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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

We are once again planning a "hands on" Whitetail Seminar for the Wisconsin Taxidermists Association Championships in February 2018. This will be a four hour seminar scheduled for Friday afternoon, February 23rd.

So, here’s the deal: We have three famous whitetail guys for instructors, Mike Yeska, Mark Gonnering and Clint Rickey. Each instructor will have three seminar participants, for a total of nine openings for people that want to learn "hands on". The WTA, with the help of some generous donations from our suppliers, will provide nine participants with a whitetail form, eyes, earliners and clay. Each participant will set eyes and ears on their form with guidance from the instructors. At the end of the seminar, the work will be theirs to take home for future reference. All that is needed is your own mounting stand. The cost of to be a "hands on" participant, will be $60. So, in typical taxidermy fashion, your gettin' a heckuva deal. For $60 bucks you get to spend four hours with a famous whitetail taxidermist, and roughly $75 worth of supplies to call your own and take home with you. This seminar is, of course, open for everybody to watch, but only nine to be the "hands on" people.

If you are interested in being one of the nine, you must . . . Call Ron Grams (715-766-3300) to be registered ONLY THE FIRST NINE! No exceptions! You must also get your check, made to the WTA, to Ron Grams to be guaranteed a spot.

This valuable seminar will be held from 1pm - 5pm on Friday, February 23, 2018, at the Wisconsin State Taxidermy Championships in Stevens Point.

Our generous donors include Matuska Taxidermy Supply, Ohio Supply, Payer Eyes, and Aves Studio. Please take a moment that weekend, visit their booths, thank them and support them by buying some supplies from them!

And — just for your information — as we look forward to the show, Mike Nakielski has agreed to doing an open wing mounting seminar, with detached wings. That will be Thursday afternoon, as we begin the show and registration is taking place. Hopefully, he can teach one of us how to " out Nakielski " him and win that state waterfowl championship. On Friday morning, we have the WIDNR coming back to talk about regulations and record keeping. We will also be having each judge doing their own seminars as well.

I just want to take a minute to put something out there for everyone reading this. With today's technology, you can pick up taxidermy tips every where on social media and that makes it easy to not come to the shows anymore. However, actually attending these seminars, in person, is such a value not only for the info, but, for the interaction with one another. As taxidermists, we are rare. As good taxidermists, even more rare. We get better at what we do by meeting twice a year with like minded people, and sharing ideas and techniques. I suggest coming to the shows and learning and meeting good people, in spite of the free, convenient information on your computers. I highly doubt you'll regret taking the time to join us.

Get moving and get your spot reserved.

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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