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    Stevens Point, WI
    Holiday Inn Convention Center
    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

General Information

AWARDS BANQUET:

Saturday


Social Hour: 6:00 p.m.
Banquet: 7:00 p.m.
Tickets: $37 per Adult, Children (12-16) $20, under age 11 $10.
No Tickets will be sold after Friday

SEMINARS: Seminars will be held at the Holiday Inn. Members are required to wear a current WTA Membership Card when attending ALL WTA sponsored events.

MEMBERSHIP DUES: Dues for 2018 must be paid in order to receive the discounted members price. Dues must be received by Thursday, 2/8/2018

GENERAL MEETING: Be informed and attend the Wisconsin Taxidermists Association’s Annual General Meeting on Sunday.

RAFFLE: Social on Friday & at the General Meeting on Sunday. You must be present to win.

Competition Information

PRE-REGISTRATION: Please make every effort to pre-register your mounts & also save money on registration costs. Download and print a pre-registration form or find it in the back of the winter issue of the Insight. The deadline is Thursday, 2/8/2018.

Member’s entry forms postmarked after the deadline will have to register Thursday at the Deer Classic.

Mail Checks (payable to: Wisconsin Taxidermy Association) to:

Lori Gonnering
E8789 County Rd T
New London, WI 54961

REGISTRATION: Look for signs when you enter the Holiday Inn.

  • Registration table will be located in the Spruce Room.
  • Grooming Area will be located in the South Concourse.
  • Professional Photo will be taken in the Commons.
A member of the Competition Committee will help you place or hang your entry in the main show area in order to avoid potential damage. Competitors will not be allowed in the competition area until after judging is complete.

Registration closes at 8:00 p.m. Thursday. Be prompt and courteous because there will be no exceptions to this rule.

CRITIQUES: Time will be set aside for critiques after the judging is completed. Sign up sheets will be available at the WTA booth near the entrance of the competition area beginning Thursday.

If you have questions when completing your form, please call
Ryan and Stefani Berra
Home 608.452.2131
Shop 608.790.0554.

Join the WTA

Become part of the Wisconsin Taxidermist Association family.

Membership includes:

  • Membership Card
  • Quarterly Newsletter
  • Special Vendor Pricing at Events
  • Free Seminars
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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