Minnesota Taxidermy Guild

2023 Competition

Dates
March 23, 2023 - March 26, 2023
Description

Hotel & Banquet Information

Location
Arrowwood Resort and Conference Center
2100 Arrowwood Ln
Alexandria, MN 56308

Event Schedule (Thursday, March 23 - Sunday, March 26)

Thursday, March 23

12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Backboard and table setup (Volunteers Welcome)

Many hands make light work

4:00 PM - 4:15 PM
Board Meeting
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
MOUNT REGISTRATION OPENS

All mounts will have a professional photo taken without taxidermist prior to being placed in the showroom by the competition committee. Be sure to sign up at the registration desk for the Childrens seminar, Lady's wine and Bingo as well as your mount critiques at this time as well.

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Seminar #1 - Skinning & Fleshing an Atlantic Eider w/ Brad Graber
8:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Officers meet with Judges in showroom and go over speciality awards.

If judges are available

9:00 PM - 12:00 AM
Hospitality room 221

Come and enjoy a beverage on us in the hospitality room. Dont be shy.

Friday, March 24

8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
MOUNT REGISTRATION OPENS

** COMPETITION PIECES EXCEPTED UNTIL NOON ONLY** If you can't make it on time, please call Aaron Reiling at 218-443-1401. All mounts will have a professional photo taken. prior to being placed in the showroom by the competition committee. Be sure to sign up for the Childrens seminar, Lady's wine and Bingo as well as your mount critiques at this time

9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Seminar #2 - Extreme Form Alterations w/Jamie Risovi
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Supply/Vendor Room Open

Located directly below the showroom. Get great deals on products at the show and place a supply order with the vendors with the show discount.

11:30 AM - 12:00 PM
New Member Meeting @Registration Desk.

Get oriented with the show and find out what the MTG is all about, Get any and all of your questions answered.

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Potluck Lunch

Come grab a quick bite to eat on us. Potluck items, snacks and beverages provided in hospitality room 221. Anyone wanting to bring an item to share for the potluck please call Lori Knutson at 320-760-9012

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Seminar #3 - Art & Composition w/Doug Eck
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Seminar #4 - Molding/Casting Bird & Fish Heads & Also Custom Rocks w/Steve Silseth
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Competition Area Open To Members

Taxidermist choice voting at this time. Supper break for judges.

5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Ladies Wine & Bingo Night

Sign up at the registration desk for an evening of fun for the ladies. Wine and bingo will be provided as well as noncash prizes for the winners. Held in hospitality room 221.

6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Ice Breaker Party/Happy Hour

Catch up with old and new friends. Appetizers and a Beer Keg will be on us! Cash bar avaible as well.

7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
AUCTION NIGHT

Enjoy a great time helping to support the MTG with its main fundraising event of the year. Items for everyone, not only limited to taxidermy items. We are always in need of auction donations, any and all items donated are greatly appreciated. Cash Bar available.

9:30 PM - 12:00 AM
Happy Hour

Time for more fellowship and perhaps a few beverages. Will be held in the banquet room. Cash bar closes at 10pm. Dont worry we got you after that!!

Saturday, March 25

9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Seminar #5 - Mouinting a Whitetail w/Justin Bach
10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Supply/Vendor Room Open

Check out all the great products and place a supply order at the show with the show discounts offered.

12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
PUBLIC VIEWING SHOWROOM OPEN

Showroom will be open to all members as well as the general public. A small fee will be required for all non-members to enter. All children 12 and under are free. Ladies, People, and Kids Choice awards will be voted for at this time.

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Childrens Arts and Crafts

JUST FAUX FUN TIME w/ Laurie Graber. Faux Taxidermy, Glow Bugs and more! Fun activities for all ages. Please see the Kids seminar section in the newsletter for more information.

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Seminar #6 - Fish w/Brett Winfield
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
MOUNT CRITIQUES

Sign up at the Registration desk upon registering at the show to schedule your time with the judge. If you brought a piece to the show, be sure to sign up for a critique. This is why we all come...to learn!

