- DEC 20, 2014 - WELLS - York County Chapter Fur Sale. Tagging starts at 8:00; Sale starts at 9:00, Elks Lodge, 356 Bald Hill RD.
- JAN 4, 2015 - BANGOR - Board Meeting/Lynx Meeting: 9:00 a.m.at the Bangor Motor Inn, Bangor
- JAN 7, 2015 - BANGOR - Fur Tagging Day at the Maine IF&W Building on the Dorothea Dix Psych. Hospital grounds, 9am-3pm.
Trapper Education Class dates are listed on the Maine IF&W Website:
Walter L. Arnold, trapper, and one of the founders of the MTA, at his cabin in northern Maine in 1977. photo by David Hiser
Reports are published in the quarterly MTA newsletter (October, January, April, July)
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.
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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.
11-4-2014 News from Pres. Brian Cogill:
Maine IF&W has the ITP in their hands. See this link. STORY
IFW Adopts Emergency Trapping Rule Changes In Northern Maine
The Maine Trappers Association
will be holding a special
Board Meeting/Lynx Meeting:
January 4, 2015 at 9:00 a.m.
at the Bangor Motor Inn, Bangor
We will be meeting in the conference room across from the Gazebo where we usually hold our meetings.
The goal of the meeting is to provide members with the most current accurate information about the Lynx issues in Maine. There will also be an opportunity to comment and ask questions about the topic.
FUR TAGGING DAY at Maine IF&W Building,
JANUARY 7, 2015 - 9am - 3pm
on the Dorothea Dix Psych Complex