Montana Trappers Association

Working Today For a Tomorrow in Trapping.
Furbearers Are A Natural Renewable Resource.

About the Montana Trappers Association

Who We Are


What is the MTA?

The Montana Trappers Association is a non-profit organization of concerned and active conservationists who promote proper management of Montana's furbearers, who develop proper predator control, maintain a positive public image and help perpetuate quality habitat.

Who is the MTA?

We, the trappers of Montana, join together to create a more effective voice through cooperative efforts in the conservation and management of Montana's furbearing animals, in the development and application of proper and effective predator control methods, and to develop and maintalan the public image of trapping as a legitimate, desirable, and compatible enterprise of modern man; to stimulate an increased understanding and awareness of the impact of modern society and man on his environment; and to encourage citizen, legislative and administrative action toward the protection and restoration of our natural and historical heritage, and the creation of trapper attitudes which reflect these values, through creative planning and education.

Articles of Conduct

  1. Help perpetuate quality habitat
  2. Respect the animals - trap humanely
  3. Urge that furs be used for true needs of people
  4. Take good care of furs from trapline to market
  5. Respect fellow trappers and other land users
  6. Support research in trapping methods and requirements of furbearing wildlife
  7. Know the laws, obey the laws, help enforce the laws
  8. Trap according to management objectives for the land

Articles of Purpose

  1. To inspire in our membership a desire to practice the ethics of true sportsmanship towards others who wish to enjoy the recreation and pleasures of the outdoors.
  2. To develop leadership for perpetuation of the interests of the trappers and the fur industry as a whole and the control of predators that cause damage to livestock, agriculture and wildlife.
  3. To impart knowledge to our membership and fellow trappers of the importance of conservation.
  4. To aid the youth in acquiring skills and attitudes in our advocation which are compatible to good conservation and to encourage all trappers to cooperate with recognized conservation-minded organizations in the furtherance and continuation of general conservation practice.
  5. To inspire all trappers to honor regulations pertaining to furbearing animals, fish, and wildlife, animal seasons and habitat, and to report to the proper authorities any violation that is evident, and to also report any endangered, species.
  6. To advocate a comprehensive research program regarding the conservation of furbearing animals.
  7. To cultivate a feeling of goodwill and mutual understanding through proper respect of the rights of landowners and fellow trappers who have exclusive permission to trap specific definable properties.
  8. To eliminate unnecessary cruelty and waste in the prusuit of trapping.
  9. To discourage, expose and eliminate unjust and fraudulent trade practices in the marketing of raw furs.
  10. To aid and cooperate In bringing about the apprehension and punishment of fur and trap thieves.
  11. To oppose and request revision or repeal of any law or regulation which is biased and discriminative toward the trapper.
  12. To oppose any proposed legislation which would impose unreasonable restrictions on the taking of furbearing animals, or the sale of the pelts thereof.

Did You Know?

Jim Bridger (1804-1881). Trapper, scout, mountain man. One of first white men to see the future Yellowstone Park and Great Salt Lake, which he believed to be an arm of the Pacific Ocean. Became partner of Rocky Mountain Fur Company in 1830 and established Fort Bridger in Wyoming Territory in 1842. Laid out routes for the Central Overland Stage and Pike's Peak Express Company. Returned to Missouri in 1867 where died on his farm on July 17, 1881.


Rendezvous were held on a yearly basis at various locations until 1840, mainly in Wyoming, but Pierre's Hole in Idaho and Bear Lake in northwest Utah were favorite sites as well.


Fort Manuel Lisa was established in 1807 by Manuel Lisa at the mouth of the Big Horn River near Hysham. This was the first permanent settlement in Montana and was occupied until 1811.


John Jacob Astor was the first prominent member of the Astor family and the first multi-millionaire in the US. He amassed his wealth through fur-trading, opium smuggling, and New York City real estate. Famed patron of the arts. At the time of his death, he was the wealthiest person in the US.


In 1919, the Hudson’s Bay Company was approaching its 250th year in business. What began in a coffee house in London, in 1670, had now grown to become the undisputed leader of the international fur trade.


The desire for beaver fur hats in European men’s fashions dates back centuries and spurred the development of the 17th century North American fur trade. Beaver fur was the most prized of the fur trade because of its water repellant qualities. Encouraged by European trade goods, natives hunted beaver to extinction in some areas.