The New York State Trappers Association

Dedication,  Preservation, Conservation and Education.

We are an association comprised of men, women and children who are dedicated to protecting and preserving our heritage and the tradition of trapping in the State of New York. To ensure that, NYSTA employs a full time lobbyist who actively engages the legislators on our behalf in Albany. Our members have shown their support and loyalty by proving time and again that they are willing to stand up and let their voices be heard on issues that affect their right to trap.

New York has a long, rich history with the fur trade. When the Europeans first came to North America, they depended on our plentiful furbearer resources. It is one of the major reasons for the early settlements here. Albany, formally known as Beaverwyck, still to this day has a picture of a beaver cutting down a tree on its official seal. This image and former name attest to the volume of fur that came from and through this area, as well as the significant role trapping played in the development of New York. Today, we strive to preserve this long, rich history and we whole heartily look for opportunities to share and pass this cherished legacy on to others, especially the younger generations.

Trapping is one of the most important conservation tools available today. Thanks to sound wildlife management over the years, large populations of furbearers still exist. The New York State Trappers Association works closely with the Department of Environmental Conservation on all aspects of furbearer populations. We work very hard  to ensure this renewable, natural resource remains healthy and is not depleted.

Our association is full of trappers and trapping instructors who willing give their time, for free, to educate the public. Numerous classes are given all over the state, demonstrations are done, conventions take place and statewide we have 17 affiliate groups. All of us are passionate about teaching and educating the public on the benefits of trapping. We want everyone to have a better understanding of why trapping is a necessary conservation tool. We also want people everywhere to learn how and why trapping contributes to healthy environments and continued renewable, healthy furbearer populations.