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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 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 in 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 .
ISTA 53rd Convention and Rendezvous PDF Print E-mail

The 53rd ISTA Convention and Rendezvous was Sept. 12 & 13, 2014 at the Tipton County 4-H Fairgrounds.  The membership meeting was held Saturday morning beginning at 10am EST.  After an hour it was deferred till that evening at 5:00 pm EST.  Changes to the membership due schedule were approved by the membership.  A full Post Convention Newsletter is coming soon to the Document section.  Watch for it.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 10 December 2014 11:12
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

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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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