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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.

 
Rendezvous

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

 

Fall 2017 President's Message

Hey Fellow Members,

Where did summer go? Another Rendezvous is in the books. A special thanks to Mike and Lori Orthober for hosting the WTA's Rendezvous in Door County.

It sure was great to see old friends and catch up. Also another special thanks goes out to all the people that made it run smoothly, from entertaining the kids to having great seminar schedules and the live mounting sessions. There was a lot to learn from some of the states top taxidermists.

At our general meeting on Sunday, we have decided to have it again in Sturgeon Bay. This may be your last chance to enjoy some of door County's finest sites and sounds and of course the great food.

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Achieving Goals

The Wisconsin Taxidermy Association — What does it mean? Audio English.com lists no less than 8 senses of association. I was astounded as I read them. We are very aptly named. Our founders nailed it! Some are plain as day in how they apply to us. #1 - A formal organization of people - sounds like us. # 2 - The act of consorting with others - sounds a little criminal, but, I can see that one. 3 - A social or business relationship - yup. #4 - A relation resulting from interaction or dependence - that's us for sure. #5 - The process of bringing ideas and events together - absolutely, twice a year, even. #6 - The state of being connected in memory or imagination - no doubt. And then a couple were a little tougher to draw a connection, just play along...#7 - (chemistry) any process of combination (especially in solution) that depends on weak chemical bonding - hmmm, I don't know about you, but, that sounds like some kind of reference to having some drinks if you like to read between the lines like I do. And you know that one can imbibe knowledge as well; see how slick that was? The having some drinks thing also confirms the mention of memory, back in #6, because if memory serves,

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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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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

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

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