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General Requirements for Individual Members

  • A desire to use the CRTA grounds for the exercising and/or training of their retrievers, or a desire to use the CRTA Goose Lake grounds for the exercising and/or training of their NAVHDA-registered versatile hunting dogs.

  • Member in good standing of a club or association that has joined the CRTA as a Member club.<Click here for List of Member Clubs>

  • Good Sportsman.

  • Good Character.

  • No recent occasion of abuse of a dog or abuse of grounds.

  • Not under suspension or disbarment by AKC, UKC, HRC, NAHRA, NAVHDA, or a professional trainers' association.

Individual Membership Categories and Fees

  • All fees are for an annual period that ends on December 31 except as noted.

  • The Regular Membership category is for individuals who are "amateurs" as defined by AKC. Spouse Members have all the rights and privileges of a Regular Member.
    Regular Membership: $550 ($440 if starting April 1 or later).
    Spouse Membership: $190.

  • The Professional Membership category is for individuals who are professional trainers. Professional membership also includes one professional assistant when training with the member.
    Professional Membership: $1100.

  • Trainers of the Versatile Hunting Dog breeds who are members of NAVHDA and a Member Club of CRTA are eligible to apply for a membership to use the CRTA Goose Lake grounds as either Regular or Professional members.

  • The Goose Lake Snowbird category is for out-of-state individuals training primarily at Goose Lake; such trainers must have a Goose Lake Snowbird membership (not a Regular or Professional membership) unless special arrangements have been made. The Goose Lake Snowbird membership includes member's professional assistant or spouse - as applicable - when training with the member.
    Goose Lake Snowbird membership: $350 per month for both professional and amateur categories.

  • Applicants for a Regular Membership who are joining CRTA for the first time may have their initial year's membership fee prorated. See application form for details.

Number of Professional Members

  • A maximum of three professional memberships are available for trainers whose primary training use of CRTA grounds takes place on the Denverton and Grizzly Ranch grounds. Up to one of these may be used by a member who is camping full-time on the grounds. Waiting lists are maintained.

  • The above limits do not apply to professional trainers who will primarily use the Goose Lake grounds.

Membership Camping

  • All fees are for an annual period that ends on December 31 except as noted.

  • Dry camping is available on both the Goose Lake and Denverton grounds. CRTA members may purchase pre-paid camping or pay a nightly fee.
    Nightly camping: $25 per night.
    Regular Pre-paid Camping: $150.

  • Trailers parked in the Denverton campground must be occupied each night unless member has Special Pre-paid Camping (limited to 10 campers - a waiting list is maintained).
    Special Pre-paid Camping: $400.

How to Join

  • Print forms below and follow instructions on forms.

  • Click here for a 2020 CRTA Membership application form.

  • Click here for landowner's Hold Harmless agreement (required with every membership application).

  • Click here for the agreement required for Special Pre-paid Camping.

  • Click here for the proof-of-insurance requirements for Professional Memberships.


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