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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 Not-for-Profit organization (pending), 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.


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


PS: To join us: please contact the ISTA at PO BOX 375, Centerville, IN 47330.  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 Wednesday, 18 September 2013 16:17
Officer Nominations PDF Print E-mail


Nominations for ISTA Officers and Board members are now open.   The following positions are up for election:  Vice-President, Treasurer,  One Director, and NTA Representative.  Nominations will close August 1st, 2014.  In addition, the Trapping Education Coordinator position is still open.  If you wish to make a nomination, please check with the person and be sure that they are willing to serve, and then send their name and contact information to President Fred Philips, DVM.  He will get it on the ballot.  Fred may be contacted at 765.938.1806 or via This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .  Mail may be sent to the ISTA, PO BOX 375, Centerville, IN  47330.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 July 2014 15:23
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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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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