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    February 20-23, 2020
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harmonica pete

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 20-23th, 2020 in Steven's Point, WI.

 
Rendezvous

A fall competition and member meeting. August 9th to August 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

Bull Trout

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 available to them. One of the biggest problems in fish mounts is poor anatomy. A good fish mount should look fleshy and "squishy", not shriveled and lumpy. Here are some questions to consider when looking at a fish mount:

Anatomy:

Is the body symmetrical?
Are fins centered on body?
Is the head cleanly joined to the body in a smooth line?
Are the cheeks smooth and flat, or overstuffed?
Is the body smooth and streamlined or is it lumpy?
Are the scales flat and smooth or are they lifted?

Shrinkage:

Are the fin bases and the base of the tail smooth or shriveled?
Have the head and the throat been rebuilt to look fleshy?
Paint Job: Does the fish look real or painted?
Are the colors and markings correct for the species?
Is the gloss applied evenly or are there sags and runs?

Eyes:

How good is the quality of the eyes?
Are there one or two? Are they symmetrical?
Using a live fish photo, are the eyes set correctly?
Fins:
Do the fins look real and fleshy or dried up and brittle?
Do the fins seem durable?
How effective are fin repairs?

Grease Bleeding:

How was the fish tanned?
How does the taxidermist deal with a trout head?
(artificial heads eliminate grease problems)

Finishing:

Does the back of the fish look smooth and neat?
Is the fish firmly attached to the wood?
Is the hanger firmly attached to the fish?

Fish taxidermy involves many steps and is a time consuming process. Drying time is especially lengthy, particularly with large fish. If epoxy work and painting is done before fish is completely dry, the end result is buckling, lifting of scales and/or cracking of the skin. Be cautious if the “turn around” time quoted seems unusually short.

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Avian Challenge 2020

The 2020 Avian Challenge is a Wood Duck chosen by the 2019 winner, Tom Stuck. Winner will be chosen on anatomy and craftsmanship based on a supplied reference photo.

Avian Challenge 2020 - Standing Wood Duck

Avian Challenge 2019

The 2019 Avian Challenge was a Mallard picture chosen by the 2018 winner, Tim Cooley. Winner will be chosen on anatomy and craftsmanship based on a supplied reference photo.

Avian Challenge 2019 - Standing Mallard Avian Challenge 2019 Winner - Tom Stuck