are offering for our members.  It is only $12 per year with a paid membership to the MFZTA. 
The website is www.trapperspost.com 
 
  On the 3rd page are pictures of the MFZTA districts  in the Forest Zone of Minnesota.   I am working on getting better pictures;  if you have a current deer zone map from the Hunting & Trapping rule book,  you can find the exact lines on the map from the pictures...... 
 
 
MFZTA District Boundaries......
 
   We now have directors for the districts. .....Plans are being made for district meetings. you may get a call from the new directors..... 
   
   On page three of this site,  the boundaries can be recognized.   We need to get members to help coordinate the activities of the MFZTA.   The work load is getting greater.   Ray and I need help.  
 
  The job of a District leader is to relay information to the members of the district,  have a district meeting,  be a member of the Board of Directors, and receive information from the Board and bring information to the Board from the members. 
 
   IF we only have one meeting/banquet a year,   it is difficult to act on proposals.  It may be only one district meeting a year at this time.  more can be scheduled,  such as a fall and/or spring district meeting.   Ray and I will help set up the meetings with the district leaders. 
 
OLD EVENTS:
 
Our fur-bearer/wildlife display was set up at Giants Ridge on Thur. Nov. 3,  2011.    The Minnesota Governor's deer hunting opener was set in the Biwabik area this year,  with headquarters at Giant's Ridge.   The MDHA and the MN DNR has been working on the activities and schedule for the event and it was a lot of fun for the youths. 
 
  The trailer and fur bearer display was at the main lodge.  We also had a part in the youth day activities on Friday morning, Nov. 4.    Our participation  was at the  'Hides of Minnesota" station.  We had fur's of Minnesota animals and the youths  identified them.   Other stations were;   Archery,  Make'N Tracks, Outdoor Safety, "OH Deer", and an obstacle course.  
 
    The MFZTA was invited to talk about trapping at the Hibbing/Chisholm MDHA Youth Day {Aug, 2012 & 2013} at the shooting range outside of Hibbing.  There was over 85 youths split into groups that had different presentations on outdoor activities.  shooting, archery, clay shooting, air guns, waterfowl, muzzle loader.  etc......
 
 
Skinning demo at 2013 Trappers convention
 
 
MEMBERSHIP DUES
 
  Some members have not sent in their dues.   Please contact us at mfzta@q.com ,  or  218-969-3425 , or  218-865-4323  ($20/year) Your continued support is needed.  We have been working hard on trapping issues.   We have been to Legislative meetings at the state capitol in St. Paul.  A lot of miles have been 'racked-up'.   It has been well worth the effort.   We will always work hard for trapping rights;  we need your continued support.  
 
DNR LICENSE FEE INCREASES:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
MORE NEWS:
 
   The trapping organizations in Minnesota have members who actually do trap,  know how to trap, and understand that 'ups & downs" in numbers of fur-bearers harvested.
We need more members who will join the push to preserve trapping in Minnesota.  Don't sit back and think everything is fine.  It's not.   Join us now !!!!!
 
 
   We  (MFZTA, MTA,) met with the DNR  on Sat. Feb. 11, and again on Tues. Feb. 21, 2012 (both meetings in Grand Rapids)
{MTA--Minnesota Trappers Association}
 
The MN DNR went over the list of trapping rule changes that we sent to the DNR for discussion at the Feb. 11, 2012,  fur-bearer committee meeting.
 
#1: change the 9 am opening day start of trapping to be consistent with all other seasons, like fishing, hunting;  1/2 hour before sunrise or earlier.
 
#2:  eliminate or modify trap checking hours.  currently you can only check between 5 am and 10 pm.
 
#3:  Why do we need site coupons?
only certain animals have to be registered anyway. (DNR response: The coupons are used to maintain individual harvest quota's.)
 
#4:  Trappers want a 3 day check on using cable restraints in the northern zone. 
 
#5   Count incidental spring otter in the trappers limit if the 4 otter limit isn't filled.  (Not brought up)
 
#6:  The DNR had proposals for the wolf hunting/trapping season.
 
 #7.   Both trapping associations agreed on body-gripping restrictions.  We presented our methods to the DNR. 
 
