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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

QUESTION. Please explain the new law regarding a taxidermist’s requirement to record DNR carcass identification numbers (tag/harvest authorization numbers).

ANSWER. In March 2016, Wisconsin 2015 Act 89 took effect, which created this new requirement in law. If interested, the specific legal language can be viewed in Wisconsin State Statute 29.506(1)(am) & 29.506(5)(c). In short, this law change liberalized most user-harvest measures (durable unique carcass tags, etc.) but included a modified taxidermist record keeping requirement to maintain harvest integrity. Since March 2016, there have been additional significant changes to the laws related to fish & game, which have also impacted this change. During my presentation at the February 2018 WTA convention I provided an update on what the changes meant as of that date. As of the time of this writing, here are the legal requirements for licensed taxidermists to be aware of and follow regarding this specific issue;

  • If a carcass arrives with a DNR carcass tag and/or registration number, that should be recorded as part of the customer record. On the contrary, if no DNR carcass tags and/or registration numbers accompany the carcass, there is no requirement by the taxidermist to record them. (Since there are no longer deer or turkey tags, taxidermists should not expect to see many deer or turkey harvested in Wisconsin with a tag or registration number attached.)
  • If a carcass arrives that is required by law to be tagged (bobcat, fisher, otter, bear, etc.), that number is required to be recorded on the customer record.

As it relates to this topic, taxidermists are not expected to act as agents for the Department of Natural Resources. However, to minimize any risks of unintentional law violations, taxidermists should consider their own precautions on taking in carcasses and implement best business/ management practices when they are unsure of hunters’ tagging requirements, etc.

QUESTION. Please clarify the law and requirements regarding people who harvest bobcat, fisher or otter and the registration procedure.

ANSWER. In the Trapping Regulations, under “Possession Restrictions,” it states in part, “You may not transfer to another, give, trade, sell or purchase a raw pelt or unskinned carcass of any bobcat, fisher or otter without a registration tag being attached and locked to the head portion of the pelt by the department.” This language comes directly from Administrative Code NR 10.085 (6)(c). Additionally, in the “Registration” section it states in part, “Before registering a pelt at a designated DNR registration station, you must skin the animal and separate the pelt from the carcass. Skinning/pelt separation does not need to be completed before registration for specimens going to a taxidermist.” There is not an exemption in law or administrative code that exists which exempts taxidermists from the possession restriction. What that means is a taxidermist does not have authority to possess a bobcat, fisher or otter without the carcass already registered by the Department. While the regulations indicate the request from the Department to have the animal skinned out before registration, that is not a legal requirement when it comes to the registration process. I am aware there are wardens who have directed harvesters to take the animal to a taxidermist first before registration, and I am working internally to provide clarification and correction on this. While I understand the occasional inconvenience to the successful harvester, the Department is bound by the federal requirements of the CITES tagging process.

QUESTION. I am a taxidermist and also a hunter of waterfowl. At times, I may be in possession of personally harvested birds that are in the process of being mounted when the next open waterfowl hunting season opens. Can I legally go back out and harvest waterfowl if the taxidermy process has started on the birds from the previous season or would I be in violation of possession limits?

ANSWER. Based on federal laws/rules, until the taxidermy is finished it would remain part of the harvester’s daily bag/possession limit.

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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