Colorado Trappers Association August 2012 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



It has once again been a busy year for the Colorado Trappers Association. As most of you are aware, we have been working on a “Furbearer Needs Assessment” with the Colorado Division of Parks and Wildlife, CO Sportsmen for Fish and Wildlife. After 15 months of hard dirty, being in the trenches dirty work, we have finally finalized it. Considering where this all started as a petition to limit fur harvesters 2 bobcats and to classify swift fox as non-game we have come down to what we consider is the most feasible way of managing furbearers in the State of Colorado. What we ended up with exactly is, you will have to register on the HIP (Harvest Information Program) when you purchase your new license. We are working out the bugs, but will ask fur harvesters to maintain a furbearer harvest log, which will be printed in the small game proclamation this season. Retain that information, as towards the end of season will have to complete a voluntary furbearer harvest questionnaire. We will ask that you try and be somewhat diligent on your collection of information as it will benefit both the association as well as CDPW in the collection of data. Without valid data collection, our attempt at understanding exactly what is going on in our furbearer populations will be compromised. I would personally like to thank Dan Gates for his willingness to go the extra mile and really step up to the plate in a time of need. His help with countless meetings we both attended through-out the State in this process sure helped take a bunch off of my shoulders. Until your better paid Dan, “Thank You!”. Also to his wonderful wife for the countless hours she did researching all kinds of information for us.

Rendezvous is quickly approaching. Sounds like Dan and Jim have most of the major stuff worked out and I’m sure will be another great event. There will be elections again this year, and those offices open for election will be President,NW Director, SE Director, and the Metro Area Director. I am also looking for nominations for Trapper of the Year, Junior Trapper of the Year, Workhorse of the Year, and Wildlife Professional of the Year. People, you need to understand I get very few legit nominations every year. These need to be written out with a explanation of why you believe a certain person needs nominated. Not just a name of a person you would like to see get a award. Take some time, and sit down and write those out, and either mail them to me prior to the convention, email them to me, or at least bring them to me at the rendezvous. If we continue just getting names thrown in a hat those awards will not be given out unless there are explanations of why.

Fur Auction Manager and the Committee have also moved the dates of our annual auction to Feb. 13 and 14 , 2013. This was done in a effort to be able to readily compete in the western fur auctions and to help major buyers be able to have a extra day to travel to auctions following ours. Looking at the Canadian sales of lately it looks like wild fur will continue to hold as long as there is not any major catastrophes in the EEC Euro. God willing will be another good year for the fur harvesters.

Colorado was represented well at the Western National Convention in Rock Springs,WY. While it was a flying trip for me and Joy we sure had a good time and got to see a bunch of old friends, make some new ones, and spent way to much money on all the new trapping related stuff I always have to have. Joy says I’m the only person she knows that spends $5,000 to make $3,000. My whole life story right there.

Be safe in your summer endeavors, see ya all Labor day weekend. — Otis Latham




Howdy, Members! I hope you are planning to attend our Rendezvous on Labor Day weekend, August 31 to September 3. It will be held in the northwest part of the state, on Cottonwood Pass, between Tabermash and Hot Sulphur Springs. Here are detailed directions:

From Denver and eastern Colorado: Take I-70 west, then Hwy 40 over Berthoud Pass. Past Tabermash but before Granby, about a half mile past mile marker 217, turn left onto County Road 55. Go 5.2 miles to the top of Cottonwood Pass, and look for the Rendezvous site on the right at the top of the pass. CTA signs will be posted. This is a narrow dirt road and in rainy weather it gets pretty muddy. If you are pulling a camper and want a better road, follow the directions below from Hot Sulphur Springs.

From western Colorado: Take Hwy 40 into Hot Sulphur Springs. Bear right onto County Road 55 (at mile marker 202), across the street from the Dairy Delight and the Historical Society Museum. This takes you through a residential part of town and then up Cottonwood Pass. It is 4.4 miles to the top of the pass and the site of the Rendezvous. This is a good, two-lane gravel road. CTA signs will be posted at key intersections.

There aren’t any water hookups, so bring water. Portable toilets will be provided. There is suitable parking for campers off CR 55 at the top of the pass across from a scenic outlook. ATV trails are nearby. Motel accommodations are available in Granby and Hot Sulphur Springs. In Hot Sulphur Springs, County Road 55 is behind the Ute Trail Hotel.

A food wagon will be serving breakfast and lunch on Saturday and Sunday. A special BBQ dinner will be served Saturday evening at $13 per person.

Registration is $5 per person per day or $15 per person or $20 per family for the weekend. Tickets to the Saturday BBQ dinner may be purchased when you register. Instructional demonstrations will be going on all day Saturday. Some trapping supply vendors will be there to fill your orders. After the BBQ dinner Saturday evening, an auction will take place as a fundraiser for the CTA. This is always a fun event. Plan to bring some items for the auction; the CTA appreciates your support!

The CTA Annual Meeting will be held Sunday morning, then some fun contests will take place in the afternoon. These usually include: muzzle loader, long rifle, hand guns, archery, knife and tomahawk throwing, and trap setting.

Join us this Labor Day weekend to sharpen your trapping skills, enjoy the camaraderie of other trappers, learn more about the CTA, and have a fun weekend in the mountains on the western slope! — Cheryl Oleyar



If you receive this issue before Labor Day weekend, we hope you are preparing to join us for our annual Rendezvous on Cottonwood Pass, off County Road 55 between Tabermash and Hot Sulphur Springs. Check the previous issue or the website ( for more information or call or email one of the officers listed above.

Please be mindful that a fire ban may be in effect if we haven’t had some good rains lately and prepare accordingly.

Reports and minutes of the Rendezvous and Annual Membership Meeting will be printed in the November issue.

Hope to see you at the Rendezvous! — Cheryl Oleyar

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