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Supply/Vendor Room Open

Thank the vendors for coming and make final purchases! (volunteers needed for backboard teardown).

3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Seminar #7 - Explanation of Score Sheets and How it Relates to Reference. w/Sam Cahoy
4:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Competition area is closed for ribbon placement
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Happy Hour

Come hang with new and old friends. Cash bar provided. Keg on us if still available.

7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Banquet Dinner

Prime Rib Dinner. Pre buy only. Online or mail in registration. No walk in available, must have meal ticket.

8:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Awards Presentation

Dress to impress, no tee shirts or sweatshirts please. Competition room will be open immediately following thew awards banquet for ribbon viewing.

9:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Showroom Open and Photos With Award Winners

Showroom will be open for ribbon viewing and critiques. All award winners please make sure to get an absolutely amazing photo of you and your mount with Patrick!

11:00 PM - 1:00 AM
Happy Hour

Time to Celebrate!!! The beer is on us!

Sunday, March 26

8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Showroom Open to Members and Family

Showroom open to members and family. Critiques maybe be given if judges are available.

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Board Meeting and Elections

General membership meeting and elections. Members please attend, your voice is important. Door prizes for those in attendance.

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Mounts released following meeting

Please help with showroom tear down. Many hands make light work. Thank you all for coming and seeing what the MTG has to offer. Drive safe and we hope to see you all again in 2024!


Seminars

#1 - Skinning & Fleshing an Atlantic Eider w/ Brad Graber

Brad will go through the entire process of prepping a duck for taxidermy. He will show you how he takes his measurements as well as skinning a leg to leg incision. He will then completely flesh and wash the Eider for mounting. At the end of the seminar everyone in attendance at the seminar will be put into a drawing for the Drake Eider to be gifted to a lucky taxidermist to do as they please with. Nothing like starting with a fleshed and washed bird to work on!

#2 - Extreme Form Alterations w/Jamie Risovi

Jamie will take two plain shoulder mount whitetail forms and turn them into a double pedestal mount. Altering the pose of the forms as well. You wont want to miss this one.

#3 - Art & Composition w/Doug Eck

Doug is one of the best in the industry when it comes to composition and artistic flow. He will show you how he makes a custom pedestal mammal, that is not a brisket attachment. Doug will demonstrate his approach, design, and methods for a "floating" mount. Its one thing to have a well done mount, that's the start. What will really set your apart from the rest is your composition. You wont want to miss this one!

#4 - Molding/Casting Bird & Fish Heads & Also Custom Rocks w/Steve Silseth

Steve is a multi state champion taxidermist with wealth of knowledge when it comes to molding and casting products. He will go over how he molds and casts bird and fish heads. As well has shown your how to make and paint very convincing custom habitat rocks.

#5 - Mouinting a Whitetail w/Justin Bach

Justin is a very well rounded taxidermist & his Mammals Gameheads and Whitetails have all won numerous State Titles. Watch Justin has he shows you how he mounts a whitetail shoulder.

#6 - Fish w/Brett Winfield

To be determined at a later date.

#7 - Explanation of Score Sheets and How it Relates to Reference. w/Sam Cahoy

Sam will breakdown and explain exactly what's all in your score sheet. This will be a question and answer type seminar so don't be shy. This will be a very informative seminar and help you learn what makes up your score and how it relates to properly reading reference.


Judges

Sam Cahoy

Birds

Doug Eck

Mammals

Jamie Risovi

Whitetails


Suppliers

Ohio Taxidermy Supply http://www.ohiotaxidermysupply.com Millersburg, OH 866-267-1212

Competition Information

Categories & Divisions

MastersProfessionalNoviceJr NoviceCommercialOpen
Arts, Crafts and Antler reproduction
Fish Reproduction
Lg Mammal Gameheads
Lg Mammals
Lg Waterfowl
One Sided Fish
Pedistal Fish
Reproductions Misc
Reptile
Sm Mammal Gamehead
Sm Mammals
Sm Waterfowl
Turkey
Upland Birds
Whitetail Deer Head

Division Definitions

*Anyone who has won two Professional Best of Categories MUST move to the Masters division in that category.

