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
Date: Tuesday, January 7, 2020
Location: Mushers Hall on Farmers Loop Road
A simple meal will be served at 6:30PM, in exchange for a donation.
Meeting will begin at 7:00 pm.
Our program for the evening will consist of a description of our latest book, entitled "Vanished Bear Trails." The book was written by Darrell Farmen who guided for the big bears on Kodiak Island from 1953 - 2005. One of the major attractions of this book is the ton of original photos from Kodiak, taken as long as 70 years ago. We plan to have Darrell on speaker phone from Anchorage to share some of the background on the book. We will also discuss the process required for taking a manuscript from a stack of typed pages into a finished product.
2020 ATA Sweepstakes
Held April 15, 2020
Suggested Donation: $20.00 per ticket or 6 tickets for the price of 5 - $100.00
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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