2021 Reports

President’s Report

Not much has changed since the last report as the multiple attacks and assaults continue in our State and across the country. Some victories and defeats. The biggest of which is probably New Mexico loosing Trapping on Public Land.

We have had significant victories here through the Legislative Session and at the Commission level and continue to stay in the game and at the fore front with a multi-faceted approach.

Our coordinated efforts while running parallel with the Coloradans for Responsible Wildlife Management, and having two lobbyist at the Capital has paid dividends.

While COVID created setbacks, hurdles of fire and a lack of funding, your association is poised for a prosperous year and taking advantage of the momentum that has been generated.

Doom and gloom is a reality but allowing it to guide the ship is not a recipe for success, or at least status quo.

Countless volunteer hours have provided a mechanism and a conduit for relevancy and sustainability but it can not be taken for granted.

We are still planning on having our convention/banquet at the Garfield County Fairgrounds in Rifle, CO on August 13th, 14th and 15th, 2021. Set up will be allowed on the 12th and 13th with a half day of activities on the 13th. Saturday the 14th will be a full day of demonstrations, vendors with a Saturday Night Banquet that has historically been a separate event but for these uncertain times will be crafted into the Convention schedule. Sunday the 15th will be Membership, Board Meetings and Elections. We really need the Support from the hunting, trapping, fishing and sportsmen communities to help pull this off after 15 months of canceled events including this year’s Stock Show and Fur Auction. Please take the time and come over for a day or a couple and attend the Banquet and Support what we stand for. For more information you can contact Joe Herrman, Vice-President at 970 309 0865 or Banquet Coordinator Kandy Herrman at 970 379 6024.

Our Raffle this year will be carried throughout the Summer with an eventual drawing date of late September to early October in an attempt to further capitalize on a longer selling season. For more information or to acquire tickets contact Raffle Manager Kacy Townsend at 970 379 4680.

Monthly virtual/in person Parks and Wildlife Commission Meetings will take place in June, July, September and November. Monthly virtual Sportsmens Caucus Meetings will continue on the 3rd Thursday of every month. These are in conjunction with the Congressional Sportsmen Foundation and yours truly providing the Emcee role. There are also monthly meetings pertaining to everything under the sun that if you are not paying attention to, you need to get your head out of the sand. If you have not heard about the PAUSE Act/Initiative 16, you need to do some research. The repercussions of this Ballot Initiative for 2022 would alter everything that we stand for in the State of Colorado. If you have not paid attention to Commission business regarding Wolves, Mountain Lions, Furbearers, Trapping, License Allocations, Land Use Issues, Trails Development, Non-Consumptive Users, Animal Rights Activists, Equity, Diversity and Inclusivity, and a hundred other topics of the day, you better damn well get your heads out of the sand and pay attention. This stuff is real. This stuff is detrimental to your way of life.

We have drawn multiple lines in the sand and we continue to hold the line but unless more people get engaged on a grander scale the line can be broken. Action is needed. Support is needed. Money is needed. And you are needed. Don’t stand idle and watch the runaway train go by. Jump on board and help to slow it,and eventually derail it.

AIM SMALL, MISS SMALL
Dan Gates, President


SECRETARY REPORT

Finally, we are starting to see restrictions lifted and we can get back to our normal activities! A long time coming for sure. We would like to welcome our new members to our Association Ryan Oravetz, Littleton, CO; Walter Perkins, Ft. Collins, CO; Jonas Bowers, Lee Center, NY and Joshua Stephenson, Aztec, NM.

Our Convention/Banquet this year to be held August 13th – 15th, 2021 at the Garfield County Fairgrounds in Rifle, CO. We will have Elections held in person this year and the positions up are Vice President, Secretary/Treasurer, Northeast Director and Southwest Director positions. Also, we will be voting on ByLaw Amendments to include Electronic Meetings and Voting Procedures. Please look over the Notice of Proposed CTPHA ByLaw Amendments. Keep checking the website for updated information. Kacy Herrman, the Raffle Manager will be sending out Raffle Tickets. This is a great fundraiser for the Association please try and sell as many as you can. Please make sure you continue to check the Website and Face Book for any changes and/or updates. I would like to remind everyone, please continue signing up New Memberships. This has always been important, but it is especially now.

Please make sure if you have an email address I have it. This is the only way we are keeping our membership up to date with the current information and events because of the rising costs of printing and postage and the unreliability of delivery of mail and the inability to communicate immediately. We will only send out hard copies when absolutely necessary. So if you want to be kept in the loop make sure I have your correct EMAIL Address. 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


Stock Show Report

The Stock Show is a go, same place as always. We won’t know much more until this summer. I’m still looking for 1 or more people to review scholarship applications.