Masters For the Advanced taxidermist. Highest level of excellence expected. This category is for the taxidermist who wishes to compete at the most technically correct, artistically oriented and creative level. A very technical critique will be given.
Professional For the Professional, commercial taxidermist. Mounts entered in this division should be technically correct, mechanically sound and exhibit the craftsmanship of a professional taxidermist. A very detailed critique will be given.
Novice For the beginning taxidermist. Entries in this division should be for those starting out or for someone venturing into a new category. The emphasis will be on learning and improvement. A very basic critique will be given.
Jr Novice For the beginning taxidermist (same as Novice) except this division is for 17 and under. A very BASIC critique will be given.
Commercial This division will generally be your "customer" mounts. Entries will be judged from 10ft and no touching or flashlights can be used from the Judge. A score and a few comments will be given on score sheet, no critiques will be given in this category. There is a $5.00 entry fee for this Division that you need to add to your Registration.
Open The category for the open division is the Collective Artist. The Open division is a combination of Jr. Novice, Novice, Professional, and Masters. Due to lack of participation this division will be judged according to what is entered.

Competition Rules

  1. All participants of the competition and seminar attendees must be MTG members.
  2. All entries must be completed by competitor unassisted.
  3. No freeze-dried entries (exceptions: turkey heads, antlers in velvet).
  4. Ribbons will be awarded as follows: 1st Place: 90-100 2nd Place: 80-89 3rd Place: 70-79
  5. Any mount entered cannot have been in previous MTG competitions.
  6. All necessary permits must accompany protected species.
  7. Distasteful entries will not be allowed. Competition committee’s decision will be final.
  8. Mounts must be completed at time of entry. This means completely dry.
  9. All glass cases must be removed prior to judging.
  10. The young of a species will not be judged as a mature adult but by size. Coyote or smaller will be small mammal. Larger than coyote will be large mammal. If there is a question on size it will be at the MTG board member’s discretion.
  11. One-sided fish entries must be finished on both sides of head and tail juncture.
  12. Reference material may be submitted with any entry to substantiate pose, color, etc.
  13. Taxidermists 18 years of age or older may not be included in a family membership.
  14. Only Judges, Competition Committee, and designated personnel will be allowed in competition area during judging.
  15. If you have a piece with more than one specimen and would like to have all of the specimens judged, you must pay an entry fee for each specimen.
  16. Extra points may be awarded for half life-size mounts.
  17. An entry must receive a 90 or higher in order to win a Best of Category or State Champion.
  18. Judges Choice Best of Show will be chosen from Masters State Champion category winners.
  19. The judge’s decision on each entry is final. Any concerns regarding judging should be brought to the attention of the Competition Committee. Discourteous behavior towards judges or committee members will not be tolerated. Anyone breaking this rule will not be allowed to participate in next year’s competition.
  20. Taxidermist’s Choice award will be given to entry with the most votes from all attending registered taxidermists.
  21. Best-All-Around Taxidermist—An accumulation of points will be given for the highest ribbon of each: bird, fish or reptile, life-size mammal and gamehead entered in Professional or Masters Division. Each mount must be declared at the time of registration. Points will be awarded as follows: three (3) points for 1st place, two (2) points for 2nd place, one (1) point for 3rd place. one (1) bonus point will be awarded for each mount entered in the Masters Division and one (1) bonus point for each mount winning Best of Category or State Championship. In case of a tie, the judges will determine the winner. Minimum of 12 points.
  22. All mounts are entered at owner’s risk. Every precaution will be made to secure the entries. The MTG will not assume responsibility for loss due to damage, theft, fire, and/or natural causes.
  23. There will be no early release of mounts. Special permission will be granted by Competition Committee in emergency situations.
  24. Anyone found in violation of these rules will be subject to loss of any and all awards.
  25. There will be no refund of registration, entry fees, or memberships.
  26. Collective Artist Division: This is an open division where two or more members can work on the same or multiple entries. Each specimen on the piece will receive a score. This is its own category and entries are not eligible for Best of Show or any other awards (with the exception of: Taxidermist Choice, People’s Choice, Mayor’s Choice or Celebrity’s Choice.) The judge’s decision will be final.
  27. Reference material (i.e. pictures or molds) must accompany mount for reproduction category if the competitor reproduced the entry themselves. For judges review only.
  28. Competitors Award: Taxidermist must compete with 4 pieces from any category, in any combination (ex: 3 fish & 1 deer or 2 mammals & 2 birds, and so on). If more than 4 pieces entered in the competition, competitor must designate which 4 entries will be qualifying for this award prior to start of competition. You must have the highest combined score to win. If less than two people are competing for this award, a combined score of 350 or higher is required to win.

