Pennsylvania Trappers Association June 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


I just got home from the NTA Northeast Leadership Conference. Joel Whitehead and I represented the Pennsylvania Trappers’ Association at this meeting. I always enjoy learning what is working for the other states in attendance. This year we had six northeast states represented including our host, New York. Jim Carmondy the New York NTA Director gave up going to his own state’s spring meeting to host us, Thank You!

This event is sponsored by the NTA and they were represented by some of their finest and most active volunteers. They were John Daniels; the General Organizer, our own Dave Shuttleworth; NTA NE Representative and now also the President of Furbearer Unlimited and Dave and Karen Linkhart; NTA Public Relations. The NTA leadership presented the officers and financial reports, then covered the update on the wolf delisting. I know what you are thinking, we don’t have wolves in PA. Well not yet, but this ruling really has more implications on any threatened or endangered species. For more information visit the NTA website. The highlight of the meeting was the tag team presentation by Karen and Dave Linkhart.

This energetic team represents the NTA on National and International Affairs. They conveyed to all of us the importance of getting to know our congressional representatives and develop a plan to motivate our members to contact congress about bills that affects our sport and livelihood. The NTA is looking for a site for the 2012 Northeast Regional Trapping and Outdoor Expo. What do you think about this PA?

Speaking of Rendezvous, by the time you read this Ralph Wagner is either going to be relaxing in the tropics or buried in work at the event? They have a great plan in place, now it is up to you and Mother Nature to provide the outcome. See you in Schuylkill County June 16-19, 2011. This is an election year and I hope you sent in your ballot or will deliver them to the state booth at the Rendezvous. You also recently received a joint mailing from the PTA and KIFE. The mailing included the state sweepstakes tickets, which is our largest fundraiser, and the first official letter from KIFE since receiving their 501C3 tax status. I hope we can all find ways to help both groups. We all have friends that share outdoor interests. Why not ask for their money to support common interests?

In my letter included with the sweepstakes you received the revised version of new body gripping trap regulations. Nobody likes change, but without change we only stood to lose more than what we did. Just think, where would we be if we never changed? We are proven to be one of the most adaptive groups. You have to be to run a trapline for a full season and be anxious for the next season to start.

Our website continues to be a valuable resource for us all. Thanks to the team that is keeping is fresh and active. You can stay informed on all our activities, renew your membership and purchase any of our merchandise online. I would like to use mass emails in the future to inform our members of time sensitive issues and pass along important information. In the past we had a space on our membership application for an email address but often this was left blank. Another problem is that people change their email addresses frequently. I would like your help in the future to compile this contact list. It is as easy as sending me an email at I don’t like spam unless it is on the grill. So we will use the most professional system available to protect your email. Thank You!

— Brian Mohn


HI to ALL,

ONE LAST TIME! Yes, this is my final report to you. After 10 yours of “Pecking on this Keyboard” I am turning this “Pleasant Duty: over to the next one to to handle.

Over the past 10 years being YOUR EDITOR, has given me many opportunities, to vent my thoughts to you. Some were welcomed by you—- Some were not!

Anyway, nearly everything I had put to you was for, YOUR ENLIGHTENMENT, YOUR ENJOYMENT, YOUR ENTERTAINMENT!

Over those years I have tried to get you more involved & more interested in helping to Support & Build this ASSOCIATION. Hopefully a few of you may of been inspired by my efforts, to promote the PTA & to support OUR RIGHT & OUR PRIVILEGE to TRAP.

If just one of you was encouraged by what I had written, then perhaps I did my “Duty” as your editor.


Over my nearly 40 years in this ASSOCIATION, I have seen this PTA both grow & also decline. Once we were nearly 10,000 strong. Now we are a lot less in numbers. Just the same we are NOT “Less in Strength”!

Now, as I leave the “Board”, I see & feel that this “Board” is turning into a “NEGATIVE BODY” Not the “POSITIVE BODY” that it needs to be.

If this Board continues to work as a “Divided Body” only Harm & Setback will fall on all of us. YOUR PTA needs to be UNITED—- NOT DIVIDED!

Hopefully, the Board & all of Our Members will put their “Petty Feelings” aside. That remains to be seen. For if we continue to “Fight Each Other” WE LOSE!!!
But, after these past 40 years, of seeing us “Flow & Grow” as well as “Ebb & Decline” feel that once again, we will work together. WE WILL DO WHAT NEEDS TO BE DONE! WE WILL CONTINUE TO SURVIVE & TO GROW STRONGER!!!


Good Bye & Good Luck to ALL.

