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

News Updates on News Page & Rendezvous Photos:08/13/2015
2015 Fall Rendezvous

September 11 & 12, Clark County Fairgrounds, Clark SD

3:00 Vendors Open
4:00-6:00 Trapping Demos
7:00 Vendor Buildings Close
6:30 Wild Game Feed
7:30 Texas Hold 'Em Poker Tournament

8:00 Vendor Buildings Open to Public
10:00-5:00 Trapping & Skinning Demos
10:00 Youth Trapping School Begins
1:00 SDTA Membership Meeting
6:00 Vendor Buildings Close
6:30 SDTA Sportsman's Consignment Auction, Award Announcements, & Raffle Drawing

8:00-10:00 Vendor Buildings Open Limited Vendors Available

Onsight camping is available

Confirmed Vendors: Peterson Furs, 5H Trading Post, Dakota Prairie Baits; M&M Furs, Dead Coyote Snares, Top Lot Stretchers

DEMO Schedule

Seeking Nominees for 2014 Awards
David Carlson Most Improved & Professional Young Trapper: If you know a trapper 16 years or younger who has demonstrated great professionalism in trapping, please write a brief description about why you think they deserve this award and send to: Anna Hermanson email: by September 10th for consideration.  Postal nominees must be sent by Sep 4th to Anna Hermanson, PO Box 454, Newell, SD 57760..

Woman of the Year:  This award is to give recognition to your supportive wife or significant other who goes above and beyond to support you in your trapping endeavors. Please send a description about why your wife or significant other deserves this award to Anna Hermanson via email by September 10th for consideration Postal nominees must be sent by Sept 4th. Email to

The SDTA's  Billboard
Located Near Sioux Falls
Revitalized July 2013