Events of the Wisconsin State Taxidermist Competition

February 23, 2017    -    February 26, 2017
February 23, 2017
  • 2:00 pm
    Show Set Up Begins
  • 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
    Registration For Open, Pre-Registered And Non-Resident Mounts
    Bring Mounts In Convention Center Main Entrance
    • Registration In Spruce Room
    • Grooming Area In South Concourse
  • 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
    Whitetail Seminar
    Presented by Matt Tainter -
    Over the years, Matt has become one of our winningest competitors and has been consistently bringing blue ribbon deer in the Masters Division. Mount a deer and you will
    draw a crowd, come early and learn from another one of our WTA masters.
  • 5:00 pm
    Judges Meeting, Judging begins.
February 24, 2017
  • 7:30 am
    Judging Resumes
  • 8:00 am - 10:00 am
    Q&A With WIDNR - Taxidermy Laws
    Chief Warden, Todd Schaller, will be with us to discuss any questions on taxidermy laws. If you have a question or two — make sure to email them to Rick Lange BEFORE the show, (, so that he may have time to research his responses. Of course, we will welcome any questions or discussion brought up that day, as well. This one is overdue; how many infractions are going on in your shop?
  • 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
    Vendor Area Is Open
  • 9:30 am - 11:00 am
    Accepting PRE-REGISTERED MOUNTS ONLY - no exceptions
  • 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
    Vendor Area Closed
  • 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
    Fish Seminar
    Presented by Jeff Mourning -
    Fish Seminar with Jeff Mourning Jeff, our fish judge again this year, will carve a fish body and attach a cast head and fins. There will be an emphasis on correct anatomy. It is not just a paint job that makes an impressive fish mount!
  • 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm
    Vendor Area Open
  • 2:00 pm
    Board of Directors Meeting
  • 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
    Bird Seminar
    Presented by Ron Grams -
    When we put the seminars together, it's always a goal to find something new and ground breaking. Well, this one isn't it... Sometimes we need something basic for newer taxidermists, so Ron will be skinning, wire wheeling and cleaning a duck, to get it ready to mount.
  • 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
    Game Head Related Seminar
    Presented by Jeff Specht -
    Large antlered game heads pose difficulty in moving them around, whether in your shop or to your customer's house. Learn, from Jeff, how to make these antlers detachable, and make life easier.
  • 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
    Taxidermist Choice Voting - Cast Your Votes!
  • 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
    Kid's Activity - Making Snow Globes And A Movie
    Presented by Laura Wolf -
    We are changing things up this year, moving this one to Friday evening. For starters, the children are going to make snow globes. You need to bring your own figurines, so call Laura to let her know how many kids you have coming and what to bring. After that, it's movie time, so, maybe a favorite pillow, blanket or sleeping bag, to make the kids comfortable.
  • 7:00 pm
    WTA Social Gathering And Raffles
February 25, 2017
  • 8:00 am - 10:00 am
    Bird Seminar
    Presented by Korey Alleman -
    Our bird judge will be mounting a pintail. He will be discussing anatomy and proper wiring for an accurate and sturdy mount. Join this world class competitor and judge, to improve your duck mounts.
  • 8:00 am
    Remember To Sign Up For Judges Critiques
  • 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
    Vendor Area Open
    Last Chance To Get Supplies Or Place Orders
  • 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
    Competition Area Open To The Public
    Volunteers Needed To Watch Competition Area
  • 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
    Women's Activity: Wine Bottle Creations
    Presented by Beth Specht  -
    Bring an empty wine bottle and we'll attempt to recycle it into an indoor or outdoor centerpiece. We will have the other supplies, bring a snack and a drink, relax and be creative.
  • 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
    Mammal Seminar
    Presented by Greg Brumfield -
    Greg is going to concentrate on ear anatomy. We will have a canine and feline head, with reference materials, earliners and clay to set the ears. Maybe, if we have time, we can set eyes as well. we will try to have these for an auction item, later, when the expert gets them finished. We will try to have these for an auction item, later, when the expert gets them finished — stay tuned.
  • 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
    Whitetail Seminar
    Presented by Vincent Flemming -
    Vincent will be bringing a lot of whitetail reference materials and will show us how they all apply to our deer manikin. Once again, we are lucky to have a World title holder to help improve our Whitetail mounts.
  • 6:00 pm
    WTA Awards Night Social
  • 7:00 pm
    WTA Awards Banquet
    Cackling Hen Wine Tasting To Follow!
February 26, 2017
  • 8:00 am - 11:00 am
    General Meeting And Elections
    Membership Cards Required
  • 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
    Competition Area Tear Down
    Your Help Is Needed With Back Boards — Thank You!