Where To Stay

AmericInn Lodge and Suites
622 S Ashland Avenue
Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin 54235
P: (920) 743-5898
Rate
Room Rate: $111+tax/night
Discount Deadline
Only 25 rooms blocked
Mention:
Wisconsin Taxidermy Association Room Block
Accommodations Include:
Breakfast, Pool, Microwave and Refrigerators in rooms Nearby: McDonald’s, Arby’s & Taco Bell; Across the street: Target, within walking distance with a Starbucks inside

Happenings

WI State Taxidermist Competition

Taxidermists from around the state compete in different categories to be state champion. Feb 23-26st, 2017 in Steven's Point, WI.

 
Rendezvous

A summer competition and member meeting. August 11-13th, 2017 at the Door County Rod & Gun Club and AmericInn in Sturgeon Bay, WI.

 
Events of the Rendezvous

August 12, 2016    -    August 14, 2016
Friday
August 12, 2016
  • 9:00 am - 10:00 am
    Set Up
  • 9:30 am
    Women’s Outing - Artist Guild

    The ladies will be doing a Wine and Paint with a local artist. There is a cost of $35 and a limit of 12 women, so let Lori know as soon as you can if you plan to attend. You may pay by cash or check that day, no deposit required. Oh, and bring you your own wine . . . call Lori at 920.743.1827, if you want reserve a spot or have any questions.

  • 10:00 am - 11:00 am
    Board Of Director Meeting
    Rod & Gun Club
  • 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
    Deer Mounting Seminar
    Presented by Ron Grams -

    I don't have a long list of whitetail competition credits...but I do mount a lot of these varmints for money, and I know a few things about them. I can cover some ground in three hours about deer mounts, business, customers, politics, the stock market, relationships, whatever's on your mind. So, if you're not into shooting, let's mount a deer head together.

  • 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
    Shooting Sporting Clays

    4 Boxes Of Ammo To Participate In Louis Shoot. Ammo Available At The Club

  • 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
    Lunch
    Gun Club

    Cost $6.00 - $8.00.
    Beverages For Sale At The Club

  • 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
    Fish Seminar
    Presented by Tim Perkins -

    If you are a fan of good fish taxidermy, Tim needs no introduction. He's going to cast some fins for us, talk hydrodynamic mechanics, answer all of your competition questions and he thought he may even put those fins on a fish mount during the Live Mounting Event on Saturday afternoon.

  • 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
    Trap and Skeet Shooting
  • 7:00 pm
    WTA Social
    AmericInn
    Bring your drinks and lawn chairs.
Saturday
August 13, 2016
  • 8:30 am - 9:30 am
    Door County Historical Museum Tour
    18 N. 4th St , Sturgeon Bay , WI 54235

    Mike Orthober has been working with the Door County Historical Museum for years now. He has built a beautiful diorama that is full of different animals mounts, that is a must see. We will have the place to ourselves for an hour, and it is close to the hotel. We may have to car pool, as the parking is limited.

  • 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
    Kid Activity - Kite Building

    We have some simple plans to make kites and with good weather maybe we can get some air under them.Should be great for any age. Call Ron or Jeff so we bring enough supplies. rgrams116@outlook.com or 715.766.3300 for Ron or jlspecht@hotmail.com or 715.223.0452 for Jeff.

  • 10:00 am - 11:30 pm
    Turkey Decoys
    Presented by Jeff Fredrick -

    Jeff, well known for his turkey calling skills, is a 12 time state champion and has now developed a way to make decoys using real feathers. Jeff tells me these things really work and can withstand the rigors of the hunt - and the turkey attacks. For your own use or for your customers, come and see how to make these imposters.

  • 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
    The Live Mounting Event
    Once again we will have several members all doing different taxidermy jobs. From deer heads , birds, fish, antler repairs and mammals and more, no where but the Rendezvous, my friends.
  • 5:00 pm
    WTA Fish Boil

    The fish boil, with all the trimmings, will start at 5 pm. The cost will be $12 to $15, dependent on the cost of the fish at the time we order it. There will also be hamburgers and hot dogs if you don't care for fish. You must call or email the Orthober’s if you plan to attend as a head count is needed for ordering the fish and other foods. The deadline is July 29th. Email Mike Orthober at wildwiztax@gmail.com or call (920)743-1827, by July 29th.

