Alaska Trappers Association
Monthly General Membership Meeting
1st Tuesday of each month, October through March
Meeting: The next monthly meeting of the Alaska Trappers Association is scheduled for Tuesday November 3 at the Mushers Hall on Farmers Loop Road.
Time: The meeting will start at 7:00 pm and will be preceded by a simple meal at 6:30 pm.
Speaker: Our speaker for the evening will be 1982 Trapper of the Year John Burns. John studied mink on the Kuskokwim River back in the 1960s for his Masters Degree. Since that time, he has studied mink in order to put pelts on his stretchers. John will share his life-time of knowledge regarding mink biology, mink behavior and mink trapping. Join us for the evening and learn from an expert.
Fur Handling Workshop
Interested in learning how to process furs from the guys who have many years of experience? Then this class will teach you many of the techniques required to do it the right way and get more money from the sale of a quality fur. Fur grading will also be covered.
When: Saturday - December 12th, 2015
Where: Fairbanks Hunter Education Shooting Range
1501 College Road - Fairbanks, Alaska
Instructors: Bill Wivoda and Marty Middlestadt
Cost: $75.00 Lunch is included.
Or contact Tish at: (907)-347-5965 for reservations. Class size is limited to the first 25.
ATA reserves the right to retain a portion of the registration fee if notified of cancellation less than one week prior to the event.
Sponsored by: The Alaska Trappers Association
Alaska Trappers Association
1000 tickets printed for 4 prizes
.30-06 Browning A-Bolt II Stainless Stalker rifle $650 value, from Bass Pro Shops
Guided Kenai River drift boat fishing trip for 2 with 2 nights lodging, $721 value, June 11 to Sept 25 2016 or 2017, transferable, by Cooper Landing Fish Camp
Beaver Fur Mittens and Slippers $425 value, by Denali Fur & Leather
Tickets: $20 or 3 for $50. Donation
To purchase tickets, call Tish, 907-347-5965
Gaming Permit Number 246
Winning tickets to be drawn April 27, 2016
Need not be present to win.
Winners are responsible for taxes.
ATA Cabin Building Workshop
Nearly 20 years ago, ATA member Marty Meierotto wrote an article for this magazine in which he described a simple method for building a cabin. His system does not require a lot of equipment or man-power. Thus, it is ideal for a small trapping cabin located far from town.
That article generated enough interest that we organized a workshop in 1999 to demonstrate the system. A second workshop followed in 2007. Thanks to Marty and his able assistants, we presented a third workshop in early October.
The weather was tough on the weekend of the workshop -- 35F and raining. However, the people who signed up for the workshop were tougher. They "took ownership" of the project, as Marty said. They worked hard and maintained a positive attitude throughout the weekend.
The cabin was constructed on the grounds of the Tanana Valley Sportsmen's Association in Fairbanks. TVSA President Grant Lewis expressed his gratitude to ATA for working with his organization, "Please pass on TVSA's thanks for the ATA's involvement in the recent cabin-building workshop. It was a great partnership. TVSA members gathered wall logs and roof poles for the project. In spite of the weather, your instructors and workshop participants erected the cabin. The "students" seemed to gain a good grasp of how to build a trappers cabin with a minimum of tools and man-power. We got a substantial storage cabin for our future use. I think the cooperation between ATA and TVSA worked to both clubs' benefit. Looking forward to possible future cooperative efforts!"
We thank Marty, Derek Patton, Dave Greer and Ross Beal for their efforts to make this workshop a success.
Monthly SCCATA Membership Meeting
2nd Tuesday of each month, October through April
Stories of True Wild Alaska
Alaska Tracks, by Randy Zarnke (click for larger view)
The next step in the long-term ATA oral history project has arrived. Read the life stories of the people who have hunted, fished and trapped throughout The Great Land. Perfect for winter evenings with your feet propped up by the wood stove.
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For the past few years, a few of us have considered the idea of having an ATA "theme song". We investigated a few options. The best alternative involved creative Fairbanks genius Craig Compeau. Craig has been using well-known melodies and modifying the lyrics to fit his views. Many of the resulting songs are humorous criticisms of government. Others focus on life in Alaska. Everyone can agree that they are well done.
ATA Director Dan Tempel heard a song that he liked and realized that the lyrics could be modified to tell a great story about Alaska trappers. We asked Craig if he could work his magic. Craig enlisted the aid of local singer Roger McGill. You can hear the result by clicking on the button below. We hope you like it.
If you want to download the song, go to Craig's website: www.alaskansongs.com.
Alaska Trappers Association Mission Statement
The Alaska Trappers Association endeavors to preserve and promote trapping through trapper education and public awareness.
Shared knowledge fosters responsible trappers and improves public understanding of trapping.
Click here for The Trappers' Code of Ethics