2020 Reports

President’s Report

Do you remember the last report? In the last issue I commented and said change is in the wind and in Colorado the wind is always blowing. Since then, change has definitely happened and the wind is world wide.

Bitching and complaining about the Fur Market, NAFA shutting its doors and the onslaught from the animal rights community seems like small potatoes now.

By the time you read this either we will be on the down hill side or we will not have reached the peak yet. Coronavirus. COVID-19. If you are not tired of hearing about it you should be. It has literally changed all of our lives like no one could ever have imagined.

In the last column I mentioned trying to run a business and service customers. Those became almost none existent. The Colorado Legislature shut down until mid-April and at the time of this writing nothing in Colorado was suppose to open up or start back up until April 30th. Everything, everywhere was canceled or postponed no matter where in this country you live.

When I previously stated that we need to pay attention, get engaged and activate all of that was so important. It still is, maybe more now than ever however, everybody has a lot on their plate. Hopefully food was one of the items.

The hunting and trapping community is in a predicament Trying to survive at home while surviving on the home front. We can not let our guard down and we need to stay the course, as difficult as that might be.

Our annual banquet was canceled and might possibly be rescheduled for mid-August in conjunction with our annual convention in Rifle, Colorado, if that is allowed to go on. Everything has been and probably will continue to be in limbo for quite sometime and while we try to maintain some sort of normalcy hopefully next year there is a Fur Market to prepare for.

At the May Commission Meeting in Grand Junction (if it is allowed to continue) an Anti Trapping Citizens Petition will be heard to attempt to ban all traps including cages for recreation and commercial use. If you are reading this prior to May 6th please send letters opposing the Trapping Petition to the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commissioners letting them know that Trapping and Fur Harvesting needs to be kept and that it is a legitimate tool for Wildlife Management while being recognized under the North American Model of Wildlife Conservation and is a legitimate use of an abundant resource while allowing for the highly regulated activity. This meeting might become a virtual meeting with no in person attendance depending on the virus situation and contact with the Commissioners is imperative. If the meeting does go on in person, probably a last minute decision, then letters and in person attendance are needed.

Make sure to contact:
Chair Michelle Zimmerman
michelle.zimmerman@state.co.us

Vice-Chair Marvin McDaniel
marvin.mcdaniel@state.co.us

Secretary James Vigil
jim.vigil@state.co.us

Additionally there are 8 other Commissioners that can be contacted and their information can be found on the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Website. In any event please take a moment and contact them. As far as the actual Citizens Petition is concerned one can go to coloradotrapper.com and read it for yourself. This model will continue to be used in all other States as HSUS, Defenders of Wildlife, Wildearth Guardians and others will not stop here.

Furthermore, the Wildlife Killing Contest Petition that was to be heard in March (Meeting Canceled) will probably have been a done deal by the time you read this. Dpending on how it turns out will set the tone for the next 12 months.

Three new Wildlife Commissioners will be appointed in July of this year and one can only hope that logical, educated, natural resource, Wildlife Management ideologies are part of those appointments.

We are prepared for the fight and we will do what is necessary to put up a solid defense but we need your help.
I will say the same thing that I said last month and earlier in this column. PAY ATTENTION. GET ENGAGED. ACTIVATE!

No matter what sport or game you play. No matter what business you are in and no matter what situation you find yourself in, the opposition looks for weakness. They look for a chink in the armor. They lay and wait for their opportunity.

Don’t make it easy for them.

Aim small, miss small.

Dan Gates
CTPHA President


SECRETARY REPORT

We hope this finds everyone healthy! We would like to welcome our new members to the Association Ray Moores, Whitewater, CO; Brandon Armstrong, Cortez, CO; Adam Cross, Lyman, NE; Jason Williams, Colo Springs, CO; David Newton, Colo Springs, CO; Josef Peot, Colo Springs, CO ; Chase Shellberg, Yuma, CO; Ted Schmid, Colo Springs, CO; Larry Peck, Torrington, WY; David Driver, Summerville, GA; Bobby Sheesley, Divide, CO; McClain Smiley, Whitewater, CO; Chaz Wilson, Greeley, CO; Lucas Pettigrew, Ft. Garland, CO; Grady McAllister, Silverthorne, CO; Michael Garnett, Evergreen, CO; Don Waechler, Glenwood Springs, CO; J&L Fur, LaSalle, CO; Dawin Krichhofer, Shumway, IL; Robert Powers, Campo, CO; Tom Schmid, Colo Springs, CO; Charles Nelson, Wheatridge, CO; Rachel Blazek, Greeley, CO; David Deloury, Crawford, CO; Troy Atwood, Crawford, CO; Francis Wilson, Villa Grove, CO.

There has been a lot of events/meetings cancelled or postponed. Please make sure you continue to check the Website and Facebook for any changes and/or updates!!

We now have PayPal up and running on the Coloradotrapper.com website. You can renew your Membership or Join our association. We also have merchandise that is available for purchase. This tool has been very effective and efficient so far. Please make sure you continue to checkout the website for updated information. This will be the most current.

Please let me know if you have an address, email or phone number change, that way I can make sure I have the correct information. If you have any questions or suggestions, please feel free to contact me at 719 275-4077 or office@coltpha.com.

Karen Gates
Secretary/Treasurer


President’s Report

Some might say change is in the wind. What I have learned is that in Colorado the wind is always blowing. If it’s calm, it either just got done blowing or is getting ready to start blowing.

So goes the political landscape and the animal rights landscape. They are always blowing. Mostly hot air but they want to make sure that everyone knows they will always be there.

