Alaska Trappers Association
Vanished Bear Trails, Stories of Hunting Bears on Kodiak Island from the early 1950s to 2005
by Darrell Farmen
"The giant brown bears found on Kodiak Island hold a fascination for both hunters and non-hunters. Many of us dream of spending time observing those magnificent animals in their natural habitat. Few men have spent more time or been more successful than Darrell Farmen. Farmen came to Kodiak in 1953 as a teenager to work as a packer for two of the most famous bear guides in history - Bill Pinnell and Morris Talifson. Farmen has spent the past few years writing about his experiences among the Kodiak bears.
The stories themselves are captivating, made even more so by the informal writing style that flows from Darrell in a natural manner. His honesty, integrity and sense of humor shine through to make good stories even better."
An Alaskan Adventure, A Story of Finding Gold in the Far North from 1893 - 1903
by Frederick James Currier
Forward by Randy Zarnke:
"Frederick James Currier was born on February 13, 1860 in Wisconsin. As a young man, he was always looking for adventure. In 1894, Currier went to Oregon to purchase an apple orchard. Instead, he met two miners who were about to depart on a trip to Alaska to seek gold. They invited Fred to accompany them. The orchard idea was forgotten."
Get the book to see what happened after that.
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I Know Heimo
Heimo Korth is a legend amongst Alaskan trappers. Heimo has been living a (very) remote lifestyle for the past forty years. Heimo received ATA's Fabian Carey Trapper of the Year award in 2003, in recognition of his commitment and dedication to trapping. Heimo's sense of humor and engaging personality have won him friends near and far. Back in the 1980s, some of those friends created ball caps with the slogan "I Know Heimo," which brought smiles to the faces of many in the trapping community.
More recently, Heimo has become one of the featured cast members in the excellent reality TV show entitled "Last Alaskans." The program has brought widespread notoriety to our good friend Heimo. This seems like an appropriate time to resurrect the old slogan and share a smile with Heimo's new friends and admirers. Be the first kid on your block to wear one of our new "I Know Heimo" caps.
Watch this wonderful new 2-minute video about the North American fur trade produced by our friends at TruthAboutFur.com. And be sure to visit their website and blog!
Alaska Trappers Association
Monthly General Membership Meeting
1st Tuesday of each month, October through March
ATA Monthly Membership Meeting
Over the past few days, the ATA Board of Directors has monitored the situation surrounding coronavirus in our state and nation. With the health of our state first and foremost in our minds, we have made the difficult decision to cancel the Trappers Fling this year.
Everyone who purchased a ticket in advance will receive a refund. We will be working on this step over the coming weekend. Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns by calling our message phone (907) 457-1774 or emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for supporting ATA and helping to protect our Alaskan heritage.
It is with a sad heart that I bring this to you. With the current events happening around the state and around the world, we have decided to cancel the annual ATA Fur Auction at the Open North American Championship dog races next weekend. The Alaska Dog Mushers Association is actively discouraging the public from attending the event and that will put a big damper on our event as well. The fur auction and The Fling are ATA's biggest money makers of the year. Cancellation of these events will hurt our organization financially. In addition, I feel sorry for the trappers who depend on this auction to sell their furs, hides and antlers. I am also very sorry for our faithful local fur and antler buyers who purchase furs and antlers from our members year after year supporting the ATA. We have discussed organizing a small gathering to allow the buyers to purchase the furs for the minimums. While this would sell some furs, I don't feel this would be fair to the trappers to get the most for their catch. An on-line auction was proposed as well, but something of that nature just doesn't happen over night. We will look at future options and keep you all informed. Trappers have dealt with trials and tribulations for as long as we've been around and will continue to overcome these bumps as long as we stick together.
Fur Auction Chairman
2020 ATA Sweepstakes
Previously scheduled to be held April 15, 2020
Suggested Donation: $20.00 per ticket or 6 tickets for the price of 5 - $100.00
NOTE: With hopes of selling a large number of remaining tickets at the Fling and other Spring events that have now been cancelled, Alaska Trappers Association has chosen to extend the drawing date to December 1st, 2020. The drawing will take place during our membership meeting held at the ADMA Dog Mushers Hall in Fairbanks.
Music & Mascot
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.
Meet our mascot, Ben Wood. But we just call him Woody.
Monthly SCCATA Membership Meeting
2nd Tuesday of each month, October through April
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.
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