   We will try again with proposals at the next meeting with the DNR.  (2013)
 
 
    A great website to browse is the Alaska Fish & game dept. site.   
www.adfg.alaska.gov    You can find fur-handling videos, species information and more....
 
  Congress considers testimony on Lawsuit Reform.
 
   In testimony before a Congressional committee,  Boone and Crockett President emeritus,  Lowell E. Baier,  told committee members that H.R. 1996,  the Government Savings Litigation Act,  will help America's fish, wildlife, and natural resources agencies do their jobs. 
   The legislation will benefit conservation and sound wildlife management, by bringing fairness, transparency and accountability to the Equal Access to Justice Act.  (EAJA)
   EAJA is an historic law that allows plaintiffs to recover attorney fees and other expenses from the federal government when they prevail in lawsuits against the government.
   In recent years, animal rights and environmental advocacy groups began using lawsuits to protest lawful decisions that they happen to oppose.  The groups use EAJA to recoup their legal costs.  The most frequent abuses include suing the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on minor procedural decisions, then collecting settlements and EAJA reimbursements. 
    These private groups are collecting taxpayer dollars and consuming agency resources that could have gone toward wildlife management and conservation programs. 
 
You can go to the website www.boone-crockett.org for a lot more information on the ongoing loss of taxpayer money to pay lawyers fees,  instead of funding  fish and wildlife programs.  . 
 
   Contact your states Federal Legislators and urge them to support this bill......H.R. 1996
  
 
Laiskianen (2014)  is coming up at the old Palo school first part of Feb.  Come and visit. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
NEWS: Todays
date:  JUlY  18,  2014
 
Presidents column...........(new news)
 
Good morning trappers;   
 
  IMPORTANT
 
  We need members to help at a couple of events.   Sat. Aug. 2,  MDHA youth day at the Hibbing rifle range,  I need someone to skin some small beavers for a demo for the kids.   email mfzta@q.com  or call me (Ken) the # is in the phone book. 
 
   We will have our display of animals at the MTA Convention in Barnum...We need members for set up and take down.  Esp. on Sunday.  Call Ray right away. 
 
  WE NEED MEMBERS TO HELP
 
   And we need members at our  convention to show up and work for a few hours at the gate.  Don't just come and visit,   we need workers if we are going to have a convention.   Call Ray or me.
 
    The MFZTA members will be collecting the entrance fee at the Embarrass Region Fair.  at the two gates.   Sat., Aug.  22 from 8 am to 5 pm.   and on Sunday,  Aug. 23,  from 8 am to 4 pm.
    On Saturday,  I need 4/6 people or more.  2/3 at each gate from 8 am to 10:30,  another group of 4/6 from 10:30 to 2 pm,  and another set from 2 to 5 pm.  And two more at the mudrun booth on Sat.  and two at the demolition derby booth on Sunday;   All you have to do is collect gate fees and give them a wrist ban to get in.
 
 
  On Sunday,  4/6 from 8 am to noon,  and 4/6 from noon to 4 pm.  The gates open at 8 am,  so you will need to be there before 8 am,  best would be 7:30 am, to get instructions. 
   We are doing this because the Fair Board needs help,  and this is where our convention is held.  Contact me right away.  Your family, your church group, your scouts, your FHA group can also join us and help at the gate.  Call it a community service project.  
 
 
    Ray, Wayne, Russ and I requested a meeting with the DNR fur-bearer team.  It was on May 28 in Grand Rapids, Mn..  Two Dnr people were there.   It appears that there will be no changes to any fall trapping seasons, or limits.  We asked for an increase of 1 to the bobcat limit,  but the request was not granted.  We thought that the fisher/marten season would be later in the year,  (late December),  but according to the DNR,  the trappers who got the DNR sponsored trapping survey did not want it. 
   We tried,  no changes were 'granted',  but we won't stop trying.  We will always 'fight' for trapping,  that's why we need members to get non-members to join us.  We need members,  so find someone and get them to join.  
 
 
  I repeat again,  we need members to come and help. 
 
     All MFZTA members will be called upon to come and help run/work/clean-up/set-up/sell admission tickets at the gates,  at our Trappers Convention,  Aug. 8-10, at the Embarrass Fair Grounds.  We will make a schedule to follow so you know when and where.
 
