The ITA Fall Convention will again be at the Macon County Fairgrounds in Decatur, Illinois on Friday, September 30 and Saturday, October 1. We’ll have vendors from at least 10 states. The demo schedule features notable trappers from Illinois and other states. Thanks to the sponsorship of Kaatz Bros., we will once again be blessed with an indoor demo area. Of great interest this year will be DNR’s outline of the bobcat season at 5:00pm on Saturday.

Sweepstakes tickets can be purchased for $2.00 each or 6 for $10.00. New this year is a Five Gun Raffle ($5 each or 5 for $20). Additional tickets can be obtained from Neal Graves (309) 989-7616 (bzbeaver@hotmail.com). Use the enclosed return envelope to return ticket stubs and money or bring them to the ITA booth at the convention.  

For every $50 of tickets you sell, your name will be entered into a drawing for a free 1-year membership in the ITA. Additionally, for every $100 you sell, you will secure a chance to win one dozen Duke DP traps. This is a great way to support the ITA and also possibly get a nice return for your efforts, so get out and sell those tickets!

We’ll kick off Friday evening (Sept. 30th) with our free chicken dinner followed by our Eleventh Annual Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Trapper of the Year Award. New this year will be President’s Awards as well. Closing out the night is the Legal Defense Fund Auction proceeds of which help protect Illinois trappers’ rights! To donate, contact Kent Weil at (217) 836-2682 (weil@springnet1.com). Items for the auction that are of exceptional value may be sold on a 50/50 basis. Contact Neal Graves at (309) 989-7616 (bzbeaver@hotmail.com) if interested.

Immediately following DNR’s Bobcat Season talk on Saturday (Oct. 1st) will be a free dinner of chili and hot dogs. The General Membership Meeting will follow at about 6:30. All are welcome! 

This annual event has grown bigger and better over the years, so please join us for some fun and camaraderie, plus a chance to honor some of the founders of our great Association.  
To reserve dealer booth spaces ($30 per table), contact Kent Weil at (217) 522-2338 (weil@springnet1.com) or Neal Graves at (309) 989-7616 (bzbeaver@hotmail.com). We are almost filled, and spaces will be assigned on a first-come/first-served basis, so do not delay! Tailgater spaces of 10’x20’ will cost $20 and are also first-come/first-served.
Elections this year include five Directors, Secretary and President. Ballots will be available at the ITA booth at the convention. A mail-in ballot is available upon request by contacting Neal Graves. Remember that your votes are important in shaping the future of trapping in Illinois!

Tent and RV camping spaces are available on the fairgrounds for $10 per night (electric hook-ups are an additional $25.00 per night – collected by the fairgrounds). Motels (all within 5-10 minutes of the Fairgrounds) where rooms are blocked for the ITA include: Quality Inn, $69, Forsyth, (217)-875-1166, The Welcome Hotel & Suites, $79, Decatur, (217)-875-5500, and Sleep Inn, $89, Decatur, (217)-872-7700.



TRAPPER EDUCATION CLASS TO BE HELD FROM 8:00 AM TO 5:00 PM ON SATURDAY, OCT. 1st Contact Neal Graves at (309) 989-7616 or bzbeaver@hotmail.com

