Montana Trappers Association

Working Today For a Tomorrow in Trapping.
Furbearers Are A Natural Renewable Resource.

MTA Rendezvous

Join us in Lewistown, MT each September

RENDEZVOUS: A meeting with someone that is arranged for a particular time and place where many people go to meet, trade, enjoy friendly competition and rekindle friendship


Usually the second weekend in September is when the MTA holds its annual rendezvous.  It's held in Lewistown, Montana, the center of Big Sky Country, at the Fergus County Fairgrounds.  There are numerous dealers in attendance at the rendezvous with their latest trapping supplies.


Throughout the 3 day event, demonstrations on fur handling, trap setting, snaring, predator calling and various other trapping related topics are held.  Convention goers will meet fellow trappers, eat good food and share experiences with over 300 people in attendance, including Miss Rodeo Montana and Miss Teen Rodeo Montana.


Members are encouraged to attend the annual business meeting where you will learn what is going on in the MTA, how you can help, and who to contact if you need help in some area.  The NTA representative will fill you in on what's going on in the National Trappers Association.


You may participate in several contest events whether you're young or old, trapper or trapperette.  From the rifle and pistol shoot, trap setting contest, skillet throw, beaver toss, or photo contest.


Saturday evening is the biggest event of the weekend.  Starting with the banquet, recognizing members accomplishments, picking the winners of the annual rendezvous raffle, and raising monies for the MTA to help finance the Association for the following year with our auction and fundraiser.  The evening culminates by announcing and giving away a free fur coat to a present member of the MTA.


When you attend the MTA rendezvous, you will have fun, learn, buy supplies, and most of all, you will be part of the MTA and Working Today For A Tomorrow In Trapping.


Hotel Reservations and Information


Yogo Inn

119 Rooms

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Super 8 Motel

44 Rooms

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Historic Calvert Hotel

45 Rooms
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B & B Motel

36 Rooms
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Mountain View Motel

30 Rooms
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Trails End Motel

18 Rooms
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Sunset Motel

16 Rooms
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Eddies Corner

4 Rooms
15 miles from Lewistown
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Bed & Breakfasts Reservations & Information


Symmes-Wicks House

3 Rooms
Downtown Lewistown

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Pheasant Tales

6 Rooms

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Duvall Inn

8 Guest Rooms
Plus 160 acres for camping
10 Miles from the fairgrounds
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Aunt Kissy's Boutique



Snowy View

4 Rooms
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The Montana Bunk House

10-15 People
23 Miles from Lewistown
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Leininger Ranch

10 Miles West of Lewistown
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Dave and Candy Gill's

3 Full Rooms
12 Miles from Lewistown


Meadow Brook Farm

Hobson, MT
20 Miles from Lewistown


Rainbow's End Ranch

4 Rooms
12 Miles from Lewistown



Camping & RV Facilities


Fergus County Fairgrounds

100 spaces, 60 with hookups
Some showers
Tents welcome
Must be overnight boarding with livestock or renting the facilities.
406.538.8841 - before 5pm

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Eddie's Corner

6 Hookups
15 Miles from Lewistown




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Mountain Acres

47 Hookups
No Tents
10 Miles from the fairgrounds


Duvall Inn

160 acres for camping
10 Miles from the fairgrounds

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Kiwanis RV Park





Did You Know?

Jim Bridger (1804-1881). Trapper, scout, mountain man. One of first white men to see the future Yellowstone Park and Great Salt Lake, which he believed to be an arm of the Pacific Ocean. Became partner of Rocky Mountain Fur Company in 1830 and established Fort Bridger in Wyoming Territory in 1842. Laid out routes for the Central Overland Stage and Pike's Peak Express Company. Returned to Missouri in 1867 where died on his farm on July 17, 1881.


Rendezvous were held on a yearly basis at various locations until 1840, mainly in Wyoming, but Pierre's Hole in Idaho and Bear Lake in northwest Utah were favorite sites as well.


Fort Manuel Lisa was established in 1807 by Manuel Lisa at the mouth of the Big Horn River near Hysham. This was the first permanent settlement in Montana and was occupied until 1811.


John Jacob Astor was the first prominent member of the Astor family and the first multi-millionaire in the US. He amassed his wealth through fur-trading, opium smuggling, and New York City real estate. Famed patron of the arts. At the time of his death, he was the wealthiest person in the US.


In 1919, the Hudson’s Bay Company was approaching its 250th year in business. What began in a coffee house in London, in 1670, had now grown to become the undisputed leader of the international fur trade.


The desire for beaver fur hats in European men’s fashions dates back centuries and spurred the development of the 17th century North American fur trade. Beaver fur was the most prized of the fur trade because of its water repellant qualities. Encouraged by European trade goods, natives hunted beaver to extinction in some areas.