Pennsylvania Trappers Association Inc. August 2012 Report

President — Brian Mohn, 138 Farview Road, Hamburg, PA 19526; 610-562-1790;

Vice President East — Joel Whitehead, 845 Snake Hill Road, Thompson, PA 19526; 570-756-2714;

Vice President West — Ned Weston, 120 Swope Road, West Sunbury, PA 16061; 724-894-2239;

Secretary — Don Klinger, 522 S. Pancoast, Reynoldsville, PA 15851; 814-371-1170;

Treasurer — Donna Spittle, P.O. Box 708, Hummelstown, PA 17036; 717-239-9267;

Editor — Ed Price, 3833 Old Newburg Turnpike, Union Dale, PA 18470; 570-679-2318;

NTA Director — David Shuttleworth, 5452 Tamarack Drive, Sharpsville, PA 16150; 724-962-4260;

FTA Director — Mark Kasten, RR2 Box 2287, Hallstead, PA 18822; 570-278-2553;

Public Relations Director — Barry Warner, P.O. Box 223, Dallas, PA 18612; 570-675-7041;

Website Designer — Barbie Breckenridge,


Membership Options:

Individual membership including subscription to Trapper & Predator Caller — $25

Individual membership without subscription — $10

Junior, age 16 and under without subscription — $5

Lifetime membership with subscription — $300

Lifetime membership without subscription — $100


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

PTA Treasurer

Donna Spittle

P.O. Box 708

Hummelstown, PA 17036



I want to thank all the volunteers that worked to make the 75th Rendezvous a milestone to be remembered! District 4 pulled the workhorse share of the load so the rest of us could enjoy the benefits of their labor. I hope everybody noticed the “WOUNDED WARRIOR PROJECT” banner as they entered the gate. The PTA donated half of the gate fee to this project. Without the sacrifices our veterans make for us, we would not have all the freedoms we enjoy.

We held an informal meeting on Friday night at the rendezvous and introduced a slogan that I would like to share with you. “OUR IMAGE –OUR FUTURE”, think about how our actions as trappers will determine the path for the future of trapping. We all need to implement the most responsible and ethical trapping techniques and share them with the new trappers that are in the field this winter. The PGC laws and regulations are not our most limiting guidance when trapping. If you have any doubt, I would suggest to error on the side of safety.

Our general membership meeting on Saturday had the largest attendance that I have seen in years. Thank You for being a part of it. We amended wording in our constitution and bylaws by a unanimous vote. Our members accepted a bid by District 3 to host the 2014 Rendezvous in Washington, PA. District 10 will host the 2013 rendezvous on June 6, 7, 8 & 9 at West End Fairgrounds in Gilbert, Pa. We honored several of our members with awards for the service they have given the trappers. Barry Warner received Trapper of the Year; Jeff Dornisch Director of the Year; James Murphy Conservationist of the Year; Pete Rake President’s Award. We recognized four young men as Youth Trappers of the Year: Casey Stalker, Mason Kauffman, Logan Stenger and Conner Martin. The HALL OF FAME inducted two new members this year for their lifetime contributions to the trapper’s association. They are Gerald Smith and Wilmer Kline. Our association started a new award; the Lifetime Achievement award was established to recognize an individual’s contribution in their local district or region. This year’s recipients are Paul Crowl, Ron Fair, Francis Watt, Paul Lilja, William White and Denny Michael. Congratulations to all the winners. For more information on the rendezvous and pictures I encourage you to visit our website, or visit us on face book at Pa Trappers. Included in the pictures will be all the winners of the different contest we hold throughout the event. One that we look forward to every year is the mountain man race and I want to announce Jason Wagner from District 11 as the Mountain man winner for 2012.

I just finished reading the new “SUCCESSFUL TRAPPING TIPS AND TECHNIQUES” book by the Pennsylvania Trappers Association. The book is comprised of 22 chapters by as many authors covering different methods for most of the PA Furbearers. This was a great read and is available through the website. Our next project is to update the PTA History book that was compiled by Frank Ceresini. If you would have information to share please contact me soon.

I hope to see you at a trapper training school. — Brian Mohn




If you missed our 75th rendezvous, you missed a great one. A big thank you goes to Jeff, Don and all the district 4 members that pitched in to make this another outstanding gathering. A big thank you goes out as well to those of you from other districts who pitched in where needed. Let us not forget the dedicated individuals that took time to do the demonstrations and the dealers that not only sold their products, but took the time to provide advice and suggestions to freshmen and seniors alike.