SEE: www.IllinoisTrappersAssociation.com FOR UPDATED INFORMATION ON CONVENTION

2016 ITA Annual Fall Convention – SCHEDULE OF EVENTS (Subject to Change)

THURSDAYNOON 12:00 Buildings Open for Vendor Set-up ONLY  

8:00 AM   Vendor Buildings Open - Convention Opens
9:00 AM to 4:00 PM   Fur Harvesters - Fur Handling Demonstrations - Greg Schroeder
9:00 AM   Cubbies and Coon Trails - Mike Volker
10:00 AM to Noon   Kids' Activities - Childrens' Games
10:00 AM   Ethics and Bodygrips - Neal Graves
11:00 AM   Ridge Runner Raccoon Trapping - Glen Cooley
Noon to 3:00 PM   Kids' Activities - Ball Toss
12:00 Noon   Kids' Activities - Beginning Trapping - Harry Nestell
12:00 Noon   Cats and Coyotes - J. R. Robinson
1:00 PM   Kids' Activities - Workshop:  Wet Fur Hangers
1:00 PM   Trappers and Social Media - Kraig Kaatz
2:00 PM  Groenewold Fur & Wool - Fur Marketing - Guy Groenewold
2:00 PM   Kids' Activities - Workshop:  Mink Boxes
3:00 PM   Scent Post/Stepdown Dithole for Bobcats - Glen Cooley
4:00 PM   North American Fur Auctions - Grading Raccoons - Mark Schmitt
5:00 PM   Trapping Muskrats - Gary Armstrong
6:00 PM   Vendor Buildings Close
6:30 PM   Fish/Chicken Fry (Free to All Attendees; Donations Welcome)7:30 PM   Awards Ceremony/White Elephant Auction

8:00 AM   Vendor Buildings Open
8:00 AM to 5:00 PM   Trapper Education Class - Andy Day
8:00 AM   Skunk Trapping - Joe McCall
9:00 AM to 4:00 PM   Fur Harvesters - Fur Handling Demonstrations - Greg Schroeder
9:00 AM   Animal Damage Control - Jim Bethell
10:00 AM to Noon   Kids' Activities - Childrens' Games
10:00 AM   Trapping Otter - Jeff Dunlap
11:00 AM   Trapping Beaver - Snares, Footholds and Bodygrips - Chuck Steiner
Noon to 3:00 PM   Kids' Activities - Ball Toss
12:00 Noon   Kids' Activities - Beginning Trapping - Harry Nestell
12:00 Noon   Outdoor Writing by Trappers - Mike Marchewka
12:30 PM   Shuttle Leaves for Museum Tour
1:00 PM   Kids' Activities - Workshop: Wet Fur Hangers
1:00  PM   Grading Beaver and Beaver Castor - Doren Miller
2:00 PM   Kids' Activities - Mink Boxes
2:00 PM   Trappers and Grassroots Legislative Action - Tim Sickmeyer, ITA Lobbyist
3:00 PM   Bobcat and Coyote Trapping Techniques - Jeff Dunlap
4:00 PM   Trapping Raccoons - Gary Armstrong
5:00 PM   New Illinois Bobcat Trapping Regulations - Bob Bluett, Illinois Department of Natural Resources
6:00 PM   Vendor Buildings Close
6:30 PM   Chili and Hot Dogs (Free to All Attendees; Donations Welcome)
7:00 PM  General Membership Meeting

8:00 AM to 12:00 Noon   Vendor Takedown and Cleanup - Must Vacate Fairgrounds by NOON  

2016 Vendor List (as of June 15, 2016 ):

American Coon Cap
Baubles2Bling Paperazzi
Bee My Honey
Bethell's Wildlife Control
Big Game Gut Gloves
F & T Fur Harvester’s
Fur Taker’s of America
Fur Harvesters Auctions Inc.
Marak Lures
Horse Creek Fur
Illinois Conservation Police
Illinois Trappers Association
J.R. and Sons
Joe Goodman Prints
Kaatz Bros. Lures
Kreations By Koree McCall Wildlife
Miller Fur Company
North American Fur Auctions
Neal Graves
National Trappers Association
National Wild Turkey Federation
NYR Organic
Quail & Upland Game Alliance
Volkers Wire Cubbies & Supplies
Young Living Essential Oils


Illinois Trappers Association 

SEPTEMER 30TH AND OCTOBER 1ST, Macon County Fairgrounds - Decatur, IL

Special Events at the 2016 Convention

Museum Tour

There will be a tour of two Decatur museums on Saturday from 1:00pm – 4:00pm. The ITA will cover the admission cost, and the Decatur Convention and Visitor’s Bureau will provide shuttle transportation. Pre-registration is required by noon on Saturday. If interested, please notify Deb Weil at debweil4ita@comcast.net or 217-522-2338. Registration may also be made at the ITA Booth prior to noon on Saturday.

