- October 15, 2018 beaver season opens WMD's 1-4.
- December 2, 2018 MTA Directors meeting Bangor Motor Inn, 9 am in the Gazebo.
- December 16, 2018 Central Maine Chapter of the MTA is holding its Annual Fall Fur Auction at the Palmyra community center, Palmyra, Maine. For more info contact Ted Perkins at 207-947-5109
Walter L. Arnold, trapper, and one of the founders of the MTA, at his cabin in northern Maine in 1977. photo by David Hiser
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.
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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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.
Established September 1947
DENVER -The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) is announcing the completion of a scientific review of the Canada lynx in the contiguous United States. The review concludes that the Canada lynx may no longer warrant protection under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) and should be considered for delisting due to recovery. This recommendation is the result of an extensive review of the best available scientific information and almost 20 years of working in partnership with state, federal, tribal, industry and other land managers on the conservation of this species. As a result of this status review, the Service will begin development of a proposed rule to delist the species.
For more information on the Canada lynx, visithttps://www.fws.gov/mountain-prairie/es/canadaLynx.php. To learn more about the delisting process, review our “Delisting a Species” fact sheet.
I would like to take the time and thank everyone that came to the Northern
Coastal Spring Fling. We had nice weather and was a real good time.
The blind man canoe race was a real good time, want to thank Butch Tripp
for being my partner, we didn't win but had a great time. Thanks to everyone
that helped especially a big thank you to Carrie Ricker and Barb Newton
that spent all day in the concession stand. Thank you goes out to Pat and
Melanie that helped in the kitchen on Sunday for the Spring Meeting. Hope that
everyone had a great time and also a special thank you goes out to Jerry and
Sandy's granddaughter for taking the time to sell raffle tickets
Winner of the best fur handler was our one and only President: Brian Cogill
Winner of the women's skillet throwing contest was Melanie Hurd
Winner of the blindmans canoe race was 2 young boys Luke and Ryan
It was a real good time and hope to see ya all next year
Northern Coastal Chapter