Photo courtesy of Bob Steinmetz
Bob Steinmetz’s partner, Doug Zajdel, poses with their day’s catch of muskrats. Steinmetz will be holding a muskrat trapping demonstration Sept. 12 at Andersons Sportsman’s Club. 
Photo courtesy of Bob Steinmetz

Bob Steinmetz’s partner, Doug Zajdel, poses with their day’s catch of muskrats. Steinmetz will be holding a muskrat trapping demonstration Sept. 12 at Andersons Sportsman’s Club. 

HERMANSVILLE — District 3 of the U.P. Trappers Association will be meeting Sept. 12 at 5:30 p.m. at the Wildwood Restaurant to pick up trash along the highway and will then proceed to the Anderson’s Sportsman’s Club for the regular meeting which will probably start about 6:30.

This meeting will be open to anyone interested in learning more about trapping and what belonging to a trapping association can mean to the trapper. Bob Steinmetz, who has been trapping for around 48 years, will be giving a muskrat trapping demonstration that will be geared to beginning trappers of all ages but will be especially targeted towards young children. Muskrats and the possible mink caught while muskrat trapping are among the easiest of animals to catch and also the fur-handling for these two animals is something beginners can catch on to fairly quickly. Many trappers in the association began trapping when they were eight to twelve years old and most probably started with muskrats.

Steinmetz will show everyone where to look for muskrats, how to know for sure that muskrats are there, how to catch them, what traps and equipment to use, use of lure and bait, how to trap humanely and the importance of not over trapping an area — so that there will always be muskrats for future generations. 

For directions or more information about District 3 trappers, contact President Roy Dahlgren, at trapperroy@outlook.com or call him at 906-399-1960.