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WI State Taxidermist Competition

Taxidermists from around the state compete in different categories to be state champion. Feb 22-25st, 2018 in Steven's Point, WI.


A summer competition and member meeting. August 10-12th, 2018 at the Door County Rod & Gun Club and AmericInn in Sturgeon Bay, WI.


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.

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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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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Heads and Skins: The Changing of Wisconsin State Statute 29.347(3)

Back in August of 2001, Brian Olson and I volunteered to be on the WTA’s Legislative Committee in Prairie du Chien. One of the issues that was brought up at that August meeting was Wisconsin State Statute 29.347(3), HEADS and SKINS. This state statute was outdated and unfair to many taxidermists here in Wisconsin. Members of the WTA have been asking for years to get this statute changed and updated to apply to present taxidermy practices. When Brian and I took on this project, we did not know the legislative process for changing a state statute but we learned as we went along. We did realize right away that this would be a slow process.

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Online Videos

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

  1. Send Alan Kitzhaber and email at alkitzhaber@msn.comwith 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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