South Dakota Trappers Association March 2009 Report

President — Kim Potter, 26424 436th Ave., Bridgewater, SD 57319; phone: 605-729-2691; e-mail:

Vice President — Gary Dale Poppenga, 27961 463rd Ave., Lennox, SD 57039; phone: 605-647-2323; e-mail:

Secretary — Terry Olson, 921 North Harth, Madison, SD 57042; phone: 605-256-6311; e-mail:

Treasurer/Public Relations — John Almquist, 521 2nd St. NE, Watertown, SD 57201; phone: 605-886-8501; e-mail:

NTA Director — Jerry Westphal, 17342 297th Ave., Agar, SD 57520; phone: 605-258-2142;

Tanned Fur Coordinator — Steve Peterson, 22251 448th Ave., Ramona, SD 57054; phone: 605-482-8131; e-mail:

Youth Education Coordinator — Aaron Doyscher, P.O. Box 247, Volga, SD 57071; phone: 605-627-6558

Membership Options:
• Individual membership including subscription to The Trapper & Predator Caller — $20
• Junior membership with subscription to The Trapper & Predator Caller — $13

Complete membership application on first page of
association section and send dues to:
SDTA, Treasurer
John Almquist, 521 2nd St. NE
Watertown, SD 57201


Hey, it’s the 2nd of February, hope I make the deadline for this one. Was watching the Super Bowl last night (was like a good movie with a bad ending) and realized it was already time to get this thing submitted again. Missed last months article, I know for sure I would never make any kind of a reporter that had to make a story on a regular basis. Hope everything is going good for you all. Things are winding down pretty fast around here. I have an opportunity to go back to work for the local agronomy center this spring. As things look around the country, a guy should be happy to be employed about anywhere!
The spring convention is going to be held at Spring Lake Lodge near Oldham on April 18. We held our spring convention there a couple years ago. I

t worked out really good with the skinning bee held the next day at Peterson Furs, which is only a couple miles away. I know Clinton Clark is going to give a short presentation on badgers. We are trying to get someone from Delta Waterfowl to give a little something on their SD trapping program. We are also considering having some sort of open forum in the morning to get and share ideas on various topics concerning trapping and related topics. We have a number of gun shows coming up, check out the dates on our Web site for one in your area.

If you haven’t been asked to help, surprise us and stop by to spend an hour or so at the tables to lend a hand. We will be looking for help at the South Dakota Outdoor Expo this summer. More information and dates to share at the spring convention or next newsletter. I would like everyone to start thinking about individuals that might be interested in a nomination for a directors position this fall. We have five directors whose terms are up, If your looking for a change, here’s your chance to do some groundwork and get other members involved.

The reciprocity issue for NR trapping is becoming a real pain in my left ear. Our legislative reprehensive has been in contact with GFP to discuss the matter and has informed me that he will not introduce the issue at this years sessions. The GFP has no interest in the reciprocity issue and has stated their stand is one of neutrality. Without the endorsement of GFP on this issue, legislative officials will not introduce a bill that they feel will not pass.

So what’s our next move? You tell me. The way things are now is we will continue to offer a NR season, but the rules and regulations for the starting dates and species restrictions would still be determined by the GFP commission with recommendations by GFP staff and various user groups all being considered. This should bring up some good discussion at the spring meeting!

Look forward to seeing you there.

— Kim Potter

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