Competition Awards


Best of Category Ribbons

The Best of Category Ribbons are three-colored ribbons. The yellow represents third place and the red represents second place. The blue in the middle represents our highest achievement of a first place.


Best Jr. Novice

A ribbon presented to the piece the judges feel is the best in the Jr. Novice division.

Best Novice

A ribbon presented to the piece the judges feel is the best in the Novice division. This entry must score a 90 or higher to qualify.

Best Professional Large Mammal

A ribbon presented to the highest scoring large mammal in the professional division. This category is for life size larger than coyotes. This entry must score a 90 or higher to qualify. The winner of this will be eligible for Best Professional Entry.

Best Professional Large Waterfowl

A ribbon presented to the highest scoring large waterfowl (larger then a mallard) in the professional division. This entry must score a 90 or higher to qualify. The winner of this will be eligible for Best Professional Entry.

Best Professional Lg Game Head

A ribbon presented to the highest scoring shoulder mount, pedestal or one half life-size Large game head in the professional division. This category is for all game heads larger than coyotes and excludes whitetail. This entry must score a 90 or higher to qualify. The winner of this will be eligible for Best Professional Best of Entry.

Best Professional One-Sided Fish

A ribbon presented to the highest scoring one-sided skin mount fish in the professional division. This entry must score a 90 or higher to qualify. The winner of this will be eligible for Best Professional Entry.

Best Professional Pedestal Fish

A ribbon presented to the highest scoring pedestal mount fish in the professional division. The entry must be a skin mount. Artificial head and fins ok. This entry must score a 90 or higher to qualify. The winner of this will be eligible for Best Professional Entry.

Best Professional Reptile

A ribbon presented to the highest scoring reptile in the professional division. The entry can be a skin mount or a reproduction(original cast or purchased). This entry must score a 90 or higher to qualify. The winner of this will be eligible for Best Professional Entry.

Best Professional Small Game Head

A ribbon presented to the highest scoring shoulder mount, pedestal or one half life-size small game head in the professional division. This category excludes whitetail and is for game heads coyotes and smaller. This entry must score a 90 or higher to qualify. The winner of this will be eligible for Best Professional Best of Entry.

Best Professional Small Mammal

A ribbon presented to the highest scoring small mammal in the professional division. This entry must score a 90 or higher to qualify. Coyote or smaller. The winner of this will be eligible for Best Professional Entry.

Best Professional Small Waterfowl

A ribbon presented to the highest scoring small waterfowl (mallard and smaller) in the professional division. This entry must score a 90 or higher to qualify. The winner of this will be eligible for Best Professional Entry.

Best Professional Turkey

A ribbon presented to the highest scoring turkey in the professional division. Must score a 90 or higher to be eligible. Freeze dried heads are ok but must be painted by competitor.

Best Professional Upland Game

A ribbon presented to the highest scoring upland game bird in the professional division. All birds that are not waterfowl will enter into the upland category, including turkeys. This entry must score a 90 or higher to qualify. The winner of this will be eligible for Best Professional Entry.

