Pennsylvania Trappers Association January 2010 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


We are in the heart of the trapping and hunting seasons as I write this column and I hope everyone is taking full advantage of the opportunities available. I saved vacation for this time of year and have been spending quite a bit of time trapping and hunting. Life is good. Unfortunately I still seem to have too many traps in the truck and not enough set. Don’t forget to buy a Christmas present for your special someone and have a Merry Christmas.

An election of officers was held at the fall meeting and following is the results: Director – Harry Wade, Assistant director – Mark Vatavuk, Treasurer – Pat Wess, and Secretary – Deborah Sedlemeyer.

The District 5 fur sale will be held at the Bedford County Fair Grounds on Feb. 14, 2010. Please plan to support the district by helping out with the sale or selling your fur. We will also have a booth at the Jaffa Sports Show again this year. I will have the dates for the show soon and hope you will be able to help out.

 Please feel free to contact Pat Wess at 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


I hope by now your fur shed is filling up and you are having as much fun as is humanly possible. Somehow through some technical difficulties my second page didn’t get printed in last month’s column.

Here is what you missed: Our Middlecreek meeting will be Oct. 3, 2010, and I wanted to give credit to the three guys that did demos at our Oct. 2009 Middlecreek Meeting. Keith Martin did a demo on fox; Chip Prince did one on ’coon and Skip Ruhl did a demo on mink. Thanks guys for sharing.

The only thing I want to remind you of is the fur sale, which will be held Jan. 9, 2010, at the Berk’s County 4H Center in Bernville, PA. We really don’t know what to expect for the sale this year, but we will hold the sale the same as we always do. Doors open at 7 a.m. Sale will start at 9 a.m.

All licensed fur buyers are welcome to attend. There is a $5 registration fee charged and 4 percent commission on all fur sold. The kitchen will be open at 7 a.m. to serve breakfast and throughout the day. If we get the overwhelming amount of baked goods that we have the past couple of years, we will probably auction them off again. It seems that there are a few of us with a sweet tooth that look forward to it. If you can help out with the fur sale in any way, please let Ralph or me know.

Our next scheduled business meeting will be held at the Conewago Township building on a Thursday evening Feb. 18, 2010, at 7 p.m. If you need directions, please feel free to call me.

See you at the fur sale.

— Mike Spittle

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