AND
 
      All members will be also be called upon to help at the entrance gate (only) at the Embarrass Fair on Sat. and Sun., Aug. 22 & 23,  2014   All we have to do is sell admission tickets for the two days.   You will have a 3-4 hour time to be at one of two entrances.   Again, we will make a schedule for when and where.  
 
AND,  (reasons for the scheduling);
 
     There has not been much help from members at the sports shows when we set up the display,  and put it back into the trailer.   We need you to support the association by showing up and helping.  Usually, there has been only 3, sometimes 4,  of us setting up and putting it back into the trailer.    We cannot continue the MFZTA attendance at sports show if we do not have members showing up, especially when taking the display down.
 
 WE NEED HELP  !!
 
 
 
   The beaver season in northern Mn. was extended and ended on May 15.  
      Despite what you read, and who you listen to,   the extension was granted due to flooding and safety issues, caused by beaver, on highways and roads and ditches.  County road officials requested the extension, and the DNR granted it.
 
    Beaver will be trapped all summer by a private firm.  Contracts with a lot of northern counties are in place again for this summer (2014).   These contracts allow the trapping company to remove beaver and dams up to 20 miles upstream from where the creek/river cross the road or highway.  They can remove a maximum of 5 dams upstream from the trouble spot.   The contract (2014) for St. Louis County has been increased to over $60,000 for nuisance beaver trapping   and,  two county employees are assigned to clean out culverts  in addition to the trapping.   As a taxpayer in St. Louis county,   I am alarmed at the waste of money.  
 
    Don't believe for one minute that the beaver are getting a rest from trapping during the summer;   they are being trapped hard and many miles up each creek or stream or river.   (there is more information in this column,  just scroll down.)
 
     Wild rice managers consider beaver as vermin,  and they eradicate them regularly. 
 
   I trapped beaver within a ten mile radius of my house.   I don't have to go very far,  as there were very few trappers starting May 1, (during the extension),  and beaver were abundant. 
   With the anticipated drop in fur prices for next season,   there will be fewer beaver trappers,   resulting in major nuisance beaver flooding problems down the road. (pun intended). 
 
 
NATIONAL NEWS:  (April 14, 2014)
 
   In the Orlando, Florida area, a women was mauled by a black bear that charged her in her own driveway.  It bit and clawed her.  She has staples and stitches all over her head where it bit and clawed.  She has claw marks and puncture wounds all over.  She is lucky to be alive. 
 
    The bears live in a large protected wildlife area and their population (unmanaged) has nearly tripled in a few years.  They have no place to go, but into residential areas.   Those who do not believe in wildlife management should move to this area and see and feel first hand what happens when wildlife is left unchecked in urban areas. 
 
  Below is a picture of a Florida alligator.  Sanibel Island residents changed their minds( a couple of years ago) about not disturbing these creatures, when a resident was severly injured by one that ambushed her in a backyard;  She died a few days later from complications caused by the attack.  They are now managed on the island.  (trapped and removed).
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  The Duluth Sunday paper had an article about how certain native bands will be spearing fish on select lakes in northern Minnesota this spring.   Mille Lacs fish are at an all time low,  so these bands decided to kill fish on other lakes.    
 
   A lot of stakeholders have new DNR rules to contend with.   The crow hunters are mad,  the dog breeders are mad,  the falconers are mad.   All of the sportsmen on Mille Lacs are mad.  ( I heard that the DNR is planting musky in Mille Lacs.   I will have to investigate this,  if anyone has information, please contact me.)
 
CLick on the link at the top of the page to watch our video on 220 trap function and how to release non-target catches.   
 
August Convention:
 
  For the August Convention,  we need some arts and crafts vendors to round out the offerings.  Pottery, wood work, glass, signs, kids stuff, etc..... 
   An archery dealer can set up outside with a shooting range so that interested people can shoot a bow.    please contact us right away.
 
   There is lots of room for tail-gaters,  the event sits on 40 acres.
     No dogs allowed in any building.  Dogs must be on a leash.  Dogs that bark continually are not welcome, especially in the campground area.
 
   I finally listed our officers in the association,  on page 2.
 
