The New Mexico Trappers Association (NMTA) is a non-profit, family-oriented organization with a heavy focus on education and young trappers. We have come together as a group to provide education and training for all trappers to practice "Wise Use" of our renewable fur resources.
Wise use includes the development of leadership for the advancement of the best interests of trappers and the trapping profession as a whole.
Wise use includes educating the public as to the necessity of trapping and harvesting fur-bearer populations. We work in close association with cattlemen and ranchers and especially with the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish.
Our youth are our future. We strongly promote the education and training of our youth and others who desire to trap. We encourage all trappers to improve their techniques, to know the proper and safe use of their equipment, to know and practice the proper methods of taking the target animals, to be aware and informed of regulations and laws, and to improve their fur handling skills to increase their fur marketability.
We inform and educate our trappers about legal regulations and laws that affect our ability to trap in New Mexico.
Many of our families live in very remote areas. Trapping for them is a way of life and for some, trapping is a sole source of income. If we lose our right to trap in New Mexico, these families and hundreds of other trappers will lose their income and their heritage.
Trapping in New Mexico is a tradition. The continuation of our freedom to trap here is in constant jeopardy and threatened by those that are not educated on the benefits of trapping.
It is very important that we all come together to make sure trapping in New Mexico is allowed to continue so as to bring income and hope to those that make a living trapping and for all of us that enjoy the freedom, the outdoors, and the time we spend with our children passing on our skills and our heritage.
Please consider joining us to help keep trapping alive and well. Your help is needed now, more than ever. For information on how to join, please go to the "Support Us" page.
The aims and purposes of this nonprofit corporation are as follows: