Illinois Trappers Association – President’s Report          submitted September 9, 2018; posted September 12, 2018

Well, here it is September and I am writing my Nov./Dec. column. I hope we all had some fun at our Fall Convention in Decatur.  I also have a few things to mention: The Governor just signed the trap tag bill, which means we now have to tag all traps with our name and address OR the IDNR Customer number that can be found on our trapping license (or any hunting/trapping/fishing license).  We also got a bill that puts setting the otter limit in the hands of the IDNR, where it belongs. 

Please do not forget our fur sale to be held on Saturday, February 9th at Krile Auction House on Route 32 in Strasburg, Illinois. I am leaving for a week to go teach the CPOs some trapping tricks and tips at Jim Edgar Panther Creek State Fish and Wildlife Area and then help instruct at our Kids Camp in Sullivan Illinois; should be a fun week!   I want to thank Joe McCall, Robert Dill, and Larry Sylvester for helping me at the CPO camp.   I also hope to see you all at our annual Membership Meeting in October at the Fall Convention.  The Membership Meeting is when you all get to tell us what you want us to do, so please plan to attend and bring your ideas and suggestions with you.

Also, I want to thank all that made it possible to get the award of IDNR Outstanding Volunteer of the Year. It was very humbling for me to receive this honor.  I also have three more Trapper Ed. classes to do before the season opens November 10th. Please, do not forget that there is now a Youth hunting/trapping license, so it is even cheaper to take a kid trapping now!

I hope all have a great season and tight chins to all!...and remember to take a kid trapping. 

Neal Graves, President
Illinois Trappers Association