By the time you read this, the Winter Fur Harvesting Season will be closer than you realize and we will begin contemplating who our next Governor will be.
This should be an interesting cycle, for sure. Education, participation and activation are necessary components to the political process. It is no different than trapping, hunting or fishing. One must prepare and adapt to the changing climate and if things don’t go your way you need to figure out how to maneuver to where you can still benefit from the outcome.
If sportsmen as a whole would spend as much time preparing for the political opposition to our livelihood as to what they do preparing for an upcoming hunting or trapping season we would be unbeatable.
The problem is that as a whole we ignore the politics until the wolf is not only knocking at our door but has already moved in and set up housekeeping. There are a few individuals out of every organization that carry the load but the majority are like sheep and you know what wolves do to sheep. My advice is to educate yourselves about the true colors of the political candidates as a lot of them are wolves in sheep’s clothing. Colorado is the model melting pot and while we have seen things dramatically change here in the past we are at a crossroads where change could happen again if we allow it.
Depending on when you get your magazine, the 42nd Annual Convention might be around the corner or has already happened. If you need additional information pertaining to the Convention go to Coloradotrapper.com.
On other association business and news the Trapping Work Group met several times this summer to streamline the Department of Ag Regulations to aligned with Colorado Parks and Wildlife Regulations that we updated over the past year or so. When I started the process in September of 2016 my goal was to collaborate with multiple agencies to revise the Trapping and Game Damage Regulations for CPW and CDA. In addition to that, while working with these other groups I insisted on formulating new documentation that was consistent through brochures, websites and regulation books. That is all in the process of happening but timelines need to be met and hopefully by mid next year all of the supportive documentation can be compiled and published.
The revision of the Wild Fur Bearer Management and Conservation in North America Book is moving along, that your association pledged to support at last years convention membership meeting. Dr. Tim Hiller, the lead on the project has been working diligently with the Wildlife Ecology Institute to try to bring this information into current times. We and other multiple organizations and agencies are contributing efforts to support this cause and I have only heard good things from within the trapping and fur bearer management industry about the progress.
Your board members have been busy all summer, from shooting events to public presentations to skinning demonstrations as well as the many committees and boards that we are representing and on. If you have any questions contact a board member. When you do, thank them for what they are doing. Without them we would not be where we are at.
“Do what you can, where you are, with what you have”
Theodore Roosevelt 1922
The FBU Banquet on April 28th, was again a success. Thanks to organizer Kandy Herrman and all of her staff for all of their hard work. The May Commission Meeting was well attended in Grand Junction and Chris Jurney and I attended the Partners in the Outdoors Conference where your organization heavily participated. 500 attendees from over 150 organizations were present and the CTPHA along with Steve’s Meat Market provided the Wild Game Dinner on May 9th.
Prior to all of this happening, the Future Generations Act Bill passed the Full House on April 19th which was also Sportsman’s Day at the Capitol. The organization co-sponsored the Wild Game Luncheon where we feed about 350 people from the Capitol. We partnered with the Congressional Sportsmens Foundation, the Mule Deer Foundation, Coloradans for Responsible Wildlife Management, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, PacWest, National Wildlife Federation, Quail Forever, Ducks Unlimited, Pheasants Forever, Colorado Wildlife Federation, Back Country Hunters and Anglers, Colorado Bow hunters Association, Free Stone Strategies and the National Wild Turkey Federation. Board members Gary Crawford, Scott Cisco, Chris Jurney and myself were all present and Chris and I were even recognized on the House Floor with other Sportsmen as guests of the Sportsman’s Caucus.
Additionally, Chris and I also were selected to sit on CPW’s Chronic Wasting Disease Working Group. With all of the things going on everyone needs to recognize what it really takes to remain relevant. I am currently also participating in the Trapping Work Group which is a extenuation to align CPW regulations with the Department of Ag and vise versa. This does not change Amendment 14 but it does allow us to work within the side boards and perimeters of the amendment while giving us more and better tools that are not only more animal friendly but also bring a better effective and efficiency rate.
On May 19th the Board met in Frisco for our Annual in person Spring Meeting where we laid a plan of action out for the association and a variety of topics.
The June Commission Meeting is in Cortez and the July one is in Crested Butte. August in in Loveland and September is in Glenwood Springs. I will be attending the Fur Takers Convention in Marshfield, Wisconsin in June and the National Trappers Convention in Escanaba, Michigan in July.
We are also doing some skinning demonstrations and trapping and mountain man presentations at a variety of locations throughout the summer.
