History of the Idaho Trappers Association
The Idaho Trappers Association, Inc., was founded in 1979, with the Certificate of Incorporation being issued by Idaho Secretary of State on January 17, 1980. At that time of Incorporation there were three(3) Board Members, George Sheppard, Dan Coons, and Diane Shepard, with George Sheppard being the first President.
The Nature of the business of the corporation and its objectives then and now are to promote sound conservation, legislation, and administrative procedures to save and faithfully defend from waste the natural resources of Idaho; to promote sound environmental education programs; and to promote a continued annual fur harvest using the best tools presently available for that purpose. The ITA further encourages sensible"Legislation and Administrative" procedures pertaining to the management of fur bearing animals, with opposition of bad legislation pertaining to the management of fur bearing animals.
The Association's priority objective is to educate young trappers in the harvesting and management of Idaho's resource and to better educate the public on the consumptive use of wild animals as a necessary wildlife management tool. In essence, the Idaho Trappers Association was organized exclusively for charitable, educational, or recreational purposes. The structure of the organization has been efficiently designed with regards to the membership(being the body) throughout Idaho. The board members consist of President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, and five(5) Directors throughout the state who correlate with Idaho's Fish and Game. These members constitute the ITA's Board of Directors with a total of twelve(12) decision making votes for the interests of the general membership.
The organization is affiliated with the National Trappers Association, and currently obtaining information for other future affiliates on a national level. Idaho is represented "By Due Authority" to each affiliate by an elected Representative from the membership. The association has various standing committees and reserves "Committee Appointment privileges", for special handling of issues important to Idaho Wildlife and Trappers.
In 1990, the association established a "Hall of Fame" to recognize persons that have extraordinarily dedicated their time and efforts to the organization. Nominations are presented to the Hall of Fame Committee and a majority membership vote obtained before the official induction. John Hoel was the first induction with the proceeding of John Smith, Willard Pollack, Jim Sanders, Mike Webb, Ade Zanjac, Fred Moore, John Contour, Delane Kritsky, Margaret Cotor, Warren Moore, and a past President Dan R Clark. Membership induction for 2002 was Dan Brown, previous Region 3 Director.