Pennsylvania Trappers Association Inc. September 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 hope everyone had an enjoyable summer as we can count down the days till fall and the changing of the seasons. I never fall short on overloading my days throughout the growing season. As I look back at the growing season and the products that I produced, I am especially proud to have the opportunity to teach Hunter-Trapper Education classes and Trapper Training schools. You never know what kind of interest you may spark in the participants, but at the very least we had the chance to inform them of them of the importance of sound wildlife management. Our association is unique in the fact that we are so large, and live in a state with an active sportsman community, while being surrounded by an even larger suburban population. Our efforts to inform the general public about trapping and hunting are evident by the number of Fairs and Shows we set up at across the state. I myself would probably be stunned if I tallied all the booths we set up in a year. Thank you if you planted the seed this year.

Enjoy the remainder of the summer and get your equipment ready. — Brian Mohn




During our 75th rendezvous several instructors inform me that they were no longer permitted to conduct cable restraint classes. They were told that all cable restraint classes would be conducted within the new Successful Furtaker Course. I recently met with Mr. Joe Neville, director of the Information and Education Bureau for the Pennsylvania Game Commission. Mr. Neville informed me that that is definitely not the case. Certified instructors are permitted to schedule a CR course whenever they determine a need for that course. If you experience any future problems, please feel free to contact me.

Another concern I received was that unqualified individuals were teaching in some of these classes. If you have a concern for incompetent individuals, information relative to these situations should be provided to your local wildlife conservation officer or your PGC regional office. Professional and proficient instructors are a mandate in which we cannot compromise. Our future depends on the most expert and complete training we can provide.

To follow up on the last item of my August report, we receive a request for mounted specimens of PA furbearers. This request came from one of our Commonwealth’s welcome centers. If you have ever visited one of these centers you know they display, free of charge, numerous pamphlets and informational guides relating to Pennsylvania. We have been enjoying a wonderful relationship with these centers in that they have been providing our children’s coloring books for the multitude of visitors. The request we received was from one of these centers that would very much like to create a display of our furbearers. If you know of a specimen that can be provided please contact your director. Thank you for any assistance you may be able to provide.

The forecast I have heard indicates above average temperatures through October. I sure am glad I dyed and waxed my traps in April. Stay cool. As always, please feel free to contact me if I can assist you in any way. — Barry L. Warner



Hopefully you all are having a great summer. All of the summer activities within the district have been going well. I’d like to congratulate the following district 2 members for the awards they received at the state convention: Ron Fair received the Lifetime Achievement Award, Casey Stalker and Mason Kaufman received Youth Trapper of the Year awards.

Please mark your calendars:

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.



Unbelievable is all I can say about the 75th convention! I didn’t think that such a huge event would ever go off without any major miss haps. The summer’s been somewhat uneventful after the Convention. Even my wife is at ease without the phone ringing nonstop.

The district directors and members are busy with Hunter Ed classes and Youth Field days, not to mention the District’s Annual Trapper Trainer Weekend at the Cameron County Fair Grounds in Emporium on Sept 29-30. Most everything starts about 9:00 AM. For more information, call Don – 814-371-1170 or Jeff -814-781-7539 We are looking for supper event. A summary of the 75th Convention will be given at the general meeting on Sunday.

Last and most important I have to thank everyone that made the 75th rendezvous. The thanks I convey is to everyone – the 75th year only comes once. — Jeff Dornisch



I am saddened to report the passing of Joe Folk on July 22, 2012. Many of you will remember Joe being very involved with the Trapper/Sportsmen banquets that district 5 held. Joe was also instrumental in dealing with Case knives to get knives for the district. Joe was a friend to the district and the trappers association. He will be missed.

It’s hot and rainy as I write this but summer is flying by and trapping season will be here before we know it. Don’t forget to get your traps ready, your gear assembled, your licenses bought, and the scouting completed.

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



September 8 will be our mini-convention at the Booneville Campground near Loganton. We will have a food stand and there will be demos and trapping supply dealers. Todd Troup will give a demo on bobcat trapping and Todd Strohecker will have a question and answer session and there will be other demos. If you have any used outdoor related items to sell there will be a tailgate section. There is no admission charge.

On July 22 we had our district picnic at the Booneville Campground. I would like to give a big thank you to Steve and Gail Linn for the battered cod and haddock they made at the picnic – it was delicious – and a big change from the normal picnic food. For more information about the mini convention contact me, 570-437-2679. — Pete



I have been remiss to mention that our mini-convention will be Sept. 15 at Triton Hose Co. in Tunkhannock. Dealer setup at 8:00; festivities start at 9:00. I just assume that everyone realizes that it is the week after the trapping school. You will receive a post card reminder. The post card will also have the date and location of the Wayne Co. meeting.

Remember that the trapping school is Sept. 8-9 at Camp Lackawanna. We have 30 students signed up As of August 1, with a 45-student limit. Check with me to see if there are any more openings.

September is always one of my favorite months. I usually make Labor Day weekend the time when I prep my traps and put up my dry dirt. I have been hearing quite a few coyotes in the night lately. It won’t be long before we will be setting traps again.

It has been an enjoyable summer for wildlife watching here on the farm. We have been seeing a multitude of turkeys out “grazing” during the daylight hours. There are several nice bucks showing themselves, along with scattered furbearer, game and non-game species.

