Montana Trappers Association November 2011 Report

President — Tom Barnes; phone: 406-683-2791; e-mail: t_barnes@wmc.edu

Vice President East — John Graham, Jordan, MT; e-mail: VPEast@montanatrappers.org

Vice President West — Dennis Schutz, Stevensville, MT

Recording Secretary — Jim Buell; phone: 406-376-3178; e-mail: 7mbuell@ttc-cmc.net

Membership Secretary — Valerie Esche, 17 Allison Dr., Absarokee, MT 59001; phone: 406-328-7264; e-mail: wetrap@nemontel.com

Treasurer — Terry Sheppard, Ovando, MT; e-mail: Treasurer@montanatrappers.org

NTA Director — Brian Stoner, Belgrade, MT; e-mail: NTAdirector@montanatrappers.org

Membership Options:

• Individual membership including subscription to The Trapper & Predator Caller — $25
• Youth membership including subscription to The Trapper & Predator Caller — $15
• Family membership including subscription to The Trapper & Predator Caller — $35
• Lifetime membership with subscription to The Trapper & Predator Caller — $350
• Senior Lifetime membership with subscription to The Trapper & Predator Caller — $200

Complete membership application on first page of association section and send dues to:

MTA Membership Secreatary
Valerie Esche
17 Allison Dr., Absarokee, MT 59001

http://www.montanatrappers.org
PRESIDENT’S REPORT
Hello to All;
The Rendezvous is over. I’d like to thank everyone that attended and all that were there to help! What a great weekend it turned out to be. The numbers seemed to be about usual. The vendors I had a chance to talk to were getting along pretty well. The demo’s were top notch, I’m sure everyone enjoyed them, (thanks Kirk). Again at the Sunday directors meeting it was discussed to maybe look for a different place to hold the rendezvous because the price went up this year, but at this time it will be held in Lewistown again next year the second weekend in September.

It’s hard to find a place that has the kind of facility that fits our needs and is pretty centralized for everyone. It is my hope that more members might consider attending next year. It truly is a great time to visit with old friends and meet new ones. If you attend you might just realize what your organization does for the trapping industry. But our ranks are getting older we need younger folks to step up to keep it all going.
Our gooseneck trailer is now in Lewistown. We will have a work party on November 19, 2011 to get the MTA trapper’s cabin mounted on it. We will have it all ready by spring so make your plans to use it. If you would like to bring the cabin to your local county fair or whatever event next season it will be ready. There will be a few logistical things to work out, but keep it in mind.
November 20, 2011 is the date for the fall directors meeting. Everyone is welcome to attend. If you have any questions or concerns it’s a good time to let us know.
Trapping season will be upon us before we know it. If you are not aware, District 6 has a Swift Fox season, (quota 20). Last year only 7 were harvested. District Director Kirk Knudsen believes that if the quota is not met the FWP might question whether there should be a season or not. If you would like to catch a Swift Fox let Kirk know. He will point you in the right direction. He said a person should be able to catch one overnight. They are not hard to catch.
We are working on finalizing the details for this year’s fur sale. Looks like it will be either the 9th and 10th or the 16th and 17th of March. In Columbus, MT same as the past years We had looked at the second weekend in February but that date conflicts with other sales around. The sale will be a sealed bid type sale same as last year.

Commission will be 6%, with no minimum sale fee. From all indications the market will be pretty strong again this season. We hope you will consider bringing your fur to the MTA sale. It’s an easy way to support your organization. Look for more information to come out shortly. I will serve as receiving agent again this year, so if you cannot attend and want to send your fur to me I’ll be glad to get it to Columbus.
The Education Committee has been working very hard all summer to complete the new education manual. They have done an excellent job. Hopefully all will be finalized shortly. If you are interested in becoming an instructor get ahold of Fran Buell, she will give you all the details. She would really like to keep broadening the instructor base.
Elections were held at the Rendezvous this year for President, Vice President West and Treasure. All ran unopposed so there have been no changes in officers. Next year we will elect the offices of Vice President East, Membership Secretary, Recording Secretary and NTA Director. Also this coming year will be an election year for district director’s. So at the spring district meetings that will be on the agenda. If you might be interested let folks know and show up at your district meeting.
I think that about covers most of the things happening within the MTA. Keep in mind it is your organization, we do our best to keep it going for all to enjoy. We can always use help. If interested get ahold of any officer or director.
Hope that the upcoming season will be a good one for all.
Best.

