2022 Reports

President’s Report

If you wait to read this report through the magazines you are sometimes as much 60 days behind the 8 ball. Viewing it on the website is normally the best way to stay up to date. Waiting 60 days or more is like reading yesterday’s paper 2 months from now, you might eventually find out what is going on but you probably missed all of the events or the opportunity to engage.

There has been a ton going on. The Legislative Session ended on May 11th and what a roller coaster ride that was. While the Sportsmen and Women Community had no losses in the State their were many bills that have to do with hunting and angling that support and testimony was provided on to either defeat or to claim victory on, depending on what the issue was.

The support that the hunting and angling community receives from the Coloradans for Responsible Wildlife Management is undeniable and is imperative to maintain that relationship and connectivity. Without that organization we and others would be doomed, which brings up a point that our adversaries are doing everything in their power to degrade and erode the relevancy of CRWM at every level. The Coloradans for Responsible Wildlife Management has become the #1 target on the Colorado landscape not only because they are so effective but because they are the only organization in the State that lobbies on behalf of all hunting and angling issues in Colorado. No other organization has Capitol representation for hunters and anglers. You can go to savethehuntcolorado.com to find out more information.

Coming out of COVID we got somewhat back on track with our Stock Show Booth, a fabulous Fur Auction, considering the market, our Sportsman’s Banquet, the April 21st Sportsmens Day at the Capitol, multiple conferences, Commission Meetings and behind the scenes engagements that are literally full-time jobs.

A big thanks goes out Kandy Herrman and the entire support group that she has surrounded herself with. They once again pulled off a fabulous organized effort on behalf of the CTPHA.

We are gearing up for a busy summer and for the Labor Day Weekend Convention at the Moffat County Fairgrounds in Craig, Colorado. There will be vendors and demo’s along with barbecues, games and raffles, a Saturday night auction, membership and board meetings and if you care at all about trapping and hunting in Colorado you need to show up and support the cause. Contact Vice-President Chris Jurney at 970 620-1454 for more information. Look for the flier in the magazines, on the Website and we will be sending information to members out as well.

While I continue to serve on more things than I can count, I am asking that you take a look in the mirror and figure out how to engage. If you don’t know what is going on, ask someone. Educate yourself. If you don’t know how, ask someone. While you are contemplating about your license draws or where you are going to hunt, or how you are preparing for the trapping season, your enemies are strategizing and scheming and calculating and raising money to stop everything that you do when it comes to Wildlife or Hunting, Fishing and Trapping. This is an Election year and if you are not engaged and don’t know who to vote for and don’t know what issues are on the table you better figure out a way to get into the game. This is a real issue and all of the organizations that are fighting to sustain what you cherish in Colorado rely on the efforts of the Coloradans for Responsible Wildlife Management and without you, those efforts will eventually fail and you will be looking at how Colorado became Californicated before your very eyes. This column only hits a small segment of who we need to engage. It’s up to you if we live your die. Many other people are fighting for you. What are you doing?

At our Annual Membership Meeting/Convention in Craig, CO over Labor Day Weekend, September 1st – 4th, 2022, we will hold elections for President, NW Director and SE Director. We will also conduct a vote on the Proposed By-Law Amendment.

Aim Small, miss small,

Dan Gates, President


SECRETARY REPORT

Hi Everyone! We would like our new members John Howard, Grand Junction, CO; Jason Santos, Littleton, CO and Kenneth Antos, Eustis, FL.

Our Sportsmen Banquet on April 16th, was a huge success! For those of you who attended Thank you! We were sold out and a big thank you goes out to Kandy Herrman and the Herrman Family and all other volunteers who helped for all their hard work! Also a big thank you to all of our Donors and Sponsors! Without you we could not put on this event. Everyone had a great time. It takes a lot of time and effort to make something like this successful.

Chris Jurney is currently working on the Convention this year, which will be held at the Moffat County Fairgrounds, 640 E. Victory Way, Craig, CO 81625. September 1st -4th, 2022, over Labor Day Weekend. Will keep you and the website updated with the most current information. If you have not already ready received a Vendor/Sponsorship Sheet, please let me know and I will send you one. Let’s make this year’s Convention bigger and better!! This is a huge fundraiser for the Association, so please attend and join the fun.

