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Advocacy & Research

Friends of Fur
Fur Institute of Canada

 

Environmental & Informational

Fur Commission USA
Fur is Green
Wild About Trapping

 

Farming

Canada Fox Breeders Association
Canada Mink Breeders Association
Fur Commission USA
National Chinchilla Breeders of Canada
US Fox Shippers Council

 

Manufacturing & Retail

FurCare
Fur Council of Canada
Fur Fashions
Fur Information Council of America
Fur Insider

 

National Organizations

Big Game Forever
Furs.com
Fur Takers of America
International Fur Trade Federation
Louisiana Fur and Alligator Advisory Council
National Trappers Association
Ted Nugent.com
The Trapper & Predator Caller
Truth About Fur
U.S. Sportsmen's Alliance

 

Outdoor Businesses & Information

 

State Associations

Alabama Trapper & Predator Control Association
Alaska Trappers Association
Arizona Trappers Association
Arkansas Trappers Association
California Trappers Association
Colorado Trappers Association
Connecticut Trappers Association
Florida Trappers Association
Georgia Trappers Association
Idaho Trappers Association
Illinois Trappers Association
Indiana State Trappers Association
Iowa Trappers Association
Kansas Fur Harvesters Association
Kentucky Trappers Association
Louisiana Trappers and Alligator Hunters
Maine Trappers Association
Maryland Fur Trappers
Massachusetts Trappers Association
Michigan Trappers & Predator Callers Association
Minnesota Trappers Association
Mississippi Trappers Association
Missouri Trappers Association
Nebraska Fur Harvesters
Nevada Trappers Association
New Hampshire Trappers Association
New Jersey State Trappers Association
New Mexico Trappers Association
New York State Trappers Association
New York - Orange County Trappers Association
North Carolina Trappers Association
North Dakota Fur Hunters and Trappers Association
North Dakota Fur Takers
Ohio State Trappers Association
Oklahoma Furbearers Alliance
Fur Takers of Oklahoma
Oregon Trappers Association
Pennsylvania Trappers Association
South Dakota Trappers Association
Tennessee Furharvesters Association
Tennessee Free Trappers & ADCO Association
Texas Trappers and Fur Hunters Association
Utah Trappers Association
Vermont Trappers Association
Virginia Trappers Association
Washington State Trappers Association
West Virginia Trappers Association
Wisconsin Trappers Association
Wyoming Trappers Association

 

Canadian Organizations

Trapping Blogs

efurmedia
Trapping Supplies Review
Truth About Fur - The Blog

 

Trapping Suppy Links

NOTICES

The MTA Board of Directors will meet December 7, 2014 in Lewistown at the Yogo Inn. MTA members are encouraged to attend.

Deadline for articles, pictures and other information for the Winter newsletter is December 20, 2014. Articles received after that date will not be printed. To forward your report or for more information

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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.