— Russ Ford


KIFE is doing well for all the people that have been asking. Mike Guntar and some of the other members of the board will be doing shows around the state this year. If you do not see us at one of the smaller shows in your region, please come see us at the Pa state Rendezvous the third weekend of June.

Alan Probst is the newest member of the KIFE board & KIFE is currently looking for one additional person to fill out the board.

A joint meeting was held between the O & D of the PTA and the KIFE board on March 5th to talk over the progress KIFE is making and to also address new trapping regulations being proposed to the Pa Game Commission.

Hope you all have and enjoyable spring and I look forward to see you at some of the shows this summer.

— Jerry Pickel


Hello Members. The gun raffle was the best we have ever had!! We made more money, had more sponsors and sold more tickets than ever before. Thanks to Jim and Donna Murphy for co-chairing this function. It would not have gone as well as it did without all of the people helping out, including the awesome clean-up crew we had. Thank you to everyone. Next year’s Gun Raffle will be on April 7th, 2012.

Venango County hosted the District One Spring Meeting at the Venango County Coon and Fox Club. Darryl Pyle did a wonderful job at organizing this function. Thanks, Darryl! WCO Rhonda Bimber from the PA Game Commission was there to answer questions and spoke for about a half hour. Thanks to Rhonda for being there and sharing her knowledge with us.

Antler and Angler will be having their Sportsmen’s Show on October 1st and 2nd at the Crawford County Fair Grounds. We are hoping to work with other districts and build a demo area.

Trapping School this year will be hosted by Jim Stoops. It will be on August 27th with the location to be announced. Jim can be contacted at (724) 992-1143.
Mercer County Youth Field Days will be held on June 11th. If you can help, contact Jim Stoops at the above number.

The FTA convention will be in Dunkirk, NY from June 23rd to the 25th. The PTA convention will be hosted by District 11 at the Schuylkill County Fairgrounds from June 16th through the 19th.

Please note when you get your new Hunting & Trapping Digest that there have been changes on the beaver regulations and the use of 160 conibears.

The fall business meeting will be hosted by Warren County. It will be at the Spring Creek Sportsmen’s Club on September 24th. The doors will open at 9 AM with the meeting starting at Noon.

Ned Weston and Brad Fair (District 2 Director) helped me at the Slippery Rock Baptist Church at a Sportsmen’s Banquet, where there were about 400 people in attendance. Thanks to Ned and Brad for representing the trappers.

God Bless.

— Charlie Sykes


Hello All,

I think Spring has finally made it here, my first clue was the grass growing like crazy, but due to the rain, not being able to do anything about it. Can’t believe it’s already going to be May, and the state rondy is coming soon. It’s a longer drive than last year. But I expect to see a bunch of D-3 members make it. Our Spring meeting was held at the Westmoreland County Fairgrounds back on March 20. At our elections, all of your existing officers have agreed to stay on for another term of 2 years.

Thanks guys for your time in the association. We also set our dates for this coming year’s events. We will attend the Washington and Westmoreland County fairs again in August. The Fall Rendezvous will be held on October 2, at the Washington County Fairgrounds, and the fur sale is set for January 29, also in Washington. The Trapper’s school site hasn’t been chosen as of this writing, but we should have it by the next report.

Our district’s 7th annual banquet was held in Youngwood on April 23, with the largest crowd we’ve had yet. 230 people attended and were treated to a wonderful meal, and a fun evening. Thanks to our sponsors, somewhere around 250 prizes were won by our attendees. Thanks to everyone who worked at the banquet to make it a success for our district as well as the sponsors and attendees who came out to spend the time with us. Our district’s “lifetime achievement award” went to Bob Jameson this year, thanks for all you do for us Bob, and this doesn’t mean you get to quit now! Congrats Bob.

We had 2 “trappers of the year” here this year, Dave Garbutt and Barbie Breckinridge. With the convention last year, there would have been several people deserving of the award, but with the continued work these two put into the state website, along with their work at the convention, this award was also well deserved. Thanks Dave and Barbie, Congrats, and if some members haven’t checked out the website @ , make sure you do so.

Hope to see you at the state rondy or one of our events here in D-3

‘Til next time.

— Dave Eckels


I apologize for not having a column last month and any reason I give would just sound like an excuse so I’ll just say I’m going to try to do better. You might say I need to get my priorities in line or something to that affect. Anyhow, trapping will be completely over by the time you read this and the fur will have been sold or sent to the auction by now. I hope you did well.

