Colorado Trappers Association June-July 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



The 2013 Trappers Rendezvous will be held over Labor Day Weekend (August 31st to September 1st, 2013) on a ranch in Fremont County off the Gold Belt Tour Road between Canon City and Cripple Creek, CO.

Campers and vendors may set up on Friday, August 30th. You need to bring your own firewood and water but keep in mind that county or statewide fire restrictions or bans might be in place. Portable toilets and food service will be available.

Events actually begin on Saturday with numerous demonstrations taking place throughout the day, plus a trappers’ obstacle course competition (more information will be available later.) Saturday evening events include a dinner and an auction with possible entertainment to follow. On Sunday there will be a church service, board and membership meetings, shooting competitions and award ceremonies. The raffle drawing will be held at 6 p.m. Vendors will be available all weekend. The property must be vacated no later than Monday at noon.

This is set to be a fabulous event for trappers, fur harvesters and sportsmen alike! Camping is available on site, and numerous accommodations are located in Cripple Creek, Canon City and by the Royal Gorge Bridge area. Lodging options are listed below if one chooses to stay off site. It is recommended you make your reservations some time in advance since it will be the Labor Day weekend.

Plan to attend the Rendezvous and extend the weekend into a small vacation! Canon City has the Royal Gorge Bridge, the Royal Gorge Route Railway, fantastic rafting and fishing and many zip lines. Cripple Creek, the famous gold mining camp, has casinos, museums, a gold mine tour, shops and restaurants for your enjoyment. The Cripple Creek and Victor area is quite rich in history.

If you have suggestions or questions or would like to donate or sponsor part of an event or sign up as a vendor, please contact Dan Gates at 719-269-7972 or email him at

This website will be updated as plans solidify. Flyers will also be sent out and posted in the Trapper and on this website.




Cripple Creek, CO 24 miles away from Rendezvous Site

1. Imperial Hotel and Restaurant (719 689-2561)

2. Triple Crown Casinos (719 689-2446)

3. The Hotel St. Nicholas (719 689-0856)

4. Double Eagle Hotel and Casino (719 689-5000)

5. Gold King Mountain Inn (719 689-2600)

6. Carr Manor (719 689-3709)

7. Cripple Creek Inn (719 689-2391)

8. Lost Burrow Campground and Lodging (719 689-2345 or 877-689-2345)

4 Miles NW of Cripple Creek on Teller Rd 1

Canon City, CO 26 miles from Rendezvous Site

1. Parkview Inn (719 275-0624)

2. American Inn (719 269-1158)

3. Super 8 Canon City (719 275-8687)

4. Quality Inn & Suites (719 275-8676)

5. Hampton Inn Canon City (719 269-1112)

6. Budget Host -Royal Gorge Inn (719 269-1100)

Guffey, CO Vacation Rental

1. Long Look, LLC (719 689-2447)

RV Campgrounds/Cabins near Canon City, CO, 17 miles from Rendezvous

1. Prospectors RV Resort/Cabins (719 275-2128)

2. Royal Gorge KOA Campground/Cabins (719 275-6116)

3. Mountain View RV Resort/Cabins (719 275-0900)



Wow, some of our members have been very active in signing up new members! We are delighted that 33 people have joined our association roster. They are: Terry Ashcraft, Limon; Thad Bingham, Fruita; Jim Brown, Eads; Kevin Brown, Eads; Randy Clark, Gunnison; Ryan Clifford, Longmont; Troy Crippen, Florissant; Burt Dole, Mesa; Jeremy Fiscus, Sterling; Darron Foster, Westcliffe; John Goodman, Fort Morgan; Patrick Griggs, Hartsel; Penny Hardrick & Sally Joseph, Palisade; Jacob Hasart, Stratton; Barrett Hisel, Mesa; Seth Holbrook, Rifle; Chad Hooper, Woodland Park; Matt Jones, Grand Rivers, KY; Judd Kravig, Karval; William Mann, Greenwood, AR; Paul Martensen, Montrose; Merlin’s Hide Out, Thermopolis, WY; Wade Morrison, Silt; Dave Myers, DeBeque; Kirk Ortiz, Eagle; Wayen Pennell, Rangely; Tyler Pratt, Loma; Patrick Quigley, Breckenridge; Jacob Trujillo, Golden; Chad Whiting, Parachute.

Brock & Dorothy Wiening signed up our two youngest members, Morgan (9) and Dakota (6) Crandell. They are the Wiening’s granddaughters and are learning how to trap! The Wiening’s have given the girls a membership as a birthday gift. Hey, grandparents, this is a great idea!! Do you have some grandkids to whom you could pass on an appreciation for our trapping heritage?

A CTA membership and subscription to the Trapper & Predator Caller is a great way to begin!

Our President, Otis Latham, is the current leader in our member recruitment contest, having signed up 10 new members! Let’s see is someone can beat him out of that rifle!

Be sure to return your raffle ticket stubs to Mary Gutierrez, 37458 County Road 177.9, Kim, Co 81049. Don’t miss out on the chance to win some great prizes! The drawing will take place on Sunday, September 1, 6:00 pm at the Rendezvous. — Cheryl Oleyar


Related Posts

Leave a Reply