Pennsylvania Trappers Association Inc. December 2014 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 — Charlie Sykes, 1265 Airport Road, Stoneboro, PA 16153;

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 Bankston;

Membership Options:

Individual membership including subscription to Trapper & Predator Caller — $30

Individual membership without subscription — $10

Junior, age 16 and under without subscription — $5

Lifetime membership with subscription — $500

Lifetime membership without subscription — $250

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 would like to start by thanking everyone that bought sweepstakes tickets from our organization and congratulate the winners. A complete list of winners can be found on the PTA website. We have decided to continue with this important fundraiser for 2015. New tickets will be mailed with the annual newsletter in February.

We continue to change our website to be a valuable resource for our visitors. We want to expand our district’s webpages. The district’s individual pages could be full of valuable information for upcoming events, including dates, times, directions, contact person and a brief description of the event. Providing this information would make new members feel more welcome. I ask you to consider contacting your district director and volunteer to coordinate this effort. Charlie Sykes will continue to be the contact person to route this information to the webpage administrator.

The fur market has been on a rollercoaster ride taking the trapper along with it. Circumstances we have no control over, have brought recent high prices, along with increase trapper activity. Then in the middle of expecting to ride the wave for a few more seasons, uncontrollable factors left us with a very weak market. As trappers we practice furbearer management, which has numerous responsibilities and rewards. You may consider scaling back your trapline because of lower fur prices, when running your trapline more efficiently may be more prudent. I always say people who chase the dollar very seldom catch it. I would rather catch the fur and have something to sell every season.

Closing this month’s report I would like to remind everyone that 2015 is an election year for the PTA. I hope everyone has a trapping season full of memories. Now I am out to the bush to start my trapline memories for this season.

Have a safe season. — Brian


The last several winters have given us extended cold temperatures and snow in many areas of our Commonwealth. These conditions created a tremendous challenge to beaver trappers, but indicate that this year’s beaver numbers are now higher in those areas. For those of you with broad shoulders and are gluttons for punishment, the prime requisites for being a beaver trapper, I wish you an enjoyable year. Please be careful out there.

For those of you going afield with cable restraints please enjoy this valuable tool but keep in mind the critical requirements for its use.

Also, December is a good time of year to reach out to those landowners that have shared their land with you. I wish you a great trapping experience this year and a wonderful Christmas with family and friends. — Barry L. Warner


To all members,

A couple months ago, I put a report on the PTA history book update we are working on, asking members for any corrections, additions, etc. that we could add to the book to make sure we get as much info in there as possible. This is just a reminder for any of those who may have forgotten. We are still looking for any information and pictures, district or statewide that we could use. At one of our district 3 functions, I was able to get several issues of the Pa. Trapper’s Journal, the official publication of the PTA, along with some of the old bulletins. These issues dated from 1968 – 1975. If anyone of our members has any of the old journals around, I would like to have copies of them if possible to include in the book.

You can contact me by phone at 724-348-6721, or by e-mail at — Dave Eckels


Hello Trappers,

On October 19th we had a gun raffle meeting at Kings in Meadville. Gander Mountain will be handling the guns this year. The next meeting is scheduled for February 22nd at Kings in Meadville. If any member would like a gun raffle t-shirt, volunteer to help with the gun raffle and the district would give you one.

That is all the news for now. Time to get back to trapping and enjoy the best sport on earth. Remember to take a kid trapping, you will be glad you did.

Any questions or concerns I can be contacted at 814-823-5429.

Our Image Is Our Future. — John W. Chase


Hello District 2:

We held our fall meeting on October 12th at the Happy Hunters Sportsmens Club in Fenelton. At this meeting all the events for 2015 were discussed and dates were set. We will mail out our bi-annual newsletter in December, which will include a list of the events and their dates. Here are the upcoming events for January and February: On January 3rd there will be an Officers and Directors meeting. January 11th will be our winter meeting at the Happy Hunters Sportsmens Club, 676 Chicora-Fenelton Rd, Fenelton, PA. Doors will open at noon and the meeting will start at 1:00 pm. It was decided at our fall meeting that the food for each of our meetings will be free to the members attending. Water, coffee, and pop may be purchased. As always we will have our 50/50 raffle and 5-for-1 table. Please bring an item for the 5-for-1 table. Our annual fur sale will be February 21st at the Burnt Ridge Bow & Gun Club, 493 Ridge Rd, Cowansville, PA. Hours are 8:00 am until 3:00 pm. There will be a 4% commission to sell fur; however, this year you will not have to be a member of the association to sell your fur. Please attend and help out at the events in your district. Volunteers are very much needed and greatly appreciated! To contact District 2 our current officers are: Greg Bell, Director (724-895-3731) & Joe Fennell, Assistant Director (724-445-7976). Happy holidays & until next time. — Brenda


Hello All,

When you’re reading this report, our season will be in full swing. I hope you were able to put some time away to enjoy yourself in the outdoors. Always seems like there are too many things to do in November and not enough days on the calendar to get them all in.