— Tom Barnes

VICE PRESIDENT WEST REPORT
In August the MTA was invited to Bozeman for the Turkey Federation Kids Day. We got the chance to have 40+ kids and their parents come through our station in groups of 4. We showed them some pelts, traps, and gave all of them a bag full of literature and a NTA Handbook and coloring book to take home. There were lots of great questions and I believe we made a lot of new supporters for trapping. We got invited to come back again next year.
I appreciate all of the phone calls and e-mails that I receive from all of the members in the west. Without your input I would have a hard time keeping up with what is going on in our part of the state. I hope that our numbers continue to grow and I appreciate all of your hard work.
Trapping season is right around the corner and all indications point to a good year to put up some fur. The prices should be good and fur numbers look good. Fuel continues to go up in price, you will just have to trap smarter and make your trapline miles count.
Take Care.

— Tater McKay

DISTRICT 1 REPORT
Hello to all;
I can’t report very much during the off-season from District 1. I attended a trappers meeting west of Kalispell in August, shared some experiences, and tried to predict the future. I also attended a trapper get together on Ed Hebbe III’s Lake Diane property and learned some good tricks for snares. Anytime trappers can get together is usually a good time.
The MFW&P furbearer biologist in Region I shared about 10 years of marten and bobcat harvest report data files with me. I am organizing them to see if there are correlations between harvest dates and age and or sex of marten and bobcats harvested. A use of this data analysis may be to set seasons to maximize harvest of males and minimize harvest of productive females. There is a lot more data than I anticipated and analysis is moving along slowly.
Reports indicate thatfur prices should be good again this year. I’ve got my fur room organized and ready to go. Once trapping season gets going, maybe I’ll have more to say next time.

— Paul C Fielder, Sub-Director District 1

DISTRICT 2 REPORT
Hello trappers;
Fall is in the air and trapping season is just around the corner. I love fall and the anticipation of laying some steel. I am trying to get all of my equipment ready and some waxed dirt made in the last couple of hot summer days that we have left.
The Rendezvous in Lewistown was a great success. The demos were awesome and all the vendors had plenty of supplies for trappers to purchase. It was 100 percent trap talk all weekend long. It was great to see everyone and meet new friends. If you have never had a chance to make it to the rendezvous, you should plan to go and have a great time. I always learn new things each and every year that produce results for me on the trap line.
Have a great fall and a great trapping season. If you know trappers that aren’t members put the pressure on them to join the MTA and preserve our right to trap and harvest fur.

We need new members to make the MTA grow. It doesn’t cost much to join and then they are a part of a great association and even better people.
Sincerely.

— Guy

DISTRICT 3 REPORT
It is fair and rodeo time in Dillon as I write this. Southwestern Montana’s Biggest Weekend is here again, the kids are busy getting animals and projects ready to go to town. School is starting and that means summer is done. It also means that trapping season is almost here, I hope that all of you are ready. With the supplies that I purchased at the Rendezvous in Lewistown I should be all ready to go.
Things have been pretty quiet in District 3. Our quota on bobcats will be 250 this year. I haven’t heard of any other changes for our district on any other quotas. It sounds like a lot of trappers will be in the field this year. With the high prices of last year, it will make everyone a trapper, for awhile any way. Just remember to trap responsibly and ethically and all will be good. I hope to see some of you in the field this fall and winter.
I enjoyed meeting with many old friends and making new ones in Lewistown.
Take Care.