Don Clifford


Fur Auction Managers Report,

I hope everyone is doing well in the new year. There is not a lot to report on the fur auction due to the cancellation. The consignment agents and I have talked to some of the buyers and sellers about the cancellation of the 2021 fur auction. Most said they were disappointed but completely understood, and are looking forward to the auction in 2022. The CPW has indicated that they would hold their inventory for next years auction. I have reserved the auction site for February 9th and  February 10th, 2022. I hope to see everyone at the auction next year.

Thank You,
Greg Ashmore


North East Director’s Report

Very little happening in my area. Our lack of exposure due to COVID, ie., no MRC Pageant, no Colorado Farm Show, no Greeley Stampede has undoubtedly had an effect on new member recruitment.

I did, however receive an email, on 11/11/20, from a 16yr. old named Nate Rogers from Loveland, CO, wondering if I could put him in touch with a trapper willing to show him the ropes. I contacted Don Clifford, inquired if he or Ryan were active with any complaints locally and emailed Scott Cisco to see if any or all of them were able and willing to help out . It turned out Scott was the closest and was willing to help Nate.

That’s the extent of excitement in the NE District. Thank you.  Amazingly, still above dirt.

Gary Crawford
NE Director


South East Director
Ethan Gates

What a year. Everything is so different with COVID. It has been very quite in my area. I have attended a few phone conference calls regarding Sportsman and Hunting issues. I cannot stress the importance of getting engaged and participating. Not only with our organization but other organizations that are trying to keep their head above water. Pick something that you are interested in and Join! If you don’t engage the only person you have to blame is yourself. This is a very important time to give your Support. While it’s not my specialty, I have had to talk to different legislators and administrators about the importance of Wildlife Management and with our business being Wildlife Control, people like this need to put a face with an activity or profession and often then they have reached out to us about issues that they are tasked with or asked about. If you have any questions please just let me know or any Board Member can help you. Thank you.


Southwest Director

Fur harvest on the west slope appears to be a little off from last year with the open winter we are having. Coyotes with mange are still pretty widespread across the west, which will be of benefit to the small game populations if the birds don’t take their toll on them. Mice and voles are extremely abundant so there is no shortage of available food for predators.
Coyote prices are coming down for multiple reasons but there still appears to be good demand for fur even with reduced prices.

We are now well into 2021 and it appears that we will be tested and challenged on all levels and freedoms of our lives. The author of chaos has been turned loose and we are experiencing the erosion of our basic God given rights into total control and manipulation at every avenue.
Animal worship is elevating to the point where our governor has initiated a meat free holiday on March 20 to “Help Coloradans ditch animal products”.

Be rest assured more attacks on trapping and hunting are coming as they are currently using the wolf as a weapon against our existence and way of life and elevate more animals to the golden calf status. It appears that tolerance only applies to the wicked ways and people who have differing views and lifestyles than ours. Where do the standards come from?
This is a call to be united in mind and action to maintain our way of life to those who would change it. Be prepared, fight the good fight and be willing to give to the cause and the big picture.

Chris Jurney
Southwest Director


Secretary/Treasurer Report
Karen Gates

Welcome everyone. During our recent Board Meeting, a decision was made to continue support to the National Trappers Association, Sportsmen Alliance, Fur Takers of America and Colorado Congressional Sportsman Caucus with our biggest support to Coloradans for Responsible Wildlife Management, which is our lobbying arm that gives us representation at the Capitol.

The Association is sustainable. Depending on if we have the Fur Auction, Stock Show and/or Convention our membership continues to fluctuate between 250 – 300 members.

During our Board Meeting Ron Goodrich our CPA, discussed our Investments. Ron Goodrich, myself and our Investment Firm are working on moving monies from Short Term Investments to Long Term Investments in order to maintain the Defense Fund and the solvency of the Association.

As always please make sure you checkout our Website at coloradotrappers.com for the most up to date information and events. If you have any questions please feel free to contact me.

Thank you.