On Friday evening we conducted a meeting to share events that have taken place that have negatively impacted our way of life. Again, at our general membership meeting on Saturday, we covered some of these events, and encouraged all members to be aware of those activities. We have been trying to stress Our Image is Our Future. Every negative incident directly impacts every trapper. These individuals are not one of us. They have no respect for you, me, wildlife, or if they were honest, themselves. We need to adopt the old motto of POLICING OUR RANKS TOGETHER.

We received a number of concerns relative to the training programs we share with the PA Game Commission. I assure you we share the same concerns and will be meeting with the people responsible for making the decisions on the future of these programs. We strive to provide the most comprehensive and professional training in all classes.

On a very wonderful and positive note, we once again recognized several youth and senior trappers who have contributed above and beyond in their efforts for our organization and therefore our future. Many of these individuals do this outstanding service in their home areas; therefore those of us outside their area are not aware of their service. These awards are not given lightly. It is always a pleasure to me to see them recognized for their service.

At the April meeting of the PA Game Commission the following proposed rule change was approved: Meat or animal products-For the purpose of section 2361(a) (13) of the act (relating to unlawful acts concerning taking of furbearers), meat or animal products shall include artificial representations or facsimiles thereof. This proposed rule change received final adoption at the June meeting. Therefore, it is no longer legal to use artificial fur, feathers or any other artificial representative of animal parts at a trap site. It is legal to use tinsel, Christmas tree ornaments, tape from a cassette, etc.

We just received word that one of our Pennsylvania Welcome Centers would like to have a display of PA’s furbearing animals. If you know of mounted specimens that could be donated to this effort please contact one of our officers or directors. Thank you.

Hopefully, my phone number has been corrected in this month’s issue. If not it is 570-675-7041. — Barry L. Warner



Hello Members,

Congrats to District 4 for a very nice 75th Pennsylvania Rendezvous. It was another perfect convention! I would like to congratulate Paul Crowl on receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award, and Jim Murphy on receiving the Conservationist of the Year Award. Both are well-deserved.

Our next Spring Gun Raffle will be on April 6th, 2013. We are not sure of the location yet.

The Fall Meeting will be September 29th in Forest County at the Endeavor Community Building, 17457 Route 666, Endeavor, PA 16322. Doors will open at 9 AM, with the meeting starting at Noon. Any questions, please contact Jim Howe at (814) 463-3760.

The trapping school will be August 18th in Forest County at the Tionesta Dam Campgrounds. To get there, you take Route 36 South to South Elm Street, turn left on to South Elm Street, go 7/10ths of a mile and you will see the pavilion on the right. (Elm Street is one street south of German Hill Road). There is no 911 address to this place, but the latitude and longitude are N 41 degree 28.878 and W 79 degrees 26.600. Registration should be made with Walter Greathouse at (724) 475-4138 or Jim Howe at (814) 463-3760. Walter has distributed a lot of flyers. He has sent out flyers to 11 different Hunter/Trapper Education Instructor, some schools, and individuals. Please help Walter get flyers distributed. If we work together to get this done, we can have good attendance. Please get in touch with him and he will mail some to you. Walter has already received some registrations. Registration is at 7 AM and the school starts at 8 AM. We will cover ethics, fox, coyote, coon, mink, muskrat, beaver, trap preparation and fur handling.

God Bless. — Charlie Sykes




Good afternoon fellow trappers,

As I write this, beaver season is about to a close, fish are becoming more active, turkeys are gobbling every morning, and the grass needs cut! The district’s annual gun raffle/trappers banquet was successful once again this year. I found the evening to be very enjoyable; speaking with fellow trappers after a long season. A special thanks to Tim Geiger for all the time and effort he puts into the banquet each year.

During the month of March, I’ve been busy putting up fur and trapping a few beaver. This year, I decided to send my fur to nafa. Yesterday I dropped my shipment off at Mr. and Ms. Osborne’s depot. They were very helpful in answering my questions, and providing me with fur handling tips to try in the future. As with all of you, I hope to receive a fair return for my trapping efforts. If the market remains strong; I will be happy with the “partial gas money” I will earn. For the second year in a row, trapping will have cost me a considerable amount of cash. I view this as an educational/entertainment cost.