— Tater

DISTRICT 4 REPORT
Well, the days are getting shorter and the nights are cooler. That can only meant that trapping season is fast approaching. It seems like I am never quite ready for it no matter how much preparation I do, there is always a few things I wish I’d have gotten ready or done. I hope that all of you will be more prepared for the up-coming season than I will be.
I need to give a big thank you to a couple of people in my district. I owe a debt of gratitude to Judd Brooks for not only covering for me once, but twice this summer.

I was away at Youth Trapper Camp the week-end the Eden 4-H asked me to do a talk on trapping with them. Judd stepped up and filled in for me in my absence there. I was also supposed to assist Judd with a pet release demo during the Big Sky Animal Medical’s annual pet health fair, but I came down with pneumonia and was unable to help. Judd said both events went well and I know that this is good Public Relations for the MTA and trapping. My other big thank you is to Keven Heinle. While at the Rendezvous may wife and I were discussing how to juggle the kid and transportation to the fairgrounds. Keven told me to just use his rig and he would ride with his parents to and from the motel. This was a huge help as 2 year olds tend to do things on their own time. I guess a district director is only as good as his sub-directors and volunteers and I am lucky to have a great team to work with.
I have received some positive feed- back from those of you that read my beaver castor article in the newsletter so I will try to come up with another for the next newsletter. For this newsletter I will just provide a tip or two.
Josh’s Fur Handling Tip: With muskrats looking very bright this fall, here are a few tips on rats. Be careful when trapping muskrats below freezing temperatures. I once had to take a hair dryer out to my truck to get some “rats unfrozen from my truck bed. I have also had them freeze to the icy surface of a lake while replacing the trap under the ice. I now carry a burlap sack to put them in if the mercury dips below freezing.

Rolling them in snow helps to dry them a bit, but the sack is the best insurance I won’t have to chisel a muskrat off the lake. Also, be sure to let your muskrats dry completely before skinning. When I get back to my fur shed, I like to put my ‘rats on top of a couple of cage traps and use a box fan to dry them off. The cage trap allows full air circulation around the muskrat so they dry quickly. Once they are dry I give them a once over with a brush, then get out my skinning knife. If you skin your muskrat wet, the finished product does not come our near as nice. I have also skinned them and left them fur out to dry over night, but they do not seem to dry as quickly or come out as fluffy as letting the fur dry on the carcass.
That’s all I have for now, I hope everyone has a great season.

— Josh Lodge, D4 Director

DISTRICT 5 REPORT
Hello from Region 5;
I have been very busy trying to recoup from the flooding this spring, fur prices look good with record prices being paid for cats and higher markets for fox and coyote. All the water helped the coon population as we have a ton of coon. The Rendezvous came off well this year many thanks to Tom Barnes and everyone who helped out. I urge any one who can come to Lewistown on the 19th of Nov. to work on the trappers cabin.
Kudos to Jim & Fran for all the work they and the Education Committee has done on the revised education manual and negotiations with FWP. If any one has any concerns in Region 5 please give me a call & I’ll help you out. It seems we are working against a stacked deck with FWP & the present Commission but we have to keep putting new idea’s out there, things will change with a new administration and logic will prevail.

— District 5 Director, John Hughes

DISTRICT 6 REPORT
Howdy District 6
Feels like Fall is on its way this morning. Pam and I have spent the summer trying to get moved up to Saco. We moved three buildings the 300 miles from Wolf Creek to Saco and numerous other loads and are not done yet as we finish one major construction project – lots of work. Trapping season is just around the corner and we are feeling the pressure of knowing we will not be prepared but at least we will be in one place finally.
For those of you who didn’t make it to Rendezvous I have to say you missed a good one! Thanks to all that donated so much time in preparation and donated items for our various fund raisers. Also the folks (Bob Sheppard, Jason Geer, Brian Stoner, John Hughes, Paul Faber assisted by Tres Pederson, Terry Thompson, Dave Wallace, Larry Dilulo and Jim Halseth) that gave the demos and participated in the Roundtable discussion did an excellent job and I thank you for being willing to share your knowledge and expertise.

