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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.

 

Summer 2018 Presidents Message

Hey Fellow Members,

Wasn't that a dragged out winter / spring combination? The spring turkey hunt was about two weeks behind and opening day of fishing found anglers looking for soft water rather than the hard variety. Here we are now full swing into summer and I dare to say it's almost too hot. It's going to be a fast summer, I feel like we've lost a month which in turn means the August Rendezvous will be right around the corner.

Be sure to book your rooms early for the Rendezvous, the Insight has hotel and booking information. Rooms will fill up fast with vacationers. This year's schedule is a little different from past Rendezvous', we are trying to streamline it to get everything accomplished by the end of Saturday, that means Sunday you are free to leave or go sightseeing.

If you never attended the Rendezvous, I encourage you to come on out. The mini competition is open to all animals, bring a display piece from your shop, get a critique and who knows you might get a ribbon. It's a very laid-back and casual competition if you're just starting out, this is a good one to get into. After all, we are all here to learn.

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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.

Come Experience

We are once again planning a "hands on" Whitetail Seminar for the Wisconsin Taxidermists Association Championships in February 2018. This will be a four hour seminar scheduled for Friday afternoon, February 23rd.

So, here’s the deal: We have three famous whitetail guys for instructors, Mike Yeska, Mark Gonnering and Clint Rickey. Each instructor will have three seminar participants, for a total of nine openings for people that want to learn "hands on". The WTA, with the help of some generous donations from our suppliers, will provide nine participants with a whitetail form, eyes, earliners and clay. Each participant will set eyes and ears on their form with guidance from the instructors. At the end of the seminar, the work will be theirs to take home for future reference. All that is needed is your own mounting stand. The cost of to be a "hands on" participant, will be $60.

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Threaded Rod Management

When reassembling your alterations with threaded rod, sometimes you have to use a sawzall to cut off the extra rod.

Cutting Slot in Threaded Rod

Instead, cut a slot in the end of your rod to drive it in with a screw gun. No more cutting off and damaging your attachment with vibrations from sawing at awkward angles.

Screwing In Rod No more rod

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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DNR and Law
Issues relating to the collection of information and statutes relating to the taxidermy business.
Member Contributions
Articles written by our members.

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!

Any questions? Contact Alan Kitzhaber at 715.379.1579 (Cell) or 715.834.4470 (Home)

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