COLORADO TRAPPERS AND PREDATOR HUNTERS ASSOCIATION
NORTHWEST DIRECTOR KEVIN HERRMAN REPORT
FEBUARY 26 2021

The Last year has been a tough one for most of us, for most of our CTPHA activities Banquet, Fur auction, Stock show all being canceled. Hopefully the COVID-19 restrictions will loosen up and we can get back to some form of normal and have our events. I have been in communication via phone and email with Mark Vieira CPW’s carnivore and furbearer program manager trying to help him with some pine marten population and harvest data.
As usual I am assisting my family with the Banquet, convention, Heritage days, raffle and what ever else I can do to help.
This is your organization please help out in any way you can, buy some raffle tickets or sell some, collect some donations for the convention, raffle or banquet. Write some letters, volunteer to help with one of the events.
Do something because if you don’t you only have yourself to blame.

Kevin Herrman
Northwest director


COLORADO TRAPPERS AND PREDATOR HUNTERS ASSOCIATION
VICE PRESIDENT JOE HERRMAN REPORT
FEBUARY 26 2021

Not a whole lot has been going on over the winter, I have been working on the 2021 convention.
We are working on this hoping the COVID-19 restrictions allow us to have the convention, we are still making calls trying to get vendors and sponsors for the event. Due to social distancing, we are not having our annual banquet in April this year, instead we are going to be holding it in conjunction with the convention.
Also, we have been working with CPW on this year’s Heritage Days, held at the end of April in palisade. If this event still happens, we will be setting up a booth for the kids with furs and skulls.
If anyone has any ideas or would like to help with the convention or heritage days please feel free to contact me.
I look forward to seeing everyone this year.

Joe Herrman
Vice President
(970)309-0865
joeherrman@outlook.com


Banquet Report
We will not have the Banquet in April due to ongoing COVID restrictions. It would not be feasible with all of the social distancing mandates.
We are planning to have the banquet in conjunction with the Convention on August 14th.
Updates will be posted on our website and Facebook as they become available.
I am always available to answer questions or listen to suggestions by phone or email.
Kandy Herrman
970-379-6024
kherrman@advantagebuildersco.com

Raffle Manager Report2


President’s Report

While alot has not changed for the good since the last report there is definitely alot that has changed. No matter what state you live in some group is trying to change the way you live. If you are interested in conservation, hunting, trapping, fishing. If you own a gun. If you believe in natural resource utilization whether it would be natural gas or oil or logging or agricultural land management some group or government depicts you as a antiquated neanderthal.

If you haven’t paid attention to what is going on you might be quite surprised at how fast things have escalated to a level of assaults and attacks from many many many different angles.

Here in Colorado, Wolves are the topic of the day but we are also dealing with Mountain Lion and Bobcat Legislation. Anti-Trapping Petitions. Gun Bills. Land Use Bills. Fleecing of dedicated Conservation and Recreation Accounts all in the name of COVID and we are still not fully back to work or school and even banned from appearing at the Capitol while lawmakers sit and conjure up new ideas on things they have no idea about.

All of these reports seem to be more and more about Politics but when your organizations cannot meet, cannot have your auctions, or your banquets or your fundraisers or your conventions or your outreach education seminars and there are no sport shows and no social gatherings it makes it hard not to be talking about Politics.

Our April Banquet has been moved to be in conjunction with our convention in Rifle, Colorado in mid-August If we are allowed to actually have a convention and have gatherings of more than 50 people.

The Trapping Ban Petition which would essentially stop all trapping might be heard at the March CPW Commission Meeting and it is imperative for the Hunting and Angling and Outdoorsman Community to once again rally the troops and cut the head off of this snake. You can find the Petition which was initiated once again by the Humane Society of the United States on the CPW Website.

We intend on having another fund raising Raffle and as soon as we get everything lined up and tickets printed we will be selling them and would appreciate any and all participation. That was our biggest fundraiser in 2020.

When you purchase your licenses for the 2021-2022 seasons just a reminder that you will not be able to Harvest FurBearing Animals on a Small Game License as has been done for some time. You will have to purchase a separate FurBearer License (which is what we did years ago) or a $10.00 Furbearer permit in conjunction with the Small Game License. This might seem cumbersome to some but data collection is the primary means and reasoning in order to provide more solid information in attempt to justify our participation, harvest and management contributions.

I can’t stress enough that survival in any State will only happen if we unite, fight and keep the Wolves at bay and for God’s sake do NOT post internet photos that can be taken out of context and utilized against us because the picture does not tell the full story, but is worth a 1000 anti’s words.

Stand tall, aim small, miss small.

Dan Gates
President


SECRETARY REPORT

Well, I hope everyone is staying healthy and doing well. It doesn’t look like much has changed from last year yet, so we can only hope that we start to see things open up this summer. We would like to welcome our new members to our Association George Jouflas, Wolcott, CO; Kirk McCarty, Elizabeth, CO and Brandon Bazor, Longmont, CO.