You’re the ones that make it work and hats off to you. Everyone benefits from your hard work and for those of you who are riding the wave you should be thankful for those that are carrying the load and might consider getting involved and help pull the load if you want to continue trapping. We need ONE strong united active organization. To the split offs and the ones that have gotten their feathers ruffled or egos bruised and have become inactive in the MTA I say get your heads out of your ____ and get to work!!! For many years I was complacent and let others fight for my right to trap and even now I don’t do all that I should. It’s a personal choice we all have to make, a matter of priorities and I am at times as guilty as anyone. Most of us could do more. The anti’s are still hungry and will prey on the weak. If these words aggravate you then you’re the ones (myself included) I’m talking to.
Last year we only harvested seven Swift Fox. The quota is twenty. If we don’t approach the quota again this year the commission might wonder if a season is justified. Swift Fox are easily trapped in cage traps or footholds, are very plentiful and are a great opportunity for beginners and youth to catch a canine. Anyone interested may give me a call and I will steer you to some good locations.
Talk of the National Monument is still out there. Heads up, the TransCanada/Keystone XL pipeline is likely to be built, in part, through District 6 over the next several years and may cause some disruption to local trappers.
If you haven’t picked up the new regulations, they are now available. Looking forward to a great trapping season.
Watch your Top Knot.

— Kirk

DISTRICT 7 REPORT
Greetings Everyone;
I hope that your summer was a good one! Even if our spring was overrun with flood water and mud in fields unlike anything we have seen in many years, leaving some fields unplanted until it was too late in the farming season!
A special thanks from me goes out to Corey Bollinger for helping out at the Rosebud Co. Fair! We had many folks stop by and show support for trapping and trappers.
Many old friends stopped by and many membership applications were handed out. We both had a great time talking trapping with those who stopped by.
I like so many of you have seen the fur market reports and are looking forward to a productive trapping and snaring season! Sad to say the FWP has taken away 200 bobcats from Region 7’s quota for whatever reason? Something about low female and kitten numbers I’m sure; however I feel it’s because the bobcat market is still strong and prices may well reflect this as the auctions are held.
I hope that the Rendezvous was a good one for you and yours and that this trapping season treats you well! When you’re out scouting or even presetting your trapping area take a kid with you! I’m sure that you both will enjoy the time spent together! And it never hurts to have a strong back and legs along for a trip into our great outdoors!
I’m writing this on 9-1-11 and I can’t help but think back to those in New York City and the twin towers! The reason for this is to remind each and every one of us to thank as well as to pray for the safe return of our service men and women who are standing up for our rights here at home and abroad so we can enjoy this special thing we call freedom!

