Colorado Trappers Association January 2014 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 — Dick Hane, 1971 Frontage Road, Fruita, CO 81521

Raffle Manager — Dan Schirer, 531 County Road 326, Silt, CO 81652


Membership Options:

Membership dues including subscription to T&PC – $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



Well Thanksgiving has come and gone. Christmas is around the corner and trapping season is in full swing.

The November Wildlife Commission Meeting had a full agenda with new discussions regarding the 5 year Big Game Season Structures. The CTA has actually been asked to give input along with many other organizations regarding the structure. A new director has been named, he is out of Arizona Game and Fish. He will take over in December and will be introduced at the next meeting.

We recently purchased 3 High Tech High dollar trail cameras that were donated to CPW to help with their Swift Fox and Bobcat studies. This is part of the money that was approved at the Hot Sulfur Springs Meeting in 2012. I have had some feedback on the completed Fur bearer Management Report and it needs to be said that this is still a work in progress. It sets guidelines and thresholds and a bunch of other high tech terminology but it is not concrete and it can and will be changed as needed depending on a variety of factors. It is imperative that if you are asked to participate and provide information that you do so honestly and thoroughly to help with this process.

Also, I was recently directed to a disturbing thread on the internet and it amazes me how people, trappers or hunters need to document and publicize specific events for the world to see. Not only do I find it distasteful, it supports our cause in no way shape or form. If you do things like this think of the overall impact that it could have. If you know of somebody that does things like this tell them to stop. Showing something to your trapping clan is one thing but letting the entire world see it and take it out of context and then use it against us is not the way to go. The internet is a grand thing and while it is tempting to brag and show off, one has to use common sense and judgment.

On another note, even though everybody is full bore trapping, continued planning for the convention is on going and the guys are most definitely getting ready for the stock show and the fur auction. It is also nice to see that memberships continue to grow. It brings more people on board but sometimes the newcomers might need to have some guidance either with trapping or maybe just the ins and outs of ethics. It is up to us to police ourselves.

Hope Santa Clause is good to you all and fills your stockings with lots of lure and traps. Watch your top knot and keep your powder dry. — Dan Gates



If you will be in the Denver area between January 9 and 26, remember to visit the CTA booth at the National Western Stock Show. The address is 4655 Humbolt Street, 80216, which is east of I-25 on I-70, off the Brighton Blvd or Coliseum exits. If you would like more information or would like to volunteer to help at the booth, call Don Clifford, 303-775-5468.

Welcome to new members: Kenneth Gilmore of Julesburg, Doug Hoffman from Fruita, Steve Holtcamp of Mead, Millie Mathies-Beck from Walden, Doug Palmer of Meeker and Triceea Wellcome from Livermore. We appreciate so much your interest in and support of our association!


Colorado Trappers Association Membership Meeting

11:00 a.m., Sunday, February 2, 2014

Lincoln County Fairgrounds Building, Hugo, CO

Check in your furs for auction and attend the meeting!

The fur auction will be held February 5-6, same place.

See the ad in this issue for more info.

We wish you and yours a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year! — Cheryl Oleyar



The Colorado Trappers Association offers a NRA Whittington Center Adventure Camp scholarship annually to youths between the ages of 13-17. The summer camp is located in Raton, New Mexico and is for two weeks (end of June and first of July) where our youths can learn basic firearms safety, fundamentals and marksmanship skills. Submit a letter to the association as to why you would like to go and what you hope to learn. Mail your letters by March 1, 2014 to Colorado Trappers Association, Dan Schirer, 531 County Road 326, Silt, CO 81652.

Many thanks and if you have any questions please call me at 970-618-1366. — Dan Schirer


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  1. New to hutting sport, Any hunting event in CO. in the near future? Would like to start as team member where I can have guidance through the process. I am a USPSA member –

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