I didn’t do near as much trapping as in prior years and I didn’t set a single beaver trap this year. I was able to sneak away for one sanity day and go fly fishing for steelhead at Erie, Pa. I fished Elk Creek and was able to land four steelhead and lose two others, a great day for me considering it was in early March and the temperature was in the low 30s all day. I also recently celebrated (?) my 50th birthday and I sincerely hope my next 50 years are as good to me as the first 50 have been; it’s been a good ride so far.

The district 5 fur sale was successful again this year and I would like to thank everyone who helped out or sold their fur at the sale. Following are some of the prices from the sale (Listed by Species, Average and High):

Red Fox — $13.32; $22.50
Gray Fox — $17.84; $ 24.00
Coyote — $19.79; $26.50
Raccoon — $12.99; $19.00
Opossum — $1.88; $2.75
Skunk — $3.51; $5.50
Muskrat — $6.62; $8.30
Male Mink — $15.60; $18.00
Female Mink — $9.79; $11.50
Beaver — $10.38; $27.00
Otter — $48.40; $51.00
Bobcat — $41.25; $57.00
Fisher — $44.50; $50.00

Please try to attend our next meeting and show your support for the association and if you can’t make the meeting, give Harry Wade, our district director, a call to show your support and let him know your thoughts on the future of the district. Harry is passionate about the association and would like your help and input to make it better and stronger. Please feel free to call Harry with any input you have @ 814 842-9546.

Please mark your calendars and plan to attend or help out at the Trapping School which is scheduled for August 11th thru the 14th.

The district 5 officers are as follows: Director – Harry Wade, Assistant director – Mark Vatavuk, Treasurer – Pat Wess, and Secretary – Deborah Sedlemeyer.
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


District 7 events for 2011-2012 May 22 meeting at West Milton Community Park at 1 pm—-July 17,summer picnic at Booneville Campground at 1 pm,bring a covered dish.—August 20, trapper training day at Watsontown Lions Club Youth Center,starts at 8 am.—Sept 10, District 7 Mini-Convention/Sugar Valley Historical Day, 8 am at the Booneville Campground. Trapping demos and food stands,trapping supplies for sale. District 7 meeting will be at 2 pm.—January 15, 2012, fur auction at Washingtonville, Montour-Delong Fairground, starts at 9 am. MUST BE A PTA MEMBER TO SELL. 4% commission—-April 1,2012 fur sale at Hillsgrove fire house,9 am,MUST BE A MEMBER OF PTA TO SELL. 4% commission. Question? Call 570-437-2679 or email–

— Pete


We had a good meeting in April at Schuylkill County fairgrounds and by the time you read this our final meeting for the Rendezvous will be passed. Things are shaping up for the State Rendezvous and hopefully all who attend will enjoy it. The hotels are filling up so contact Karen Mohn now if you want a room. We will be having 2 cable restraint classes at the Rendezvous. One on Friday and one on Saturday from 1pm-5pm. It is on a first come first served basis.

Sign up at the state booth for the class you want to attend. There are a lot of activities planned for those couple of days and they are all listed on the web page so I won’t include them all here. We are in need of more items for the auction on Friday evening. If you have something or are able to get a donation it would be greatly appreciated. You can bring it along with you to the Rendezvous. If anyone has any coyotes frozen we are in need of them as well for skinning demos. Let Ralph or me know if you could donate any.

Hopefully you have received your ballot for the state board and have already made your selections and mailed it in. If by chance you laid it aside and haven’t filled it out yet, please do so. I would appreciate your vote for Donna Spittle for state treasurer.

I have the dates and locations of several youth field days and trapper training schools that I want to pass along to you so you can make plans and invitations for these upcoming events:

Dauphin Co.

Youth Field Day — June 18, Harrisburg Hunters & Anglers

Trapper Training School — Sept. 17, DCAC Lancaster Co.

Youth Field Day — June 4, Big Chiques & Milton Grove Sportsmen’s Club

Trapper Training School — Aug 27, Millcreek Sportsmen’s Association Lebanon Co.

Youth Field Day — May 7, Red Rose Sportsmen’s Club Schuylkill Co

Youth Field Day — May 21

Trapper Training School — Sept 10, Auburn Fish & Game York Co.

Youth Field Day — June 4, Izaak Walton League

Trapping Training School — Aug 20, Starview Sportsmen’s Club Berks Co.

Youth Field Day — June 18

As you can see, there are 2 Youth Field Days that are taking place during our State Rendezvous. I want to thank in advance Russ Hotzman, Berks County and Andy Spittle, Dauphin County, for giving up a day at the Rendezvous to cover the youth field days. Thanks for making this sacrifice on our behalf.

I hope to see you at the State Rendezvous June 16-19 at the Schuylkill Fairgrounds.

— Mike Spittle, (717) 367-2637

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