Once again this years Convention for us is at the Rocky Mountain Roosters Hunting Club just North of Calhan, Colorado which is about 30 miles East of Colorado Springs on Hwy 24. It is August 24th and 25th with Board and Membership Meetings on Sunday the 26th. There will be a Friday Night Shotgun Shoot just as we did 2 years ago at the same location. There will be demos on Saturday and a Barbecue and Live Auction on Saturday Night. Due to logistics, interest and participation other events and activities might be moved around postponed as deemed necessary. Camping will be $20.00 per space for the weekend and Weekend Passes are $5.00 per person. Kids under 12 are Free. The Barbecue Dinner will cost $15.00 a head. Advertisements have been going on for awhile. Fliers will be sent through snail mail, email and posted on the website.
If you have any questions call one of your board members. There will be elections this year with two open positions ,the Northeast Director (Randy Smith moved out of State) and the Historian position (Dick Hanes health) will make available those two positions unless somebody volunteers and wants to step in for the interim.
There is a ton going on. There is a ton to do. There is a ton that needs to be done. Are you a digger, a hole filler or a watcher? Get a shovel and jump in.
“Believe you can, and your half way there” Teddy Roosevelt
COLORADO TRAPPERS & PREDATOR HUNTERS ASSOCIATION
Membership Meeting Minutes, February 4, 2018
President Gates called the Membership Meeting to order at 11:50 AM on Sunday, February 4th, at the Event Building at the Lincoln County Fairgrounds, Hugo. A quorum was present.
Minutes Approval and Treasurers Report
Joe Herrman moved to approve the minutes of the August 27th meeting as distributed. The motion was adopted. Treasurer Oleyar presented the annual general fund financial report, which was filed.
President Dan Gates reported trappers were listed along with hunters and anglers on the Hunting and Fishing Day Proclamation by Gov. Hickenlooper on Sept 23, 2017. CPW is running another financial sustainability bill which will increase licenses by approximately $8. Joe Herrman moved that President Gates write a letter of support for the financial sustainability bill sponsored by the CPW. The motion was adopted. The updates on trapping regulations are mostly in Chapter 17; they align CPW and CDA regulations and are based on Best Management Practices in the US. Dan has been asked, along with Travis Black, to communicate regulation changes to CPW personnel during their in-service training. Concerning the wolf introduction issue, good alliances have been formed and it is important that we know and communicate the facts. Any negative incidences concerning trap tags should be reported to President Gates with names, date, warden and circumstances; he will follow up. Ted Gutierrez moved that Dan and Chris Jurney attend the Partners in Outdoors Conference in May, at a cost up to, but not to exceed, $500. The motion was adopted.
Vice President Joe Herrman said the 2018 Convention/Rendezvous will be at Rocky Mountain Roosters August 24-26. He stepped down from heading up the shooting events. A discussion followed concerning the purpose of the Rendezvous and when and where it should be held.
SW Regional Director Chris Jurney shared his booth at the Sportsmen’s Expo with CTPHA. He stressed how important collaboration with other sportsmen’s groups is.
NE Regional Director Randy Smith has moved out of state. Marvin Benthin is a possible replacement.
SE Regional Director Ethan Gates assisted Chris Jurney at the ISE show, is working on convention sponsors and vendors, and attended the January Commissioners meeting.
NW Regional Director Kevin Herrman submitted a written report.
Metro Regional Director Gary Crawford said tickets are available to attend the Miss Rodeo Colorado dinner on February 24th in Windsor. Let him know if you would like to attend.
Historian Dick Hane stated, that because of health and personal reasons, he will be retiring as Historian and from the Finance & Bylaws Committees. He will stay on until the Convention/ Rendezvous, which will allow time to find someone interested in being Historian.
Fur Auction Manager Greg Ashmore said the bar code system is being used for the first time. As always, help will be needed for clean up Friday evening.
Stock Show Booth Manager Don Clifford was unable to attend, but Ryan Clifford reported the booth had a record year for income and had expanded ten more feet. The bar codes worked well.
Raffle Manager Scott Cisco reported he has eight guns and a side-by-side Polaris as raffle prizes. He is looking for cash sponsors for the prizes. He will send out an e-mail blast concerning raffle tickets and Whittington Center scholarship applications.
The Facebook Committee reported 12,013 likes. Someone in Fort Collins wants to tag along with a trapper. There haven’t been any negative comments or feedback.
The Bylaws Committee proposed two amendments to the bylaws: Article V, Section 2, substitute for the last sentence: “It is recommended, but not imperative, that the Regional Director be a resident of the region he is elected to represent.” And Article VII, Section 1, to strike out “and the immediate past President” at the end of the list of Board members.
The CTPHA/FBU banquet will be April 28th in Grand Junction. Kandy will be sending out information to members. Volunteers to help and donations for the auction are needed. Hopefully Miss Rodeo Colorado will attend.
