Trappers Line Cabin
This cabin, constructed in the 1980's by the Maine Trappers Association at Leonards Mills in Bradley Maine, was typical during the early days of trapping. The line cabin was designed for an overnight stay while checking the trap line. It was very simple and meant to provide temporary shelter only. Trappers could cache food supplies, fur stretchers, extra traps and tools needed to maintain his equipment in the cabin.
Leonards Mills holds their Living History Days each year on the first weekend in October and the second weekend in July, Aug and Sept. Check their website for more info and directions to the Maine Forest and Logging Museum at Leonards Mills.
New Senior Life Members
#173 Charles Boetsch
#174 Kenneth Brackett
#175 Frederick Curtis
#176 Daniel Harriman
#177 Michael Wasilewski
#178 Ronald Holmes
#179 Louis Kish
New Life Members
#407 Brian Perry
#408 Matthew Landry
#409 Timothy Witham
#410 Scott Moon
#411 Mark Stanhope
#412 Bruce Douglas
#413 John Sewell
#414 James Thompson
#415 Stephen Bartlett
- MAY 5, 2013 - PATTEN - MTA Annual Spring Business Meeting, 9:00 AM, Mini Fundraising Auction after lunch, Rockabema Snow Rangers Club, Clark Road.
- MAY 18, 2013 - AUGUSTA - Capitol Area Trappers Chapter host WATER TRAPPING DAY free trapping clinic, 9AM, 153 Hospital St. Pot luck lunch - please bring some food to share. More Info Here
- JUN 15, 2013 - FREE TRAPPING CLINIC - in North Anson, Rain or shine - 8AM - 2 PM. Reservations required. More Info Here.
- JUL 14, 2013 - BANGOR - Executive Committee/Directors Meeting, Bangor Motor Inn, 9AM.
- JUL 20, 2013 - VASSALBORO - Capitol Area Trappers Chapter PREDATOR DAY free trapping clinic, 9AM, Nelson Rd just after 3 Mile Pond boat landing on Rt 3. Pot luck lunch - please bring some food to share. More Info Here
- AUG 22, 23, 24, 2013 - BETHEL - Neil Olson's New England Trappers Weekend. (thurs, fri, sat) More Info Here.
- SEPT 20 & 21, 2013 - WINDSOR - Maine Trappers Association FALL RENDEZVOUS and Annual Fall Business Meeting, Windsor Fairgrounds. See More Info Here
Trapper Education Class dates are listed on the Maine IF&W Website: LINK to IFW
Walter L. Arnold, trapper, and one of the founders of the MTA, at his cabin in northern Maine in 1977. photo by David Hiser
Bills currently in the Legislature that are
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The Maine Trappers Association was established in 1947 to provide an organization by which those with a common interest in the sport of trapping could come together to discuss their common goals.
Meetings of the Executive Committee are held 4 times per year. Membership meetings are held twice each year, on the first Sunday in May and in the month of September. A newsletter, The Maine Trapper, is published quarterly and sent to all current members. If you'd like to join the MTA, go to the membership page for information.
The MTA has a proud history of bringing about changes that have enhanced the image of trappers and trapping. We have been leaders in supporting the development of traps and trapping techniques that are effective and humane. We have successfully supported legislation that has made trapping more acceptable to the non-trapping public, including mandatory trapper education. We have successfully opposed legislation when we felt that the changes would be harmful to the future of trapping or to the furbearers we harvest.
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This page was last updated on: May 10, 2013
Maine Trappers Association History
In the late 1940's, Maine trappers were dissatisfied with the trapping season. The Legislature set the season at that time. Clyde Wells of Saco and H.E. Ford of Berwick thought that unifying the trappers in Maine was a necessity. On September 1, 1947, the Maine Trappers Association (MTA) was formed. Luther DeVoe was elected president, Elwyn Smith was elected vice-president and J. Cliff Francis was elected secretary-treasurer. It seems that this meeting took place without the knowledge of either Mr. Ford or Mr. Wells. Membership dues were set at $1 per year.
Newsletter: The next deadline for the MTA newsletter will be
JUNE 20, 2013
Please send your submissions to the editor, Gary Sewell (email)
Maine Trappers Association
Established September 1947
Trap tags needed for a memorial to Josh Wardwell. If you'd like to participate, please send a trap tag to: S. Wilcox, 9 Pleasant St, Washburn, ME 04786.
Farewell to our friend,
Friday May 10, 2013 Update - LD1474 defeated by a unanimous vote