Event Calendar​
2014
 
  • SEPT 28 TO OCT 5, 2014 - FRYEBURG - Visit the MTA booth at the Fryeburg Fair.

  • ​NOV 4, 2014 - ELECTION DAY - Vote NO on Question 1 !!

  • DEC 14, 2014 - PALMYRA- Central Maine Chapter Fur Auction at the Palmya Community Ctr, Rt 2, Palmyra. Opens at 7AM, auction starts at 8AM.

  • DEC 20, 2014 - WELLS - York County Chapter Fur Sale.





 Trapper Education Class dates are listed on the Maine IF&W Website:
  LINK to IFW

Walter L. Arnold, trapper, and one of the founders of the MTA, at his cabin in northern Maine in 1977.             photo by David Hiser
Legislative Update
Reports are published in the quarterly MTA newsletter (October, January, April, July)
See the Legislative Page
for current news.
​     The Maine Trappers Association was established in 1947 to provide an organization by which those with a common interest in the sport of trapping could come together to discuss their common goals.
     Meetings of the Executive Committee are held 4 times per year. Membership meetings are held twice each year - on the first Sunday in May and in the month of September.
A newsletter, The Maine Trapper, is published quarterly and sent to all current members. If you'd like to join the MTA, go to the membership page for information.
    The MTA has a proud history of bringing about changes that have enhanced the image of trappers and trapping. We have been leaders in supporting the development of traps and trapping techniques that are effective and humane. We have successfully supported legislation that has made trapping more acceptable to the non-trapping public, including mandatory trapper education. We have successfully opposed legislation when we felt that the changes would be harmful to the future of trapping or to the furbearers we harvest. 
Click here for information on 
MTA chapters around the state. CHAPTERS 
 Maine Trappers Association History

      In the late 1940's, Maine trappers were dissatisfied with the trapping season. The Legislature set the season at that time. Clyde Wells of Saco and H.E. Ford of Berwick thought that unifying the trappers in Maine was a necessity.  

     On September 1, 1947, the Maine Trappers Association (MTA) was formed. Luther DeVoe was elected president, Elwyn Smith was elected vice-president and J. Cliff Francis was elected secretary-treasurer. It seems that this meeting took place without the knowledge of either Mr. Ford or Mr. Wells. Membership dues were set at $1 per year.   

Continue with the History of the MTA on the History Page.
Newsletter:  The deadlines for the MTA newsletters are:
MARCH 15
JUNE 15
SEPTEMBER 15
DECEMBER 15
Please send your submissions to Dave Miller  
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Trappers Line Cabin 

   This cabin, constructed in the 1980's by the Maine Trappers Association at Leonards Mills in Bradley Maine, was typical during the early days of trapping. The line cabin was designed for an overnight stay while checking the trap line. It was very simple and meant to provide temporary shelter only. Trappers could cache food supplies, fur stretchers, extra traps and tools needed to maintain his equipment in the cabin. 
  Leonards Mills holds their Living History Days each year on the first weekend in October. They are open year round for self guided tours, picnics and hiking on their nature trails. Check their website for other events, more info and directions to the Maine Forest and Logging Museum at Leonards Mills.
www.maineforestandloggingmuseum.org

30-Gun Raffle winners will be posted soon!

Election Results - MTA Officers
 - Sept 2014 - Sept 2015
Lifetime member Harry E. Taylor passed away recently. He was a great friend to many members of the MTA and a very familiar face at events for many years. He was a good natured man who loved the outdoors and he always made us laugh. He was married to Velma Taylor, a former MTA officer and merchandiser who passed away earlier this year.

HARRY'S OBIT