This will be a short report, not too much going on this time of year. I’d like to thank everyone who came out to the fall rondy in October, the vendors, tailgaters, and members. It was a pretty busy time there in the morning, but the attendance tailed off around noon. Even with the predicted fur prices and with our district hosting the convention in June, the dealers all seemed to be selling supplies. Also a big thanks to all who helped set up and clean up afterwards.

Due to the deadline for this report, I’ll have to report the winners of the district scholarship in the next issue. As of now, our officers are judging them, but we did receive more essays this year than we ever had, so I want to thank everyone for writing.

‘Till next time. — Dave Eckels


First things first: I have to thank everyone that stepped up to make the Trapper Trainer Weekend last September the success I heard about. With a Chicken picnic to follow vendors and students alike enjoyed the weather, friendship, and stories of years and catches of past. Thanks again! This year started out with many field days and youth camps either hosted or sponsored by the District. The State Convention and Conventions around the area keep most of us busy, Little time was left for ourselves … But now is our time. Good luck out there, be careful Enjoy the wilderness. — Jeff


The season is upon us and I leave for Colorado in three days for an elk hunt with my son-in-law. My traps are ready but will have to wait until we return. I hope all of you are trapping, hunting, and doing whatever else it is you do to enjoy the fall season. Not much to report other than to keep district 5 in mind for our fur sale in early February. Good luck and safe trapping.

Our district officers are as follows: Bob Custer – Director, Mike Ridilla – Assistant Director, Deborah Sedlmeyer – Treasurer, and Harry Wade – Secretary.

Please feel free to contact 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 


Fur Auction is on January 18, starts at 9 am you must be a member of the PA. Trappers Association to sell, Bring your membership card with you, 4% commission. We could use some more help at the auction, If you could give a little time please contact me. We also need help setting up in the morning and cleaning up at night. We will have a food stand and there will be trapping supplies for sale. Please have your furs sorted by species and an accurate count of each species. — Pete


Hello all. I hope everyone is ready for the upcoming season and hope everyone has a safe and successful one. We had our end of the year meeting at Blain on the 26th of October. We got a lot accomplished. We voted at last meeting to have a state banquet next year to benefit the state and KIFE. It will be July 18, 2015 at the Lewistown Moose. Tickets will be $25 a person/$45 a couple, children under 12 free. The meal is going to be roasted turkey or baked ham, tossed salad bar, mashed and au gratin potatoes, succotash, stuffing and gravy, strawberry shortcake and we will also have fruit and veggie tray. One non-alcohol beverage and they will have open bar for purchase of alcohol. I will try to get a donation letter up on website and any donations will be greatly appreciated. We have almost all dates finalized for events and meetings and should have the fridge magnet ready by December. I have to finalize date but our next meeting will be January 18th at New Bloomfield Sportsmen’s Club. Hope to see everyone there. — Pete


At our October meeting we voted to donate money to the following organizations: $1000 to the NTA, $1000 to the FTA, $250 per county in the district for the county Envirothons, $1000 to the PTA to support the Maine Bear Referendum, $200 each to the Troy and Harford Fair Queen scholarships, and $1000 to purchase 10 tickets for the PFSC State raffle.

2015 is an election year for District 9 and the State. District 9 holds its elections in May at the Harford meeting. You should think about running for a district office. If you want to break into the big show, there will be at least 2 vacancies on the State board: FTA director and Vice-President East. If you would like to run for these or any other State office, send your resume’ for Brian Mohn by January.

Hope your season is going smoothly. And remember……Our Image is Our Future. — Ed Price


Hello to all,

As you read this report, trapping season will be in full swing. I cannot believe another season is upon us. It seems like last season just ended a few weeks ago.

The District 10 Trappers Fall Mini Convention and Sportsman Show was held on September 26th & 27th at the West End Fairgrounds in Gilbert, PA. District 10 teamed up with Deer Dave’s hunting gear and had two buildings full and 20 tailgaters outside selling just about everything for the outdoors. We had a full slate of demos going on both days, a cable restraint certification class, and a trapper training event. The weather was fantastic with temperatures in the 70’s and sunshine all day long. We would like to thank all of the vendors, those that put on demos, and volunteers. You all helped to make the show a success.

Looking on to 2015, our planning meeting will be held at 1:00pm on January 11th at the Belfast-Edelman Sportsman Association. If you have any ideas, or would like to see some new events please come out and share your ideas. As always, our meeting are open to all PTA members, and we would really like to see some new faces walk through the door.