At our Annual Membership Meeting/Convention in Craig, CO over Labor Day Weekend, September 1st – 4th, 2022, we will hold elections for President, NW Director and SE Director. We will also conduct a vote on the Proposed By-Law Amendment. Everyone should have received a hard copy in the mail. Also, we have it on the website if you would like to review. All current reports from the Board Members are on the website.

I would like to remind everyone, please continue signing up New Memberships. This has always been important but 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 on a timely fashion 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


President’s Report

The thrill of Victory and the concerns over the agony of defeat:

Thanks to the thousands of emails, phone calls, in person testimony along with the hundreds of substantial financial contributions through the organization of the Coloradans for Responsible Wildlife Management. The attempt at banning Mountain Lion and Bobcat Harvest with Senate Bill 22-031 was defeated by a margin of 4 to 1 at the State Capitol in the Senate Agricultural and Natural Resources Committee.

A sigh of relief. Temporarily. After partnering with dozens of other organizations and creating a coalition to stand united and support Science Based Wildlife Management and the North American Model of Wildlife Conservation we helped lay the ground work for continuing to fight this and future issues that we know are inevitable.

We strongly believe that another version of this misguided assault could be possible in another bill form or even worse, through a ballot measure as early as this November.

Strategies are already being devised and strengthening the coalition is already a top priority. A coalition of efforts including but not limited to Safari Club International, Rocky Mtn Bighorn Society, Mule Deer Foundation, Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership, National Wildlife Foundation, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Colorado Bowhunters Association, Colorado Outfitters Association, Colorado Wildlife Foundation, Backcountry Hunters and Anglers, National Wild Turkey Federation, Boone and Crockett Club, Sportsmen for Community, Keep Routt Wild, Trout Unlimited, Colorado Trappers & Predator Hunters Association, Congressional Sportsman’s Foundation, Rocky Mountain Roosters, Colorado Muzzleloaders Association and the Coloradans for Responsible Wildlife Management have provided the structure that the CTPHA not only is part of, but needs if we are to survive.

We recently had a successful Stockshow and considering the landscape and State of affairs the annual Fur Auction was a success.

Organizationally the upcoming Raffle which was postponed because of some issues with the Secretary of State and technology upgrades are in the works and the Sportsmans Banquet, that we are back on track with after COVID will be in Grand Junction on April 16th, 2022. The Convention is scheduled over Labor Day Weekend September 2nd, 3rd and 4th, in Craig, Colorado and there are dozens of other events that we are participating in from Conferences, to Commission Meetings, to other association Banquets and so on.

These functions are just the tip of the spear as the Legislative Session runs through May 11th, and if a Ballot Initiative does arrive it will be the biggest thing that we have had to deal with since Amendment 14 in 1996. This next move could be a game ender not a game changer.

While we can temporarily relish in our recent Victory we can not sit idle, on our asses and wait to see what happens. That’s why we are working so hard at so many levels to maintain our relevancy. No longer are the days that we can sit back and sing the blues of our losses and just be thankful for what we have left. We, along with the many partnerships that we have developed need to be proactive while also, at the same time plan on how to be reactive.

This takes time, effort, vision, strategy, partnerships, and MONEY.

Educate yourselves. Pay attention. Step up. Participate. Engage in the process. DONATE. As the anti-movement stays the course in trying to take away EVERYTHING at EVERY LEVEL. We need to remain vigilant and be part of the solution, not part of the problem.

If you were not at the Capitol on February 3rd, you should have been. It was the largest gathering of Sportsmen and Women at the Gold Dome in many decades and they were from all avocations, pursuits, enthusiasts and methods of take.

It was a PROUD Day. 10 degrees, with a common goal. To defeat the anti’s and Support Science Based Wildlife Management and the North American Model of Wildlife Conservation.

Help make sure, no matter what lies ahead that we conquer our enemies. The CTPHA’s involvement and support for the Coloradans for Responsible Wildlife Management has made all of this possible. CRWM is the only Sportsman Organization in the State that has s lobbyist working the Gold Dome and representing common interest and goals, and without it we can not survive. Dig deep inside, whether financially or otherwise to help the cause. Defeating SB 22-031 in the manner in which we did was monumental, but dealing with what is yet to come will be 20 to 30 times the effort and money that will be needed.

Reach out to anyone of the Board Members. Check the websites for more info.

