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. They are open year round for self guided tours, picnics and hiking on their nature trails. Check their website for other events, more info and directions to the Maine Forest and Logging Museum at Leonards Mills.
- JULY 19, 2014, Saturday - VASSALBORO - Capital Area Predator Day, 221 Nelson Rd. Join us for a day of trapping demos. RSVP by July 7. MORE INFO
- JULY 26, 2014 - DIXMONT - Join us for a night of great food and fun at the Benefit Supper and Auction hosted by Central Maine Chapter at the Gold Crest Riders Snowmobile Club. Public Welcome! MORE INFO
- AUGUST 9, 2014 - AUGUSTA Super Banquet, 'Save Maine's Bear Hunt', Augusta Civic Center 76 Community Dr. Doors Open at 3:00 MORE INFO
- AUGUST 21, 22,23, 2014 - BETHEL - Neil Olson's Trappers Weekend. 3 days of demos, contests, games, vendors, information, 207-875-5765.
- AUGUST 24, 2014 - AUGUSTA - Super Raffle Drawing
- AUGUST 24 TO SEPT 1, 2014 - WINDSOR - the Windsor Fair, visit the MTA Museum, trappers cabine and display.
- SEPT 19 & 20, 2014 -WINDSOR - MTA FALL RENDEZVOUS at Windsor Fairgrounds, 2 days of demos, Business meeting, election, gun raffle drawing, Auction MORE.
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
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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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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.
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2014 MTA Fall Rendezvous
in Windsor Maine,
September 19 & 20 (Fri.&Sat)
Fundraising Dinner and Auction:
The Central Maine Chapter is putting on a Benefit Supper and Auction on July 26 in Dixmont. The profits of this fundraising event will go towards the MWCC Fight to defeat the Bear referendum. DETAILS Save Maine's Bear Hunt Super Banquet, Saturday, August 9, 2014, Auction, Raffles, Prizes MORE INFO & Tickets
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