The National Western Stock Show brings to town some really amazing vendors with interesting things they feature and sell. Each year, a very popular association proudly joins the booths.
The National Western Stock Show brings to town some really amazing vendors with interesting things they feature and sell. Each year, a very popular association proudly joins the booths. “The Colorado Trappers Association has been here for 20 years,” says Jerry, a seamstress working at the booth. Their specialty is taxidermy, the art of preparing, stuffing, and mounting the skins of animals with lifelike effect and pelt making.
Hunting and trapping are a big part of the history of the people that have attended the Stock Show since the Stock show began. A big part of hunting and fishing, includes the making of hats, vests, jackets, mounts, scarves, gloves and blankets – all from animal pelts. Clifford Critter Creations are members of the Colorado Trappers Association and help to work at the booth. The Association auctions and sells animal pelts and pelts from around the world to Cliffords Critter Creations and other companies that use the furs to make and sell products.
Not only do the American Trappers Association members trap and auction off Colorado native pelts, but they also handle species not found in Colorado. For example, at the Stock Show, they were featuring an arctic wolf pelt. The arctic wolf pelt is not from Colorado. The Association had bid on and won the pelt in an auction from out of the area. Now the pelt is being used for educational purposes.
Another important part of what the Association does is that they contributes to wildlife management that helps control wildlife overpopulation. They do this through their controlled trapping and hunting. Not only are they helping control wildlife populations, they are helping to maintain a large part of the Coloradoan and western heritage as the pelts are made into so many things from teddy bears to coyote bedspreads, just like in the days of the early Colorado settlers. Each pelt is unique and has its own story to tell. For more information, check out the Stock Show or go to www.nationalwestern.com.