Montana Trappers Association

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MTA Membership

Information and Benefits


Membership Information & Benefits

Membership in the Montana Trappers Association is open to anyone interested in fulfilling the purpose of the organization, in improving the conditions of the trapper by preserving and strengthening the raw fur industry, and in improving the conservation and management of furbearing wildlife and their habitats.

 

There are five recognized levels of membership:

SINGLE ADULT any American or Canadian resident who is 18 years or older who has met the yearly dues requirements as set by the Board of Directors. These members have full voting rights and opportunity to hold any recognized state office or position in the organization.

 

YOUTH any person who has not reached his/her 18th birthday and has met the requirements as set by the Board of Directors. These members have full voting rights, but may not hold a state office or position in the organization.

 

BUSINESS any recognized, licensed business that meets the yearly dues requirements as set by the Board of Directors. This membership will not entitle the business, or any employee, to vote in Association business or to hold any office or position in the organization. The business shall be on the mailing list and receive information that is vital to their association with the Association.

 

FAMILY any immediate family members, husband and spouse and children, 18 years and younger residing at the same address, or those currently supported by the immediate family that meet the yearly dues requirements as set by the Board of Directors. These members have full rights in accordance with the single adult, youth, and honorary membership.

 

HONORARY memberships are available to any persons or businesses desiring to contribute or participate in the Association. This membership will not entitle such honorary members to vote in Association business or hold any office.

 

ASSOCIATE memberships available to any person desiring to contribute to the Association. This membership will not be on the mailing list which receives information pertaining to the Association. This membership will not entitle such Associate members to vote in association business or to hold any office or position in the organization.


Membership Benefits

 

Subscription to:

TRAPPER'S POST OR THE TRAPPER AND PREDATOR CALLER

  • The latest market reports through the nation
  • The latest national legislative reports concerning trapping and related areas
  • Contacts with trapping supply dealers

 

MTA Newsletter

 

Membership Dues Are Non-Refundable

 

Join or renew your membership online or by mail

 

To purchase a membership online - go to the top of the page and click on 'Membership'. Then choose your membership category.

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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.