Awards & Raffle Winners

Every year at the fall convention the SDTA likes to acknowledge a handful of special people. These are people nominated to the Directors for their efforts, hard work and dedication to trapping.

Nominations will be accepted starting 1 August normally and the Directors vote on our annual award winners just prior to the Fall convention in September.

To nominate anyone all you need to do is contact a director and provide a short reason why you think this person is the one deserving of this award.


Acknowledgements & Awards 2020

Koffler Award Winner: Mark Steck

The Koffler Award is named after Lyle Koffler. It is awarded to an individual for their total dedication to the betterment of trapping. It is a once in a lifetime award and our highest award.


Most Improved Youth Trapper: Micah Leonard

 Craig Parkhurst awarding the Most Improved Young Trapper to Micah Leonard trapper of the 4-H ETHICS program

The Most Improved Youth Award is awarded to a youth (under 16) who has demonstrated the most improvement in either trapping or fur handling.


Volunteer of the Year: Rob Fuller

The Volunteer of the Year award is open to any SDTA member who has contributed to the success of the SDTA over the course of the year. Either a one time event such as set up/clean of the convention or all year such as helping with billboards.
Woman of the year: Susan Hopple

John Guest awarding the Woman of the Year award to Susan Hopple

Being named Woman of the Year is open to any woman who either traps or supports her spouse/relative in their trapping activities or SDTA involvement. 

Benefactor of the Year: The Ft. Randall Chapter of Pheasants Forever (accepted by Craig Parkhurst)

Craig Parkhurst accepting the Benefactor of the Year award for the Ft. Randall Chapter of Pheasants Forever
The Benefactor of the Year is awarded to any business, organization or person who has either financially or otherwise supported the SDTA above and beyond normal support. Usually a program or activity was funded or service provided that would not have been possible without their support.



SDTA Scholarship Award Winners!

Normally we only have one per year, but this year we are happy to announce two winners! Both Dart Marlin and Stuart Fetherston will be receiving  $300 each. Both are SDSU students and did presentations on bobcat and spotted skunk harvest research in South Dakota at the Aberdeen convention. Congratulations!

To see the rules and apply for the SDTA Scholarship click HERE.


We also LOVE to give some lucky folks prizes!!! At our fall convention we have a variety of grubstake draws, gun draws, our annual 10 prize Sportsman's Raffle and this year a full life size badger mount!

Many of these prizes are donated to us by our vendors and sponsors. Please take the chance to thank them and patronize their web sites or booths at our conventions.


Raffle Winners 2020

Sportsman's Raffle:

Henry Lever Action with SDTA logo:  Matt Bennett

Ruger Mark IV .22 pistol: Galen Sichmeller

Savage Model 310 .410 turkey gun: Wayne Heilman

Buck Knife: Charlie Bode

Deer Hide Glove/Mitten Set: Jay Ericson

Gun Cleaning Kit: Aaron Flatten

Flillet Knife: Chad Wagner

Dead Bone Collar: Lyle Geigle

Meat Grinder: Brandon

Picture: Charlie Bode


Henry Lever Action Gun Boards:

Board #1: Wayne Heilman

Board #2: Zach Quien


Badger Board Drawing:

Matt Lumley (who promptly gifted it to Triggvie Lien!!!)

Grubstake Winners:

Youth: Triggive Lein

Wonen's Package #1: Trina Lien

Women's Package #2: Alva Wiley

Mancave Package: Rob Fuller

Youth General: Ray Maize

Adult General: Mark Martell

Adult Lure Package: Kyle Baker