Illinois Trappers Association August 2013 Report

President — Mike Gragert, 511 S. 5th St., New Douglas, IL 62074; 618-637-9061;

Vice President — Carroll Williams, RR4 Box 135, Fairfield, IL 62837; 618-516-2275;

Secretary — Wes Johnson, 26704 N. 3360 East Road, Chenoa, IL 61726; 815-419-5204;

Treasurer — Bill Paulsen, 2443 Penn Blvd., Lake Villa, IL 60046

Membership Director — Cody Champ, 9530 E. Meadows Road, Mt. Vernon, IL 62864

NTA Director — Angela Billings, RR 1 Box 127, Stronghurst, IL 61480; 309-221-1593;


Membership Options:

• Individual membership including subscription — $20


Complete membership application on first page of association section and send dues to:

ITA, Treasurer

Bill Paulsen, 2443 Penn Blvd.

Lake Villa, IL 60046


The last BOD meeting was held on June 8th at the Audubon Bldg. in Springfield. This was one of the best attended meetings in quite some time. Only one board member was absent from this meeting.

Great success to get this many to attend on any one day. Membership secretaries report indicated our membership now stands at 836, which is a good increase in the past year. Tell me that trapping and trappers are not tied to the money. When prices increase as they have the past couple of years, they appear from everywhere. But this is also a good thing by increasing numbers for the strength that comes with the increased numbers. The ITA sent out a folder to all licensed trappers in the state in order to build our numbers. At present I’m not sure as to the numbers obtained by this mailing, but with prices where they are, I’m sure that this will help inform non-members about organized trapping in Illinois.

Repeating info from last issue, Hall of Fame nominations need to be sent to Paul Kelley PO box 75 Hudson, IL. 61748. A nomination need only be on an index card with name and address and some information of the nominee, sent to my address found above. Deadline will be July 15, 2013.

Two $1,000 scholarships (Richard Daniel Memorial Scholarship) Can be obtained by applying for a n application at my address found above. Deadline will this year be August 1, 2013.

This year we will have two Youth Trappers Camps, one being near Pecatonica,, in northern Illinois , on August 16-17-18. For more complete info contact Mike Gragert at 618-637-9061

The second one will be at Lake Carlyle, Lotust Camp on Sept.13-14-15. Anyone interested in attending please contact Mike Gragert at the above number. Both of these camps are limited to a maximum of 30 kids , so don’t delay.

As many of you have noticed, there hasn’t been much information in the T&PC since the last convention due to the fact that at the annual business meeting the membership voted to change our affiliation with the T&PC to Trappers Post. For those of you that have multiple year subscriptions to the T&PC, you have not been getting any info from our association, unless you also subscribe to Trappers Post as well.

My feeling is that both magazines should have our info in them until all memberships are moved over to Trappers Post. I will continue to try to keep you folks informed to the best of my ability in both magazines. To those that called me, send cards etc, dealing with my cancer, THANK YOU. I’m doing pretty well at present, but time will tell.

One thing that just about slipped my mind , is the fall convention. It will be held in Carlyle, Clinton County Fairgrounds, on Oct. 4=5 To find out about the details call Mike Gragert at 619-637-9061

Enough for now, just a few tid-bits to keep you all informed. Till next time GOD BLESS!! — Paul Kelley Region 3 director

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