Montana Trappers Association

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

Fur Trade Leaders

Leaders in Conservation


Fur Commission USA represents mink farming families, works to ensure superior standards of animal husbandry through our own certification program, educates the public about responsible fur farming and the merits of fur.

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The National Trappers Association is a conservation organization dedicated to the perpetuation of sound furbearer management programs, while protecting wildlife habitat.

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The Louisiana Fur and Alligator Advisory Council is dedicated to wildlife conservation through wise utilization. The Advisory Council's major goals are: (1) stabilization and enhancement of Louisiana's fur and alligator markets, in order to maintain a strong economic incentive for protecting coastal wetlands; and (2) education of the public concerning the role of trapping in wildlife conservation.

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The Fur Institute of Canada includes membership from all sectors of the fur trade, native groups, various government departments, conservation and animal-welfare organizations. The Institute administers the current multimillion dollar trap research and development program, as well as assisting in the coordination of trapper-training programs. The Institute also provides information about the fur trade, trap research and conservation to the public, in Canada and abroad.

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The International Fur Federation (IFF) is the voice of the fur trade.


Formed over 60 years ago, it protects the fur trade’s interests, promotes innovation and high standards and presents a factual image of the fur industry. The IFF represents 42 national fur trade associations and organisations from 35 countries. Members are drawn from the entire fur supply chain: farmers, trappers, auction houses, merchants, brokers, buyers, dressers and dyers, designers, manufacturers, wholesalers, marketing organisations and retailers.


In addition to the national member associations’ offices, there is the IFF HQ in London and subsidiary offices in Beijing and Brussels. The Brussels office is jointly operated with the European Fur Breeders Association.

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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.