— Allan L. Minear, District 7 Director

TREASURER’S REPORT
Hello to a frosty morning in Ovando! Fall has arrived with frozen dew & colors changing daily. The Larch trees (Tamaracks) are showing their bright yellow fall colors on the mountain sides. Certainly a nicer color than the bug killed pines with their orange colored dead needles. Rain has cleared most of the smoke from our forest fires. But they will still smolder along until a heavy snow arrives.
MTA’s fall Rendezvous on the second weekend of September in Lewistown MT was unseasonably warm; but provided great camping weather. We did start the wood stove a couple of mornings to take off the chill of early morning. Visiting with other trappers over a hot cup of coffee started off the day nicely.
This year’s Rendezvous showed many more people coming through the doors to take in demos, shopping at the vendor booths, trying on fur coats, grading fur, trap setting, skillet toss, visiting with the Rodeo queens, door prizes, enjoying a great meal at Saturday nights banquet and attending the following auction. Sweepstakes sales were down from last year, but the auction proceeds were up. Patrick Vanek’s name has been added to the Doug Slifka – Fuller Laugeman Memorial Scholarship. Many auction items were sold for funding the scholarship in Patrick’s name. Once again MTA provided two scholarships of $500. Be sure to have that future or current student send in an application. The number of applicants has dropped in the past several years and we need to get some competition and interested students.
On Saturday MTA provided a new $100 drawing after the auction to a lucky participant, who needed to be in attendance. Staying just a few minutes longer after the auction, could be beneficial. There were lots of interesting items at the auction to tempt most everyone. Thanks to all of you for your donated auction items. Start cooking up new ideas for items at next year’s auction.
Districts 5 & 7 have provided funds for a sweepstakes prize. What about you other districts? Can you generate donated funds for a sweepstakes prize this year? Bob Sheppard is busy gathering prizes and donations for next year’s sweepstakes. More donations mean less MTA expenses.
MTA has a new item for sale this year. It is a Fur Handling DVD, featuring a number of MTA members. The filming was done by a professional, who donated his time & expertise. We have a few copies left from the Rendezvous for sale at $15.00. More copies are on order from the supplier. The DVDs will be listed on the MTA website in the near future. You can use the DVD as a reference tool or educating those new upcoming trappers. All sale proceeds go to MTA.
Overall, I thought the Rendezvous was very successful. I saw a lot of busy vendors, happy faces and heard many good tales and experiences. We all hope to see you with a young person in tow next year. The youth is trapping & MTA’s future.
With 2012 being an election year, MTA is gearing up to be proactive once again. We will keep you informed of current events as they happen. Be sure to provide us information you may learn about initiatives, legislation, anti-activities and anything else that would be helpful. SRPF funds are accumulating, but we still need to be prepared for future attacks.
Wishing you a great Fall while enjoying the outdoors and activities through the end of this year. Hang onto your hats, the weather man predicts another hard winter. Snowshoes are a great Christmas present for anyone old enough to walk. Just keep the dog in front or from stepping on the back of the snowshoes.
Happy hunting and trapping!

— Terry J Sheppard

Greetings from the Metropolis of Ovando:
It has been a short and very busy summer for us up here. Winter just jumped right into summer with no spring. I am waiting to see if summer jumps right into winter kind of like last year. It really makes no difference as I will not be completely ready for it no matter what. I did manage to get about a 100 gallons of wax dirt prepared though before it cooled too much. I am certainly looking forward to this year’s season. And as the days and nights cool off, I am getting pretty antsy. As usual I have not done near as much scouting as I would have liked.
This years’ rendezvous seemed to go pretty good. It seemed to me to be a fair amount of interest in the coming season, but I did not ask any of the dealers what their experiences were. Something for us all to think about is the fact that the majority of the folks there on Saturday night were in the 40 year and older age group. What does that tell you about the future of our sport? Even with all of the younger folks that I see at education meets and youth trapper camp, if we don’t have younger members coming up to fill the ranks then where will we be in the next few years? For sure there are some younger folks stepping forth and I certainly appreciate them but there needs to be some more. Think about it.
I will say a big thank you to all the people that donated time as well as items of interest to make the auction go good. The effort involved to make the MTA run in a relatively smooth fashion is more than most people see on the surface. After being involved in a minor way, I certainly can appreciate the amount of effort and planning that goes into one of these rendezvous.
Along another note, the amount of shed horns that has been donated to the Sportsman’s Right fund has gotten reasonably respectable. I will try to get some horn buyers interest and am figuring to auction them at the fur auction in Columbus in Feb. I talked to Jim Soares at the Western in John Day. They auctioned, by sealed bid, some donated horns and pulled in several thousand dollars for the NTA. At the present we have some money in the SRPF but, rest assured, the footloose fanatics are not done.