We would like to thank all those who helped with the Troy and Harford Fair booths. Without you it all wouldn’t be possible. These booths provide an opportunity to interface with the public, and provide education about furbearers and trapping.

That’s all for now. Remember to support the State Assn. by sending in your sweepstake tickets and money. If there are any questions, feel free to contact me. — Ed Price – 570-679-2318;



Hello to all. Hope everyone enjoyed the summer. Fur prices look good again for the upcoming season. Get your gear ready and go after a variety of critters and you should make out pretty good.

I want to thank everyone who helped out at Northampton County Youth Field Day and Northampton and Monroe Counties Conservation Camps. All 3 of these events help kids to learn about many aspects of outdoor activities.

Kempton Sports Show will be August 24-26 at Kempton Fairgrounds. There are plenty of activities for kids and plenty of vendors to check out. We will need some help at the trappers booth.

District 10 fall convention and sports show will be September 28 & 29 at West End Fairgrounds. We teamed up with Deer Dave’s Hunting Gear and there will be a variety of vendors. There will be hunting and fishing gear, archery, taxidermists, collectables, along with the usual trapping gear. We would like to do trapper training and cable restraint classes if there is enough interest. Also we would like to try to do some kids activities along with demo’s, raffles and plenty of good food. We will need help to set up Friday morning, during the show Saturday, and clean up on Sunday. Please let me know if you can help.

District 10 will be hosting the 2013 PTA State Convention at West End Fairgrounds on June 6-9. We have a lot of work to do to get things organized. We will need someone to do demo’s, auction, entertainment, kids’ and women’s activities, setup and cleanup, man the front gate and district table. There is plenty of work to do and the more hands we have the easier the work will be for everyone. Please plan to help our in some small way.

Other upcoming events: Sept. 8 – Monroe County Youth Field Day, Sept. 9 – District 10 meeting at 1:00 PM in Belfast, January 12, 2013 – District Fur Sale.

That’s it for now and enjoy the fall weather. — Scot – 610-863-9759



This is, for the most part, a repeat of information from last month’s column. The info for the training schools that are happening real soon is as follows:

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.

I want to say a Big Thank You to the guys and gals that manned the District 11 booths at the Lebanon and Schuylkill county fairs this past month. Thanks for giving of your time and talent to promote trapping and trappers in a positive way. A lot of good PR can be done at these types of events and we all appreciate you doing this on our behalf.

Donna and I had the opportunity to do a new event this year. It was the Ned Smith Appreciation Day, held in Millersburg. Now when I said new event I meant it was new to us. The Ned Smith Day has been going on for 19 years. It was not the type of event we normally participate in. This was more of an Arts & Crafts type of event so it was a different group of people to deal with. Let’s say it was not the type that would show up at a Wild Game Dinner, so we didn’t know how well we would be received by this kind of a crowd. Much to our surprise we were well received and the interest in our display was non-stop all day. I talked with a lot of folks who knew very little about trapping and trappers, some of which thought we didn’t even do this anymore. I talked with 1 man who was a waterfowl hunter who wanted to know how to get his dog out of a body grip trap in case that would ever happen. I was able to spend a good bit of time with him and explain the whole story about how the dogs got killed in illegal sets. I explained the new regulations on body grip traps and I explained to him all that the Trappers Association has been doing to make sure that this problem doesn’t happen again. I did show him how a body grip trap works and how to release an animal and told him as carefully as I know how that he probably would not be able to get his dog out in time to save it. This puts the responsibility right back on us to do what is right and avoid these types of problems completely. If you know what you’re doing on your trapline isn’t right, or if you see someone else doing something that isn’t right, please take action to stop it. The State Association’s new saying “Our Image – Our Future” depends on what you and I do or don’t do. Let’s do what is right. The Ned Smith Day was time well spent with people that don’t always walk the same path as I do. Thank you to Jason Gehman and his friend Laurel for helping us and to Butch Herr who suggested that the district attend this event.

Our next event will be at the Middlecreek Wildlife Center on October 7th starting at 2PM. We meet in the parking area just past the sunfish pond.

I’ll tell you about our day at Millcreek Sportsmen’s Association in next month’s column. — Mike Spittle (717)367-2637,



Hello from the South East again. I hope the summer is finding everybody well and as you read this anticipating the upcoming season. It will be a first for a lot of us. Never since I have been a trapper has the market been like this. It will be interesting. Regardless of all that hype the district is very busy trying to keep up with everything going on. We have several youth field days that will be attended by our members at the end of the summer. We also have the Boy Scout Trailblazer day in September that we will set up at. Our trappers training school will be held on August 25th at Rodgers Hides and Supplies in Honey Brook. All are welcomed. It is a great event with top instructors. The next day we will hold a cable restraint course at the same location.

As you can see we are keeping busy. Our fall meeting will be Sunday, September 23. Doors open at 10:00 am and the meeting will start at 12. We will also have a professional fox trapping demo from Alan Claycomb (you don’t want to miss this) and a supplier on hand. I expect it to be well attended. The district is also under contract for a booth at the Oaks Expo center for the sportsman show in February. We will need help with that and I will have a sign-up sheet at the fall meeting. Gotta’ go, traps are starting to boil over.

Watch your top knot. — Rick Ameisen, 610-235-7276,, District #12 Director

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