Just like the wind, dealing with the AR community, you have several choices. Cuss it, live with it, fight it, move to a less windy place or build a stronger house to where the wind does not blow it over.

As the Legislative Session started in early January and has moved through February and March there are many changes in the wind. People wanting to change the make up the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission. Banning all trapping in Colorado including Cages. Banning Hunting Contests. Prohibiting one from selling dogs and cats while creating further restrictions in the process. Land and Water Use and Access issues. Highways, Healthcare, Education, LBGTQ issues, Oil and Gas, Recreation, Prohibiting the Sale of Fur and Exotic Leathers, and tons of other agenda items including Wolves, Wolves and Wolves.

Trying to run a business and service customers, guide the ship and keep a sharp eye out while dealing with Administrators, Sportsmen, Managers, Legislators, Commissioners, Anti’s and the general public is enough to make ones mind explode.

All of these things that I mentioned will effect each and everyone of us in some shape or form. While not getting on another soap box all I can say is pay attention, get engaged and activate. The tone has been set and the road map laid out and your association with the help and support of multiple other groups is up for the task.

There will come a time and a place, again, shortly, for your involvement and you will need to once again step up like what we had to do last year with the Bobcat Petition. Like the old saying “the squeaky wheel gets the grease” is true but showing up and fighting for what you hold so dear can and will beat the Wolves back from our sheep.

The overwhelming support from Colorado’s general public to introduce Wolves is significant and while we may or may not be victorious in defeating that initiative in November there are many other issues that need to be addressed and that will continually come up before the election and afterwards. We are engaged in all of it, not just one issue.

By the time you read this the Stock Show and Fur Auction will have been long gone and the Legislative Session and Spring Commission Meetings will be in full force. Who knows what is yet to come as the landscape changes and the winds of change continue to blow.

Check our website at Coloradotrapper.com. Contact Kandy Herrman at 970-379-6024 for the Annual Banquet on April 18th, in Grand Junction and set your date for the annual Convention in Rifle at the Garfield County Fairgrounds on August 14th and 15th, 2020, for more information please contact Joe Herrman at 970-309-0865.

If you have any questions or concerns contact myself or a Board Member listed on the website.

Don’t sit idle. Sign up some members. Belly up to the bar. Don’t wait for the inevitable because the winds will always change.

Dan Gates, President


SECRETARY REPORT

We would like to welcome our new members Elizabeth Dixon, Whitewater, CO; Eric Archibeque, Montrose, CO; Jacob Buck, Grand Junction, CO; Sadie Martin, Montrose, CO; Loren Farnsworth, Orangeville, UT; Steve Leisher, Greeley, CO; Jim Beevers, Clovis, NM; Gerald Karl; Montrose, CO; Wayne Englehart; Dolores, CO, Larry Ivy, Granby, CO; Lyle Herrman, Johnston, CO; Jeremy Weese, Grenville, CO; Joshua Parise, Kiowa, CO; Sadie Martin,
Montrose, CO; Sean Hillman, Grand Junction, CO

I would like to thank Don Clifford and everyone you helped out this year at the National Western Stock Show and who helped make it a great success again. I would also like to thank everyone who attended and supported the Fur Auction in Hugo either the members who attended the Membership Meeting or was in attendance of the Auction itself. Thank you to Greg Ashmore and his managers and staff for all your hard work for putting together another very successful Fur Auction. Great Job!!

Please mark down on your calendar and make it a point to attend the Sportsman Banquet April 18th, 2020 in Grand Junction at the Doubletree Hotel. Kandy Herrman and her crew put together a great fundraiser and make it a lot of fun! For mor information or tickets please contact Kandy Herrman at 970-379-6024.

We now have PayPal up and running on the Coloradotrapper.com website. You can renew your Membership or Join our association. We also have merchandise that is available for purchase. This tool has been very effective and efficient so far. Please make sure you continue to checkout the website for updated information. This will be the most current.

Please let me know if you have an address, email or phone number change, that way I can make sure I have the correct information. If you have any questions or suggestions, please feel free to contact me at 719 275-4077 or office@coltpha.com.

Karen Gates
Secretary/Treasurer


SECRETARY REPORT

We would like to welcome our new members Elizabeth Dixon, Whitewater, CO; Eric Archibeque, Montrose, CO; Jacob Buck, Grand Junction, CO; Sadie Martin, Montrose, CO; Loren Farnsworth, Orangeville, UT; Steve Leisher, Greeley, CO; Jim Beevers, Clovis, NM; Gerald Karl; Montrose, CO and Wayne Englehart; Dolores, CO.

Also, this is a reminder to all members, we will have our Membership Meeting on February 2nd, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. at the 4-H Building, Lincoln County Fairgrounds, Hugo, CO. Please make plans to attend. Great opportunity to drop your fur off for the Fur Auction being held on February 5th & 6th, 2020. Many updates from President Dan Gates, Joe Herrman regarding the Convention/Rendezvous and Don Clifford on the Stock Show.

We now have PayPal up and running on the Coloradotrapper.com website. You can renew your Membership or Join our association. We also have merchandise that is available for purchase. This tool has been very effective and efficient so far. Please make sure you continue to checkout the website for updated information. This will be the most current.

Please let me know if you have an address, email or phone number change, that way I can make sure I have the correct information. If you have any questions or suggestions, please feel free to contact me at 719 275-4077 or office@coltpha.com.

Look forward to seeing you at the Membership Meeting, February 2nd, 2020.

Karen Gates
Secretary/Treasurer

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