During the past two trapping seasons, I have attempted to harvest my first bobcat. Each year, I knew this desire would cost a lot of money due to having to drive to a bobcat zone with good habitat. This past bobcat season I’ve experienced many high and low points. From catching (and releasing due to size) my first bobcat, to checking my line with family and friends; to replacing flat tires in the mud and snow on a weekly basis, and fighting the ever-changing clock. Most of the time, the gas pump had caused me to feel so broke; that I had difficulty paying attention! With this said, I’d definitely do it again. My theory is that experience (good and bad) is priceless. The best experiences of my season include the time I’ve spent afield, as well as in the fur shed with a couple of local youth that became passionate about trapping and spending time outdoors. All too often, youth enjoy spending their “free time” sleeping and watching T.V. It’s refreshing to see new members of the trapping community develop a love for the sport/way of life. These experiences have caused me to feel “rich” in nature.

That’s enough about me, for this month’s article. If you do not have any children, ask around to see if any local youth have a desire to learn about the Pennsylvania Wilds. Get out and enjoy the great outdoors! Have fun, and be safe.

Save the following dates:

Aug. 4th District Trapper Training School (Freeport Sportsmen’s Club)

Sept. 15th District Fall Convention (Pony Farm Sportsmen’s Club- Kittanning, PA



Thanks to district 4 for all the time and effort you put into the convention; you did a fantastic job!

District 2 Summer Events

Youth field Days:

Armstrong- July 11th

Beaver- July 21st

Clarion- July 28th

Lawrence- August 4th

July 1st- Scholarship Deadline Mail the application, transcript of grades, and essay to Brad Fair

July 15th- District 2 picnic located at Sugar Creek Community Park (Route 268). Picnic will start at noon, meeting will begin at 2. Please bring a covered dish/dessert to share.

August 4th- Trapping School 8am-4pm. This year’s school will take place at Freeport’s Sportsmen’s Club. No fee required, but please mail r.s.v.p. by July 23rd to Brad Fair.

August 13-18th- District 2 will have a display at the Dayton Fair. Members are needed to provide support at the table in the evenings during the week, as well as during the day on the weekend.

September 15th- Fall Expo will once again be at the Armstrong Hunting and Fishing Club (located on Pony Farm Road, approx. 2 miles from West Kittanning)

October 7th- Fall meeting located at Happy Hunters Sportsmen’s Club (Fenelton, Pa) Doors will open at noon, meeting will begin at 1:00p.m. 50/50 raffles, 5 for 1.00 table and more tailgaters are welcome.

Please consider volunteering at some of the district’s events this summer. If you need more information about the events mentioned, please feel free to contact me at:

Enjoy the summer! — Joe



Hello All,

First off I’d like to thank district 4 for all of their work and efforts into the recent convention at Clearfield. Guys and gals from D-4, give yourselves a pat on the back for a job well done, you even ordered blue skies for the whole event. Seemed like a lot of people came through and everyone seemed to be carrying supplies back to the vehicles. The dealers should have done well. Hats off D-4, thanks for a great time. If you weren’t there, you may not have heard yet, but D-3 received the bid to host the 2014 PTA convention. The groundwork has been started and I’ll have more in our fall newsletter I hope to have out around the first week of August.

I also want to thank everyone who helped with the new PTA book, “Successful Trapping, Tips and Techniques by Pa. Trappers”. To everyone who wrote a chapter, helped to edit, or bought the book at the convention, thanks a bunch! Greg, that was nice placement of the flyers in the bathrooms, and thanks to D-4 for the plugs for the book at the demo area. All of the districts now have the book to sell at their upcoming events, or you can find it on the PTA website for sale as well. It turned out to be a great book as well as a fundraiser for the PTA.

Our district will have a booth at the Fayette, Washington, and Westmoreland County Fairs this year. If you can help at any of the booths, let me know, and I can get you on the schedule. Evenings are best, 724-348-6721. We will be raffling a .22 Henry Golden Boy at the fairs, as well as pr work, signups for trapper’s school, new and renewal memberships, etc. Fayette Fair is the earliest, with the starting date of July 26, Washington begins on August 11, with Westmoreland the following week.

Our district picnic / pig roast will be held on August 25, at Cedar Creek Park, pavilion #5. The district will provide the pig and soft drinks, everyone brings a covered side/ dessert. There is always plenty of unbelievable food there, so don’t miss out. The upcoming district newsletter will have more info on the picnic.

