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1974 John Parker AZ
1975 George Liljestrand MN
1976 Raymond Thompson WA
1977 Ed Marks NJ
1978 Frank Terry CA
1979 Ben Sudul OR
1980 Joe Tennyson MS
1981 J. C. Woodard OH
1982 Wilbert Pierce ND
1983 Tom Landers KY
1984 Louis Krumwiede IL
1985 Milt Wernsman IL
1986 Red Edgemon TN
1987 Omar Shipley MO
1988 Don Nichols OR
1989 Ivan & Connie White NE
1990 Charles Park IN
1991 Kermit Sterns PA
1992 Pete Rickard NY
1993 Tom Wright SR IL
1994 Red Edgemon TN
1995 Pete Askins PA
1996 Gary Jepson ND
1997 Charles Andres IN
1998 Charles Dobbins OH
1999 Tom Hammond IL
1999 Dean Mitchell IA
2000 Ron Cauble IN
2000 Robert (Hawk) Hassfuther IN
2001 James Lee KY
2001 Roy Greenfield NE
2002 Jerry Hall SR KY
2002 Jerry Joe Barnett IN
2003 Wally Schmieg MO
2003 Ron & Pete Leggett MD
2004 Dave Hastings NE
2004 Kenneth Jones TN
2005 Gary Armstrong IL
2005 Dorothy Lee KY
2006 Elliot Murdock IN
2006 Ed & Mary Helterbrand MO
2007 John Wilson IL
2007 Dave Plueger IA
2007 Robert Wilson MO
2008 Major Boddicker CO
2008 Paul Brown KY
2008 Ken & Elaine Schwarzhoff IA
2009 Irv Schirmer IL
2009 Jim Mahoney IN
2010 Tom Fisher
2010 Joe Papa
2011 Larry (Doc) Green
2011 Bennie Bailey
2012 Gary Isbell
2012 Carol Krumwiede
2013 Gene Beeber KY
2013 Charlie Masheck IN
2014 Ardel Grawe ND
2014 Owen Hall IA
2015 Art Scott OH
2015 Tom Dearmont NE
FTA Hall Of Fame
 Dawn Reding, Ph.D. Iowa State and others have published the findings of a multi-year project. Read the complete paperwork at the links below.
Genetic Differentiation in the Bobcat
2012 Bobcat Genetics Summary
Research on Bobcat Genetics
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Trapping and Furbearer Management in North American Wildlife Conservation

This work was published in March 2015 by the International Journal of Environmental Studies and authored by the U.S. Government. The complete text can be viewed on our website. More information about the text can be viewed at Taylor & Francis Online Journals.
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#1 FTA TRAPPERS College Tuition or Cash, Harold Johnson, Plentywood, MT
#2 $300 from Arkansas Fur Takers, James Buell, Gildford, MT
#3 $100 from East Central IA Fur Takers, Jason Wisniewski, Bishop, GA
#4 $100 Gift Cert Hoosier Trapper Spply- Indiana State Trappers Assn, Lloyd Hartman, Lebanon, PA
#5 6 - #110 Duke Body Grips – Donated by Fred & Wanda Phillips, John Flory, Nazareth, PA
#6 $50 Gift Certificate to Schmitt Enterprises from Schmitt Enterprises, Harry Barker, Smithville, WV
#7 $50 Gift Certificate to Schmitt Enterprises from Schmitt Enterprises, Jack Duncan, Louisville, KY
#8 $200 from SD Trappers Assn, Jim Peters, Earlville, IL
#9 20” Pack Basket from Sterling Fur Co, William Doty, Gladwin, MI
#10 Matt Jones Coyote DVD & Wiknler Gambrel – Sterling Fur Co, Ferd Dames, Palmyra, MO
#11 #15 Duke Bear Trap from Duke Company, Jeff Pogrant, Kaukaura, WI
#12 $500 from WI Trappers ASN, Barry Warner, Dallas, PA
#13 $200 From PA Trappers District 3, Theresa Fisher, Otego, NY
#14 $100 Gift Certificate from Juanita Valley Trapper Supply, Sharon Wagner, Elizabethtown, PA
#15 Coon Methods Book & 3pk coon bait – New Age DP, Ronald Olson, Streater, IL
#16 “Winter Elk” Print donated by Vermont Trappers Assn, Larry Nichols Jr, Mineral City, OH
#17 Framed BobCat Print donated by IA Trappers Assn, Marvin Miller, Buchanan Dam, TX
#18 $250 donated by Chapter 17-I, Greg Standen, Holyoke, MN
#19 Custom Sheath & Knife donated by PA Trappers Assn, Chuck Penheiter, Lewiston, MN
#20 Trappers Grab Bag donated by Southeaster Outdoor Supply, Sam DeMore, Pittsgrove, NJ
#21 Alaska Wolf Trapping Manual & Shirt from Alaska Trappers Assn, D. Eddleman, Medora, IL
#22 Alaska Tracks book, hat & shirt from Alaska Trappers Assn, John Barnum, Bend, OR
#23 $100 from Columbia County Trappers Assn, Warren Wilson
#24 $100 from PA Trappers Assn, Fred Clark
#25 $100 from New Jersey Fur Harvesters, Ed Kramer, Walhalla, MI
#26 $100 from Connecticut Trappers Assn., Jim Homan
#27 Traditions 50 Cal Muzzleloader w/scope & case-MN Trappers Assn, Larry Becwar, Gays Mills, WI
#28 K9 Starter Kit (6traps, anchors, lure, urine & misc tools-Scott Silke, William Masson, Spring Arbor, MI
#29 $100 Gift Certificate to MTP from Minnesota Trapline Products, John Wasnic, Hubbardston, MA
#30 $100 Gift Certificate to MTP from Minnesota Trapline Products, David Eilers, Pocohontas, IL
#31 1Dz #150 Bridger Body grips from Minnesota Trapline Products, Tom Bray, Gurdon, AR
#32 1Dz #1.75 Bridger coil spring reg law-Minnesota Trapline Products, Tom Bartak, Bloomfield, NE
#33 1Dz Hog snares from Jackie Reed, Seth Wyatt, Webster Springs, WV
#34 8 0z assorted lures from Jackie Reed, Doug Vincent, Brownsville, KY
#35 500 rounds .22l.r.ammo from Jackie Reed, Harland Rebsom, Manning, ND
#36 $50 Gift Certificate to W C S from Wildlife Control Supply, Dennis Johnson, Prole, IA
#37 $50 gift certificate from Hoosier Trap Supply, Robert Waddell
#38 $50 gift Certificate from Hoosier Trap Supply, Louis Englund, Karlstad, MN
#39 $50 gift certificate to Rally Hess Snares from Rally Hess Snares, Brent Ravnass, Turtle Lake, ND
#40 40 qt Orca Cooler from MN Commercial Trappers, Staiger Marlyn, Glen Ullin, ND
#41 $100 gift certificate to Schmitt Enterprise-MN Commercial Trappers, George Blaney, Princeton, ME
#42 $75 gift certificate to Schmitt Enterprise – MN Commercial Trappers, Tim Standhart, Middleburgh, NY
#43 $50 gift Certificate to Schmitt Enterprise – Wild River Traps, Lawrence White, Carlisle, AR
#44 3 – MB 650 cast jaw from Northern MN Non Resident Supporters, Jill Deatley
#45 3 Videos the Beaver project from Jim Wallner, Wayne Martin, Berwick, PA
#46 $250 from Upper Peninsula Trappers Assn Dist 3, Larry Anderson, Wendell, MN
#47 $500 from PA Trappers Assn Affiliate 6, Steve Heath, Fallon, NV
#48 $200 from Kansas Fur Harvesters, Chuck Penheiter, Lewiston, MN
#49 $100 from Indiana Fur Takers Chapter 7B, Curt Underwood, Eureka, IL
#50 $75 gift Certificate to Schmitt Enterprise-MN Commercial Trappers, Fred Clark
#51 1dz #3 Montgomery reg jaw from Victor Oneida, Blake Barker, Smithville, WV
#52 1dz 110 Conibear traps from Victor Oneida, Mike Hamm, Geneva, IL
#53 $100 from Cumberlands, Bruce Hanstad, Underwood, MN

