Pennsylvania Trappers Association, Inc., September 2011 Report

President — Brian Mohn, 134 Fairview Road, Hamburg, PA 19526; phone: 610-562-1790; e-mail:

Vice President East — Joel Whitehead, RR#2Box 90, Thompson, PA 18465; e-mail:

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

Secretary — Tereasa Houtz, 300 Flint Lane, Landisburg, PA 17040; e-mail:

Treasurer — Chad Kijowski, P.O. Box 614 , Dayton, PA 16222; phone: 814-257-9846;

Editor — Russ Ford, 309 Pine Dale Road, Carlisle, PA 17013, phone: 717-249-7271, fax: 717-249-8509; e-mail:

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

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

Public Relations Director — Mike Gontor, 87 West 7th St., Jim Thorpe, PA 18229; phone: 570-325-4974; e-mail:

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
Chad Kijowski
P.O. Box 614
Dayton, PA 16222


This summer certainly is giving us a full blast of heat and drought, but I’m sure the rain will start the day before trapping season opens up.

Every district is busy preparing for their annual trapping schools; a helping hand is always welcomed. All you have to do is make the call to your district leaders and ask how you can help at these events. One way everybody can contribute is to bring a new trapper to the school.

We also need to continue our efforts hosting the PGC’s Cable Restraint and Successful Furtaker certification classes. Please pass the word when you know a course is scheduled in your area. Currently there are classes listed throughout the state on the PGC’s website.

With the optimistic end of last year’s trapping season, we are all looking forward to the start of this trapping season.

The next meeting of the officers and directors is scheduled for October 1, 2011.

By then the leaves will be changing and cooler nights.

— Brian Mohn


Hello All,

Hopefully you get this report in time to make plans to attend the pig roast / picnic on August 27, at Cedar Creek Park. Picnic starts at 2:00, district supplies the pig and soft drinks, and everyone brings a covered dish. Hope to see you all there. Last year’s picnic had some incredible eats and no one left disappointed.

Our trapper’s school this year will be a combined District 3 school combined with the PGC’s successful furtaking class. All of our students, upon testing at the end of the day, will receive their cable restraint certification. If you’ve been contemplating attending the school, or going to a cr class, you can do both at the same time. The class will be held at the Youngwood Sportsmen Club on September 24. Sign up is on the Pa. Game Commission Web Site. A $15 charge applies.

Our fall newsletter went out around the 1st of the month with the scholarship application in it. Try to get the application into your college aged students hands before they head back to school. We would like to see a few more students try their hand at writing for us. If you didn’t get your newsletter for some reason, give me a call and I’ll get you one out asap.

Last but not least, don’t forget about the fall rendezvous at the Washington County Fairgrounds on October 2. We’ll have the usual, food, demos, dealers and plenty of trapper talk. See you at one of the events.

‘till next time.

— Dave Eckels, 724-348-6721


Hello All,

Just a quick note about upcoming events. Our next District 4 meeting is going to be on Thursday Sept 1st at the Knights of Columbus Hall in St. Marys. The meeting will begin at 7:00 pm. We will be discussing our final preparations for the mini convention and the ongoing preparations for the 75th. Things are going well and on schedule with the 75th and the new volunteers that have shown up to help are greatly appreciated. Stop by and join us on Sept 1st.

Our annual Trappers Training School will be Saturday Sept 24th starting at 9:00 am at the Cameron County Fairgrounds in Emporium. The cost if $5 for the school including lunch and a T-shirt. All ages and skill levels are welcome to participate.

The mini-convention will be held the 24th and 25th of Sept. at the Cameron County Fairgrounds in Emporium. The annual fall meeting will be held at 1:00 on Sunday the 25th.
As always the kitchen will be open. Camping, tailgating and dealer spaces are free so plan on stopping by and enjoying a great weekend.

There are a few dealer spaces left for the 75th annual PTA Convention in Clearfield on June 21st-24th. If you know anyone that might be interested in space please get a hold of Tom at 814-834-9827. Also we are starting to accept advertising for the convention program. If interested please contact Rita at 814-715-5845.

Any questions please give me a call at 814-781-7539


— Jeff Dornisch


Just a short report to let keep you all abreast of what’s going on.

District 9 trapping school will be held Sept. 10-11 at Camp Lackawanna. As of this writing we have 20 signed up with 45 total openings available. If you know anyone who would like to attend, give me a call at 570-679-2318 or email at

District 9 mini-rendezvous will be held Sept. 18 at the Triton Hose Co. starting at 9:00 AM. Dealer spaces are still available.

Our fall meeting will be held either Oct. 9 or 16 at Dave Costanzo’s house. We will let you all know by postcard when we firm up the date.

Otherwise, hope all is well with everyone and hope to talk to you soon.

— Ed Price


There is really not much new news to report to you since last month so this will be short. I want to thank all of our members that had part in the youth field days that took place the last couple of months. We appreciate you sharing your time and talent in this way. I will pass along the dates and info for the trapping schools one more time and encourage you to attend or invite someone to attend these schools.

Dauphin Co., Sept. 17, DCAC, contact Mike Spittle (717)367-2637

Lancaster Co., Aug. 27, Millcreek Sportsmen’s Assoc., contact Terry Suter (717) 393-4738

Berks / Schuylkill Co., Sept. 10 Auburn Fish & Game, contact Ron Smith (570) 294-6270

York Co., Aug. 20, Starview Sportsmen’s Club, contact Brett Spangler (717) 384-8752

Our next scheduled meeting will be at Middlecreek Wildlife Center Sunday, Oct. 2 at 2PM. The meeting is held in the parking area near the sunfish pond.

One other event you may want to attend is the Tuscarora Valley Extravaganza that District 8 puts on. It is at the Tuscarora Valley Heritage Grounds in East Waterford PA right along Rt 75 on Sept. 16 & 17.

I will fill you in on what took place at our meeting at Millcreek Sportsmen’s Association in next month’s column.

— Mike

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