Best Professional Whitetail

A ribbon presented to the highest scoring shoulder mount, pedestal or one half life-size whitetail deer. A ribbon presented to the in the professional division. This entry must score a 90 or higher to qualify. The winner of this will be eligible for Best Professional Entry.

Best Reproduction Fish

A ribbon is presented to the highest scoring reproduction fish purchased or original cast and paint. This entry must score a 90 or higher to qualify.

State Champion Large Mammal

A Plaque presented to the highest scoring large mammal in the masters division. Any mammal larger than a coyote. This entry must score a 90 or higher to qualify. The winner of this will be eligible for Judge's Choice Best of Show.

State Champion Large Waterfowl

A Plaque presented to the highest scoring large waterfowl (larger then a mallard)) in the masters division. This entry must score a 90 or higher to qualify. The winner of this will be eligible for Judge's Choice Best of Show.

State Champion Lg Game Head

A Plaque presented to the highest scoring shoulder mount, pedestal or one half life-size large game head in the master's division. All mammals larger than a coyote. This category excludes whitetail. This entry must score a 90 or higher to qualify. The winner of this will be eligible for Judge's Choice Best of Show.

State Champion Pedestal Fish

A Plaque presented to the highest scoring pedestal fish in the masters division.This entry must be be skin mount. Artificial head and fins ok. This entry must score a 90 or higher to qualify. The winner of this will be eligible for Judge's Choice Best of Show.

State Champion Reproduction fish

A plaque given to the highest scoring reproduction fish. Fish don't have to be an original reproduction made by the competitor, although bonus points may be given for original reproductions. Must score a 90 or higher to win state champion. Best of category will be eligible for Best of show

State Champion Reptile

A Plaque presented to the highest scoring reptile in the masters division.This entry can be either a skin mount or an original cast by the competitor. This entry must score a 90 or higher to qualify. The winner of this will be eligible for Judge's Choice Best of Show.

State Champion Small Game Head

A Plaque presented to the highest scoring shoulder mount, pedestal or one half life-size small game head (coyote and smaller) in the masters division. This category excludes whitetail. This entry must score a 90 or higher to qualify. The winner of this will be eligible for Judge's Choice Best of Show.

State Champion Small Mammal

A Plaque presented to the highest scoring small mammal in the masters division. This entry must score a 90 or higher to qualify. The winner of this will be eligible for Judge's Choice Best of Show.

State Champion Small Waterfowl

A Plaque presented to the highest scoring small waterfowl (mallard and smaller) in the masters division. This entry must score a 90 or higher to qualify. The winner of this will be eligible for Judge's Choice Best of Show.

State Champion Turkey

A plaque awarded to the highest scoring turkey in the master's division. Entry must score a 90 or higher to be eligible. Freeze dried heads are ok but must be painted by competitor.

State Champion Upland Game Bird

A Plaque presented to the highest scoring upland game bird in the master's division. All birds that aren't waterfowl will enter into the upland category including turkeys. This Upland Game Bird entry must score a 90 or higher to qualify. The winner of this will be eligible for Judge's Choice Best of Show.

State Champion Whitetail

A Plaque presented to the highest scoring shoulder mount, pedestal, or 1/2 life-size whitetail deer in the masters division. This entry must score a 90 or higher to qualify. The winner of this will be eligible for Judges Choice Best of Show


Specialty Ribbons


Arts & Crafts

A ribbon presented to the entry with the most taxidermists votes. Opt-in during registration

Best Collective Artist

This category will have a single first, second and third place ribbon. The pieces in this category will be judged as in the masters division. Opt-in during registration

Best Habitat & Diorama

A green/white ribbon presented to the entry the judges feel is the best habitat and diorama.

Best Out of State Entry

A black/orange ribbon presented to the highest scoring out of state piece. No Minnesota taxidermists are eligible for this ribbon. Opt-in during registration

Celebrity’s Choice

An orange/white ribbon presented to the entry that is picked out by a local celebrity. Any entry is eligible.

