IN HONOR OF THE FORGOTTEN HEROES OF THE EARLY FUR TRADE DAYS….
THE FUR TRAPPERS WERE A DARING BREED WHO FACED MANY DANGERS AS THEY WERE THE FIRST EXPLORERS OF THE UNKNOWN REGIONS BEYOND THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER IN OUR AMERICAN WEST, A LAND FEW WOULD EVER SEE OUTSIDE OF THE NATIVE AMERICANS. THE FUR TRAPPERS BROUGHT THE STANDARD OF PEACEFUL COMMERCE TO THE REMOTEST VALLEYS OF THE ROCKY MOUNTAINS AND THE FAR-OFF COASTS OF THE PACIFIC OCEAN.
The Anasazi Free-Trappers was formed by a diverse group of “TRUE BUCKSKINNERS” who hold fast to the “True Buckskinning Spirit” and commit our personal lives to that spirit of freedom and liberty. We are a unique group of people who believe in preserving, through re-enactments, the Pre-1840 history of the buckskinning/fur trade era, with its visionary perseverance of those who explored the unknown regions of the American West, their skills and their arts of survival, their games and their crafts; as well as the camaraderie of fellow buckskinners. We are very fortunate that our members possess a great variety of these skills and are willing to share them with others.
The Anasazi Free Trappers are privileged to have our own permanent site of 120 acres at approximately 5000 feet elevation, located at the base of the pristine Pine Valley Mountains in Southern Utah. Our site’s name is Stone Cliff Canyon and is nestled among the piñon pines and juniper/cedar trees; it has a panoramic view of the mountains and easy access to the site from a main highway.
As a member of the Trapping Party some of your benefits are: access to the site 365 days a year for camping, the shoot ranges etc, being able to purchase black powder supplies at group rates, access to the Trappers library with books, patterns, videos etc, the members’ knowledge of gunsmithing, tanning, clothiers, primitive bow making, primitive camp gear, weavery, trekking etc.. Yes, we are a very diverse group of buckskinners.
We encourage all our members to research and choose personas and periods that interest them and to fashion their camps and select clothing to fit that time period. Some members choose the Eastern Longhunter style, or the Colonial period, some enjoy the Western Buckskin style of camp and clothing while others have chosen the Southwest period of dress. If it is pre-1840 it is acceptable. Period dress is encouraged but not required to compete in any of the events. Some of our members elect to simply enjoy the camaraderie of good friends, the family activity or just the camp. Children are welcome and encouraged to participate, and are a big part of preserving and carrying on the Buckskinning spirit!
Our Trapping Party dues are $30 a year which includes your immediate family and all children under 18 living at home. Our monthly event fees are $5.00 per person or $7.00 for non-members. Visitors are always welcome. These dues help to pay the land lease, insurance, postage, site maintenance, etc. Rendezvous fees are separate and not included in our yearly dues. Again, fellow Buckskinners and visitors are ALWAYS welcome.
Trapping Party events are scheduled on the second Friday and Saturday of each month, and throughout the year we have site maintenance work meetings. Some months we enjoy a “Rocky Mountain College” on the Friday night preceding our Saturday shoot event. Here we camp, enjoy a pot-luck dinner, have a history presentation and are taught a craft. Our monthly shoot event is on Saturday and is divisional with a Men’s, Women’s and Junior division in Rifle & Pistol – with Knife & Hawk/Archery every other month. We have several specialty shoots throughout the year and we invite other clubs/buckskinners to join us. We have a “Shooter of the Month” award which is awarded each month to the overall high scorer at the monthly shoot in Shooting and Archery and then this group of Buckskinners competes in yearly “Shooter of the Year”/”Archer of the Year” events.
- Captain – “Stoneman” (Joe Wilde- 435-673-9426)
- Segundo – “Barking Beard” (Al Haberman 435-574-2936)
- Sergeant-at-Arms – ”The Wilde Bunch” (The Wilde Family-435-673-9426)
- Purser/Scribe – (Vikki Wilde – 435-673-9426)
- and The Trapping Party Members.
Our Party meetings are held the Saturday of each shoot weekend.
THE ANASAZI FREE-TRAPPERS MISSION STATEMENT
RESOLVED BY A GROUP OF TRUE BUCKSKINNERS TO FORM A TRAPPING PARTY BASED UPON THEIR HEREDITARY RIGHTS AS FREE MEN AND WOMEN; TO PROMOTE THE USE AND EXPERTISE OF MUZZLE LOADING FIREARMS AND THE ASSOCIATED TOOLS THAT WERE NECESSARY FOR THE SURVIVAL OF OUR FOREFATHERS, WHO LIVED AND DIED IN THE SHADOW OF THE ROCKY MOUNTAINS AND BRAVED THE DANGER OF THE GREAT PLAINS DURING THE PERIOD OF THE FUR TRADE. IT SHALL BE OUR OBJECTIVE AND PRIMARY FUNCTION TO REVIVE AND LIVE BY THOSE STANDARDS OF PERSONAL INTEGRITY, RESPECT, HONESTY, GOOD FELLOWSHIP, SELF-DISCIPLINE, TEAM PLAY, AND SELF-RELIANCE WHICH WERE MANDATORY TO THE FREE TRAPPER, WHOSE SLIGHTEST INDISCRETION LED TO QUICK AND SEVERE RETRIBUTION. IN KEEPING WITH THE ABOVE, RULES OF THE TRAPPING PARTY ARE TWO BY NUMBER:
GOOD MANNERS AND COMMON SENSE
THE “ANASAZI FREE-TRAPPERS” IS A FAMILY ORIENTED ORGANIZATION, WHERE A PERSON OF GOOD MORAL FIBER, BY DINT OF HARD WORK, MAY ATTAIN A POSITION OF HONOR AND EQUALITY WITH, AND ACCEPTANCE BY, HIS/HER PEERS.