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


The Board of the Indiana State Trappers Association (ISTA) has decided to move the website of the ISTA to a new location as of the first of the year.  This site will go black on December 31, 2015.  We are hoping the new site will give a boost of interest into the activities of the ISTA.  If you have any questions concerning the website, please contact the new WebMaster, Deric Beroshok at 765.860.7499 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .




The 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.

Last Updated on Thursday, 01 October 2015 08:29
FTA "Trapping in Schools" Project PDF Print E-mail

Rick Schoonover, Project Leader,  of the Fur Takers of America (FTA), Trapping in Schools Project has produced a very good video called "Trapping in Today's World."  This is the first video in a series and is available for download online at their website, www.furbearereducation.org and www.furbearereducation.com, and on YouTube.  It is 17.5 minutes long with the target audience being High School age youth and the Adults that they interact with.  It is not copywrited, and is free with the hope that it will be used for educational purposes.  You may Download it from the Internet or get a Hardcopy DVD disk from Rick Schoonover, 461 Deer Run, PO BOX 308, Westminister, VT  05158  802-258-7000 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


The wesites have other videos of an educational nature plus items teachers, especially Life Science and Biology teachers, could use in teh class room.  Everything on the websites is scientific and provable facts, not emotional fiction, in an entertaining format.


The primary Goal of this project is to educate people in general to the reasons we need trappers and trapping as a wildlife management tool.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 19 August 2015 14:14
ISTA 54th Convention and Rendezvous 2015 PDF Print E-mail
The ISTA 54th Convention and Rendezvous for 2015 has been set for September 18 & 19, 2015 at the Henderson County 4-H Fairgrounds, 1900 E. Main St., Danville, IN.  Tom Setser will be the Booshway for this event.  He may be reached at 317-287-9027 or via This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .  Planning for this event is coming along.  Set up will begin on Thursday, Sept. 17, 2015 at noon.  Booshway Setser has a layout for inside vendors in an air conditioned building.  The location of the outside vendors / tail-gaters is still in negotiation with the Fair Grounds staff.  The Convention will open Friday morning by 9 am and the buildings will remain open till 5 pm.  There will be demos all day long at or around the bridge, and possibly a few small drawings of donated items.  Food will be provided by the Hendrick's County Shooting Sports.  Camping is available at the North (?) end of the Fairgrounds, check in when you arrive to camp.  The Member's dinner will begin at 5 pm, followed by the White Elephant auction beginning at 6 pm.  Saturday will kick off at 8 am, with demos all day long at or around the Bridge, with some small drawings / games going on periodically.  Watch for signs.  Listen for announcements.  The Trap setting contest and Kid's games will begin around noon.  The Membership meeting will start at 2 pm.  The drawing for the Henry Rifle will be at 4 pm as the Ballot box closes.  Ballots will be counted by the Election Committee and your new officers should be announced by 4:30 PM.  Clean up will proceed after the election results are posted and any and all volunteers will be appreciated to become involved.  QUESTIONS: call Booshway Tom as listed above, or contact Fred "DR" Philips, DVM, Pres. ISTA at 765.938.1806 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .   Apparently Danville does not have any Hotels, so the Fairfield Inn or the Comfort Inn in Avon are the closest for those who do not care to camp.
Last Updated on Monday, 10 August 2015 16:56
Fur Sale Results for 2015 PDF Print E-mail

ISTAFur Sale Results  JAN. 10, 2015


Specie                                                           #sold           Value           Mean          High

Muskrat - Grease/Damaged/Med               205      $     794.25     $   2.87      $  5.00

Muskrat - Med+/XL/XXL Dried                    666      $  3,952.75     $   5.94      $  7.00

Mink - Grease / Med                                          9      $        66.50     $   7.28      $  11.00

Mink - Lg / XL  Dried                                          7      $        78.50     $ 11.21     $  13.00

Raccoon - Grease                                         127      $      786.75     $   6.18     $  6.25

Raccoon - Damage/Sm/Med/LG                  44       $        89.00     $   2.02     $   3.50

Raccoon - XL Dried                                        80       $      393.00     $   4.91     $   8.25

Raccoon - XXL Dried                                   103       $   1,025.25     $   9.95     $  10.75

Raccoon - XXXL Dried                                133       $   1,690.35     $ 12.71     $  16.00

Raccoon - XXXXL Dried                                11       $      131.00     $ 11.91     $  14.00

Coyote - Grease                                              18       $      161.25     $   5.97     $  13.00

Coyote - #1 & #2 Dried                                   49      $      396.50     $   8.09      $  23.00

Red Fox  - All                                                    11      $      226.00     $ 20.55      $   30.00

Grey Fox - All                                                    32      $      504.00     $ 15.75      $   15.75

Beaver - Grease                                               31      $      299.00     $   9.65      $  14.00

Beaver - Lg / XL / XXL / XXXL Dried             12      $     132.00      $ 11.00      $   13.00

Bobcat (Southern) Dried                                 13      $      227.50     $ 17.50      $  17.50

Skunk - All                                                            2      $             .50     $      .25      $      .25

Opossum - All                                                    12      $          7.00      $      .58      $   1.00

TOTALS                                                          1574      $10,960.85


Skins Not Sold     118




Last Updated on Thursday, 15 January 2015 11:58

NEXT YEAR's Fur Sale:  January 9, 2016

Same Place, Same Time.

Watch for more details later.

Last Updated on Friday, 06 February 2015 09:13

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ATTENTION ALL TRAPPERS IN NORTH EAST INDIANA:  The Soarin' Hawk Raptor Rehab needs food.  That is the birds of prey that they are rehabilitating need a varied diet of wild animals.  They would like to take all of those muskrat, raccoon, and beaver carcasses off of your hands.  They may even be interested in fox, coyote and deer.  They are also in need of fish, preferably whole, but if you have somes fillets that you wish to dispose of, they will be happy to take them off your hands.  Please reach Soarin' Hawk Raptor Rehab at 260-241-0134 or via soarinhawk@gmail.com.  Visit their web site at www.soarinhawk.org to see the photos of what they do or if you would like to arrange to volunteer some time.

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