Indiana State Trappers Association January 2010 Report

President — Ron Elliot, 7244 W. 500 S., LaPort, IN 46350; phone: 219-785-2972; e-mail:

Vice President — Frank Lamm, PO Box 110, Lebanon, IN 46052; phone: 765-676-5600, 866-907-PEST; e-mail:

Secretary — Stu Grell, 2220 E. 1400 N., Attica, IN 47918; phone: 765-572-2207; cell: 765-363-2207; e-mail:

Treasurer — Travis Allen, 6862 Jackson St., Attica, IN 47918; phone: 765-585-3284; e-mail:

NTA Director — Stu Grell, 2220 E. 1400 N., Attica, IN 47918; phone: 765-572-2207; cell: 765-363-2207; e-mail:

FTA Director — Doyle Flory, 2094 Fir Road, Tippecanoe, IN 46570; phone: 574-498-6354;

Furbearer Biologist — VACANT

Directors of Membership ­­— Randy Sowder, Bill Crum and Jim McIntyre

Membership Options:

• Individual membership including subscription to Trapper & Predator Caller — $25
• Family membership with subscription to Trapper & Predator Caller — $25
• Junior with subscription to Trapper & Predator Caller — $12
• Lifetime membership — $300

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

ISTA, Treasurer
Travis Allen
6862 Jackson St.
Attica, IN 47918


Trapping season is in full swing. The weather up here has been warm and wet. Fur prices are not great, but I encourage everyone to get out and trap at least at little bit.

Our Fur Sale is set for Jan. 9, 2010, with doors opening at 8 a.m. and the sale starting at 10 a.m. The sale will be at the Miami Count Fairgrounds in Peru, IN. Hope to see you there.

Starting this year, the ISTA Fall Convention will start Friday at noon and run through Saturday at 5 p.m. Doors will open Friday morning at 6 a.m. for vendors to start setting up. Hopefully, this will cut down on traveling expenses. This year the convention will be at Peru, IN.

Randy Sowder’s term is coming to an end in December. I would like to thank Randy for everything he ha done the past three years. Bill Lewis will be taking his place. If you do not know Bill, you haven’t been around the ISTA much. I am looking forward to working with Bill.

Feb. 27, 2010 is our first FBU banquet in Lafayette. We will have several guns and prizes to raffle off this year. You won’t want to miss this. Stu Grell is working hard with Cindy Self to put on a great banquet.

Hope you have a great trapping season.

— Ron Elliott


We had a very successful two days of trapping instructions at the first annual Indiana Outdoor Experience put on by the DNR at Fort Benjamin Harrison in September. The INDNR has set the date for the 2010 Outdoor Experience for the third weekend of September and unfortunately that is the same weekend that we hold our state convention each year. Therefore we will not have the trapping venue for them this year.

Our Fur Sale at Peru this season will be on Jan. 9. Doors will open at 8 a.m. and the sale will begin at 10 a.m.

Our next BOD meeting will be held Feb. 6 at Bill Lewis’s home in Lizton. All members are welcome to attend.

— Stu Grell


Just a reminder to those who wish to attend our first FBU/ISTA Fundraising Banquet for our Trapper Education program. It will be held on Feb. 27,2010, at the Outpost in Lafayette. Tickets are $25 and sponsorships start at $200. For more information, please give me a call. We need your support.

March 19-21, 2010, is the date for the Midwest Regional Leadership Conference. If you would like to attend, please let me know.

Please sign up a new member for your state organization and each national organization if possible. I know money is tight, but each membership is really important to our common goal.

We had 22 students at our trapper ed class at Raccoon Lake on Nov. 7. The pot of beaver veggie soup was empty in short order along with the cornbread and other goodies. The INDNR folks want us to explore the possibility of doing a two-day trapping weekend there next year.

So far our trapping season has been mild, but wet. Sure wish I could trap the marsh that had the good fortune to share a duck hunt with a friend. There had to be at least 40 to 50 muskrat huts in that 20-acre puddle. No trapping allowed — so far.

Well, I have a few ’rats to trap in my marsh and I’ll be getting with the program this next week. Hope your stretchers are full.

The NTA office has received very favorable news about the Maine anti-trapping case. I will not say that the case is won, but as it stands, we have won the battles thus far and the sum total in the end should win the war — but it is not over.

— Stu Grell

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