They will be back. They narrowly missed getting on the ballot this last time and they have probably learned enough low life tricks to make sure that they will get on the next time. It cost many tens of thousands of dollars to fight and defeat the anti’s this last time. If they get an initiative on the ballot, it WILL cost much more. History of other states has shown that figure to be in the millions of dollars. We desperately need to get prepared for another coming fight to preserve our rights and privileges.
Wolves: What a deal!!!
Idaho is working to preserve their game herds with a pretty comprehensive management policy that includes trapping. They set quotas and strive to reach them. That includes extending the seasons and more than just one wolf per hunter or trapper. What is going on with our department? We will see what this season brings to us here in western Montana but I am not holding my breath. There are several things in the regulations for this year’s hunt that are not so shiny. At least maybe there is a starting place and if the anti’s don’t manage to shut it down again, maybe we will get a “for real” wolf management program.
I know this sounds like a lot of gloom and doom but we need to face up to the fact that we live in a different world than we did even 20 years ago. Things are changing- some for the better – others not. We need to adjust to the changes and be prepared to carry the ball so we don’t have changes that we cannot live with. It will necessarily include us all.
Take a youngster with you on the trap line and watch the wonder unfold in their eyes as they see what goes on around them. Explain our part in this section of the natural world and how we fit in. Nobody knows it better than the trappers that are out there and nobody else is as qualified to teach our special knowledge to others. You will not regret the time spent.
Till next time.

— Bob Sheppard

Essays written by the recipients
of the 2011 MTA Scholarships
Congratulation to Sierra Dawn Speer – Augusta MT & Heidi Gates – Hysham MT

In every child’s life, there is a time when fear holds them back. In my case, the fear of my fingers being snapped in a trap prevented me from setting any trap, including the smallest. This fear really held me back, because at this time I really wanted to follow in my father’s footsteps and have a trapping line that I could call my own, for small animals like muskrats. If course, I couldn’t have my own line without being able to set my own traps. Dad saw how frustrated I was getting and decided to help me out a little bit.
I remember being shocked when Dad asked me to stick my finger in a set Number 0 muskrat trap. Looking back, I understand what his plan was, but at the tender age of eleven, I was completely taken aback and I remember thinking to myself, “Dad’s gone crazy.” He kept trying to get me to stick my finger in the trap to show me that it wouldn’t hurt if I accidentally caught myself while trying to set the trap myself someday, but I was not convinced that it would be a painless experience. I imagined the situation would have looked quite humorous to anyone watching; a grown man sticking his finger in a trap and a bug-eyed little girl staring, amazed that his finger hadn’t been chopped off.

Finally I decided that, even if my dad was crazy, his finger hadn’t been cut off by the trap, and I stuck my finger in the trap, only to start laughing. It hurt about as much as getting pinched, much less worse than I expected. I learned a valuable lesson that day; don’t let the fear of getting hurt keep you from experiencing life.

- Sierra Dawn Speer, Augusta MT

Our little Jack Russell Terrier, who I guess thinks he is some kind of huge guard dog, began to bark like there was someone at the door. Sure enough, we heard a few loud knocks and when I opened the door to see who it was, I found it to be our dear old friend, Bill McConnachie. Bill was in his mid-eighties, yet he still acted as though he wasn’t a day over fifty. He lived alone and really had no family that was very close, so we took it upon ourselves to adopt him into the family as our grandpa. He usually would stop at our house every day, or at least every other day to have lunch, visit, and sometimes play a game of cribbage. He usually made a round through the valley and visited all our neighbors too. He was not only considered family to us, but nearly everyone in the valley.
This particular day, Bill had come to get me so that we could go out and check my trap line. Bill helped me and a neighbor boy named David set up our trap lines. He tried to teach us all of his tricks for trapping that he had learned over the many years of his trapping experience. I was the only girl in my class at the time, and all the boys thought I was pretty cool being a girl with a trap line. I seemed to think I was pretty cool myself, especially when it came time to get the money for the furs from the animals I had harvested.
After I put my shoes and jacket on, Bill and I went out and got in his old red pickup. It was always an interesting experience riding with Bill because he often time had a box of dynamite blasting caps in jar on the seat. It didn’t seem to bother him, but it always made me a little nervous. We started down the back road near my house and drove to where one of my three traps were located. As soon as we stopped, I jumped out and ran over to see if I had caught anything. The trap was near the bottom of a small drain ditch where I usually was able to catch raccoons and sometimes an occasional unwanted skunk.

