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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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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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    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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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

This article is provided to information on the new vehicle-killed wild animal permit process.

As you may already know, the state has changes the process for the public to get a Vehicle-Killed Wild Animal Permit when a local law enforcement agency wasn’t on scene or couldn’t respond to tag the animal. Based on the transition to tele-check registration and elimination of registration stations, the DNR now has an interim system to fill this void for the public and law enforcement agencies.

Starting on April 1, 2015 the Hotline Dispatchers in the Madison call center will have the ability to authorize car-kill deer, turkey and bear permits over the phone. Citizens who are requesting a permit can call the DNR non-emergency dispatch line at 608-267-7691. The line is staffed from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. Calls received after hours will route to a voicemail and the authorization and when applicable a permit will be issued the next morning.

The Hotline staff will only issue the permits for turkey and bear through a computer-generated system and mail or email the permit to the customer. The permit number will serve as an ‘authorization number’ which will allow the customer to be in possession of the carcass until the permit arrives or until they print it. For deer the Hotline staff will only document the individual’s information provided at the time the authorization is requested and no physical permit will be issued. If a Taxidermist would like to verify if a deer was authorized or if a permit was issued, they can call the non-emergency dispatch line above and speak with a dispatcher who can look it up in system.

Q: Are all vehicle-kill tags going to be issued over the phone, or can the county sheriffs still issue tags?
A: Law enforcement agencies on scene to complete vehicle crash reports will continue to issue vehicle-kill tags as they have in the past. This alternative system is in place to reduce the need for an officer to respond for the sole purpose of tagging an animal.

Q: Have the sheriff departments been notified of these changes?
A: Yes, an email was sent last week informing all county sheriffs of the new phone-in procedures.

Q: When will registration stations officially close?
A: The Bureau of Wildlife Management is currently working to close a majority of the stations across the state because of the transition to tele-check registration. For the purpose of vehicle-kill animal registration, please begin using the phone-in method right away.

Q: Does this change any of the car-kill deer pickup procedures?
A: The phone-in vehicle-killed animal permit process will not affect the car-kill deer pickup procedures. Please continue to refer customer to the local sheriff as you have in the past. We will keep you up to date with any changes to the budget and how it may affect car kill deer pickup in the future.


If you have any questions please contact Kevin Barman for more information 608-381-9428.

By Conservation Warden John Welke-Wisconsin Taxidermy Liaison

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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