2020 Reports

President’s Report

While missing updated information because of magazine deadlines and so forth, the only thing of great importance is to report on the upcoming changes that will become effective in March of 2021 which will now require, in order to harvest Furbearing Animals in Colorado you will need to either buy a Small Game License and a Furbearer License or purchase a Small Game License and a Furbearer Permit that can be obtained at a significantly reduced rate, $10.00. Previously and through the 2020/2021 Furbearer Season one could harvest Furbearing Animals on a Small Game License but beginning with the 2021/2022 Season that will no longer be the case and one will have to purchase one of the two previously mentioned options in addition to a Small Game License. Youths will be EXEMPT.

This has been something that we have been working on for quite some time with the Trapping/Fur Harvest Work Group where we updated CPW/CDA Regulations that significantly benefited Wildlife and Damage Control Operators, Landowners, Agricultural Producers and Wildlife Managers as well. These are part of the continuing steps to adapt not only to a changing landscape but to also initiate conversations that are needed to sustain the ability to proactively engage while attempting to help provide the most up to date data regarding Fur Bearer populations and harvests throughout the State.

Continued notifications and updates through different means will be provided over the course of the next 8 to 10 months but it is a change that Fur Harvesters, Predator Hunters, Trappers and others alike need to pay attention to.

Further information will be provided on a variety of subject matter as it comes available over the next several months.

Also coming up, everyone needs to pay attention to this years State and National Elections as there are many things happening that could intentionally effect conservation and what Sportsmen can and can’t do. It is not enough to think that you like this guy or that gal. Research their background. Some of whom you would think support us truly don’t and they are not normally the talking points that the media concentrates on. Whether it be City Council, County Commissioners or State Legislators they all could be a Wolf in Sheep’s clothing.

Speaking of Wolves. Initiative 107 will attempt to introduce Wolves into Colorado at the cost of Sportsmen’s dollars! Whether you think Wolves should be artificially implanted into the Centennial State or not, having the Sportsmen front the bill to bring in a Fur covered Velociraptor to feed off of a Sportsmen funded food source in which we have to also pay for the program is not logical in any conversation. If people want Wolves at least they should be the ones that belly up to the bar and provide the funding mechanism. It would be like having your neighbor over for dinner that you went to the store and bought the food for, cooked it, fed it to them and sent them home with the left overs and a gift card to go to the store and purchase the next weeks supply of groceries for themselves.

Given all of the Covid crap, the Black Lives Matter events, Layoffs, Financial distress, a dismal fur market, maybe the inability to sell your fur and maybe whatever else might be coming down the pike, make sure you enjoy yourself in not only preparing for this hunting and fur harvesting season but also while you are doing it because no matter what it is, all good things must come to an end. Its just a matter of when the end actually comes.

Aim Small, Miss Small.

Dan Gates
President


SECRETARY REPORT

Hope you all have been doing well. We would like to welcome our new members to our Association Orlie Price, Montrose, CO; Miranda Drury, Glade Park, CO; Wayne Varna, Louisville, CO; Jesse Higgins, Englewood, CO and Michael Ryan, Castle Rock, CO.

The Election Results will on the Website once available the end of August and will be listed in the next publication of this magazine. Thank you for taking the time and voting!

There has been a lot of events/meetings canceled or postponed. Please make sure you continue to check the Website and Face Book 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

Do you Remember my last report ? Probably not, but I started out do you remember the last report? You think things changed before, no one could have predicted where we’ve been, where we are at and where we go.

If you are not out of work you probably know somebody that is. Questions that come to mind from everyone in everyday passing are, did you get your stimulus check? Did you see the Governor’s latest order or maybe his press conference referencing Star Wars? Do you think it came from China? Did you see the total death toll? How are you doing? Are you hanging in there?

The things that used to be more important ,really aren’t anymore. Overall the fur market sucks. Canada Goose has indicated they will stop using new fur. Baseball season has not started. Most everything on the planet has been canceled including the Fur Takers Annual Convention. Las Vegas remains closed. Graduations, weddings, funerals have all been postponed or canceled and we have become a society of tattle tellers when somebody isn’t wearing a mask and you have more then 10 people in a location. Will kids ever go back to school?

With all of the doom and gloom there are a few good things to report on. The all out Trapping Ban Petition, initiated by the Humane Society of the United States that was to be heard on May 6th, 2020 was pulled from the Agenda on May 4th from the Petitioners themselves. Who knows their logic and reasons why, but does anybody ever actually know what they think? We had a tremendous amount of support in opposing the Petition from local, regional and national groups and entities and while we realize this is just a pause, we will be ready to stand up again when the time is right.

I mentioned previously that we needed to pay attention, get engaged and activate. That means all of us. Don’t wait for the next guy because if he falters then there is no one to blame but you.

