One of the primary rules of Wildlife Management is to harvest or utilize natural resources. Trapping is an accepted and selective management tool for this harvest. In many cases, trapping is the only means we have of providing a proper harvest of our furbearing animals.

A well conducted harvest of furbearers ensures a healthy and stable population of these animals while allowing South Dakotans to benefit financially from the sales of these valuable furs. A well conducted harvest assists farmers and ranchers by controlling nuisance animals before they have an opportunity to damage livestock, poultry, crops or personal property. A well conducted harvest also assists in the control of predatory animals, thereby benefiting pheasants, waterfowl, and other upland game species in areas of diminishing habitat

Trapping remains today as a valuable management tool in the management and control of our many furbearing species. Harvesting is essential to the best interests of all abundant furbearer species, and the steel trap is needed today as much as ever to serve the best interests of the species and that of man.
South Dakota Trappers Association
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2015 Spring Meeting/Western Regional NTA Convention

June 5-6 Sturgis, SD
in Conjunction with the NTA Western Regional Convention hosted by the SDTA at the Buffalo Chip Campground

Bring the whole family and plan your summer vacation, or bring yourself and enjoy this spectacular event.  We are within 30 minutes of Deadwood, an hour from Mt. Rushmore, and the annual Volksmarch up Crazy Horse will take place on June 6th as well.  We will even have a bus tour on Saturday to Deadwood for some gambling, historical touring, and wine tasting sponsored in part by the First Gold Casino.

We will also have our adult and youth division People's Choice Photo Contest and Best of the Best Put up Fur Competition Featuring the Skunk this year.  Bring your best photo and/or put up skunk to compete to be this year's champion.

A full schedule is listed on our events page and contains trapping, skinning, predator calling, and coon hunting demos.

Hotels & Bed & Breakfasts

Holiday Inn Express: $100.00
2721 Lazelle St.
Sturgis, SD

First Gold Motel: $49.00 (Sun-Th); $72.00 (F); $103.00 (Sat)
270 Main St.
Deadwood, SD 57732

Ivan's Bed & Breakfast (Member and annual Donor to the SDTA) 
12800 Larene Dr. Black Hawk, SD. 57718

(605) 791-3273
(605) 415-6506 (cell)

Secret Garden Bed & Breakfast (SDTA member owned)
Address: 938 N Ames St, Spearfish, SD 57783

Phone:(605) 642-4859

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