DNR Choice

Chosen by a local DNR Conservation Officer

Ladies Choice

A pink and white ribbon will be awarded to the piece voted on by all the female attendees at the show. All entries are eligible.

People's Choice

A maroon/ white ribbon presented to the entry with the most public votes. Any entry is eligible.


Specialty Plaques

These specialty plaques are fully donated by the company listed.


ALS Awareness Award

The ALS Awareness Award is given out in memory of Jason Hatz to raise awareness about the disease. It is chosen by Jason's wife Heather and their four kids.

Avian Challenge

Avian challenge award. 2022 chosen bird is any Goose. Any pose you want. Winner not based on score or division. Bird judge picks his favorite one. Winner will pick the bird species for 2022 show. Should be a bird that is easily attainable for most.

Best Bear

Best Bear award. Judges Choice best bear. Open to all divisions.

Best Elk

sponsored by the Minnesota Chapters of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation. Judges Choice Award for best elk. open to all divisions.

Best Gamehead

A plaque presented to the entry with the most taxidermist votes. Any gamehead entry is eligible.

Best Professional Entry

This plaque is selected by all of the judges from the Professional Best of Category winners.

Champions Choice Award

Judges choice given to the piece the makes the biggest impact in the showroom.

Commercial Division

A Plaque will be given to the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd highest scoring entries among all the entries in the Commercial Division. There is a $5.00 entry fee for this Division that you need to add to your Registration. Opt-in during registration

Ichthy Award

The Ichthy Award (For Ichthyology or the study of fish) will celebrate the art of fish taxidermy and the challenges associated with it. for 2022 the challenge will be "best paint job" The fish judge will decide which fish best demonstrates the challenge, regardless of the division entered. The winner of 2022 will decide what the challenge will be for 2023 and will be unable to compete for the award the following year.

Judge's Choice Best of Show

This prestigious award, along with a 6 month subscription to Breakthrough donated by Breakthrough Magazine. The Judge's Choice Best of Show will be selected by all judges, by mutual agreement, from all the State Champion category winners from the competition.

Kids Choice Award

Given to the piece with the most votes by all the kids attending the show. All pieces are eligible.

Mayor's Choice

This plaque is presented to the piece the Mayor of the host city feels is best. Any entry is eligible.

McKenzie Distinguished Service Award

Donated by McKenzie Taxidermy Supply, also is awarded $100 gift certificate to McKenzie. This prestigious award is given in recognition of outstanding contributions towards professionalism, education, and the advancement in the art of taxidermy.

Pheasant choice award

Sponsors choice favorite pheasant mount. Open to any division. Winner chosen by Clay County Pheasants Forever.

Polytranspar Award

Donated by WASCO, this plaque is presented to the highest scoring fish (skin mount or reproduction/replica) in the competition painted with Polytranspar paints. Although painting can be achieved with powders and scale-tipping waxes, the usage needs to be at least 80% or more using Polytranspar paints. Opt-in during registration

PRO-1 AWARD

This is a Judges Choice for the best mount using PRO-1 Hide Paste and/or PRO-1 Tans Opt-in during registration

SCI Award w/$500 cash

Judges choice best life size mount and diorama. This can be any full size mount mammal, bird, fish etc. No half size or shoulder mounts are eligible. Winner will receive a acrylic plaque as well as a $500 Cash prize!!

Species Challenge

This is a Judges Choice for the best mount entered into the Species Challenge. The 2022 species challenge is a muskrat. Opt-in during registration Opt-in during registration

USSA Award

This is a special award chosen by the USSA family! Any entry is eligible!

Walnut Creek Hardwood Endearing Award

This award will be chosen by a Walnut Creek Representative (if attending show) or Judges, from a feminine point of view, "What would a women love to have in her home!" It is open to any division but MUST BE ON A WALNUT CREEK BASE! Winner will also receive a $50 Walnut Creek Hardwood gift card!! Opt-in during registration

Woodie Award

Donated by Taxidermy Today Magazine. This award is presented in honor of excellence in taxidermy portraying nature's beauty.


