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Welcome to the Indiana State Trappers Association (ISTA) PDF Print E-mail

CoyoteThe Indiana State Trappers Association (ISTA)  is a 501 (c) (3) / 509 (a) (2) Public Charity as of August 28, 2014, registered in Indiana (EIN: 27-0894484), that is dedicated to:

  • Conserving Indiana fur resources
  • Preserving trappers' rights, history, and heritage for everyone
  • Educating the future trappers of the State of Indiana in the approved methods, ethics, and issues associated with safely trapping animals while avoiding unwanted catches
  • Increasing public awareness of trapping issues and benefits
  • Maintaining and developing trapping seasons and rules
  • Connecting trappers with people who need animal damage control or help with animal related issues

The ISTA is the place to connect with other trappers, find trapping related events and activities, as well as trapping education classes.  We offer education programs, materials, and aids to those just learning the art of trapping as well as to those who have enjoyed trapping for a long time.  Scholarships are issued yearly to students attending advanced education that is related to trapping and the great out of doors. There is a yearly Convention and Rendezvous, in September, where business is transacted and vendors come to sell their wares.  A tailgating section is always a popular place where used equipment can be bought, sold, or traded for.  Within the pages of the website, you will be able to meet the officers who currently keep the ISTA going.   There are links, emails, and phone numbers to contact them.  We maintain a Calendar that lists coming events, their location, and contacts for further information.  Photo Albums are constantly be updated.  There is a link for Indiana's currently registered Fur Buyers and a page of web links to other trapping related businesses and organizations.  Be sure to let them know where you found them.  We hope you enjoy visiting our website.  Some parts of it are still under construction, so if you encounter difficulties, please don't be discouraged.  You may report them to Fred Philips, DVM at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or leave him a message at 765.938.1806.  Thank you for visiting.


A copy of our Federal "Letter of Determination" may be found under the Document section / Taxes related.


Watch your top knot.  Keep your eyes along the skyline.


PS: To join us: please contact the ISTA c/o Ms. Georgia Gifford, Treasurer, 921 S. Locke St., Kokomo, IN  46901.  See the bottom left of the front page for a link to a membership form. Click on it, and then download the form from the link at the mid-left on the next page.  Please print it out, fill it in, and mail it to us.  I apologize that our online store is not yet active and check out will not work at this time.  We hope to have that fixed in the near future. Thank you!

Last Updated on Monday, 15 September 2014 16:31
ISTA 53rd Convention and Rendezvous COMING SOON PDF Print E-mail

The 53rd ISTA Convention and Rendezvous will be Sept. 12 & 13, 2014 at the Tipton County 4-H Fairgrounds, 1200 S. Main St. (SR 19), Tipton, IN  46072.  We are looking for nominations for scholarships, Trapper of the Year, and the Trapper’s Hall of Fame.  Ron Elliott (219.241.1299) and Amos Malstaff (219.767.2523) have agreed to ride shotgun on this.  If you have a suggestion, please give them a call today.

The membership meeting will be held Saturday morning at 10am EST.  One very important topic of discussion will be our membership dues.  The Trapper’s Post magazine cost to the ISTA will be increasing to $13.00 per year Sept. 1st, 2014.  That is the second straight year for a $1.00 increase.  Last year, the ISTA just absorbed the cost increase, even though it put us in the hole for Junior memberships.  The newsletters have cost us around $3.00 each to compose, print, stuff and mail.  The Ballot costs us around $1.00.   We pay the FTA $100.00 total (@ $0.50/member) for our Affiliation and we pay the NTA $452 (@ $1.20 per member) total for our Affiliation and our Liability Insurance.  Using these estimates:  ISTA Membership w/o Magazine cost us $8.70, we charge $15.00, clear $6.30 per member.  ISTA Junior Membership w/Magazine cost us $21.70, we charge $15.00, costs us $6.70 per member.  ISTA Adult Membership w/ Magazine cost us $21.70, we charge $30.00 - $5.00 to the Legal Defense Fund, clear $3.30 per member.   For the Total year, we spend about $16,000 to maintain the ISTA, or $16,000 / 400 members is @$40.00 per member for costs.  Half of that cost is raised by volunteers running Fur Sales, Auctions, Give-A-Way Events and then some donations that come in.  A quarter of the cost is covered by Share Donations from NAFA and the remainder by membership income.  We cannot count on the Share Donations to be as high as they have been in the past.  So what do you think?  Adult w/magazine $35, Adult w/o Magazine $25, Jr. w/ magazine $20?  Just suggestion.

We will also be drawing on our two (2) gun Give-A-Ways that we are taking donations on. The Model 1892 .45 long colt lever action tickets carry a recommended donation of $1.00 each or six (6) for $5.00. The FBU limited edition Ruger Over Under engraved 12 gauge shotgun will have only 100 tickets put out there with a recommended donation of $20.00. Contact any Officer to reserve your tickets today. You may also send your request to the ISTA address with the needed information and I will get them into the drawing for you. The drawings will be held Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014 @ 4pm in Tipton, IN. See the Convention Page coming up.

