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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.


2018 WTA/WIDNR Question and Answer Follow-Up

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;

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Wisconsin Taxidermist Regulations Update

Click on 2017 Taxidermy Regulations for the most recent updated version of the taxidermy regulations. With the recent bills just signed by the Governor this past weekend, there may be some changes to the bullet point specific to Woodchucks on page two, but I don’t think the change will cause much confusion on the taxidermy side of things.

One of the most important items to be aware of related to recent changes is bullet point #6 on the first page - regarding the requirement for taxidermists to record (on their customer receipts) DNR carcass identification numbers (tag/harvest authorization numbers) on items they take in that have these; such as deer, bear, etc. This was in effect last year as well but I have found it may not have been widely known.

New Vehicle-Killed Wild Animal Permit Process

This article is provided to information on the new vehicle-killed wild animal permit process.

As you may already know, the state has changes the process for the public to get a Vehicle-Killed Wild Animal Permit when a local law enforcement agency wasn’t on scene or couldn’t respond to tag the animal. Based on the transition to tele-check registration and elimination of registration stations, the DNR now has an interim system to fill this void for the public and law enforcement agencies.

Starting on April 1, 2015 the Hotline Dispatchers in the Madison call center will have the ability to authorize car-kill deer, turkey and bear permits over the phone. Citizens who are requesting a permit can call the DNR non-emergency dispatch line at 608-267-7691. The line is staffed from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. Calls received after hours will route to a voicemail and the authorization and when applicable a permit will be issued the next morning.

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2015 Wisconsin Act 248 - Relating to: the sale, purchase, or possession of wild game bird feathers.

This Act creates additional exemptions to the general prohibition on the sale of wild animal parts. Individuals may now purchase/sell/etc:

  • The feathers of a lawfully taken grouse, partridge, pheasant, quail, or wild turkey
  • The naturally shed feathers of a grouse (non-Endangered or Threatened species or sharp-tailed), partridge, pheasant, quail, or wild turkey
  • The naturally shed feathers of a sharp-tail grouse collected from an area where there is an open season for hunting sharp-tailed grouse

From the DNR LE perspective, it is now lawful to sell an array of game bird feathers found naturally shed, or from lawfully taken animals.

The Buying and Selling of Bear Skins In Wisconsin

In early October, I read with interest a discussion that appeared on the Taxidermy Forums.

I am assuming that this was a Wisconsin taxidermist trying to sell a Wisconsin black bear life-size skin without the skull. Jim Kimball, a Wisconsin Taxidermist Association (WTA) member informed the taxidermist that this was illegal to sell in Wisconsin without the skull attached. I read with interest as other taxidermists, some from Wisconsin, tried to inform Kimball that he was wrong and that this person could legally sell the skin without the skull. Well, Kimball was correct in his assessment and I will explain.

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Online Videos

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