 
  The winter meeting on Feb. 26  was well attended even though it was cold, snowing, and windy.   A floor motion was taken, discussed and passed to continue with current leadership.  Thanks to all. 
 
 
    Ray and I and the Board of Directors will continue to 'fight' for common sense trapping rules.  It should not be a 'fight',  but we are being forced to stand and not let down our guard. 
    Our input has been largely ignored.  But, we will not quit.   No other sport in Minnesota has been severly restricted as trapping.   We live in Minnesota,  not California. 
 
   The DNR has to get all their departments on the same page,  or the future of hunting, fishing, and trapping in Minnesota is in jeopardy. 
 
   
You can listen and watch the wolf meeting held at the MN DNR Legislative committee under Dave Dills leadership,  in St.Paul on Jan. 28, 2014.   You can listen to the people talk who do not now anything about wolves.  It is amazing how many ignorant people are out there.    Here is the link:
  
By watching this,  you can understand the need for trappers to join an organization.  
 
 
   A field editor for Outdoor News made some comments in 1/17/2014 issue.   He stated that the dog groups and trappers have to come up with something to prevent dogs from conibear traps.  
 
    The trappers have met two times in St. Paul with the dog lovers.  We have presented compromises,  they gave nothing;  absolutely nothing.  All they want is to restrict trapping.  And they have financial backing from the Hound Associations.  They too want to severly restrict trapping and snaring.
 
  It is too bad he (the field editor for Outdoor News, MN.) didn't do any research before writing what he did.
 
PLEASE READ
 
 
  There are certain people out there that are stating that 20 dogs were killed by traps.  
 
   I have the DNR incident reports for two years.    In the year of the 20 dog/trap reported incidents,  9 dogs were killed,  but 6 of those dogs were running loose.  Trappers cannot be held responsible for an irresponsible dog owner.  After these incidents,  the trapping groups introduced a state law that all square body-gripping traps had to be submerged in water,  or set back 7" in a box/cubby,  or 3 feet off the ground,  or set with no bait or scent  (trail set),  on all public land. 
    During this trapping season Oct. 2013 to Jan. 2014,   there has been only 6 dog/trap incidents,  and, NO dog deaths.   (4 with foothold traps and two with body-grippers).
         Dogs caught and not reported to the DNR,   are a non-issue.  You cannot count it if it is not investigated and the form filed.
 
     I have said it over and over;  "I valued my dogs too much to let them run free".  At home and  even while hunting,  the dog was never out of my sight, or it was in the kennel.
      As a result,  my dogs lived to an old age,  and passed on.  Of course,  they had scrapes and cuts while hunting,  an were brought to the vet. 
 
    One of the problems of dog ownership,  is that the owner tries to think like a dog,  and the owner thinks the dog can think like a human.   Dogs are not self-training.  Dogs need to be trained and the owner will be a lot happier.   A person who does not train his dog to obey,  on every command,  gives up and lets the animal run free.    Some owners think it is cute or fun to let their dog jump up on people,  or let their dog bark all the time. 
 
You have to be smarter than the dog. 
 
 
 
Check this out: 
 
 
 
Interesting article from Alaska:
 
In 2006, Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) surveys revealed extremely low calf recruitment (fewer than 1 calf per 100 cows survived to four months of age) on the Southern Alaska Peninsula caribou herd (SAP) despite overall good health and high calf production. All available evidence indicated that predation on very young calves was very high. Although the small amount of hunting was eliminated, bull numbers continued to decline. Based on herd composition and our understanding of caribou biology, managers determined that bull numbers might get very low and prevent the herd from recovering to huntable status.
In 2008–2010, ADF&G implemented a selective wolf control program on the SAP calving grounds that dramatically increased calf recruitment (more than 39 calves per 100 cows were surviving to four months of age). The program was so successful that it has been paused and will only be re-implemented if calf recruitment drops below 20 calves per 100 cows. Only 22 adult wolves were killed over three years. Young of the year were euthanized in dens (relocation was not possible due to concern for rabies).
 
   I got some fisher trapping sets and snow pictures on page 2   .  
 
