About Our Organization

Welcome to the Indiana State Trappers Association (ISTA)

The Indiana State Trappers Association (ISTA)  is a 501 (c) (3) / 509 (a) (2) Public Charity as of Augustista-header-circle 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 fpp@juno.com 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.

 

A CURRENT COPY OF THE MEMBERSHIP APPLICATION FORM MAY BE FOUND IN THE DOCUMENT SECTION / MEMBERS.  THE MOST CURRENT ISTA BROCHURE, THAT DOCUMENTS SOME OF THE THINGS THAT THE ISTA HAS ACCOMPLISHED FOR ITS MEMBERS, IS ALSO FOUND IN THIS SECTION.  PLEASE FEEL FREE TO DOWNLOAD AND PRINT OUT FOR YOUR USE IN TRAPPING RELATED PROGRAMS.

 

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Join Us

If you are interested in joining our organization or learning more about us, please contact the ISTA c/o Ms. Georgia Gifford, Treasurer, 921 S. Locke St., Kokomo, IN  46901.

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Membership Form

Are you ready to sign-up? Please download the attached form and once completed, email it to administration team.