Colorado Trappers Association September 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



The time has come and the 38th Annual Colorado Trappers Convention/Rendezvous is just around the corner. August 29th, 30th and 31st at the Garfield Creek State Wildlife Area at New Castle will be here in just a few short weeks. Boy do we have a full schedule. More on that in a minute.

August 2nd, The Trappers Association bought a table at the Colorado Mule Deer Association Banquet in Grand Junction to support their cause, continue to build alliances and work on the partnership of the Colorado Sportsman’s alliance. We also had a booth there that was received very well. Ethan, Karen and myself along with Kevin, Kandy and Joe Herrman, Dan and Shelly Urich and Joan Hane and David Moreno with Wildlife Services purchased the $75.00 tickets for the cause. The Mule Deer Association also supported our FBU Banquet in April.

The Commission meeting in Ft. Collins had quite a few topics and the resident and non-resident license allocations continue to be a burr underneath many saddles. Other furbearer related topics were discussed in the halls. Sometimes this is where the best discussions are carried out.

Now to the good stuff!! Set up for the convention rendezvous starts are 7:00 a.m. On Friday, August 29th, many vendors will be on hand from when they get there through Saturday or Sunday. A Coyote Calling Contest and Evening Social will begin at 6:00 p.m. On Friday. Make sure to sign up, so tune your calls. This will be a judged event with some industry leaders as the judges.

Saturday Agenda:

Gates open at 7:30 a.m.

Demo’s and Seminars are as follows:

8 to 9:00 Don Clifford, Cage Trapping Beavers

9:00 to 9:30 Dan Gates, Skinning Coyotes and Coon

9:30 to 10:30 Dan Urhrich and Roy Bradley, Bobcat Cage Trapping

10:30 to 11:30 Mercer Lawing, Caging Bobcats

11:30 to 12:00 noon Bruce Bartow, Marten Cage Trapping

12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m., lunch and dunk a warden with local Warden Perry Wills

1:00 to 2:00, Geoge Bosick, Bobcat Cage Trapping

2:00 to 3:00, Jason Bruce, NPHA President, Calling all Critters




5:00 p.m., Saturday Night Barbeque Dinner $15.00 (Tickets can be pre-sold)



Sunday Agenda:

8:00 a.m. Trapper Church

9:00 a.m. Board of Director’s Meeting

10:00 a.m. General Membership Meeting with Elections

12:00 Noon Shooting Competitions (Pre-registration required)

SUNDAY EVENING (Awards Ceremony)

As you can tell this is shaping up to be a great event. Fliers have been mailed out or you can go to for the flier and more information. Camping is $20.00 for the Weekend with a $5.00 Gate Pass per person (for the weekend) and kids 12 AND UNDER are FREE.

Pets MUST BE LEASHED. No recreational ATV riding. Fire bans are possible. Pack your trash. Standard Shooting Range Rules apply. The trap setting contest will be on Sunday and the Baking Contest on Saturday (with entries to be served at the barbeque.) The live and silent auction items will be limited and as previously mentioned only Commercially packaged or processed foods can be accepted.

Take Exit 105 at New Castle on I-70 and go South and follow the signs. It is approximately 8 miles or so. A map will be on the fliers AND on the website. For more information you can call 719 275-4077 or 970 379-6024. Lodging is available in Rifle, Silt, New Castle and Glenwood Springs.

A giant THANKS goes out to our SUPPORTERS AND SPONSORS who make this possible.

Glenwood Springs Ford, Advantage Builders, Tomahawk Live Trap, Cabelas, Sportsman’s Warehouse, Budweiser, Colorado Parks and Wildlife, The National Predator Hunters Association, Paramount Wildlife Services, Bitter Creek Forge, Schroeder Cage Traps, Colorado Rid-a-Critter,, Bookcliffs Fur and Big D Motorsports along with our Mountain Man Trappers from the Rocky Mountain National Rendezvous.

All proceeds from this event go to efforts to educate, promote and maintain the tradition and heritage of trapping and furharvesting in the State of Colorado. United we stand, divided we fall. Call your buddy, bring a friend, include a kid and walk the walk. See you there!! — Dan Gates



We are looking forward to a fabulous Rendezvous on Labor Day weekend and will have reports, including election results, in the next issue.

The Colorado Trappers Association came into being in 1975, so 2015 will mark the 40th anniversary of our organization. We plan to celebrate our 40th year at our next Rendezvous. Historian Dick Hane is already hard at work going through old photos and other memorabilia. If you have old pictures (with the individuals in the pictures identified) or other interesting information related to CTA’s early years, please get in touch with Dick at 970-683-1402 or

Our association continues to grow, thanks to new memberships received from Wes Keller of Wray and Roy Bradley of Loma. Welcome, guys! — Cheryl Oleyar


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