District 3 trapper’s school will be held at East Monongahela Sportsmen Club, in Allegheny County this year on September 22. If any member wants to attend, we need to have you pre-register so we have a count for lunch. Also if any member has friends, neighbors, etc that are interested in coming, let’s get them signed up. Class is free and lasts all day.

Other dates to keep in mind are the Fall Rendezvous at the Washington County Fairgrounds on October 7, and the fur sale set for January 27, also at the Washington Fairgrounds.

‘Till next time. — Dave Eckels



I recently attended the state convention at Clearfield and stocked up on my supplies for the coming season. I was sure I had all the traps needed for the coming season, but it turns out one more dozen was required and I was able to purchase them at the convention. Hopefully, you were all as successful as I was. The two demos I attended were helpful and very informative.

The trapper training school is scheduled for August 9–12 at Camp Harmony in Hooversville, PA. Please contact Pat Wess if you are interested in attending.

Our district officers are as follows: Don Sager – Director, Jim Griffith – Assistant Director, Pat Wess – Treasurer, and Deborah Sedlmeyer – Secretary.

Please feel free to contact Pat Wess @ (814) 262-9455 or me with any information you would like to see in this report or any questions you might have. I can be reached at (814) 686-0497 or e-mail me at Thanks for reading. — Brian Stern, Tipton, PA



I would like to thank Jeff and his District 4 crew for a great 75th Rondy. There was a large crowd all weekend and a lot of supplies and traps were sold. Logan Stenger received a Junior Trapper award. July 22 will be our District picnic at the Booneville Campground starting at 1 PM. Please bring a covered dish. August 18 will be our trapper training school at the Watsontown Lions Club Youth Center. We will have a cable restraint class the same day and location. You must register on the PGC website to attend this class. September 8 will be our mini-convention at the Booneville Campground — starts at 8 AM. There is no admission charge. If anyone would like to give a trapping demo, please let me know. 570-437-2679 or email: — Pete



Hello Members – the summer is here and it’s time to start getting ready for all the conventions that are coming up on the State and district level.

Our trapper training school is August 18 at the Middle Creek Valley Antique Assn. in Snyder Co. Contact one of our members for a form to fill out.

Don’t forget our 34th annual Sportsmen’s show at Tuscarora Valley Heritage Grounds in East Waterford, Pa., on September 14 and 15. Pete Ellerman is having a Safe and Successful course in Ickesburg on September 22. Anyone who wants to take in can contact him at 717-582-6559.

The district is selling a new book called Successful Trapping for the State Assn., so pick one up when you see it and support the district.

Our next meeting is July 22, 2012, at the Twin Ridge Antique Tractor in Chambersburg.

Until next time. — Chuck



Thanks to Jeff and his District 4 crew for hosting a great 75th PTA Convention. It was well attended, and was reminiscent of conventions during the 1980’s fur boom.

We will be manning a booth at the Troy Fair again this year – July 23-28, as well as the trapper’s cabin at the Harford Fair August 20-25. If anyone would care to help out at either event, please contact Bill Kalinauskis at 570-942-6895.

Our trappers’ school will be held September 8 – 9 at Camp Lackawanna. We have 24 people signed up with a maximum of 45 spaces. Contact me if you would like an application – 570-679-2318 or — Ed Price



Hello to all. Hope everyone is doing well and enjoying the early summer. Sorry about not having a report in lately but things have been hectic and the 2-month issues messed me up.

One of District 10’s lifetime members passed away in May. Henry Freemont was a past director and was very active in the district. Our prayers go out to the family and friends.

Northampton County Youth Field Day was held June 2. Thanks to Steve Wentzel, Bob Counterman and everyone else who helped out to show the kids a variety of outdoor activities.

Thanks to District 4 for doing a great job hosting the 75th State Convention. It was a well run show with plenty to do for everyone.

Don’t forget District 10 is hosting the 2013 State Convention on June 6-9 at the West End Fairgrounds. We will need help Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday to set up, and Sunday afternoon and Monday to clean up, as well as during the show. Please let me know when you can help out.

The District Fall Convention will be September 28 from3 PM to 8 PM, and September 29 from 8 AM to 6 PM at the West End Fairgrounds. I have a guy who took 20 spaces in the main building and he will bring in some hunting and fishing vendors and some taxidermists. So please come out and check out the new vendors.

