Colorado Trappers Association April-May 2013 Report

President — Otis Latham, P.O. Box 61, Mesa, CO 81643; 970-268-5554;

Vice President — Dan Gates, P.O. Box 128, Canon City, CO 81215; 719-275-4077

Secretary/Treasurer — Cheryl Oleyar, 1362 Hillcrest Ave, Colorado Springs, CO 80909; 719-471-0739;

Fur Auction Manager — Greg Ashmore, 38967 Country Road 24, Hugo, CO 80821; 719-743-2552;

Public Relations Director — Opal Watts, PO Box 29, Dumont, CO 80436; 303-569-2953

NTA Representative — Otis Latham, PO Box 61, Mesa, CO 81645; 970-268-5554;

Historian — Marvin D. Miller, Historian, 29156 Summit Ranch Drive, Golden, CO 80401


Membership Options:

Membership dues including subscription to Trapper & Predator Caller – $30


Complete membership application on first page of association section and send dues to:

CTA Secretary/Treasurer

Cheryl Oleyar

1362 Hillcrest Ave

Colorado Springs, CO 80909


Spring Membership Meeting Minutes

February 10, 2013

President Otis Latham called the February 10, 2013, Spring Meeting to order at 11:20 a.m. at the Lincoln County Fairgrounds building, Hugo, CO. The secretary and a quorum were present.

Minutes of the September 2, 2012, Annual Meeting were approved as read. The treasurer’s report was distributed.

Vice President Dan Gates announced that the 2013 Rendezvous will be on a ranch in Fremont County, which is halfway between Canon City and Cripple Creek. Shooting will be allowed on the site. Gates will post information on the website within the next 45 days concerning lodging and activities. The Wildlife Commission was informed that the CTA authorized $2,000 for a furbearer management project, but no action has been taken yet. A quarterly e-newsletter to members has not materialized due to lack of articles and news.

President Latham reported he has been working on the NTA bylaws revision. He encouraged all NTA members to vote in the elections this year.

Northwest Regional Director Jim Hooks reported that he and Bruce Bartow are planning to hold a trapping workshop.

Southwest Regional Director Kevin Herrman said they will be involved in the same events as last year. He will help with the Encana Oil & Gas trapping program.

Northeast Regional Director Alan Nall said Nick Duvall really benefitted from his time at the NRA Whittington Center last summer. Applications for the Whittington Center sponsorships should be received by Rendezvous and decided upon at the Spring meeting if there are more than two applicants.

Southeast Regional Director Ethan Gates has been working with Vice President Gates on the Rendezvous arrangements. They have done some youth and adult instruction.

Metro Regional Director Gary Crawford has received some calls from the website and Trapper regarding handling fur pelts, etc. His local animal control is looking for someone to take frozen skunk and raccoon pelts.

Wildlife Commission Liaison Opal Watts plans to attend the Wildlife Commission’s March meeting, weather permitting. CTA members who live in the vicinity of where the Commission meetings will be held are encouraged to attend.

Fur Auction Director Greg Ashmore said the building has been rented for the fur sale next year. Efforts have been made to cut expenses, especially where meals are concerned. Sellers are encouraged to become CTA members.

Western Stock Show Booth Manager Don Clifford reported income was down a little from last year. The booth has expanded as much as it can. The square was used to process credit payments whenever possible to save money.

Raffle Manager Mary Gutierrez has had 5,000 raffle tickets printed, to be sold at $2 each or 6 for $10. She brought some to pass out to those present; the rest will be mailed by the first of April. Prizes are: 1st prize, a Thomson Center Venture Bolt Action 204 Rugger, donated by Dan & Karen Gates; 2nd prize, $250 cash from Kevin & Kandy Herrman; 3rd prize, $150 cash from TDT Gutierrez; 4th prize, a fur bear donated by Clifford’s Critter Creations; and 5th prize, $100 cash from Bruce Bartow. The raffle drawing will be held Sunday, Sept 1, 6 p.m., at the Rendezvous. You need not be present to win.

Historian Marv Miller read the Historian’s report.

The Finance Committee, composed of Dan Gates, Bruce Bartow and Kandy Herrman presented some fund-raising ideas to keep the General Fund afloat. Bruce Bartow moved we have a Furbearers Unlimited banquet and Marv Miller be the Chair, which was adopted. It was moved and adopted that the Finance Committee explore the feasibility of an additional raffle to benefit the General Fund and report at the Rendezvous. It was moved that the Stock Show Booth, Raffle and Fur Auction accounts give 5% of their yearly profits (not to exceed $500 per account) to the General Fund. The resulting vote was a tie, the chair voted “no,” and the motion was lost.

President Otis Latham moved to increase the secretary-treasurer’s salary $50 a year, which was adopted.

Marv Miller announced the FBU banquet may be in August at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds.

The meeting adjourned at 1:09 p.m. — Cheryl Oleyar



Another fur sale has come and gone, and I hope everyone was pleased with the prices they got for their fur. We had an exceptional turnout of fur, almost doubling the lot’s of tanned fur and some species of raw fur from last year. Prices held fairly steady with last year while some of the species took a good jump. I would like to thank all the sellers and buyers that make this such a good sale every year. It’s always good to see everyone that has been here year after year doing business with the CTA. It was also great to see some new sellers and buyers at the auction this year. I hope to see all of you return next year. To everyone that helps out during the week of the sale – I can’t thank you enough for all the hard work and time you give during the week to make the sale go as smooth as possible. Without all the help this sale would not be possible. I would like to give a special thank you to Joy Lathem for all the great food you cooked and all the work you did wherever needed. Until next time. — Greg Ashmore




Listed by Species, Lots, Fur Qty, # Sold, % Sold, High and Avg

Badger — 41, 66, 66, 100, $52.50, $24.66

Beaver — 70, 315, 315, 100, $40.00, $17.46

Bobcat Eastern — 65, 77, 76, 98, $370.00, $160.23

Bobcat Western — 119, 119, 115, 96, $1,475.00, $468.52

Coyote — 347, 1525, 1460, 95, $75.00, $32.45

Ermine — 1, 1, 1, 100, $2.00, $2.00

Grey Fox — 10, 20, 20, 100, $41.00, $35.25

Mink — 6, 12, 12, 100, $23.00, $16.50

Muskrat — 33, 650, 650, 100, $10.50, $5.55

Muskrat Glands — 1, 1, 1, 100, $6.00, $6.00

Nutria — 2, 4, 4, 100, $4.00, $3.50

Opossum — 5, 45, 45, 100, $4.50, $2.70

Pine Marten — 6, 10, 10, 100, $62.50, $50.00

Porcupine — 1, 2, 2, 100, $5.00, $5.00

Raccoon — 119, 778, 778, 100, $46.00, $22.11

Red Fox — 79, 216, 216, 100, $69.00, $46.47

Skunk — 9, 38, 38, 100, $10.00, $7.89

Swift Fox — 34, 174, 174, 100, $22.00, $12.79

Wolverine — 2, 2, 2, 100, $325.00, $325.00

Castor Beaver — 7, 31, 31, 100, $25.00, $12.71

Oil Sack Beaver — 1, 2, 2, 100, $2.00, $2.00


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