I didn’t even have to have the trap in sight; I already knew that I had caught something…a skunk. It smelled awful. Had it been up to me, I probably would have somehow gotten it out of the trap and gotten rid of it because I didn’t want to be around the rank aroma. Bill, however, walked down to the trap like it was nothing. I think he had been trapping so long that he was immune to the terrible smell, or at least that is what it seemed like. We got the skunk out, or should I say he did, and then carried it back to his pickup and flung it into the pickup bed. He would then take it to his place and skin it for me. He would skin both David’s and my skunks because we couldn’t do it ourselves.
That must have been a bad skunk year because I caught at least five and I think David caught around seven or so. Bill must have been getting sick of skinning skunks because he arrived at our house one day and told me that if David caught another skunk he was going to hang it outside my bedroom window. I couldn’t tell if he was serious or not, but secretly I really hoped that David wouldn’t catch anymore skunks just to be safe.

- Heidi Gates, Hysham MT

ANNUAL SWEEPSTAKES WINNERS
1st Ticket
Flip Zeren – Great Falls
Kawasaki 4 X 4 ATV

2nd Ticket
Daniel Cole – Dixon MT
Beaver Fur jacket

3rd Ticket
Kevin Robertson – Missoula MT
Moose Antler Carving

4th Ticket
Cindy Atchison – Augusta MT
Ruger 10/22 .22 cal Rifle

5th Ticket
Greg Tenzen – MT
Heritage .22cal/.22 mag Pistol

6th Ticket
Jeff Putnam – Frenchtown MT
Ruana Drop Point Skinner

7th Ticket
John Bowers – Livingston MT
Canon 2.3 mp Camcorder

8th Ticket
Elaine Hughes – Deer Lodge MT
Stevens Model 200 .25/06 Rifle

9th Ticket
Roy Gruss – Missoula MT
Mossberg .22 cal Rifle

10th Ticket
John Bowers – Livingston MT
Savage HMR .17 cal Rifle

2011 Annual Awards
Trapper of the Year
Kirk Hash Sr.

Member of the Year
Keven Heinle

Director of the Year
Kirk Knudsen

Youth Trapper of the Year
Sonja Sponholz

Business of the Year
WissMiss Enterprises – Nancy Haefer

Thank You.
The MTA extends grateful thanks to Lorissa Harris, Miss Rodeo Montana & Amy Hagen, Miss Teen Rodeo Montana for their appearances at the 2011 Great Rockies Outdoor Shows and the 2011 MTA Rendezvous. Also to all the MTA members who helped in making Rendezvous 2011 the success that it was.

Welcome New Members
District 1
Jay Dembek Kalispell
Dakota Millard Libby

District 2
Ernie Hals Bonner

District 3
Kirk Johnston Sheridan

District 4
Frank Hanzel Lewistown
Bob Knox Winifred

District 5
Richard Kircheund Roundup
Andrew Pasek Billings

2012 FUR SALE
The Western States Fur Sale will take place in February of 2012
At the “Little Metra” located in Columbus Montana
Receiving dates on site will be Friday & Saturday morning
To arrange shipping your fur contact Tom Barnes, Chairman, 4294 Hwy 91 N, Dillon Mt 59725; 406-683-2791; 406-660-2792; barnesauction1@yahoo.com

* * * * NOTICE * * * *
The next Board of Directors meeting will be Nov 20, 2011
Yogo Inn * 9:00 a.m. * Lewistown

 

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