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    Stevens Point, WI
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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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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

Hey Fellow Members,

Wasn't that a dragged out winter / spring combination? The spring turkey hunt was about two weeks behind and opening day of fishing found anglers looking for soft water rather than the hard variety. Here we are now full swing into summer and I dare to say it's almost too hot. It's going to be a fast summer, I feel like we've lost a month which in turn means the August Rendezvous will be right around the corner.

Be sure to book your rooms early for the Rendezvous, the Insight has hotel and booking information. Rooms will fill up fast with vacationers. This year's schedule is a little different from past Rendezvous', we are trying to streamline it to get everything accomplished by the end of Saturday, that means Sunday you are free to leave or go sightseeing.

If you never attended the Rendezvous, I encourage you to come on out. The mini competition is open to all animals, bring a display piece from your shop, get a critique and who knows you might get a ribbon. It's a very laid-back and casual competition if you're just starting out, this is a good one to get into. After all, we are all here to learn.

Start the weekend with some sporting clays or trap shooting or catch a mid-morning seminar. Also, you can take a ride downtown to see the museum and the farmers market — always something going on in Door County. New this year, 3-D archery targets will be set up for you archery enthusiasts. To cap it all off, Saturday night we will be having a good old fashion pig roast with all the trimmings. So make plans to attend the Rendezvous, August 10th and 11th at the Door County Rod and Gun Club in Sturgeon Bay.

Don't forget to book your rooms for the Wisconsin State Taxidermy Championships on February 22nd through 25th in Stevens Point, Room Block Code is WIT. That's it for now hope to see you all in August, remember take a kid fishing.

Watch your bobber
Troy

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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