Aug 302015

AFTA Fall Rendezvous will be Saturday October 10th at Crawford County Fairgrounds in Mulberry, AR from 8:00am to 6:00pm. Camping is allowed on the grounds with no-charge for primitive sites and $10 for limited electric hook-up sites. Hotel accomodations can be found in Alma or Ozark. For those that arrive Friday night there will be a group cook-out so bring your grill and a chair.

Starting at 8am Saturday, there will be trapping demo’s for trap preparation , fox, coyote, mink, beaver, bobcat, raccoon and snaring. Each demo will last 45 minutes or so with time for questions.

Crawford County Wilderness Living Skills group will be setup teaching and talking about the way folks lived before electricity – primitive fire building, charcoal making, campfire cooking, flint knapping, soap making and many others.

If you’ve got something to sell, you can setup inside the commercial building for $25 or by donating $25 worth of merchandise to the silent auction. Inside space is limited …. so let us know in advance if you would like to set-up. If you’d rather be outside, tailgaters are welcome, all we ask is that you buy a $10 membership to AFTA. You’re welcome to sell anything from trapping supplies to garage sale stuff to small home grown livestock.

A silent auction will run most of the day then close on announcement after the trapping seminars are through. You will be asked to pay as you win each item. Silent auction will be open to the public with hope of all bidders becoming members. Last year we raised $400 on auction items like trapping supplies, gift certificates, 20 gal propane, bow hunting targets and auto accessories.

There will be a potluck lunch at noon, so bring a covered dish ….. enough for you, yours and someone else, or cook when you get there at the dutch oven cooking which starts at 10am. The association will furnish the drinks for lunch.

Oct 222014

Trapper Workshop Agenda

October 25, 2014


9:00 AM- Introduction

9:15 AM- The Basics of Basic Trapping (9:15 AM- 11:15AM) (Nature Center)

9:15 AM- Trapping Demonstrations (Wells Lake Trail)

10:15 AM- Trapping Demonstrations (Wells Lake Trail)

11:15 AM- Trapping Demonstrations (Wells Lake Trail)

12:00 PM- Lunch (On your own)

1:00 PM- The Basics of Basic Trapping (1:00 PM- 3:00 PM) (Nature Center)

1:00 PM- Trapping Demonstrations (Wells Lake Trail)

2:00 PM- Trapping Demonstrations (Wells Lake Trail)

3:00 PM- Trapping Demonstrations (Wells Lake Trail)


**The Basics of Basic Trapping presentation will cover a brief history of trapping in Arkansas, current rules and regulations for Arkansas trapping, basic trapping equipment, and trap preparation.  This section of the workshop will be held both inside and outside of the Janet Huckabee Nature Center and run approximately 2 hours.


**Trapping demonstrations for each bobcat, beaver, fox, mink, raccoon, coyote, and snaring techniques will run every hour.  Each presentation will cover the equipment and trap sets specific for catching that species.  All trapping demonstrations will be located around Wells Lake Trail.

Oct 102014

AFTA will be holding a free Trappers Workshop on Saturday October 25, 2014 from 9:00am-4:00pm at the Janet Huckabee Arkansas River Valley Nature Center in Fort Smith, AR.

This program is designed for beginner, intermediate and advanced trappers. Learn about trapping equipment, trap preparation, trapping rules and regulations, proper fur handling, and see demonstrations of land and water sets. Bring your own chair, drinks and lunch.


Janet Huckabee Arkansas River Valley Nature Center
8300 Wells Lake Road • Fort Smith • 479-452-3993


Saturday, Oct. 25 • 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

More Information:

For more information, call Brad McDaniel, 479-651-3597,
or Ralph Meeker, 877-478-1043.

Sponsored by:

Arkansas Fur Trappers Association and AGFC.

Aug 282014

From Booneville, AR, take Highway 217 southeast 8.7 miles, entry to SUA is on east side of highway







GPS Coordinates

35°05’04.5″N 93°49’48.6″W
35.084596, -93.830172

Google Map from Booneville, Arkansas,+AR+72927/35.0745628,-93.8094667/@35.1073726,-93.8999434,13z/data=!4m9!4m8!1m5!1m1!1s0x87cb755cc8bcde33:0xad932a06b9c9b40e!2m2!1d-93.9215909!2d35.140093!1m0!3e0

Aug 282014

The 2014 AFTA Convention and Rendezvous will be held October 4, 2014 at J Perry Mikles Blue Mountain SUA. Events include trapping demo’s, dutch oven cooking, laser hunting simulator, potluck lunch (bring a dish or dessert), silent auction, tailgaters, supply vendors and more. Admission is free.

JPM Blue Mountain SUA is located approximately 5 miles southeast of Booneville, AR on Highway 217. The location is also known as the Blue Mountain Wildlife Demonstration Area.

Camping is free at the SUA. Campers may arrive Friday evening and depart Sunday. There will be a hamburger and hotdog cookout Friday evening. Camping is also available at nearby Blue Mountain Lake.

For more information contact Brad McDaniel 479-651-3597 or email

Click here for an event flyer in PDF format

Jan 012014

Blake Sasse, Nongame Mammal/Furbearer Program Leader for Arkansas Game and Fish Commission sent out an email notice last month. Here it is in it’s entirety in case anyone missed it.

Hello Trappers,

                I hope everyone’s season has gotten off to a great start.  If you haven’t already seen it, the report from last trapping season is available here:

                We are in the process of revising our 2001 Strategic Furbearer Management Plan.  This plan provides high-level guidance on what our agency will be doing for furbearers over the next 10 years and doesn’t get into the details of specific regulations.   A draft of the plan is available for your review here: .  We are seeking your comments on the plan, so please take our survey and comment on the plan here by January 10th:

                We have begun to regularly update the list of furbuyers on out web site and will do so every few weeks until the end of the season:

Blake Sasse

Nongame Mammal/Furbearer Program Leader
E: | P: (501) 470-3650 ext. 1235

Arkansas Game and Fish Commission
213A Highway 89 South | Mayflower, AR 72106
P: (501) 470-3650 | F: (501) 470-3399