Montana Trappers Association September 2012 Report

http://www.montanatrappers.org

President — Tom Barnes, 4294 Hwy 91 N, Dillon MT 59725; 406-683-2791; cell: 406-660-2792; barnesauction1@yahoo.com

Vice President East — Joe Jassak, 824 Dornen Ranch Road, Winnett MT 59087; 406-429-2144; talltale@midrivers.com

Vice President West — Tater McKay, 3800 Old Stage Road, Dillon MT 59725; 406-683-4824; cell: 406-660-1094; tater.mckay@yahoo.com

Executive Secretary — Jim Buell, P.O. Box 133, Gildford, MT 59525; 406-376-3178; 7mbuell@itstriangle.com

Membership Secretary — Valerie Esche, 17 Allison Dr., Absarokee, MT 59001; 406-328-7264; wetrap@cablemt.net

Treasurer— Terry Sheppard, P.O. Box 129, Ovando, MT 59854; 406-793-5885; office: 406-793-5718; tjsheppard@blackfoot.net

NTA Director — Jim Buell, P.O. Box 133, Gildford, MT 59525; 406-376-3178; 7mbuell@itstriangle.com

 

Membership Options:

• Family membership with Trapper & Predator Caller — $40

• Family membership without Trapper & Predator Caller — $30

• Adult membership with Trapper & Predator Caller — $30

• Adult membership without Trapper & Predator Caller — $20

• Youth membership with Trapper & Predator Caller — $20

• Lifetime membership with Trapper & Predator Caller — $350

• Lifetime membership without Trapper & Predator Caller — $250

• Senior lifetime membership with Trapper & Predator Caller — $200

• Senior lifetime membership without Trapper & Predator Caller — $100

 

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

MTA Membership Secreatary

Valerie Esche

17 Allison Dr.

Absarokee, MT 59001

 

DISTRICT 1 REPORT

It’s been a busier spring in the MTA District #1 than normal. Our March 31 spring meeting was lightly attended but covered some good discussion on marten, bobcats, and wolf harvest ideas. I highly encourage your attendance at future spring meetings. I attended my first MTA Board meeting in May and was really impressed with the number of topics and attention to details covered by the Board. Few members/trappers realize how hard the MTA Board of Directors works for all of us trappers. My wife won her June Primary election for state Senate election (District 7, Sanders & Mineral counties). That has kept us busy, but if she wins in November also – it will be good to have a someone we fur harvesters can contact in Helena that can relate to us. I attended the wolf trapping public input workshop put on by MFW&P in Kalispell June 12th. First thing they asked me to do was a TV interview on the subject before the meeting. The trouble with those interviews is that I made several good points that MTA has been stressing and they edited out all but one statement. I’ve put on several trapping and fur displays during the primary election campaign to educate candidates and the public about trapping and the messages MTA tries to stress (trapper education, the laws and regulations, proper equipment for each situation, fur values, the needs for trapping – heck the list keeps going, doesn’t it?). I set up a trapper and fur camp at a recent Kootenai Indian encampment designed for continuing education credit for the 100+ attendees. The fur camp received lots of interest and questions. More such trapper/fur camps are scheduled for re-enactments this summer, including one at Deer Lodge in September 14th as requested by the Grant-Kohrs Living History Academy.

To talk about fur harvest issues in District #1, feel me at 406/210-5943. — Paul C Fielder, Thompson Falls

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