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improve the success of not only Pennsylvania's, but America's trappers. His lures,
such as Pro's Choice and Canine Call
have been helping trappers to nail foxes,
coyotes and other predators for better than
half a century.
His books, including Russ Carmen's
Professional Fox Trapping Methods and
The Complete Guide to Lures and Baits,
are classics to those who were fortunate
enough to trap through the 1970s and '80s,
when furs commanded exceptional prices.
His products also are available through
various suppliers.
So, Pennsylvania became home to
America's largest trap manufacturer and
one of the country's most-trusted trapping
supply companies, as well as two of the
most prominent lure-manufacturers in
North America. But the Commonwealth
wasn't finished drawing the interest of
trappers. It was about to become home
of what would become the nation's oldest
trapping association.

Getting Organized
Dailey, and Harding had recognized a
need for trappers to organize to safeguard
their image, and promote better trapping
laws and trapping's role in wildlife conservation, and their influence would help
create the American Trappers Association
(ATA) in 1930.
With a startup in the Great Depression,
when bounties and fur money helped feed
families, the ATA had an opportunity to
grow, and it did. But Dailey's vision of
the organization didn't include becoming involved with fur dealing and other
commercial ventures, and within seven
years, the ATA fell apart in 1935 over
ideological issues.
Dailey had always wanted the organization to promote conservation first.
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"It isn't the amount of furs that I took
from my grounds that really counts, but
the amount that I left there to propagate
for future seasons," Dailey is quoted as
saying in Scot Dahms' E.J. Dailey The
Last Adirondack Trapper 1889-1973.
His statement echoes genuine concern
for the resource, and his expectation
for ethical behavior among trappers
and wildlife managers. Dailey, who
recognized his ability to influence, was
unwilling to give up establishing an
organization to represent trappers' best
interests. Aware that Pennsylvania had the
most ATA members, Dailey, as the ATA
was going under, worked with Monty
Close, Ed Danko, Steve Sedlack and
others to create a Pennsylvania trappers
association.
"The main reasons for starting the
Pennsylvania Trappers Association (PTA)
were to ensure fair laws and seasons for
trapping, promote responsible trapper
behavior and to protect trapping's future
as a conservation tool," said Dave Eckels,
of the PTA.
When the ATA disbanded, the PTA
resurrected its logo featuring a snarling
wolf's head, dropped a few words and
added a few more. The PTA traces its
startup to 1936, and it held its first meeting
in June 1938 in Centre Hall.
Today, the PTA remains America's
oldest state trapping organization. Its
involvement in furbearer management,
lobbying for fair trapping laws and helping develop the Game Commission's
trapper-education programs have been
instrumental to furbearer conservation.
"The PTA has played an important role
in developing curriculum for the agency's
trapping courses, as well as working
with biologists to bring together species
management plans and monitor furbearer
populations," noted Game Commission



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