RENDEZVOUS: A meeting with someone that is arranged for a particular time and place where many people go to meet, trade, enjoy friendly competition and rekindle friendship

Usually the second weekend in September is when the MTA holds its annual rendezvous.  It's held in Lewistown, Montana, the center of Big Sky Country, at the Fergus County Fairgrounds.  There are numerous dealers in attendance at the rendezvous with their latest trapping supplies.

Throughout the 3 day event, demonstrations on fur handling, trap setting, snaring, predator calling and various other trapping related topics are held.  Convention goers will meet fellow trappers, eat good food and share experiences with over 300 people in attendance, including Miss Rodeo Montana and Miss Teen Rodeo Montana.

Members are encouraged to attend the annual business meeting where you will learn what is going on in the MTA, how you can help, and who to contact if you need help in some area.  The NTA representative will fill you in on what's going on in the National Trappers Association.

You may participate in several contest events whether you're young or old, trapper or trapperette.  From the rifle and pistol shoot, trap setting contest, skillet throw, beaver toss, or photo contest.

Saturday evening is the biggest event of the weekend.  Starting with the banquet, recognizing members accomplishments, picking the winners of the annual rendezvous raffle, and raising monies for the MTA to help finance the Association for the following year with our auction and fundraiser.  The evening culminates by announcing and giving away a free fur coat to a present member of the MTA.

When you attend the MTA rendezvous, you will have fun, learn, buy supplies, and most of all, you will be part of the MTA and Working Today For A Tomorrow In Trapping.


Rendezvous Location

The MTA Rendezvous will be held at the Fergus County Fairgrounds in Lewistown, Montana on September 11-12, 2015


2014 Rendezvous photo gallery: View Here


2014 Rendezvous video: View Here


Lewistown offers over 300 hotel and motel rooms for lodging in the area.

Hotel Reservations & Information

Yogo Inn
119 Rooms

Mountain View Motel
30 Rooms

Super 8 Motel
44 Rooms

Historic Calvert Hotel
45 Rooms

B & B Motel
36 Rooms

Sunset Motel
16 Rooms

Trails End Motel
18 Rooms

Eddies Corner
4 Rooms
15 miles from Lewistown


Lewistown also has available several Bed and Breakfasts in the area.

Bed & Breakfasts Reservations & Information

Pheasant Tales
6 Rooms
The Montana Bunk House
10-15 People
23 miles from Lewistown

Leininger Ranch & Log
Cabin Rentals

10 miles west of Lewistown

Duvall Inn
8 guest rooms
also 160 acres for camping
10 miles from the fairgrounds

Dave and Candy Gill's B&B
3 Full Bedrooms
12 miles from Lewistown
Wicks and Symms
3 Rooms
Downtown Lewistown
Meadow Brook Farm
Hobson, MT
20 miles from Lewistown
Rainbow's End Ranch
4 Rooms
12 miles from Lewistown
Wickens Salt Creek Ranch
50 miles from Lewistown
Snowy View B&B
4 Rooms


Lewistown has many camping facilities, which offer full and partial hookups

Camping & RV Facilities
Central Montana Fairgrounds
100 spaces, 60 with hookups
Some showers
Tents welcome

Eddies Corner
6 Hookups
15 miles from Lewistown

Mountain Acres
47 Hookups
No Tents

Duvall Inn
160 acres for camping
10 miles from the fairgrounds

Kiwanis Camp Ground
Lewistown Civic Center


The MTA Board of Directors will meet May 3, 2015 in Lewistown at the Yogo Inn. MTA members are encouraged to attend.

Deadline for articles, pictures and other information for the Spring newsletter is March 20, 2015. Articles received after that date will not be printed. To forward your report or for more information

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Meet Miss Rodeo Montana 2015 and Miss Teen Rodeo Montana

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Consent to Trap Private Land During the 2014/15 Trapping Season Form

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2014 Rendezvous Photo Gallery

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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.