Best of Show


WI State Taxidermist Competition

Taxidermists from around the state compete in different categories to be state champion. Feb 27-Mar 1, 2020 in Steven's Point, WI.


A fall competition and member meeting. August 9th to August 11th, 2019. in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin.


When handling deer from CWD testing areas:

  • Wear rubber, latex, or other suitable gloves when caping or skinning out deer, and when cleaning the skull for an antler or European skull mount. You may also feel inclined to wear safety glasses, rubber boots, and a protective garment in your work area while caping or skinning a deer to help prevent body tissue particles from getting on your clothing and to help prevent spreading particles outside your work area.
  • When taking in a deer that has not already been skinned out for processing, be sure to handle the hide and carcass as if it were your own. Ask if the deer is to be tested for CWD, as the customer has only three days from harvesting their deer to get the head back to the collection or registration station for testing. The deer head must be kept cold (do not freeze) while in your possession and it is recommended that you cape out the deer as soon as possible so the customer can return his deer head back to the collection or registration station.
  • If the deer needs skinning, hang the deer upside down and skin all the way down to the atlas (base of skull). Do not cut off the head by the atlas, as this is where the sample is to be removed for testing. Cut instead about 4-6” back of the head on the neck. Inform your customer not to save any meat from the general area of where you made your cut on the neck and you could also put a plastic bag around the cut end of the carcass. It is recommended that you change and sterilize each saw blade and knife on each deer you have to skin out and cut off the head.
  • Use a hand bone saw when cutting off the head or antlers from the skull, as an electric saw could spread body tissue particles throughout your work area.
  • Cutting of the skullcap through the eye orbits (this procedure has been done for years) could spread eye fluid around your work area. Cut in-between the eye orbit and antler burr to remove the antlers.
  • Minimize handling of the brain, spinal tissue, eyes and lymph nodes. Dispose of the brain, skull, eyes, bones and excess hide in a plastic garbage bag and take to a legal landfill. Normal garbage pickup goes to a legal landfill. Return the head to the customer if it is to be tested. Do not dispose of the deer parts or carcass in the woods, as it is unknown if CWD can be transmitted back into the environment or deer.
  • Thoroughly clean and sanitize your equipment and work area used to skin and cape deer daily. Use a mixture of household bleach and water (50/50). Wipe down counters with the 50/50 mixture and let dry.
  • Do not use household knives or utensils. Keep separate knives and tools for taxidermy purposes only.
  • The skullcap can also be boiled to clean, but would take 1800 degrees Fahrenheit to get rid of the CWD abnormal prions. You can also disinfect the skullcap by soaking in the 50/50 bleach and water mixture.
  • Keep pets out of your work area as they could spread particles throughout your shop area or home.

Online Videos

Many seminars and other videos in the library are now available online.

  1. Send Alan Kitzhaber and email at with the video title.
  2. Al will email you a link.
  3. Click on the link and then press the play button.
  4. Now, give it a try!

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