Director Paul Waldman, Booshway for the Convention writes: I have been working on the Convention when I am not repairing roofs in Kokomo.  As for the convention what I have so far for vendors is Sullivans, Volkers wire cubbies & supplies, Sterling, Jr & Sons, Dunlaps Lures, Hoosier Trap Supply, and Twin Ponds Tannery.  Camping is permitted.  You need to set yourself up with the Office at the Tipton 4-H Fairgrounds.  Inside tables are $20.00 per table for the weekend.  Tail gating is $10.00 for a space for one day, and $15.00 for a space for the weekend.  A space is roughly the size of two cars.  As long as you do not get excessive, everyone is agreeable.  There will be door prizes and contests scheduled throughout the weekend, times TBA.  Food will be available on site and provided by the Tipton County Horse and Pony Club. (Hopefully, I have not heard back from them yet, but we will have something.)  Tickets will be available for the various Gun Give-A-Ways and door prizes.  Get there early and stay late to take full advantage of the weekend.

TENTATIVE ISTA 53rd Convention and Renezvous Schedule

Thursday noon: Setup may begin.

Friday 8am: Buildings open / setup continues.

Friday   9am: TBA

Friday 10am: Mike Volker: Mink and Muskrat

Friday 11am: Jeff Dunlap: K-9s

Friday 12pm: Deric Beroshok:  ADC

Friday   1pm: TBA

Friday   2pm: TBA

Friday   3pm: TBA

Friday   4pm: TBA

Friday   5pm: Member’s Dinner followed by Live Auction

Friday late: Board Meeting

Saturday   8am:  Buildings open

Saturday   9am:  TBA

Saturday 10am:  Member’s meeting

Saturday 11am:  Hal Sullivan: Beaver

Saturday 12pm:  Mike Volker: Coon - Cages, Cubbies, and DP's

Saturday   1pm:  Kids games

Saturday   2pm:  Dennis Cobb:  Fur handling

Saturday   3pm:  Shawn Rossler:  Q&A on otter law process

Saturday   4pm:  Jeff Dunlap:  Otter

Also I was wanting to try and have a trapping photo contest and award a prize to the best photo in an adult and youth group. I will make a post on facebook about all this tomorrow after work and will keep it updated with anything new.  Paul

Fur Sale Results for 2014 PDF Print E-mail

Fur Sale Results

ISTA Jan. 11, 2014


Specie                   #sold           Value                    Mean                    High

Muskrat                   947       $   9,262.25           $  9.78                 $ 14.00

Mink                           60       $      915.00           $ 15.25                 $ 23.00

Raccoon              1,068      $ 14,844.00           $ 13.90                 $ 27.50

Coyote                     112      $   2,039.00            $ 18.21                 $ 24.00

Red Fox                     29      $   1,275.50            $ 43.98                 $ 62.50

Grey Fox                       1      $        40.00            $ 40.00                 $ 40.00

Beaver                        62      $  1,357.50            $ 21.90                 $ 41.00

Skunk                            4      $          7.75             $   1.94                 $   2.25

Opossum                   64      $     126.25             $   1.97                 $   3.25

TOTALS            2348     $  29,867.25

Skins Not Sold     45

This is close.  I still have to track down some minor discrepancies

In my spreadsheet.   I had an error in the Gad-A-Bout table

stating that the High for Muskrat was $19.25.  The Buyer who

was charged that objected and is in negotiations with the

seller to decide on a final price.



Last Updated on Monday, 27 January 2014 09:46
FUR SALE COMING Jan. 10, 2015 PDF Print E-mail
The 2015 Fur Sale will be held January 10, 2015 at the Miami County 4-H Fair grounds located at 1079 W. 200 N., Peru, IN  46970.  The doors will open @8am EST and the sale will commence 10am EST.  This sale is being reorganized this year.  The Buyers will all sit at the East end of the Building.  The registration table will be just inside the double doors on the southside.   There will be three (3) rows of tables that run east and west.   Fur sellers will stay out in the parking lot UNTIL their lot is up to sell.  They will then bring their fur in and place it on the tables for sorting / grading.  The fur will then be slid down the tables, toward the Buyers and the auctioneer, and sold by the LOTS.  ONLY the seller will be allowed up by the Buyers table, all others will need to stay back to control the noise level.  Paying the sellers will be done as before.  If you do not care to sell there, please come and lend a hand.  Questions: call Fred Philips, DVM 765.938.1806
Last Updated on Monday, 10 March 2014 08:59
ISTA 52nd Annual Convention & Rendezvous PDF Print E-mail