At this time we still do not know if we will be able to have a Convention in mid-August so please make sure you keep checking the Website for the most up to date information. As always there continues to be a lot of events/meetings canceled or postponed. We can only hope the COVID restrictions will continue to be lifted so we can start to see some normalcy in our lives. I would like to remind everyone, please continue signing up New Memberships. This has always been important, but it is especially now.

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

At the time of this writing the Holidays and New Year have come and gone. The Georgia Senate Election has not been decided. There has not been a Presidential Inauguration Covid is still rampid. Vaccines are being some what distributed. Black Lives Matter might matter to some and not to others because all lives matter. Wolves will be introduced into Colorado by 2023. The Colorado Fur Auction was CANCELED. Another Anti Trapping Citizen’s Petition by the Humane Society of the United States has been submitted to the Colorado Parks Wildlife Commission. The States Legislature started late by a month. New Wildlife Commission appointments are on the horizon. The Animal Rights Activists are trudging forward in the State, Regionally and Nationally. The Second Amendment is under assault. Public Lands are under attack either by the People supposedly recreating while trying to escape Covid or by State and Federal Governments. Oil and Gas is a bad word.

Solar, Wind, Vegan, Equity, Diversity, Inclusivity, Preservation, Gender Status, are supposedly all the good things that are yet to come and we should all be thankful for our First and Second Government Stimulus Checks.

Fur is bad. Ask an activist.

While we try to collaborate and align our allies and defend the North American Model of Wildlife Conservation the anti’s continually attack the very notion of it’s success and the criticism and attacks continue to show the bias and ignorance of our enemies. Not only do they not want us to have what we have, they do not want to have it either. The want it to go away. To stop. To cease. They will go to any level to make sure that their goal is accomplished. It doesn’t matter whether you trap or hunt with a bow. Whether you fish or hunt with a rifle. They want you, like them, to eat plants. They want your leather shoes, your wallets, your belts, your purses, your jackets, your car seats, your leather couch, your baseball gloves, your pig skin footballs, your steaks, eggs, milk, honey, bacon, fur coat, taxidermy, your rodeos, your zoo’s and whatever the hell else you can possible think of.

It is not about Trapping. It is not about Hunting. It’s about an entire agenda and they will not quit until they are forced to.

How do we change that? We FIGHT. Fight dirty if we have to. Get involved. Get engaged. Don’t let the enemy in your politics, in your legislature, on your boards or your committee’s. Take it up a notch.

Please contact one of your Board Members if you have questions regarding the association or check the Website.

Because of cancellations and Covid restrictions we will be hosting a Zoom Board Meeting probably sometime in March so keep an eye open for notifications of this and other association business.

Stand tall, aim small, miss small.

Dan Gates
President

 


SECRETARY REPORT

Hope everyone is off to a good start for 2021. We can only hope it will be better than 2020. We would like to welcome our new members to our Association Cynthia Summer, Gunnison, CO and Chase Dollar, Del Norte, CO.

The Fur Auction has been Canceled and we will be sending out a Notice to all Members about a Zoom Meeting probably sometime in March. Keep a look out for the notification. As always there continues to be 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 can only hope the COVID restrictions will continue to be lifted so we can start to see some normalcy in our lives. I would like to remind everyone, please continue signing up New Memberships. This has always been important, but it is especially now.

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


NOTICE OF PROPOSED CTPHA BYLAW AMENDMENTS

To amend ARTICLE VI – Membership Meetings, by adding Section 3. Electronic Meetings., allowing electronic meetings to be held when necessary.

Renumber current Section 3. Voting., to Section 4.

To amend ARTICLE VI – Membership Meetings, Section 4. Voting., by re-lettering current Subsection B to C. and inserting a new Subsection B., making voting by mail an option when an electronic meeting is held.

Proposed amendments are in bold lettering.

ARTICLE VI – Membership Meetings

Section 3. Electronic Meetings. In the event that a Membership Meeting (Regular or

Special) cannot be held as an official gathering in a specified location, the

meeting may be held by electronic means as long as there is opportunity for

simultaneous oral communication among all members. The call of the meeting

will include adequate instructions as to how to connect to and participate in the

meeting.

Section 4. Voting.

  1. Members in good standing shall be entitled to one vote each.
  2. If a Regular Meeting is held electronically, voting for officers, directors, bylaw amendments and any other important business may be conducted by mail ballot as specified in ARTICLE VI, Section 2. B. 1-4.
  3. Vote by proxy is not permitted.

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