There is still speculation on if we will have a convention and/or banquet, that could be combined but we are paying close attention to all of the variables that would allow or disallow us to do so.

If it is feasible we will have it on August 14th and 15th, at the Garfield County Fairgrounds in Rifle, Colorado. Because of the cancellation of our April 18th banquet we are looking to combine the banquet with the convention and have the banquet on the night of August 15th. If you are so inclined and need additional information contact Joe Herrman at 970-309-0865 and if you can’t get a hold of Joe call his mom Kandy at 970-379-6024. She seems to be able to get a hold of him more easily and she is the Banquet coordinator anyway. For those interested in purchasing Raffle Tickets contact Kacy Townsend, our Raffle Manager at 970-379-4680.

Elections for this year are very important and you can look at the Secretary/Treasurers Report at what positions that you can vote on and if we are not able to hold our events then Elections will be handled by Mail in Ballot. This will be difficult but we might not have any choice depending on Government criteria and intervention.

This is not the time to wait for somebody else to step up. This is the time to prepare for the fight that you know will be coming. Stack the sand bags, dig into the trenches and keep your powder dry.

Aim small, miss small.

Dan Gates
CTPHA President


SECRETARY REPORT

Hope you all have been well and starting to get back to some normalcy. We would like to welcome our new members to our Association Brant Wiedel, Lakewood, CO; Jude Wiedel, Bozeman, MT; Bryon Kramer, Holyoke, CO; Ray Maize, Pierre, SD; Steven Pahlen, Plummer, MN; Luke Wiedel, Wheat Ridge, CO.

NOTICE OF PROPOSED CTPHA BYLAW AMENDMENTS
to be voted on at the Annual Membership Meeting

To amend ARTICLE V – Officers and Directors, by
1. In Section 2. B., striking “five” and inserting “four.”
2. Striking 5. Metro Region in its entirety and assigning its counties to 3. NE Region.
3. Striking “Park” and “Elbert” counties from 4. SE Region, and adding them to 3. NE
Region.

ARTICLE V – Officers and Directors

Section 2.  Elected Officers and Directors.  B.  One Regional Director shall be elected to represent each of the five to four Wildlife Commission districts or regions, as defined by Colorado Revised Statutes.  It is recommended, but not imperative, that the Regional Director be a resident of the region he is elected to represent.
The five to four districts are:
1.  NW Region:  Counties of Moffat, Rio Blanco, Garfield, Mesa, Routt, Eagle, Pitkin, Jackson, Grand, and Summit.
2.  SW Region:  Counties of Delta, Montrose, Ouray, San Miguel, Dolores,      Montezuma, San Juan, La Plata, Gunnison, Hinsdale, Archuleta, Saguache,      Mineral, Rio Grande, Conejos, Alamosa, and Costilla.
3.  NE Region:  Counties of Larimer, Weld, Morgan, Logan, Washington,  Sedgwick, Phillips, and Yuma, add Boulder, Jefferson, Douglas, Arapahoe, Adams, Clear Creek, Gilpin, Denver, Park and Elbert.
4. SE Region:  Counties of Lake, Chaffee, Park( take out), Fremont, Custer, Teller, El Paso, Pueblo, Huerfano, Elbert (take out), Lincoln, Crowley, Otero, Las Animas, Kit Carson, Cheyenne, Kiowa, Bent, Prowers, and Baca.
5. Remove Completely Metro Region:  Counties of Boulder, Jefferson, Douglas, Arapahoe, Adams, Clear Creek, Gilpin, and Denver.

Rationale:  This updates our bylaws with the current Wildlife Commission districts or regions. Conforming changes will also be made to ARTICLE V, Section 4. A., and ARTICLE VII, Section 1 by striking references to the Metro Region and reducing the number of districts or regions from five to four.

To amend ARTICLE VII – Board of Directors, by adding “and the Historian,” and striking “and” between “Stock Show Booth Manager” and “the Raffle Manager.”

ARTICLE VII  –  Board of Directors

Section 1.  Composition.  The Board of Directors shall be composed of:  the President, Vice-President, Secretary-Treasurer, the four (4) Regional Directors (NE, NW, SE, and the Wildlife Commission Liaison, the Fur Auction Manager, the Western Stock Show Booth Manager, and (take out) the Raffle Manager, and the Historian.
Rationale:  The Historian was omitted from the Board of Directors.

NOTICE OF ELECTIONS

President, NW Director, SE Director and NE Director. To be voted on at the Annual Membership Meeting, or by Mail in Ballot if Annual Meeting is not allowed to be held.

There has been a lot of events/meetings canceled or postponed. Please make sure you continue to check the Website and Face Book 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

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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