Aim Small, Miss Small,

Dan Gates


SECRETARY REPORT

Hi Everyone! We would like our new members Mike Martinez, Big Timber, MT; David Riley, Hugo, CO; Brian Shellberg, Lamar, CO; Dwayne Frasch, Windsor, CO; Jeremy Weese, Grenville, NM; Allan Nall, Haxton, CO; Skyler Rains, Sharon Springs, KS; Kevin Heyl, Sharon Springs, KS; Dave Fogey, Pierce, CO; Northern Colorado Fur, Wellington, CO; Marvin Cattoor, Craig, CO; Randy Wetherbee, Genoa, CO; John Ball, Hugo, CO; Michael Savage, Windsor, CO; Mike Kelly, Lake George, CO; Jordan DePriest, Rockyford, CO; Bill Yates, Livermore, CO; Christopher Harper, Deerfield, CO; American Hide & Fur, Burns, OR; Travis Black, Wiley, CO; Tom Schmid, Colorado Springs, CO; Dewayne Zimmerman, Craig, CO; Nicholas Hagan, Ft. Collins, CO and Jessie Higgins, Englewood, CO.

Our Sportsmen Banquet is scheduled for April 16th, in Grand Junction, Colorado. Contact Kandy Herrman at 970-379-6024 for more information on how you can help. Don’t wait for somebody else to do it. Step up. It is always a great time.

Chris Jurney is currently working on the Convention this year, which will be held at the Moffat County Fairgrounds, 640 E. Victory Way, Craig, CO 81625. September 1st -4th, 2022, over Labor Day Weekend. Will keep you and the website updated with the most current information. If you have not already ready received a Vendor/Sponsorship Sheet, please let me know and I will send you one. Let’s make this year’s Convention bigger and better!! This is a huge fundraiser for the Association, so please attend and join the fun.

At our Annual Membership Meeting/Convention in Craig, CO over Labor Day Weekend, September 1st – 4th, 2022, we will hold elections for President, NW Director and SE Director. We will also conduct a vote on the Proposed By-Law Amendment. Everyone should have received a hard copy in the mail. Also, we have it on the website if you would like to review. All current reports from the Board Members are on the website.

I would like to remind everyone, please continue signing up New Memberships. This has always been important but 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 on a timely fashion 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


CTPHA-Board-Reports-2-10-22

President’s Report

VICTORY! VICTORY! VICTORY! As short as it might be, celebrating the recent defeat of Colorado Senate Bill 22-031 which would have stopped all harvest of Bobcats and Mountain Lions, we realize that we only pushed the dragon back as it will inevitably attempt its tyrannical attack in the not so distant future.

The 4 to 1 Vote Against the bill was the culmination of an expedited defense that happened in just over 19 days with an all hands on deck approach from 20 plus conservation/hunting ,fishing and trapping organizations that came together for a common goal to not only support Science based Wildlife Management but to also defeat the bully on the conservation block, the Humane Society of the United States.

This is the 4th time in 4 years in Colorado that we have defeated such lunacy. 3 times at the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission and the latest being at the Colorado Legislature. While this shows just how powerful the hunting and angling and trapping community can be, it also shows that the opposition will never be satisfied. They will never be satisfied with the answers or the results. Even if they are victorious on one issue, they will continue to attempt to devour, like a cancer, the North American Model of Wildlife Conservation. The American Conservation Funding Model. Responsible science based Wildlife Management. All forms of hunting, trapping and fishing along with any low hanging fruit regarding domestic or agricultural livestock. All species. All methods of take. All seasons in all States across the country. We realize that this, for the last 10 years is only the beginning and the foreseeable future is only what we can look to address. Wins and losses of the past, are just that. Either we brush ourselves off or clean the dust off of recent trophys but either way every fight is like a new season and we have to maintain success and momentum and finish the game.

As far as the organization itself is concerned the Stock Show Booth was a success and the Fur Auction in February was as well given the current landscape and market conditions. Next on our list is more Gold dome issues. The Partners Conference in Vail in April. The Sportsmen Banquet April 16th in Grand Junction along with monthly Legislative Caucuses and a plethora of other engagements and interactions

Hopefully the Raffle is up and running in March and we preparing for the Convention in Craig over Labor Day Weekend.

Look at the website and/or Facebook for the most up to date information also go to savethehuntcolorado.com which is the Coloradans for Responsible Wildlife Management website to stay up to date on Colorado issues as well.

As always, if you are engaged. up your game. If you are not get into the game.