    Fisher/Marten trapping started on Sat. Nov. 30 and ended Thur. Dec. 5  (only 5 nights).  The limit per trapper was cut to two,  and on top of it all,  we have site tags that must be marked at the trap site,  when an animal is caught.   You cannot use your trapping partners tags,  only your own.  
    I questioned the length of the season and the DNR response to me was that a longer season would make more  trappers more successful in catching their limit of 2.  
    I had to think about that comment for a while.   My opinion is that the DNR doesn't want us to be successful.  Maybe its just me,  but we are being severely restricted in trapping, as well as hunting and especially fishing.  It's no wonder there are fewer and fewer licenses being sold. 
 
     I set traps on Sat. and Sun.   It started snowing heavily on Monday,  so I had to drive (on Monday) and pull some traps that were on non-maintained roads.   The snow kept on all night, and Tuesday morning,  I drove east of my home towards Two Harbors and pulled those traps that I had set on Sat.  (we have a three day check on body-gripping traps) The snow was getting deeper.   Wed.  morning, it was still snowing,  so I pulled all the traps I set on Sunday.  
   Towards Two Harbors,  there was over two feet of snow.   The side roads were impassable,  You would have needed a snowmobile to get your traps,  but I got all mine and was done trapping on Wed.  
    Nature determines the length of the trapping season,  but the DNR tries harder.  
 
      From what I could determine,  the animals quit moving around my sets when the snow storm began,  and it resulted in a very short season 2-3 days. 
 
   I did get an early season wolf hunting permit on the 2nd chance lottery.   I shot an adult female wolf on Friday, Nov. 22,  2013.   It was cold,  so I had to start skinning it right away (at the hunting shack NW of Cook).  It was a healthy animal,  no mange,  and lots of fat on its back.  On inspection day, Nov. 25,  the Dnr took a tooth sample, meat sample, and the uterus.   This animal had a lot of fat inside as well.  
   'Tongue in cheek'  I asked if the wolf got all the fat from eating snowshoe hares.   He smiled and said they eat deer and moose.   I knew that, and expected that response. 
 
  I got the tanned wolf hide and the cleaned skull back.  From the nose to the base of the tail, it is 55" long. 
 
 
  Another important item: 
 
    We now have a DVD available that demonstrates how body-gripping traps function and how to release your pet/dog from the trap.   It will be available very soon.  It was done professionaly  and is quite detailed.   You can email us at mfzta@q.com .  
 
   
    Our MFZTA Banquet was super.   We gave away 14 guns, 3 canoes,  and lots of traps and trapping supplies.    I have not had time to post pictures yet.  
 
   A big thanks to the vendors who contributed something to the raffle table.  I will make the list of vendors and post it here.   ASAP.  
 A couple of contributors:   USA FOXX, Havalon Knives, Tom Florin Trapping Supply, more to follow.....
 
 
   Please read below in "WHY NOT" about joining a trapping organization.   There are way to many trappers out there who are on a 'free ride',  when it comes to protecting trapping.     For the price of two muskrats, or one mink,  or one X-large beaver,  you can spend the money and join and help us 'fight' to have common sense trapping rules based on sound biological data,  not 'personal opinions'  like we are subject to now.  
 
        
   In 2014,  The convention will be Aug. 8-10,   You can reserve a spot for next year  by calling Ray S.   right now.    Don't miss out.  
 
PLEASE READ THIS:
 
    *    One member at the convention stated that he didn't want the spring beaver trapping to be extended so that the beavers can recover. (this way,   he does not have much competition.)       
   
    BUT,   these beavers will be trapped all summer long by nuisance contracts anyway.  
 
  AND,   not everyone traps in the winter.  I dare say that there are more spring beaver trappers than winter trappers.    Extending the season (2014) would have given more opportunities  to more trappers to trap beaver.  
 
   The stream trout and wildrice departments of the DNR consider beaver a problem and try their best to get them out of their projects.   The wildlife departments limit trapping,  but these other departments have trappers out there 12 months a year. 
 
   The DNR has to get all their departments on the same page,  or the future of hunting, fishing, and trapping in Minnesota is in jeopardy. 
  
    One  nuisance beaver trapping contract with St. Louis County,   allows the nuisance trappers to blow up to 5 dams on a flowage/creek to a maximum of 20 miles upstream.   The surrounding counties in northern Minnesota probably have the same wording.  These beaver will not get a "rest" .    We could have trapped them when they were still worth something,  Now they will be trapped all summer.   I would rather have regular trappers get them,  rather than contract trappers.  
 
