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

             Montana Trappers Association

Youth Trapper Camp

About the Camp

Who is YTC And What Does It Do?

First began as a tri-agency endeavor, the three-day camp which is held annually in the beautiful Bear Paw Mountains, south of Havre, Montana, has been incorporated in Montana as a non-profit educational organization.  The Internal Revenue Service has classified YTC as a 501(c)(3), non-profit organization which allows all contributions to be income tax deductible.


The annual camp has been held in the month of June, accommodations are semi-primitive, with attendees providing their own tents, campers, RV's and personal items.  All meals, snacks, soft drinks and eating utensils are provided.


The camp is geared towards family participation.  Campers will attend classes on trapping methods, ethics, regulations, fur handling, health and safety.  Camp instructors come from the MTA education program, Montana 4-H program and Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks.


Funding for YTC comes from camp fees, YTC Membership Gifts, Individual and corporate donations, participation in the 'Albertson's Community Partners Program', the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks offers a $20 scholarship to the first 60 youth and YTC, Inc provides for the additional applicants who request help prior to April 15.


Who May Attend YTC?

  • Any youth under the age of 18 years
  • Any youth 10 years of age and under must be accompanied by an adult
  • Any youth regardless of their race, religion or nation origin
  • Youth do not have to be a member of the MTA or enrolled in the 4-H program
  • Youth with special needs must be accompanied by an adult
  • Any person over the age of 18 years, may attend as a camper, chaperon or volunteer
  • Family participation is encouraged
  • Attendees are selected on a first come - first accepted basis
  • First year participants will attend 9 classes dealing with trapping basics, conservation, regulations, ethics, furbearer identification, safety and health
  • Returning participants will receive more intense hands-on training


Purpose and Goals of YTC

  • Teach the proper care, management, preservation and utilization of furbearers and other North American wildlife
  • Develop, promote and support educational programs for the wise use, management and conservation of furbearers
  • Inform and educate the public to more completely understand the problems of the wise use of furbearers
  • Stimulate public interest in furbearers
  • Promote environmental education, including the wise use and conservation of furbearers
  • Operate an annual camp which will fulfill the goals of YTC, Inc and benefit the general public




If you'd like more information on how you can attend the 2017 Youth Trapper Camp,    Click Here


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.