President Dan Gates


SECRETARY REPORT

Hi Everyone! We would like our new members Josh Ketels, Lamar, CO; Rylee Nelson, Simla, CO; Nicholas Anderson, Monument, CO; Cody Heitschmidt, Florence, CO; Michael McKeever, Larkspur, CO and Brad Ruff, Hanston, KS.

Our Sportsmen Banquet is scheduled for April 16th, in Grand Junction, Colorado. Contact Kandy Herrman at 970-379-6024 for more information on how you can help. Don’t wait for somebody else to do it. Step up. It is always a great time.

Chris Jurney is currently working on the Convention this year, which will be held at the Moffat County Fairgrounds, 640 E. Victory Way, Craig, CO 81625. September 1st -4th, 2022, over Labor Day Weekend. Will keep you and the website updated with the most current information. If you have not already ready received a Vendor/Sponsorship Sheet, please let me know and I will send you one. Let’s make this year’s Convention bigger and better!! This is a huge fundraiser for the Association, so please attend and join the fun.

I would like to remind everyone, please continue signing up New Memberships. This has always been important but 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 on a timely fashion 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


President’s Report

While the reports we submitted last month were not included in this publication you can go to our Website and get the President’s and Secretary reports there.

By the time you read this report we will be deep into the 2022 Legislative Session. On January 12th Senate Bill 22-031 was introduced in Colorado to Ban the Harvest of Mountain Lions, Bobcats and Lynx even though Lynx are fully protected in the State of Colorado and fall under State and Federal Regulations.

This Legislation might have been solved by the time you read this and you might already know the outcome but however it turned out, For or Against us, this will not be the last ATTACK.

This sort of Legislation shows the lunacy of the Animal Rights culture and just how demented their agenda is in trying to Stop all forms of harvest no matter what species or method of take or season structure or management objective.

They will continue to assault, degrade and erode the North American Model of Wildlife Conservation and Responsible Wildlife Management. They do not care about the public trust doctrine. You and I are part of the public trust, but they think it only applies to them. You and I are stake holders through the American Conservation Funding Model. They want you and I to pay for it and then they demand that we should not be able to pursue, harvest, utilize and manage it.

This is not a Colorado problem. It is not a National problem. It is a Worldwide problem where they despise us as a culture. Their Agenda is to impose their morals, beliefs and values on not just Sportsmen and Women and Hunters and Anglers but on every part of society that does not conform to their wishes, wants, desires and beliefs.

As far as they are concerned we should not be able to have Bacon and Eggs. Eat a Burger, a real Burger. Have a Goose down Coat. Wear a Wool Vest. Have Leather Shoes or a Belt. Hunt or Fish. Have a Dog. Ride a Horse. Utilize Fur. Make Life Saving Drugs. Manage our Habitat and Eco Systems. Or anything else that comes up that they consider to be taboo.

It will not STOP. They are like a Cancer themselves.

WE EITHER FIGHT, QUIT, OR DISAPPEAR. SOUNDS LIKE A RANT BUT IT IS THE TRUTH.

Our Banquet is scheduled for April 16th, in Grand Junction, Colorado. Contact Kandy Herrman at 970-379-6024 for more information on how you can help. Don’t wait for somebody else to do it. Step up.

Our Fur Auction and Stock Show, Board and Business Meetings where successfully conducted in January and February. Once again go to the Website for the newest updates.

Our Convention this year will be in Craig, Colorado over Labor Day Weekend. Contact Chris Jurney, Vice-President at 970-620-1454 about Vendors, Sponsorship’s and possibly doing a demo.

Reach out to any of our Board Members or myself about engagement and helping with the cause. I have said it before and will continue to say it again it’s up to you if we Win or Loose.

Do what you can, with what you have, where you are. (Teddy Roosevelt)

Dan Gates, President

SECRETARY REPORT

Hi Everyone! Happy New Year and hope 2022 will be a great year for you and your family. We would like our new members Boyd Herrmann, Delta, CO; Michael Garnett, Evergreen, CO; Brandon Harvey, Crawford, NE and Virgil Houle, Buena Vista, CO.

Chris Jurney is currently working on the Convention this year, which will be held at the Moffat County Fairgrounds, 640 E. Victory Way, Craig, CO 81625. September 1st -4th, 2022, over Labor Day Weekend. Will keep you and the website updated with the most current information. Always looking to make it bigger and better! This is a huge fundraiser for the Association so please attend and join the fun. I would like to remind everyone, please continue signing up New Memberships. This has always been important but 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 on a timely fashion 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

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