Montana Trappers Association

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

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MTA Board of Directors and General Contacts

General Contact:    Contact


Officers

9.6.14
President Past President
Toby Walrath
 
Corvallis, MT  
  Contact Tom Barnes
 
Dillon, MT  
  Contact
   
Vice President East Vice President West
John Hughes
 Roundup, MT  
  Contact Jason Maxwell
 
Missoula, MT  
  Contact
   
Treasurer Executive Secretary
Terry Sheppard
 
Ovando, MT  
  Contact Jim Buell
 
Gildford, MT  
  Contact
   
Membership Secretary NTA Director
Karen Chapman
 
Belgrade, MT  
  Contact Jim Buell
 
Gildford, MT  
  Contact
   
Recording Secretary  
Keven Heinle
 
Fairfield, MT  
  Contact    


Directors

  • The State of Montana is divided into 7 districts. Each having a District Director. Also there are sub-directors in each district.
9.15.13
District 1 District 2
Paul Fielder
 Thompson Falls, MT
  Contact  Angela Gerych
 Missoula, MT
  Contact 
   
District 3 District 4
Tater McKay
 
Dillon, MT
  Contact  Scott Blackman
 
Wolf Creek, MT
  Contact 
   
District 5 District 6
Jay Ferderer
 
Big Timber, MT
  Contact  Harold Johnson
 
Plentywood, MT
  Contact 
   
District 7  
Dave Schaff
 
Hardin, MT
  Contact   


Committee Chairs

9.15.13
Scholarship
Gary VanHaele
 
Hysham, MT
 
Sportsmans Rights Protection Fund
 
 
Education Committee
Bob Sheppard
 
Ovando, MT
  Contact 
 
Newsletter
Fran Buell
 
Gildford, MT
  Contact 
 
FWP Liaison
Paul Fielder
 Thompson Falls, MT
  Contact 
 
Ethics Committee
Allan Minear
 
Lewistown, MT
  Contact 
 
Fur Sale Committee
Brian Stoner
 
Belgrade,d, MT
  Contact 
 
Historic Committee
Fran Buell
 
Gildford, MT
  Contact 
 

 

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.