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    February 21-24, 2018
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Birds can be one of the toughest mounts to recreate. The best way to understand a good bird mount is to look at a real bird or photos of live birds and compare...

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USFWS Mountain Prairie

Fish taxidermy has come a long way in the last decade or so. However, not all taxidermists are familiar with these advances, nor use the reference materials so readily...

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Whether a full body or a shoulder mount, mammal taxidermy starts with good fleshing and tanning. Improper fleshing results in shrinkage and poor detail work...

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  • Field Care +

    Good taxidermy begins with good field care. Without a good specimen, there are problems before the work even begins. The skin begins to decay immediately upon death, so take care of your specimen as soon as possible. Keeping it cold slows this breakdown; freezing stops it. Always freeze specimens sealed in an airtight plastic bag to avoid damage by freezer burn. Fish Once landed, don't Read More
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    Dust your mounts frequently with a feather or fleece duster in the direction of the hair, fur or feathers. Don't be afraid to groom mammal mounts - hair often gets mussed up moving them. Smooth fur with fingers or with a dog brush. Eyes and noses may be kept clean with window cleaner and a Q-tip. Fish should be wiped with a damp rag. Occasional cleaning Read More
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Happenings

WI State Taxidermist Competition

Taxidermists from around the state compete in different categories to be state champion. Feb 21-24th, 2019 in Steven's Point, WI.

 
Rendezvous

A fall competition and member meeting. Agust 9th to Agust 11th, 2019 in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin.

 

Welcome to the Wisconsin Taxidermy Association website. Our goal here at the WTA Is to provide our members with the best cutting edge training and techniques in the art of taxidermy. If you are looking for a taxidermist this website is your resource to some of the best taxidermists in the country. You will also find information on proper field care for your specimens. Whether you're looking for a taxidermist or you're looking to become a better taxidermist this website has it all. I truly believe we are one of the top taxidermy associations in the country. Feel free to browse the website and take a look at what it has to offer. If you're considering becoming a member and have any questions feel free to contact me.

Troy Piotrowski
President 2017-2019

The Avian Challenge is open to any level of taxidermist. The WTA strongly encourages newcomers, as this is a great way to learn.

Awards:

  • The bird judge will choose a 1st, 2nd & 3rd place winner.
  • A trophy will be awarded to the first place winner and a portion of the Avian Challenge fees will be pooled and split 50-25-25 for three winners

Rules

  1. Entry must be of the chosen species of bird and match the pose depicted in supplied reference photo.
  2. Entry must be mounted on an oak round or oval base without habitat.
  3. All competitors must be present at the judging seminar on Saturday.
  4. Mounts must be registered on Thursday with the other mounts.
  5. Competitors may choose to bring his or her mount, freshly mounted or completely dry. With a wet bird, and if the competitor so chooses, he may ask for help from one of our qualified taxidermists after judging is complete. From there they can address the problem areas.

Judging:

  • Judging of all entries in this category will be deferred to Saturday during an open forum.
  • The judging is done live and takes place in an open forum.
  • Entrants are given reserved seats.
  • Entrant names are withheld from judges.
  • No score sheets are used for the judging process.
  • A question and answer is provided after judging.
  • The reference picture is projected onto a screen for better viewing and judging.

Each entry will be judged on:

  • Anatomical Accuracy
  • Correctness of Feather Patterns
  • Species Shape
  • Craftsmanship
Avian Challenge 2018 - Wood Duck

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Avian Challenge

The 2018 Avian Challenge is a Wood Duck picture chosen by the 2017 winner, Ryan Berra. Winner will be chosen on anatomy and craftsmanship based on a supplied reference photo.

Avian Challenge 2017 - Ruffed Grouse