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Officers

9.6.14
President Past President
Toby Walrath
 
Corvallis, MT  
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Dillon, MT  
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Vice President East Vice President West
John Hughes
 Roundup, MT  
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Missoula, MT  
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Treasurer Executive Secretary
Terry Sheppard
 
Ovando, MT  
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Gildford, MT  
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Membership Secretary NTA Director
Karen Chapman
 
Belgrade, MT  
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Gildford, MT  
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Recording Secretary  
Keven Heinle
 
Fairfield, MT  
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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
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 Missoula, MT
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District 3 District 4
Tater McKay
 
Dillon, MT
Contact  Scott Blackman
 
Wolf Creek, MT
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District 5 District 6
Jay Ferderer
 
Big Timber, MT
Contact  Harold Johnson
 
Plentywood, MT
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District 7  
Dave Schaff
 
Hardin, MT
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Committee Chairs

9.15.13
Scholarship
Gary VanHaele
 
Hysham, MT
 
Sportsmans Rights Protection Fund
 
 
Education Committee
Bob Sheppard
 
Ovando, MT
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Newsletter
Fran Buell
 
Gildford, MT
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FWP Liaison
Paul Fielder
 Thompson Falls, MT
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Ethics Committee
Allan Minear
 
Lewistown, MT
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Fur Sale Committee
Brian Stoner
 
Belgrade,d, MT
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Historic Committee
Fran Buell
 
Gildford, MT
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The MTA Board of Directors will meet in December in Lewistown at the Yogo Inn. MTA members are encouraged to attend.

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Did You Know?

James Felix "Jim" Bridger (March 17, 1804 – July 17, 1881) was among the foremost mountain men, trappers, scouts and guides who explored and trapped the Western United States during the decades of 1820-1850, as well as mediating between native tribes and encroaching whites. He was of English ancestry, and his family had been in North America since the early colonial period.

 

The Hudson's Bay Company was started in 1670 along the James and Hudson Bays. Natives would barter furs for trade goods such as knives, beads, needles and blankets. HBC company is in their 4th Century of retail and still going strong.

 

Robert Campbell (1804-1879) was an American frontiersman, fur trader and businessman. He joined a fur trapping expedition to Rocky Mountains in 1825 with Jedediah Smith, Moses Harris, and Jim Beckwourth. He continued as a trapper and trader through most of the mountain man era.

 

Fort Leavenworth, 1867, was the first settlement in Kansas territory and is the oldest active Army post west of the Mississippi River. The fort initially served as a quartermaster depot, arsenal, and troop post, and was dedicated to protecting the fur trade and safeguarding commerce on the Santa Fe Trail.

 

From 1828-1867 Fort Union was the most important fur trading post on the Upper Missouri. Here, seven Northern Plains Indian Tribes, including the Assiniboine, traded buffalo robes and other furs for goods such as cloth, guns, blankets and beads. This fort was a bastion of peaceful coexistence, annually trading over 25,000 buffalo robes and $100,000 of merchandise.

 

The Mountain Men explored and opened up the Rocky Mountain region. The Rocky Mountain Fur Company (1822-1834) established the brigade system, with teams of trappers working together. In one year they could earn half a million dollars in pelts. Eventually they were outdone by Astor's American Fur Company. By 1834, the fur trade was being played out; Astor's and the Hudson's Bay trappers were all tough competitors.