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.

Membership News

The Newest Senior Life Members

#178 Ronald Holmes
#179 Louis Kish
#180 Joseph E. Baker
#181 Emerson Bornman
#182 Dick Drysdale
#183 Keith J. Landies

The Newest Life Members

#417  Eric A. Russell
#418  Ron Porter
#419  Jeff Fay

Event Calendar​

  • APRIL 27, 2014 - HUDSON - Fur Tagging at Pushaw Lake Snowmobile Club, Whitmore Landing Rd, 11am-1pm. Lunch available for purchase.
  • MAY 4, 2014 (Sunday) - PATTEN - MTA Spring Business Meeting, Rockabema Snow Rangers Club, 113 Clark Rd.  9:00AM.
  • MAY 4, 2014 - BOSCAWEN, NH - Open House at Bill Bailey's Trapping Supplies. 9AM-3PM, Food, Specials offered all day, demos by Toby Edwards. Call 603-796-2758.

  • JUNE 14, 2014, Saturday - NORTH ANSON - Free Trapping Clinic, RESERVATIONS REQUIRED, 8AM - 2PM. SEE MORE
  • AUGUST 21, 22,23, 2014 - BETHEL - Neil Olson's Trappers Weekend. 207-875-5765.
  • AUGUST 24, 2014 - Super Raffle Drawing
  • AUGUST 24 TO SEPT 1, 2014 - WINDSOR - the Windsor Fair, visit the MTA Museum and display.
  • SEPT 19 & 20, 2014 -WINDSOR - MTA FALL RENDEZVOUS at Windsor Fairgrounds, 2 days of demos, Business meeting, election, gun raffle drawing,  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
Legislative Update
Reports are published in the quarterly MTA newsletter (October, January, April, July)
See the
Legislative Page
for current news.
​     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.   

Continue with the History of the MTA on the History Page.
Newsletter:  The next deadline for the MTA newsletter will be 
JUNE 15, 2014
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  MTA Spring 
  Business Meeting
Sunday, May 4, 2014
Location:   Rockabema Snow Rangers Club
113 Clark Road, Patten Maine
   9:00 AM Meeting
   12:00  Turkey Dinner, $12 per person
   1:00 PM  Fundraising Auction

There will be an important Vote on By-laws changes. Most importantly, adding voting by mail for the annual Election of Officers. Please see your April MTA newsletter for much more information on this. (will be in the mail mid April)  
We are collecting beaver pelt donations for the coat that the MTA  will be donating to the winner of the Miss Maine pageant. If you would like to donate, please contact us   (Contact page)
Your membership dues help the MTA to continue to defend your trapping rights. 
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April 4, 2014:  Rendezvous Update. The Rendezvous will definitely be held on   Sept. 19 & 20, 2014 at the Windsor Fairgrounds in Windsor Maine, Hosted by the Capitol Area Chapter. (more info)   
MPGA Super Raffle Tickets are being sold. Proceeds to Save Maine's Bear Hunt.  
Tickets are $10 for a chance to win these great prizes
#1 - Ranger Log Home, 24'x20' donated by Katahdin Cedar Homes, Value $24,978. 
#2 - Catarosa Ranch Trophy Whitetail Hunt in Texas, Value $9500.  
#3 - Grand Laker Canoe Package w/trailer and motor. Value $9,000.  
#4 - Libby Camps fly fishing Trip for Two.
 Drawing Date Aug. 24, 2014
Tickets can not be mailed. To get tickets, please email: for information on who to buy tickets from.