Every year, National Western Stock Show provides room for venders, contests, shows, private events and even area for little children.
Every year, National Western Stock Show provides room for venders, contests, shows, private events and even area for little children. Bruce Bartow, volunteer of the Colorado Trappers, shows how trappers like him do their jobs. Not only do they trap animals but even hunt as well, for animals too big for traps, such as bears and elk. Cage traps, commonly used for smaller animals, use bait to lure them in, and automatically closes the door behind them. After capturing the animals, the trappers send the animal to the tannery. The tanners take out the bones and meat, and then send the skin back to the trappers, after cutting appropriate pieces.
Every trapper checks their trap on a regular basis. In order to hunt or trap animals, trappers and hunters must renew their license each year. Trappers and Hunters are only allowed to trap or hunt an animal in a certain time of the year.
Spring and summer seasons are the time to let the animals breed and grow. Fall and winter seasons are the time for trapping and hunting because their fur is long and prime, making it perfect when caught in snow or harsh winter storms. All customers choose what they buy depending on feel and look, which is why trappers prefer catching during fall and winter. Customers tend to care more about what the fur looks like rather than what type of animal he or she is wearing.
The fur can be made into hats, gloves, coats, vests, and many other items. Trappers and hunters will go where an animal their looking for is likely to be. Some animals are illegal to hunt or trap, often because they're endangered, such as wolves. Trappers and hunters not only like to trap/hunt animals, but also like to watch and raise animals. Therefore, trapping, hunting, and turning the skin into various items is a long and tedious process.