Cash Prizes


Most Unique Mount

John Hlebaen with Central Minnesota School of Taxidermy graciously donated a $300 cash prize for the "Most Unique Mount" at the show. this will be open to all categories and divisions. winner will be chosen by John or one of the school instructors at the show.


"Best Of" Plaques


Artisan Award

Voted on by the competitors. Any piece in the show is eligible and the entry with the most votes wins. This award is donated by the United Taxidermists Association (UTA) an educational based organization.

Best All Around Taxidermist

Best-All-Around Taxidermist—An accumulation of points will be given for the highest ribbon of each: bird, fish or reptile, life-size mammal and gamehead entered in Professional or Masters Division. Each mount must be declared at the time of registration. Points will be awarded as follows: three (3) points for 1st place, two (2) points for 2nd place, one (1) point for 3rd place. one (1) bonus point will be awarded for each mount entered in the Masters Division and one (1) bonus point for each mount winning Best of Category or State Championship. In case of a tie, the judges will determine the winner. Minimum of 12 points. Opt-in during registration

Competitors Award (Masters & Professional)

A trophy presented to the taxidermist with the highest combined score of 4 entries from any category. (ex: 2 fish & 2 birds or 3 whitetails & 1 mammal). These trophies are sponsored by Matuska Taxidermy Supply Company. Opt-in during registration

McKenize's Taxidermist Choice Award: Bird

Donated by McKenzie Taxidermy Supply. Trophies are presented to the taxidermists with the most votes in the following categories: bird

McKenize's Taxidermist Choice Award: Fish/reptile

Donated by McKenzie Taxidermy Supply. Trophies are presented to the taxidermists with the most votes in the following categories: fish/reptile

McKenize's Taxidermist Choice Award: Lifesize mammal

Donated by McKenzie Taxidermy Supply. Trophies are presented to the taxidermists with the most votes in the following categories: lifesized mammal,

McKenzie'S Taxidermist Choice Award: Whitetail

Donated by McKenzie Taxidermy Supply. Trophies are presented to the taxidermists with the most votes in the following categories: whitetail

Most Original & Creative

This trophy is donated by Van Dykes Supply. Chosen by a Van Dyke’s representative, if present at show. Otherwise, it will be chosen by the combined judges.

WASCO Award

The WASCO Most Artistic Entry Award is presented to the most artistic piece in the competition. The winner is chosen collectively by all of the judges from all entries in the competition. The winner of this coveted award will receive a polished acrylic award. In order to allow the most taxidermists to compete for this award, a winning state entry shall not be allowed to win a second WASCO Award at another state competition. However, a winning state entry will be eligible to win a second WASCO Award at a regional or national competition


Registration Information

All pre-registation & entries must be postmarked by March 16, 2023 and must include full payment

*** NO EXCEPTIONS ***

Pre-Registration Timeframe

February 6, 2023 - March 16, 2023


Fees

Pre-Registration At Show
Membership
Yearly Membership (If not already a member) $95 / competitor $95 / competitor
Convention
Convention Registration

Note: 4 Regular Division Entries included free with Convention Registration
$45 / competitor (Online)

or

$45 / competitor (Mail-In)
$45 / competitor
Divisions
Masters (Regular) $10 / entry $20 / entry
Professional (Regular) $10 / entry $20 / entry
Novice (Regular) $10 / entry $20 / entry
Jr Novice (Regular) $10 / entry $20 / entry
Commercial (Specialty) $5 / entry $20 / entry
Open (Specialty) $5 / entry $10 / entry
Awards
Award Fees $10 / entry $20 / entry
Banquet
Awards Banquet Ticket - Adult $35 / adult n/a
Awards Banquet Ticket - Children (4-12) $15 / child n/a

No banquet tickets available at the door - they must be pre-registered for. Children under 4 eat free.



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