Alert!! The US Fish & Wildlife Service has updated it's incidental take plan for lynx. There is a 30 day comment period. We ask that all trappers submit comments. They must be submitted by September 5, 2014.
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.
- AUGUST 24 TO SEPT 1, 2014 - WINDSOR - the Windsor Fair, visit the MTA Museum, trappers cabin and display on the fairgrounds.
- SEPT 19 & 20, 2014 -WINDSOR - MTA FALL RENDEZVOUS at Windsor Fairgrounds, 2 days of demos, Business meeting, election, gun raffle drawing, Auction MORE.
- 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!
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
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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.
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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.
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SEPTEMBER 15, 2014
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Maine Trappers Association
Established September 1947
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We need to support the IF&W ITP ! MORE COMMENTS NEEDED!
The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service is considering 4 options to deal with
the Lynx in Maine:
1. Leave Consent Decree in place.
2. Stop all trapping in lynx areas.
3. Issue ITP to Maine Department of IF&W.
4. Issue ITP but not allow Maine IF&W to manage ADC or predators.
Option (1) leaves trappers open to prosecution and the Dept. open to lawsuit (to change the trapping laws).
Option (2) is just horrendous for trappers (Stops all trapping).
Option (4) takes away the Dept’s ability to manage problem animals and makes no sense.
Option (3) The Dept’s ITP proposes the same rules we’ve been operating under except it removes the size restriction from foothold traps and allows rat traps for weasels. It does limit the number of lynx killed to 3 in 15 years (may want to comment that this seems low). All-in-all this is the best option.
Please comment NOW - online. Use the links above to get to the comment page.
Current Referendum Info and Articles, Raffle Winners
Congratulations to Mike Flaherty who was the winner of the Kentucky Rifle that was raffled off at the MTA cabin at the Windsor Fair.
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