Where To Stay

Holiday Inn & Convention Center
1001 Amber Ave.
Stevens Point, WI 54482
P: (715) 344-0200
Discount Deadline
January 25th, 2018
Group Block Code: DKU
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WI State Taxidermist Competition

Taxidermists from around the state compete in different categories to be state champion. Feb 21-24th, 2019 in Steven's Point, WI.


A summer competition and member meeting. 2019 will be located in North West Wisconsin. Dates to be determined.


General Information



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.

Show Set Up Begins
Thu Feb 22 @ 2:00PM -

Registration Open
Thu Feb 22 @ 4:00PM - 08:00PM
Spruce Room
Judges Seminar
Thu Feb 22 @ 5:00PM - 05:30PM

Bird Seminar
Thu Feb 22 @ 5:00PM - 07:00PM

Mike Nakielski
Judging Resumes
Fri Feb 23 @ 7:30AM -

Q&A with WIDNR
Fri Feb 23 @ 8:00AM - 10:00AM

Andrew Lundin

Show Contacts


Eric & Jennifer Nokes


Lori Gonnering


Ryan & Stefani Berra
Home: 608.452.2131
Shop: 608.790.0554


Ron Grams
Jeff Specht

Avian Challenge

The 2018 Avian Challenge is a Wood Duck picture chosen by the 2017 winner, Ryan Berra. Winner will be chosen on anatomy and craftsmanship based on a supplied reference photo.

Avian Challenge 2017 - Ruffed Grouse

Rules Updates

  • Pre-Registration Deadline moved up a week
  • Registration for mounts on Thursday only
  • Accepting Pre-Registered Mounts Friday from 10-11am.
  • Non Resident Mounts released prior to meeting
Competition Rules

President's Challenge

Species are chosen by the President.

2018 Challenge
Cottontail Rabbit
President's Challenge 2017 Winner


  • Thursday
  • Friday
  • Saturday

5-7PM Whitetail Seminar
Over the years, Matt has become one of our winningest competitors and has been consistently bringing blue ribbon deer in the Masters Division. Mount a deer and you will draw a crowd, come early and learn from another one of our WTA masters.

1-3PM Fish Seminar
Fish Seminar with Jeff Mourning, our fish judge again this year, will carve a fish body and attach a cast head and fins. There will be an emphasis on correct anatomy. It is not just a paint job that makes an impressive fish mount!

3-5PM Bird Seminar
When we put the seminars together, it's always a goal to find something new and ground breaking. Well, this one isn't it... Sometimes we need something basic for newer taxidermists, so Ron will be skinning, wire wheeling and cleaning a duck, to get it ready to mount.

3-5PM Game Head Related Seminar
Large antlered game heads pose difficulty in moving them around, whether in your shop or to your customer's house. Learn, from Jeff, how to make these antlers detachable, and make life easier.

8-10AM Bird Seminar
Korey Alleman, our bird judge will be mounting a pintail. He will be discussing anatomy and proper wiring for an accurate and sturdy mount. Join this world class competitor and judge, to improve your duck mounts.

1-3PM Mammal Seminar
Greg is going to concentrate on ear anatomy. We will have a canine and feline head, with reference materials, earliners and clay to set the ears. Maybe, if we have time, we can set eyes as well. we will try to have these for an auction item, later, when the expert gets them finished. We will try to have these for an auction item, later, when the expert gets them finished — stay tuned.

3-5PM Whitetail Seminar
Vincent will be bringing a lot of whitetail reference materials and will show us how they all apply to our deer manikin. Once again, we are lucky to have a World title holder to help improve our Whitetail mounts.


Lance Van Dusen
Korey Alleman
Cole Cruickshank
Vincent Fleming


Fatheree Mounting Stands

H & H Fur Dressing

Jeff Frederick

Jerry's Skull Cleaning

Matuska Supply

McKenzie Taxidermy Supply


Northern Pines Rugs

PRO-1 Performance Chemical

Rinehart Taxidermy, Inc.

Taxidermy Direct, LLC

Trophy Room Woodshop

Walnut Creek Hardwood

Wildlife Gallery