April 19 is Sportsman’s Day at the Capitol. President Gates anticipates 300 legislators and staff will enjoy a lunch of wild game. We will have a booth in the rotunda.
The CWCOA Conference is February 9th in Westminster. CTPHA will be a vendor there.
The meeting adjourned at 1:30 PM.
Cheryl Oleyar, Secretary
Trapping season is long gone. Tax season has passed. Time to relax? Not really. It’s a never ending cycle. For those of you that trapped much of anything, you were either tickled to death or are singing the blues.
Colorado’s new trapping regulations, took effect January 1st. They primarily pertain to Agriculture and Human Health and Safety, but they give us tools that we have not had for a long time. Regulation updates are on our website at Coloradotrapper.com.
The Fur Auction was fantastic and kudo’s go out Auction Manager Greg Ashmore and Committee members Todd Fairchild and Otis Latham. Thanks to all the volunteers as well.
The Stock Show Booth set a record and even made the front page of the Denver Post. Bring a round of applause to Don Clifford and to everybody that helped out there as well.
Travis Black, CPW Area Wildlife Manager and Chair of the Trapping Work Group and myself conducted several Trapper Education Classes for over 200 CPW Law Enforcement Officers at their Annual In-service Training. This went over very well. Additionally, the agency is once again sending 3 District Wildlife Managers to the Fur Takers College in September. That would make 12 so far. Some of these guys have actually became members, have picked up trapping and are doing Trapping 101 classes for the general public in their districts. They are very interested and are our first line of defense with the general public.
Chris Jurney and I and Scott Cisco attended the March Commission Meeting in Denver as well as the Pest Management Conference in Denver also. Both of which were a month after the Colorado Control Operators Conference where we set a booth up and got involved with that Board of Directors as well. A big thanks goes out to Scott and helpers at the Farm Show Booth and to Chris, Ethan Gates and others who helped out at the Sportsman’s Expo Booth. All of this takes a lot of time and effort and it is imperative to not stop.
By the time you read this the Colorado Park’s and Wildlife Financial Bill will have passed or failed. Updates will follow in whatever format on this and other happenings.
The FBU Banquet in Grand Junction is April 28th and that might have already passed as well. It’s difficult to keep members apprised through magazine columns and snail mail so for the latest updates keep checking the website.
The 42nd Annual Convention, once again is at Rocky Mountain Roosters east of Colorado Springs on August 24th, 25th and 26th, 2018. Once again, check the website. There will be changes to the format based upon interest, ability and the feasibility to facilitate activities.
Randy Smith resigned from Northeast Director due to family illness and moving back to New York.
Dick Hane, at the Hugo membership meeting notified the Board that he will be stepping down no later than the August Convention from the committees that he is on and the Historian position that he is on. He also has had health issues and has plenty of other things on his plate that require additional attention. Dick has been in this association in some capacity since it’s inception. Anyone interested in running for either position can let my self or Secretary/Treasurer Oleyar know of your interest.
Scott Cisco is working diligently on the Raffle and has a great lineup of prizes including a Polaris side by side UTV. For tickets contact Scott at (970) 219 1629 or email@example.com.
With all of the things that we have going on and as deeply involved as what we are it would be great for others to step up as well.
One guy told me he didn’t have the time and I responded by saying we all have the same number of hours in a day and a week, and a month, and a year. It’s just what we decide to do with them that makes us different from each other. A little goes a long way. Maybe a position. Maybe an event. Maybe just helping others out. It’s your cause. It’s just a matter of, if you want it bad enough.
Attend a banquet hit a convention, go to a meeting. Do something. The opposition is.
Colorado Trappers & Predator Hunters Association
2018 Spring meeting
Since the meeting at the 2016 fall convention there has not been a whole lot happening on the western slope. In early September I attended the CPW commission meeting in Steamboat Springs, at this meeting proposed changes to the 30-day exemption permit were proposed to be voted on at the next meeting. These changes were passed unanimously by the commission.
The next event was Dick Hane’s annual Western Slope Trappers Convention, I was asked to perform Demo’s on coyote trapping and bobcat trapping out of state, Kevin Herrman was asked to do a demo on cage trapping bobcats at the same time. All 3 demos were well received with lots of comments and questions, I also participated in a talk with Dean Riggs of Colorado Parks and Wildlife on rules and regulations pertaining to trapping and predator hunting in Colorado. The event was well received and a lot of people cannot wait for the next one.
Our next big event will be our 5th annual banquet in conjunction with FBU, it will be held on April 28th in grand junction Colorado. We have had one of the top banquets in the country with the help of Fur Bearers Unlimited. This event is Fun and Exciting with great food great people and Free beer.
