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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.


Fall 2018 Vice President's Message

Dear Fellow Members,

I trust this finds you all well and gearing up for a busy Autumn Season. This year’s Rendezvous was spectacular. Mike and Lori Orthober knocked it out of the park once again. Thank you also to the many members, wives, and kids that lent a hand to make for a huge success. The shooting sports were great and the weather was gorgeous. The Saturday BBQ was a special treat. The museum tour and aviary presentation truly rewarding. Wow! The competition was a great opportunity to walk away with some additional learning and perhaps a ribbon or two. It is a great venue to afford additional opportunity for some extra shop ribbons. You don’t know what you’re missing if you haven’t been. Next year will bring new experiences as we move to the Chippewa Falls and Eau Claire area. I very much encourage participation for next year’s Rendezvous in Leinenkugel Country.

This writing brings with it best wishes and good luck for the Autumn hunting seasons in addition to any late season fishing. Might I remind all to get on the DNR site for those special tags; Spring Turkey, Bear, Trapping, Sturgeon Spearing, and whatever other tags you may have interest. Be safe afield and do take a child or two with you.

I want to thank all the special committee members’ involvement. Thanks everyone on the board for your efforts to keep the WTA a huge success. Don’t hesitate to recommend membership to other taxidermists near you. You can surely promote the many benefits of membership including; education, tips, mentoring, artistic expertise, camaraderie, supply savings and discounts, competition, and professional involvement in your business. Do call or volunteer if you have a special talent or interest in getting involved and helping out on one of the committees or activities. Time is sneaking up for the Annual February State Championships. I hope you’re carving a little time to get working on those entries. Make a point to get your rooms reserved early once again in Stevens Point. Happy times afield!

Keeping the Tradition Alive,
Joe McGrath

Summer 2018 Vice Presidents Message

Dear Fellow Members,

Holy Cow! Spring, no turkey, behind in my work . . . and, all I want to do is go fishing, boating, visit our new first Granddaughter, golfing, brewing my favorite ale, yard work, and general soaking up the rays!! Sound familiar? Must be Spring Fever after that God awful snowstorm and lingering cold. Well, it is time to get to work so that I may enjoy a great upcoming summer and tremendous Rendezvous. I hope you all can say the same.

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Fall 2017 Vice President's Message

Dear Fellow Members,

This is my first message to the Association as your Vice President. Many of you came to know me through my activity with Door Prizes, donations and raffles in the past. I’ve had the distinct pleasure to converse and get to know many of you since joining back around 2000. It is an honor to fill this role in the interim until the February elections. As an appointee, I was again honored to receive your votes from those of you at the Rendezvous. I appreciate your vote of confidence and will work to fill the big shoes that Troy vacated. I know I won’t be doing any auctioneering, but there is much to be done prior to our upcoming 2018 anniversary and the 2018 State Championships.

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