Your privacy is very important. The Montana Trappers Association (MTA) respects your concerns about maintaining strict privacy. Any information that you divulge is kept in confidence.
The MTA will not collect personally identifiable information on this web site or otherwise unless you choose to provide it via electronic mail, phone, or by mail. Even when you choose to provide this information, it is kept confidential.
The MTA will not sell, rent, share, or otherwise disclose mailing lists or other personally identifiable information. Some records of individuals who contact the MTA will be maintained in case the need to contact you later or provide further information to you in the future. However, the MTA will not provide this information to anyone else unless given your permission to do so.
The MTA's Internet Service Provider collects information about the date and time in which this web site was accessed and the Internet address of the web site from which you linked to this site. The MTA only uses this information to analyze web traffic and to measure the number of visitors to this site and the addresses of the web sites from which visitors come. E-mail addresses and other personally identifiable information are not available.
Order online. . . Items may be easily and securely purchased online by selecting the BUY NOW button next to each item. Quantities may be changed any time before final checkout.
E-mail orders . . . Orders may be submitted by e-mail 24 hours a day at firstname.lastname@example.org, although we suggest using the online order services for security purposes and convenience.
Mail orders. . . Orders may be mailed to: Montana Trappers Association, P O Box 133, Gildford, MT 59525
Please be sure to include a personal or business check 1, money order or credit card information; to include credit card type, number, expiration date, CVV2 number, exact name as it appears on the card, billing address and phone number.
Credit card orders. . . we gladly accept the following credit cards: MasterCard, VISA, American Express, and Discover/Novus.
1 Please allow a minimum of 10 business days for personal or business checks to clear before orders are shipped.
Fast and Convenient Delivery. . . We know your order is important. That's why most orders are usually shipped the same day. And depending on your location, your order will arrive at your door within 2 to 7 business days. If you choose, you may also have an order shipped to another address.
Shipping and handling 1, 2.. . Orders will be shipped via the quickest means possible - usually in the manner requested - pending order size and weight. In which case, we may determine to ship orders by alternate means which may save customers unnecessary shipping expenses. Customers will receive email confirmation regarding shipment of their orders.
Orders placed during the weekend will usually be shipped on Monday, pending federal holidays.
1 The MTA attempts to have your order delivered as soon as possible. However, the MTA is not responsible for misdirected, slow or late shipments due to weather or circumstances beyond the MTA's control once the carrier assumes responsibility.
2 Shipping charges stated on your email invoice are not necessarily accurate at all times. The MTA will make every effort to be certain correct and necessary measures are taken to ensure proper S&H charges.
100% Satisfaction Guarantee
The MTA wants you to be completely satisfied with your purchase. If for any reason you're not entirely pleased, simply return the item within 30 days of receipt for exchange or a full refund for product purchases. Refunds will be issued in the same method as the order was paid. In the event your order arrives damaged or you need to return/exchange an item, please review the information below.
So the MTA can make an exchange or process your refund as quickly and efficiently as possible, we ask that you let us know why you are returning an item. A handy check-list is accessible below. To use it, simply print out this page, check off the reasons that apply, and include a copy with your return. Don't forget to include your receipt or a copy of your receipt.
If You Lose or
Don't Have an Invoice
In the event that you have misplaced your invoice, please mail your return to: Montana Trappers Association, P O Box 133, Gildford, MT 59525
How To Return An Item
Please use the original shipping box and packing materials.*
For your protection, return the product via:
- U.S. Mail, prepaid and insured
- UPS, prepaid and insured
Retain your UPS or Post Office receipt until you receive a credit, refund, or a replacement.
* It's very important that your package returns as securely as possible to avoid any damage to the product. The returned package(s) should be prepaid and insured for your protection. Unfortunately, credits will not be issued for merchandise which is damaged due to improper packing. Sorry, the MTA can not accept any C.O.D.'s.
Destroying the Myth
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
Consent to Trap Private Land During the 2014/15 Trapping Season Form
2014 Rendezvous Photo Gallery
2014 Rendezvous Raffle and Winners List
I-169 and All Other Citizen Inititives Do Not Make Montana's November Ballot
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.