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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.

 

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.

 

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, 12 February 2015 10:14
 
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 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 .
 
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 PDF Print E-mail

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
 
ISTA Scholarship PDF Print E-mail

 

The Indiana State Trappers Association (ISTA) has developed a Scholarship, to benefit students currently enrolled in College.

  1. Who is eligible:
    1. Any person who has been an Indiana State Trappers Association member for 1 year or more and is in good standing.
    2. Any child (or stepchild) of an ISTA member.
    3. Any grandchild (or step-grandchild) of an ISTA member.
    4. Any great-grandchild (or step-great-grandchild) of an ISTA member.
    5. Any child under guardianship of an ISTA member.
  2. Scholarship Rules Application:
    1. Deadline for applications: June 15.
    2. Attachments needed with application:
      1. Personal insight essay introducing yourself, your expectations, your personal goals.
      2. Written recommendation from a faculty member.
      3. Copy of letter of acceptance from college, university, or school of training (those currently attending college need to provide proof of current enrollment).
      4. High school or college transcript.
    3. There may be two (2) scholarships awarded in the amount of $250.00 each. Scholarship checks will be made out to student and the school of higher learning.
    4. All recommendations from the committee members will be final.
    5. Rules for ISTA Scholarship & Application will be available on the ISTA website.
  3. Awarding of Scholarship:
    1. The Scholarship will be voted on by the scholarship committee between June 15 and May 30.
    2. Scholarship committee members will cast votes to elect winning applications.
    3. In case of a tie, any ISTA member may be called upon, by the committee, to act as a tie breaker.
    4. Scholarships will be awarded to the students at their school awards night if possible.
    5. Scholarships will be awarded by a Scholarship Committee Member.
  4. Scholarship applications may be sent to the Scholarship Committee Chairman or any Scholarship Committee Members,  Ron Elliott 219.241.1299, email: the This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , Amos Malstaff 219.767.2523
Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 May 2015 14:01
 
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