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News & Events

Scholarship Program

Some big news for this year's Harry Fox Memorial Scholarship. It was decided at this year's spring fling to increase the scholarship amount to $2,000.00 with no more than two recipients.  If you have a child or grandchild headed to college or already attending college, please contact Jim Lippens at 219 314 1440 or for application details. Paperwork must be turned in by August 15.



We need some nominations for Trapper of the Year, ISTA Hall of Fame, and the Bill Lewis Memorial Youth Trapper of the Year. Please contact Mick Perry at 574 946 3553 or for details. Last year we had zero nominations submitted, the board would rather have nominations coming from the membership.

Mentor Program

We are looking for mentors that want to share their knowledge with others that want to learn how to trap.

We have a list of guidelines of what would be expected of our mentors.

For more information contact Nathan Smith if you live south of I-70 at 812 568-1514.  North of I-70 contact Jason Ballord at 765-620-1323. 

May 19, 2024




The response from our membership was great concerning getting a hold of your representatives and senators on the proposed Bobcat legislation and the NRC public comment period for the permanent otter season. We still have some work to do upcoming and we will let you know when your voice needs to be heard. It sure is easier to be on the offensive instead of constantly defending trapping and that is exactly what your board is planning on doing!!


General Membership Meeting


The yearly general membership meeting will be held on Sat June 8th at the Peaceful Waters Campground. It's located at 3325 US 41 Bloomingdale, In. Meeting will start at 10 AM with a potluck lunch after the meeting. Bring your favorite dish.


All attendees will be eligible for a door award to be drawn at the end of the meeting. Mostly trapping related prizes but also items for the ladies. The list of trapping equipment is impressive!


A junior membership award will be drawn for those under 17.



All attendees will receive a chance to win a Ruger Wrangler .22 revolver. We will have a deck of cards with one card to be given to everybody that attends. Any cards left will be sold for ten dollars each until they are all gone, or lunchtime comes around. Drawing for the Ruger will be that day.


Membership Participation


We need some help with the following items.


College Scholarship- If you have a child, stepchild, or grandchild who is entering or currently enrolled in college they could be eligible to apply for Harry Fox Memorial Scholarship. Contact Jim Lippens at for details. Deadline is Aug 15th


Yearly Awards Nominations- are now being accepted for the Trapper of the Year, Bill Lewis Memorial Youth Trapper of the Year and Hall of Fame inductees. Contact Mick Perry at Deadline is July 15th


Mentor Program


Thanks to Jason Ballard who is taking over the coordinating position for the Northern half of the state. Remember you MUST be a member to take advantage of this program. If you're new to trapping and looking for some help, get a hold of any board member and we'll get you started or email


Newsletter Coming


The spring newsletter will be mailed shortly. Check the label on the envelope. If it's black your membership is up to date. If it's green you are close to expiring. If it's red you have expired and will be taken off the roster. We have lots of people asking about their membership and this is one way to check. Also tickets for our annual gun trap raffle will be included.




Indiana DNR Trapper Surveys are on their way. These surveys are important, and participation has been poor in years past. There has been a few changes to the questions this year and in addition at the end of the survey are some questions pertaining to possible trapping rule changes. The ISTA and DNR have been kicking around some possible rule changes so please take advantage and let your opinion be heard.


Also, there is a national trapping survey coming out this summer to a portion of Indiana trappers. Same deal, let your opinion be heard.


Raffle Tickets


Most of you have or will be getting soon the hard copy newsletter in the mail. Included with the newsletter are tickets for our annual gun/Trap raffle. Usually we send 10 but due to a glitch we only sent 5. Contact Melissa Mansfield at if you need more.


District News


Southeast District will be hosting a Trapper Ed Class scheduled for June 29th and 30th at Laughery Valley Fish and Game Club, 4852 South Friendship Road, Versailles, In 47042. Register @


SE District will have a booth at the Dearborn County 4H fair on June 20th.


Short Shots


Our own NTA Representative, Jordan Welker is running for the NTA position of Conservation Director. Please consider him when voting in this year's NTA elections!


Check Your Membership Date


Check your membership date and if you need to renew click the link below. 



Sat. June 8th - Peaceful Waters Campground starting at 10am EST. 

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