Colorado Trappers Association September 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



It’s less than a month to the 37th Annual Colorado Trapper’s Convention and Rendezvous! It will be held August 31st and September 1st between Canon City and Cripple Creek off of County Rd 11, about 60 miles West of Colorado Springs in Fremont County. This is an event that ALL Fur Harvesters, Predator Hunters, Sportsmen and Trappers will enjoy and benefit from.

As was previously reported, the Colorado Parks and Wildlife will have several interactive shooting and archery exhibits and there will be an educational Trappers of the Past Primitive Camp on display as well. The Trappers Obstacle Course contest, a new event, will be Saturday at 4:00 p.m. Judging for the Baking Competition will take place at 2:00 p.m., so ladies pull out all the stops and have your entries ready. You can contact Joey Herrman, one of our famous pastry judges, at 970 309-0865 for more information. Entries will be accepted on Saturday.

A full day of demonstrations and seminars starts at 8:30 on Saturday morning including fur skinning and prep, how to skin for your taxidermist, coyote and predator calling, coyote trapping, gopher trapping, and a trapping 101 introduction course. Some of the presenters include Major Boddicker, Don Clifford, Tom Beaudette, Jeff Dunnier, Ethan Gates, Otis Latham and Derrick Brixey. The Saturday Night Barbeque is a 5:30 p.m. and runs $15.00 per person. Tickets are being presold (call 719 275-4077 to order) or can be purchased on site as space allows. Following dinner is a live auction with Myles Downare as the auctioneer followed by an evening of entertainment with Cowboy Song Writer Jim Young.

Sunday’s events start with a Trappers Church at 8:30 with Cowboy Humorist/Minister Fred Ellis. (Our previous choice had an obligation that he could not get out of.) Following church are the Board and then Membership Meetings, followed by the Annual Shooting Competitions which start at noon. Registration for the competitions must be done by 10:00 a.m. on Sunday.

Quite a few exhibitors and vendors have shown interest and the selection of supplies will not be found anywhere else in the state. Tailgaters and vendors that are interested should contact Vice President Gates at 719 275-4077.

General Admission for the event is $5.00 per day or $10.00 for the weekend. On site camping is available for $20.00 per space for the entire weekend. No electricity or water is available and you must bring your own firewood but keep in mind that County and State Fire Restrictions could be in place. That is not the case right now but this could always change. Be sure to pack your trash. Dogs are welcome but MUST BE LEASHED. No ATV’S on site and the property needs to be vacated by Noon on Monday, September 2nd, 2013.

Dealer Space is available for $50.00 and includes a vendor space, a camping space, 2 Event passes, and 2 Saturday Night Barbeque Tickets. The site will open for set up and camping at 3:00 p.m. August 29th and all day on August 30th, and before 8:00 a.m. on August 31st, 2013. Both camping and dealer spaces are larger than normal size.

A food vendor will be available for Saturday and Sunday as well as many other sponsors and vendors. Offsite camping and motels are available in the Canon City and Cripple Creek areas. Our website has a list of lodgings, a map and the latest flyer with all of the information. Or you can contact me, Dan Gates, for more information at 719 275-4077 or 719 269-7972 or email me at If necessary we can send you additional info.

Our current Sponsors include Colorado Parks and Wildlife, Tomahawk Live Trap, Pueblo Toyota, Sportsman’s Warehouse, Budweiser, KRLN 1400 am Star Country 104.5 FM, Big D Motorsports, Canon City True Value Trailers Equipment, Hardscrabble Taxidermy, Bookcliff’s Fur, Texas Trappers and Fur Harvester Association, Pueblo Sporting Goods, East Texas Wildlife Damage Control, Rocky Mountain National Rendezvous, Colorado Rid-a-Critter and Schroeder Cage Traps.

This is an event that you shouldn’t miss! Be sure to attend the Friday Night Social at 7:00 p.m. under the big tent. Whether you are a trapper, predator caller or fur harvester, a novice or an expert, come join the fun. Invite a friend to come with you! — Dan Gates



I would like to emphasize from the Vice-President’s Report that we are trying to sell as many Rendezvous BBQ dinner tickets in advance as possible. Doing this will give the food vendor an idea of how much food to order and prepare. We will only be able to sell a limited number of dinner tickets at the registration table on Saturday. So please call Dan or Karen Gates at 719-275-4077 by August 23 to order your dinner ticket(s) at $15 each. The food is always really good, so don’t miss out by procrastinating!

MEETING NOTICE: The Colorado Trappers Association Fall Membership Meeting will be held at 9:45 am on Sunday, September 1, 2013, at the Rendezvous site.

The agenda will include reports of officers and directors, new business, and election of the following officers for the next two years: Vice-President, Secretary-Treasurer, and NE and SW Regional Directors. Nominations may be made from the floor, provided consent has been obtained from the nominee.

See you there! — Cheryl Oleyar

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