The 2018 convention is shaping up to be a great one, This years convention will be held at Rocky Mountain Roosters in Calhan Colorado on August 24th, 25th and 26th. Just like any year we would like to see more of our members attend and get involved we need the support from inside our organization. Please let us know if your interested in helping out even if its something small.
Last years convention was not what we were expecting but was a learning experience, we had low attendance and we all feel it has something to do with low fur prices. Due to low numbers at the convention a few fun events were cancelled like the trapper’s obstacle course as well as the Sunday events. The Trappers obstacle course didn’t have anybody sign up for it. The Sunday events we only had 3 people sign up for anything. At the membership meeting Sunday morning I had announced that I would be resigning as the Sunday events coordinator, I asked if someone would step up to take over and at the time no one did. I am giving someone until the first of June to take them over if not we will not be having them this year. I hope some one does come forward to carry on a tradition inside the organization.
We look forward to seeing familiar faces as well as new faces at this years convention. Please come and support the group and the right to trap and hunt furbearers in the state of Colorado.
Thanks from your vice President
CTPHA Report from Kevin Herrman February 3, 2018
The clock never stops ticking and the older you get the faster it seems to tick!!!!
We were just at the convention talking about trapping and now we just returned from our winter trapping camp. The weather was amazing and disappointing, 55 degrees @ 6000 feet in December and January. We were trapping in jeans and t-shirts. Trapping on dry unfrozen ground was a real treat!!! There were plenty of other trappers out there, it is good to see others out there trying to get it done
In September Joe and I attended a CPW commission meeting in Steamboat Springs as did other CTPHA members. I am sure others will include this in their reports, so I don’t want to be redundant.
This past fall Dick Hane once again hosted a trapper workshop in at his shop in Fruita. Attendance was a little down, but the enthusiasm was way up!! We assisted Dick with coyote and bobcat trapping demos, Jim Stone also did an excellent Coyote trapping demo. Hats off to Dick for hosting this event, it is a great way to promote trapping and the CTPHA.
Joe and I will again be setting up a table at Heritage Days in Palisade, this is a great event that is hosted by the CPW. We are able to visit with a lot of kids and while educating them we are also able to bring their parents into the discussions.
The 5th annual FBU banquet is not far away, April 28th, 2018 in Grand Junction, (more details to come via the website, Facebook and mailings). It is well worth your time to attend as it is a fun event and a major fundraiser for the CTPHA. If you cannot attend we can use help with donations, gun sponsorships, etc.
If you can attend and would be interested in volunteering your time at the event please let Kandy know, 970-379-6024.
Sincerely, Kevin Herrman
2018 Spring Report
Since the Rendezvous , it’s been pretty quiet in my neck of the woods .
We ended up not participating in the CPW event at Cherry Creek State Park , in Sept. , due to the gun
range concessionaire not allowing CPW access to the range .
I’ve been fighting a “Cold from Hell ” since pheasant season opened , so I stayed home from the Yuma
Wildlife Commision Meeting . I did listen to the meeting streaming live on CPW’s website , so I heard
Dan’s Powerpoint presentation to the Commission . From the comments afterwards it sounded like it was
very well recieved and appreciated .
The Stock Show booth was again a big event for the Metro area , with nine Metro members and
fourteen from other areas helping visitors there .
Steve Yarish had a nice picture of the back of his head on a front page ,above the fold , picture in the
Denver Post as he showed a bobcat hat to a prospective buyer .
Chris Thwaites and Bill Cavanaugh (two relatively new members) got their first chance to help at the
booth and from accounts from Bruce ,they did an admirable job and will be ask to help in the future .
MRC 2018 Alex Hyland and MRA 2018 Keri Sheffield stopped by a few days with their Sliver Fox coats
to sign autographs for an hour at a time . Bruce got his picture taken with Keri wearing her new coat
which was presented to her at our booth. I’m pretty sure Bruce could be photo shopped out .That picture
can be found at : missrodeoflorida.com/MRA-2018 and also on her facebook page. As a caption to that
photo ,Keri thanks the CTPHA for this beautiful coat and hopes it’s acceptable to wear year round .
Tara Carleo ,with the MRC Committee has shared several photos of Alex , in her coat , that are
apparently all over facebook . Tara believes Alex is not taking the coat off . They’re planning an
intervention so Alex can get a shower .
MRC 2018 Alex Hyland will be hosting a Sponsors Appreciation/Fundraiser beginning at 6:00pm on
February 24th at the Windsor Recreation Center in Windsor, Colorado. As a sponsor we are also invited
to attend the sponsor reception will take place before the dinner starting 5:00pm. Please RSVP by
February 18th to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We recieve two complimentary tickets to these type events . Bruce Bartow has expressed his desire
to attend if he’s in Colorado at the time .
That’s all for now . Respectfuly submitted ,
Metro Director CTPHA