Illinois Trappers Association June-July 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 to Trapper & Predator Caller — $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



It’s been quite a while since I have had anything in the column. Mainly because I have been dealing with cancer and just didn’t have the drive to write anything. But my reason for doing so now is the fact of making people aware of the Richard Daniel Memorial Scholarship that is awarded each year at the ITA convention. The scholarship itself is in the amount of $1,000 to the winner. The applicant must be studying wildlife management or related sciences. To apply send a request to Paul Kelley PO Box 75 Hudson, IL. for an application. The deadline usually is June 1, but due to my situation I’m extending the deadline for applications to be returned , to August 1.

The ITA Hall of Fame needs people to send names of trappers that you would like to see placed in our Hall of Fame. Just send a note, with name and address of the person you are nominating for this award to my address which can by found above’

I’m going to place a deadline on this of July 15, 2013

I hope each of you were able to trap some otter for the first time this past season.

I think the program went off pretty well, with but a few complaints of the time needed to get CITIES tags. I’m sure this can be corrected in the future. I didn’t miss the season, but caught a few coon, one otter and a couple beaver before cancer started dragging me down. I’m doing pretty well at present after seven rounds of chemo therapy, but terribly weak from the treatment. Two more rounds and then a CT scan to see how things are responding.

Well enough said for now.

Until next time , God Bless. — Paul Kelley


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