The Hieronymus Mueller Museum is a portrait of a self-made man who immigrated to the US and moved his family to Decatur in 1857. An inventor of great note (holder of over 500 patents) Mueller’s greatest inventions revolved around municipal water systems (half of all fire hydrants in the US are Mueller). The museum showcases a successful businessman in the late 1800s.

The Staley Museum (opened just this last April) housed in the 1884 home of A.E.Staley, is another testament to a Midwest success story. The classic “American Dream” story has many variations but the essential element is a dreamer armed with meager assets and a great willingness for hard work and the perseverance to see the dream to its end. Sometimes the dreams are on a small scale and other times they take on dimensions worthy to be called an empire.

The story of A.E. Staley and the Staley Manufacturing Company would most definitely qualify as one of the latter, as anyone from the Decatur area can attest.

The Mueller’s and the Staley’s were linked by two weddings in the 1920s.

Illinois Conservation Police Educational Trailer

All ages will enjoy the new interactive educational trailer provided by the Illinois Conservation Police. View numerous wildlife mounts and whitetail deer racks. Learn more about Illinois wildlife. Informational brochures provided by Illinois DNR.

Non-Trapping Vendors

We will have a number of non-trapping vendors. Vendors to date will include Scentsy (flameless scented candles), Kreations by Koree (wreaths), NYO Organics, Young Living Essential Oils, Bee My Honey (Honey and Hive Products). We hope to add a half dozen others by the end of the summer. Something for everyone (or, at the very least, NOT another trapping vendor!).

Kids Activities

We have a full schedule of activities lined up both days for kids ages 3-17, sponsored by F&T Fur Harvesters. Activities will run from 10:00am – 3:00pm. Games for the younger children will be from 10:00am – Noon. A beginner’s trapping seminar by Harry Nestell of F&T Fur Harvesters is Noon – 1:00pm. Two workshops are scheduled. The first, from 1:00pm – 2:00pm will be to make mink boxes, and the second, from 2:00pm – 3:00pm, will be to make cable wet fur hangers. Ball Toss (trap as prize – 3 throws for $1) will run from Noon to 3:00pm (please thank Duke Traps for providing the prizes for the ball toss). Kid’s Trap Setting Contest will be at 3:00pm on Saturday (Please register at ITA Booth).

Where To Stay - Reserve by September 8 th - Mention ITA For Blocked Rate

Welcome Hotel & Suites - $79.00/night
I-72 Exit 141 - 5 miles from Fairgrounds
5170 N. Maple
Decatur, Illinois  62526
(217) 875-5500
1-2 per Room Occupancy
Trip Advisor Rating:  4 out of 5
Free WiFi / Fitness Center
Indoor Pool with Jacuzzi
Continental Breakfast

Sleep Inn - $89.00/night
I-72 Exit 144 - 8 miles from Fairgrounds
3920 E. Hospitality Lane
Decatur, Illinois  62521
(217) 872-7700
1-4 per Room Occupancy
Trip Advisor Rating:  4 out of 5
Free WiFi / Fitness Center
Indoor Pool
Hot Breakfast
Pet Friendly ($10/night)

Quality Inn - $69.00/night
I-72 Exit 141 - 5 miles from Fairgrounds
134 Barnett Ave.
Forsyth, IL 62535
(217) 875-1166
1-4 per Room Occupancy
Trip Advisor Rating: 4 out of 5
Free WiFi / Fitness Center
Indoor Pool with Hot Tub
Hot Breakfast
Pet Friendly ($10 per stay)
Smoking Rooms Available

Note: RV and tent camping available at the fairgrounds for $10 per night (electrical hook-up is an additional $25 per night)

Join the Illinois Trappers Association Today!

$25.00 Adult 1-year membership includes a 1-year subscription to Trapper’s Post.  
$15.00 Youth (under 18) 1-year membership includes a 1-year subscription to Trapper’s Post.  
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