To celebrate the Golden anniversary of the FTA, we will be creating the Christmas Fur Blanket with fur from all around the country. It would be great if all chapters and affiliates are included. We ask that each send in one TANNED fur of their choice to be included in the Christmas Blanket. A weasel, Lynx, Muskrat or Beaver, any fur will be great to include. Identify the fur by making on hide side with your chapter or affiliate and send it in. Ship to Jeff Dunnier, Ron Peters, Dan Gates or Tim Julien (addresses and contact information are included in the Fur Taker). You may also bring with you to the national convention in June in Iowa. We will be shipping for final production immediately after the convention so please don’t wait. We really would like to have everyone included in this project.

As many of you know, defending trapping can be extremely expensive. When a state affiliate faces a ballot initiative, they often need hundreds of thousands of dollars. The FTA has always stepped forward and donated very heavily, considering our annual income.
In an effort to better fund the FTA, the association is going to start offering various "Adventure Auctions" that will be sold twice a year by sealed bids in the spring and fall, and an additional offering during the annual auction at the convention. We would like to offer hunting & fishing trips and other outdoor trips that would appeal to people outside of the main hard-core trapping community.
To this end I am writing to you. We are looking for members who might be willing to donate Turkey hunts (self hunts or guided) for next spring, and some whitetail deer (bow or rifle) for next fall. Maybe one of you has lots of pheasants or grouse and would be willing to donate a bird hunt? We are certainly open to other ideas; these are merely some examples of what we believe would be well received.
As you see these Action Adventures advertised, please help spread the word and show these offerings to anyone you might know who would be interested in such a trip. This is an easy way to give back and to help defend trapping.
For more information please contact me.
Robert Waddell
(660) 216-1780
Fur Takers Adventure Auctions
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Trapline Ride-Along With Earl Thompson

Earl Thompson: "Back in the '70s, I began fooling around with Daddy's old traps that had been hanging in the shed for years. I heard that a trapper fur buyer was paying pretty good money for coons, so I caught coons along and along, and I shot a few while deer hunting. At that time, head shots on coyotes would bring $11, same as a coon.
At this time I was farming. In 1980, I had a drought and lost all the money I had, which left me in a financial disaster. The banks would not finance me for another year. So, I applied for a F.H.A. (Farmers Home Administration) loan. It took forever to get one filled out. It was papers after papers. We got down to almost nothing for money. I took what we had and first bought food. I took most of the rest of the money and bought a dozen traps (#2 Victor long springs)....

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For more information about the Trapline Ride-Along, phone Earl Thompson at