Montana Trappers Association

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February 2017

24-25

WESTERN STATES FUR AUCTION
Park County Fairgrounds
Livingston, MT
For More: Brian Stoner 406.581.8583 / 406.388.0103

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24-26

 


March 2017

9

FWP COMMISSIONER MEETING
Helena, MT
FWP Headquarters

 

10-12

 

31-2

 


April 2017

2

DISTRICT 4 SPRING MEETING
FWP Office
4600 Giant Springs Rd
Great Falls, MT
Time: 2pm - ?

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8

DISTRICT 2 SPRING MEETING
FWP Office
3201 Spurgin Rd
Missoula, MT
Time: 9am - ?
Pot Luck Lunch

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DISTRICT 3 SPRING MEETING
Search and Rescue Building
Dillon, MT
Time: 9am - ?

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9

DISTRICT 6 SPRING MEETING
Odd Fellows Hall
Saco, MT
Time: Noon - ?

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13

FWP COMMISSIONER MEETING
Helena, MT
FWP Headquarters

 

15

DISTRICT 1 SPRING MEETING
FWP Office
490 N Meridian Rd
Kalispell, MT
Time: 10a - ?

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27-30

MONTANA TAXIDERMISTS ASSOCIATION CONVENTION
Best Western Heritage Inn
Great Falls, MT

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May 2017

7

BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING
Golden Corral
1624 Market Place Dr
Great Falls, MT
Exit 0
Time: 9am - ?

 

13

8th ANNUAL MTSFW PIG ROAST FUNDRAISER
Missoula County Fairgrounds
Missoula, MT
Time: 4pm - ?

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August 2017

 


September 2017

8-10

TRAPPERS RENDEZVOUS
Fergus County Fairgrounds
Lewistown, MT

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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.