   *   "Wildlife Services" Trapping Company, out of Grand Rapids, Mn.,  has contracts  for nuisance beaver trapping in St. Louis , Itasca, Carlton, and possibly more..   They will be trapping beaver as soon as conditions allow. 
 
   Since the weather didn't cooperate,  the trappers could not trap and remove beaver that will become 'nuisance' later on in May, June, July, August, etc.....
They will be 'removed' by someone else who gets paid to do it.   
 
     Trapping by a private company, hired by the County Commissioners of each county,  with the MN DNR knowing about it,   is a huge 'blow' to trappers in Minnesota.
   
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     A lot of trappers in the state do not belong to a trapping organization.   
 
 I ask you   "Why Not ?"
 
     Almost all of you working non-members belong to a union that protects your rights while on the job.  You  join the union to ensure that you recieve the proper rules and regulations while working.  
 
   By joining a trapping organization,  you are helping to protect your trapping rights,  the same as joining a union.  
 
Just by reading above and understanding what I said,  should be enough to get a trapper to join.  
 
If you are reading this,  you are (probably) a member of a trapping association,  but your neighbors or other trappers that you might know,  are probably not.  Talk to them, get them to join.
 
THINK ABOUT IT !   Trappers need to JOIN NOW  !!
 
 
We had a station at MDHA youth day event on Sat. Aug. 3, 2013. at the Hibbing shooting center, just west of Hibbing.  I brought small longspring traps for the kids to set.   The large majority of them had never set a trap.  All of them were successful with a little help.  
 
  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 The trail camera took pictures of a fisher,  (3 different days),  a skunk,  and 98 pictures of a weasel.   I moved the camera to a spot that deer and coyotes are traveling.  (April 26)
 
    2013  
BIG NEWS:   The moose herd population estimate has dropped to about 2300 animals (from 4200 estimated last year)  Check the DNR website for more moose population data.     Wolf and bear predation can be a factor.  The research going on right now by the DNR,  using new gps collars on adult moose,  should help determine the cause of the declining moose population......... 
 
    The only change I saw,  was that the wolf quota for the 2013 hunting and trapping season, was cut almost in half in the Moose range.   How does that help moose ?   AND,   the bear permits were cut by 25 % statewide.   It is hard to understand the reasoning behind these changes.    I am beginning to think that the rules and regulations being changed are to control the sporstmen and not the species.   That's just me,   but,  that's what I see.   AND,   I believe I am correct.   
 
The moose population is continuing to decline.   They will be extinct if someone doesn't act soon. 
 
Use this llink to go to the DNR moose research page
current data and reports can be found here.  check it out.......,
 
   I know a hunter who went caribou hunting in Dec. 2012,  in the James Bay area (east side) of Quebec.  Every morning (required), they attended a safety meeting with a Quebec wildlife biologist.  He did state that this particular herd that winters in this area,  has declined from around 425,000 caribou to well under 100,000. (in just a few years)  The reason:  wolves and black bears...........
 
  Some Elk herds in the western mountains have been reduced almost 50% by wolves, cougars, and bears.  Certain Alaskan moose herds have recovered dramatically when the predators started being controlled. 
 
  The state of Maine has updated their moose population from 33,000,  8/9 years ago to over 67,000 in 2012.   There are no wolves in Maine;  there are bears,  and they are hunting strongly........
 
 I finally got pictures of our MFZTA hats,  look at page 2.
 
  On page 4,  I have started to list companies that have begun to send donations.  Please visit their sites and check out what they offer..........
 
   Page 5 is the "links" page.   I am starting to put websites of the company's that have their logo on our wild life display trailer. 
 
MORE IMPORTANT NEWS:
 
  
   Our new website address is now
www.mfzta.com      The site hasn't changed much yet,   I will work on it in the next few weeks/months.  You can email me at mfzta@q.com   if you have suggestions on what to include in the site.   We have a bigger site with more 'pages' available.   Let me know what changes may be needed.  Try www.mnforesttrappers.com ane let us know what you think.  
 
 
OLD NEWS:
 
 
 
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