Cherokee hosts Iowa Trappers Convention this weekend

Friday, September 11, 2020
JD Rogge and son Trapper proudly show the bounty of a hard days work walking their Cherokee County trap lines snaring many critters, including raccoon and beaver. The Rogges love the sport and being outdoors. Rogge organized the Iowa Trappers Association Convention here this weekend.
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The trappings of the beautiful Cherokee County Fairgrounds have served to attract some wild game and those who pursue it this weekend, as Cherokee hosts the annual Iowa Trappers Association (ITA) Convention today and Saturday.

Hundreds of Iowa trappers and their families, along with a dozen vendors/dealers and interested onlookers will be on hand to showcase the why-where-when wares of the trapping industry that compels thousands of like-minded sportsmen to tread the great outdoors serving a purpose ultimately benefiting both wildlife and mankind with a few morsels on the table and cash profit on the side.

The Cherokee Convention has been booked and organized by the ITA’s NW Iowa District Director JD Rogge of Cherokee who, when not snaring or snagging law breakers as a City Police Officer, is roaming the outdoors snaring and snagging wild critters - many considered damaging predatory pests to farmers and other beneficial wildlife.

JD proudly reports that he’s also grooming his young son “Trapper” to love and respect nature and bask in the benefits of being a dedicated sportsman, outdoorsman, and conservation steward of our land and waters.

At the Convention here, Demonstrations given by trappers who are considered experts in a certain area of trapping, are basically seminars to teach other trappers some new or original techniques. The other events on the schedule are kids’ and adults’ games. There is also a dealer list of vendors who will be attending to sell supplies.

Both days are chock full of interesting events designed to inform, educate, entertain, and celebrate all those interested and partaking in the art and sport of trapping. Various demonstrations are scheduled (see accompanying schedule of events Page 3) that run the gamut of animals that are trapped, among them racoon, beaver, mink, coyote, bobcat, and turtle.

There’s no admission fee to attend the ITA Convention and the public is welcomed. A bountiful potluck dinner is on tap about 7 p.m. tonight to close the first day’s events. Trapper demonstrations start the day off Saturday at 8:30 a.m., and a popular White Elephant Auction at 7:30 p.m. ends the day and Convention.

•Social Distancing Suggestions for Convention:

1) Masks will not be mandatory, but respect each persons distance!

2) Practice social distancing: allow a 6-foot distance between yourself and people

who don’t live in your household.

3) Take extra precautions if you are of higher risk.

4) Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others when

social distancing is difficult to maintain.

5) Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or utilize hand

sanitizer especially after being in a public place, blowing your nose, coughing, or

sneezing. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

The Iowa Trappers Association is a state-wide organization that is made up of trappers who work together to promote and protect our sport of trapping. We were instrumental in developing and instructing of the Iowa Fur Harvester Education Class for young trappers.

Legislatively, the ITA is recognized and respected for its opinions in the formation of laws concerning trapping, hunting and fishing by the Iowa Legislature and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. ITA was involved in the REAP Coalition and it's passing, and we helped to save the Fish & Wildlife Trust Fund from being spent to balance the state budget problems.

The Iowa Trappers Association is more than a Trapping Organization……it is a true Sportsman's Organization.

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