  • 9:00 pm
    Social At AmericInn & Cackling Hen

    Following the Picnic

Sunday
August 14, 2016
  • 9:30 am
    General Membership Meeting



Plan Ahead

  • Head counts will be helpful for the trap shooting, kid's activity and the women's outing. Please call Jeff Specht (715) 223-0452 or Ron Grams (715) 223-0452 if you are taking part in these activities.

Lodging

The host hotel will be AmericInn, but alternatives in the area include:

57 Drive In Motel (accross the street from AmericInn)
1161 Green Bay Rd.
Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin 54235
P: (920) 746-8000
Rooms: Weekday rate: $79+tax; Weekend rate: $89+tax

Camping

Harbour Village Resort: located in Carlsville, about 9 miles North of Sturgeon Bay
5840 State Hwy 42
Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin 54235
P: (920) 743-0274
Waterslide, Kid-Friendly
Yogi Bear Campground
3677 May Rd.
Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin 54235
P: (920) 743-9001
Quiet Woods North Camping Resort
3668 Grondin Rd.
Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin 54235
P: (920) 743-2239
Potawatomi State Park
3740 County Rd T
Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin 54235
P: (920) 746-2890

Food

Lunch on Friday and Saturday

Lunches will be brought to the gun club. The menus haven't been set yet, but expect some kind of picnicy kinds of food.The cost will be $6 to $8 to cover the cost of the food. Beverages are available at the club, soda is 1$, beer is 2$ and bottled water is available, no carry-ins are allowed.

Fish Boil

The fish boil, with all the trimmings, will start at 5 pm. The cost will be $12 to $15, dependent on the cost of the fish at the time we order it. There will also be hamburgers and hot dogs if you don't care for fish. You must call or email the Orthober’s if you plan to attend as a head count is needed for ordering the fish and other foods. The deadline is July 29th. Email Mike Orthober at wildwiztax@gmail.com or call (920)743-1827, by July 29th.

Rod & Gun Club

Most of our activities will be at the Door County Rod and Gun Club. We are not being charged for use of the facility, so the Rod & Gun Club is relying on beverage sales for some income — a pretty good deal for the WTA. A few items to note:

  • No beverage carry-in’s allowed. Water, soda and beer are available at a reasonable price.
  • No hard liquor is allowed on the premises. Water and soda are $1, beers $2.
  • Trap and skeet are $5 per round and sporting clays will be $10. Mike Orthober is planning a Louis Shoot competition, if you plan to compete, there will be a $2 fee to gather up a purse and spice up the shooting. The sporting clays requires 4 boxes of shells. Ammo is for sale at the club. The sporting clays is at 10am and at 2pm to 4pm on Friday, 8/11. Friday will be open trap and skeet. Bring your own guns and gear — of course.

3210 Mathey Road
Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235

Socials

Our host hotel, AmericInn Lodge and Suites in Sturgeon Bay, will be where our evening socials will take place. They have an outside area for our use. Everyone should bring their own coolers, ice, beverages, chairs, games, and might as well throw in the bug spray. There is an indoor area as well, if we have bad weather.

Competition

The competition is open to all members. The mounts will be judges by WTA members at a distance of 5 feet.

Walnut Creek Hardwood has once again donated four awards for our show. Make sure to use their products to be eligible to win these awards.

One mount will be chosen by our judges as the best overall mount.

NOTE: Be sure to use Walnut Creek Hardwood’s panels, as they donate awards for the mounts, if your mount is on their product.Contact Ryan Berra if you have any questions at Home 608.452.2131 or Shop 608.790.0554

Entries

  • Any Mammal
  • Any Bird
  • Fish - One or Two Sided and Reproductions
  • Any Head Mount