Attached are the District 10 fur sale results. I forgot to put them in the last report. Thanks to everyone who helped out. There were 35 lots of fur and 4 buyers – total sales of $19,278.

That’s it for now. Enjoy the rest of the summer. — Scot – 610-863-9759


District 10 Fur Sale Results

Species Number Sold High Low Average

Red Fox 380 $32.50 $1.00 $20.58

Gray Fox 24 $31.00 $15.50 $25.98

Raccoon 369 $26.00 $1.00 $13.37

Muskrats 246 $13.00 $0.80 $11.47

Male Mink 71 $29.00 $4.00 $25.99

Female Mink 26 $18.00 $6.50 $15.12

Coyote 7 $21.00 $9.00 $13.57

Beaver 15 $41.00 $4.00 $26.47

Skunk 10 $3.00 $1.00 $2.22

Opossum 34 $3.70 $0.50 $1.42

Deer Hides 12 $5.25 $2.00 $4.75

Bobcat 1 $18.00 $18.00 $18.00



I want to start out with congrats and thank you to Jeff, Don and the whole gang from District 4 for hosting the 75th state rendezvous. If by chance you were not there, you missed a great one. Attendance was outstanding. The dealer buildings looked like Christmas time at the Wal-Mart. Thanks also to the State Association for deciding to donate their share of the gate fee to the Wounded Warrior Project.

Our next district event will be August 5th at Millcreek Sportsmen’s Association in Lancaster. We will start at 9 AM with trapping demos at 9 & 10. Then at 11 we will be having an auction of traps from a trapper that recently passed away. At 2 PM we will hold our district meeting. The list of traps for sale appears at the end of this article. There is space available, free of charge, if you have something you want to bring and tailgate and at least 1 dealer will be there if you need something for the fall. There will be food to purchase for lunch. Please plan on spending the day with us on August 5th.

I mentioned last month that we will be having booths at the Schuylkill and Lebanon County fairs. Both of which are held the same week of July 28 to Aug. 4th. If you would have some time to help out at either of these let Ralph or me know.

I will list for you again the dates and locations for our trapper training schools.

Berks / Schuylkill, Sept 8, Auburn Fish & Game, Ron Smith, 570-294-6270

Dauphin, Sept 15, Dauphin Co Anglers & Cons Club, Mike Spittle, 717-367-2637

Lancaster, Aug 25, Millcreek Sportsmen’s Assoc, Terry Suter 717-393-4738, Brock Chapman, 717-394-0077

York, Aug 25, Starview Sportsmen’s Club, Brett Spangler, 717-659-7265

These are free to attend and are great for the beginner and experienced trapper as well. If you know of someone who might want to attend one of these schools, let them know about it or better still, bring them along with you.

One last thing, the date for our fall meeting at Middlecreek Wildlife Center will be October 7 at 2 PM. We will hold this meeting in the parking area past the sunfish pond.

Hope to see you soon at one of these upcoming events. — Mike Spittle, 717-367-2637



96 Victor #2 Double Long Springs

15 Victor 1 ½ Long Springs

7 Victor #11 Long Springs

7 Victor 1 ½ Coil Springs

5 Victor 1 ½ Round Jaw Pinch Pans

8 Victor 1 ½ Square Jaw Pinch Pans

47 Victor #1 Long Springs

127 Victor 110 Conibears

20 Blake and Lamb #2 Double Long Springs

3 Blake and Lamb 1 ½ Coil Springs

5 Blake and Lamb 1 ½ Long Springs

3 Blake and Lamb #1 Long Springs

154 Northwoods 110 Body Grip

9 Northwoods 1 ½ Square Jaw Coil Springs

5 Northwoods 1 ½ Round Jaw Coil Springs

7 Northwoods #1 Coil Springs

119 Duke 110 Body Grip

23 Duke 1 ½ Double Jaw Coil Springs

12 Duke 1 ½ Coil Springs

9 Misc. #1 Jumps

10 Misc. 110 Body Grip

20 Assorted Fishing Rods

5 Mounted Trout

2 Mounted Muskrats – 1 brown, 1 white

Various Drags, Stakes, Pack Basket, etc.

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  1. I am a canine handler with a local search and rescue group. We were wondering if you might know of someone who would be able to meet with us? We spend a lot of time in the woods and recently had a dog get his paw stuck. We were hoping that someone could teach us what to look for so that the trap is not disturbed in the first place. And if a dog does get stuck how do we release it safely.
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