The 2015 District 10 Live Bid Fur Auction will be held on January 17th at the Belfast-Edelman Sportsman Association located at 474 Sportsman Club Road, Nazareth, PA. District 10 charges 4% commission, and you must have your PTA membership card, and furtaker license with you to sell fur. Doors will open at 8:00am and the auction will begin at 9:00am. One of the great things about the auction is getting together to share stories about the season, but the best part about the auction is getting paid for your fur the same day it sells. We will have some fur handling video’s playing downstairs, and the kitchen will be open all day.

We will have more events after the new year, but for now, have a Merry Christmas!

Some dates for your calendar:

January 11, 2015 – Fur auction planning meeting. 1:00 pm at Belfast-Edelman Sportsman Club.

January 16, 2015 – Set up for District 10 live bid fur auction 6:00pm at Belfast-Edelman Sportsman Club.

January 17, 2015 – District 10 Live Bid Fur Auction – Doors open 8:00 am. Sale starts at 9:00 am. Belfast-Edelman Sportsman Club, Belfast, PA. Call Scot or Bob.

March 6,7,8, 2015- Lehigh Valley Sportsman Show at Ag Hall in Allentown

June 18,19,20, 2015- Pennsylvania State Convention at the Schuylkill County Fairgrounds.

September 25,26, 2015- District 10 Fall Trapping Convention and Sportsman Show, West End Fairgrounds.

If you would like to receive District 10 information electronically, via email, please send an email to Nate Roberts at He will be happy to put you on our mailing list.

Stay safe. — Scot 610-863-9759,


We had a real nice day for our meeting at Middlecreek Wildlife center in early October, which was well attended. We reviewed the trapping schools and set dates for those and our meetings for next year. Ralph gave a report from the state O & D meeting. The state board voted to send another $10,000 to Maine to help fight the antis on this bear referendum and by the time you read this we will all know how that turned out. Ralph reported that the 2016 state rendezvous will be hosted by District 10 at the West End Fairgrounds in Gilbert, PA. District 8 is going to host the state banquet July 18, 2015 at the Lewistown Moose Lodge.

Dave Eckels is working to update our PTA History book and is seeking info, pictures etc. to include in the next printing. If you have anything you think he could use please get it to him.

We will have officer elections for the state board in 2015 and there are 2 positions that will be in need of someone – FTA representative and Vice President East. Bill Kasten and Joel Whitehead will be stepping down from their respective positions on the state board and both have served us in these positions for quite a while. A big Thank You is due them next time your paths cross for giving of their time to serve all of us. It does however give you an opportunity to step up and fill one of these positions if you are so inclined. You must submit a resume to the state board and their election chairman, which will be announced in the near future. Think about it, it could be the chance you have been waiting for to get more involved and give something back.

We drew the winning ticket for a chance to go to the FTA College and next year Carl Mahalik will be attending. Congrats. We voted to do this give away again for our 2015 meetings. Each time you attend a D-11 meeting you receive 1 ticket for a chance to go to the FTA College and again we will draw that winning ticket at our October meeting.

We went over the business of preparation for our district fur sale which will be held Jan. 10, 2015, at the Berks County 4-H center in Bernville, PA. Doors will open at 7AM. Sale starts at 9AM. All licensed fur buyers are welcome to attend. You must be a PTA member to sell fur at this sale. There will be a $5/lot registration fee and a 4% commission collected on all fur sold.

We spent the remainder of the meeting going over plans for our upcoming state rendezvous which will be held June 18-20 at the Schuylkill County Fairgrounds. We decided to get rendezvous flyers printed to send out to all the fur buyers throughout the state so they can give them out to all their customers and some to hand out at the Great American Outdoor Show.

Karen Mohn has booked the Comfort Inn in Pine Grove as the host hotel and has info on others in the area if you want to get that taken care of now. We are working on 2 different commemorative items for this year’s rendezvous. There is still plenty to do to get ready for this event and still a chance for you to help out. Let Ralph or me know if you have any amount of time you can give and we will find something for you to do.

We will schedule a planning meeting sometime in January. The date and time to be announced in this article.

I’ve held you here long enough; you probably have critters to skin or more traps to go set.

Till next month. — Mike Spittle, 717-367-2637


The season is upon us, so get out there, trap hard and put up some fur. District #12 would like to thank long time member Phil Nichols for his charitable donation. Phil and his family have recently moved to North Carolina but before he left, Phil was gracious enough to turn over most of his traps and trapping equipment to the district to put up for auction at our fall meeting. We were able to raise just under $900, half of which Phil donated to the district. Best of luck down south Phil and thank you again for your contribution. You will certainly be missed.

Please keep in mind the outdoors show in Oaks that takes place from February 26th through March 1st of 2015. Any and all help working the district booth would be much appreciated. Please feel free to contact Rick Ameisen with any ideas or input concerning the displays at the booth or ways to make the setup a bit more interactive, as well as schedule a block of time to help man the booth. Good luck this season and be safe! — Joel DiLorenzo

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