The 52nd ISTA Convention and rendezvous is history and was a great success.  Tom Morelock handle the majority of the planning and did an admirable job.  We had twice the number of people attend as last year and almost twice the number of votes cast.  It is great to see members exercise their right to vote.  On the question of whether to stay in Tipton, IN, the majority voted YES.  The Board took it all under advisement, and looked at several other Fairgrounds.  ALL of those fairgrounds wanted at least twice what we are paying for at Tipton.  Therefore the Board elected to hold next year's 53rd ISTA Convention and Rendezvous at Tipton, once again.  The dates will be Sept. 12 & 13, 2014.  A successful event could not happen without member participation. As I wrote, Tom Morelock oversaw the whole event and was assisted by Beaverfoot, Tom Geisler, and Paul Waldman.  Our Indoor vendors included JR & Sons, Sterling Fur Co., Hal Sullivan / Sullivan's Supply, Hoosier Trapper Supply, Reinold's, Jeff Dunlap, Volker's Wire Cubbies and suplies, INC., The Coon Whisperer, Allen Hedrick, and the NTA, FTA, FTA Chapter 7B as well as the IDNR with Wildlife Biologists Shawn Rossler.  Tailgaters and outside vendors included Jeff Pask, Dave Ducy, Jerry Schilling, Sudden Valley Supply, Ickes, Jerry Anderson, Bryon Reichart, Wilbur Cook, Phil Spring, Emmert Boyer, Scott Davis and Rick Finley.  Wilbur Cook is a particular friend of the ISTA.  He collected donations from the following people and businesses.  Leon & Denise Windschit, Scott & Terri Webb, Soup Can Coonin, Chris Ryan, Randy Kozak, John Ripple, Muskrat Central, Mike Wise, D.C.T.M., ThE Sock Guy, Dave Green, Okie Cable & Trap Supply, Chris Lenard, Jayme Johannes, Be A Trap, Mark Hanna, Trappers World, Minnesota Trappers Supply, Terry Herron, Herron Conversion KIt, Spoon Stand, Golith Furs, Porter's Trapline Lures, Bill Porter, B&D Fur Co., MW, Senior Moments Enterprise, Nuisance Animal Removal, Blu Ribbon Lures, Ann Meverden, Bryon Reichart, Jerry Anderson, Black River Dog Supplys, and Bill Kasten.  Additionally, many businesses sent donations in.  These donors included the Animal Hospital of Rushville, PC,  BG Ranch, Southeastern Outdoor Supplies, Douglas Kampfer / Rock Cradle anchor, Milligan Brand, Minnesota Trapline Products, The Snare Shop, Blackie's Blend, PCS OutDoors, Liggett's, Jeromy & Lisa Somerfield, Maple Lane Furs, Mark Ruge, Tom Geisler, adn Demon Lures.  If I missed anyone, it was not intentional.  If it wasn't for all the help and donations of items, money, and time, this Convention would not have been as good as it was.  I list everyone because their donations of items, money and time are what make these events so valuable to the ISTA.  Oh, one last acknowledgement, we definitely cannot forget Terry Manley, representing NAFA, presenting that HUGE share check to me after the Saturday Membership Meeting.  WOW.  That money, along with the rest, will go a long ways toward helping us preserve our trapping priviledge and heritage.        Nathaniel Boyd was the youngest trap setter winner.  Other winners are lost to me at this time.  Dunn knives were won by Jim O'Brien, Beaverfoot, Todd Reinold and Wilbur Cook.    Noah, our newest young trapper care of Tom Setser's trapper education class drew Jerry Schilling for the winner of the Remington 870 combo shotgun and Marsha Rudd as the winner of the Pink Savage Rascal youth .22LR Rifle.  Many door prizes were passed out throughout both days of the Convention.    Three (3) very important things occured at the membership meeting.  Deric Beroshok was appointed as a Director to fill the spce created by Kevin Dyer's resignation.  Jerry Schilling presented the ISTA with a $1,000 check courtesy of a hunting group that no longer exists.  Seems that the ISTA gave them $1,000 years ago, and as they finished up, they felt that it was only right that they should donate a like amount back to the ISTA.  The Board elected to place that money in the Legal defense fund.  Lastly, Terry Manley made the NAfa donation that was mentioned above.   It was quite a time and for those who attended, their appreciation was felt by those who worked so hard to make it happen.  Once again, a personal thank you to all the volunteers, the vendors, the donors, and all of the participants.  we appreciate your being there.

NEXT year's 53rd ISTA Convention and Rendezvous has been set for Sept. 12 & 13, 2014 at the Tipton County 4-H Fairgrounds, located at 1200 S. Main St. (SR 19), Tipton, IN  46072.


That's it for now, so as you go, watch your top knot, keep your eyes along the skyline..

Fred "DR" Philips, DVM

Pres. ISTA





















Last Updated on Wednesday, 14 May 2014 13:21

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The ISTA FAll 2014 Newsletter is HERE!   If you are a member, you will be receiving it shortly.  If you wish to read the Newsletter today, please go to the DOCUMENT section / Newsletters, and you will find it there.  I am sorry that it is not at the top yet, I still do not understand why Joomia! does what it does at times.

Watch your top knot.  Keep your eyes along the skyline.

Fred "DR" Philips, DVM

Pres. ISTA

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