Best of Show


WI State Taxidermist Competition

Taxidermists from around the state compete in different categories to be state champion. Feb 27-Mar 1, 2020 in Steven's Point, WI.


A fall competition and member meeting. August 7th to August 9th, 2020. in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin.


Winter 2019 Vice President's Message

Dear Fellow Members,

Wowwww! I didn’t see that snow coming. I hope you’re taking advantage of the 2019 hunting season and perhaps bagging some of those trophies for the 2020 Taxidermy Competition in Stevens Point, as well as getting plenty of business to meet your own business objectives. Wishing you God’s Blessings and good fortune for the upcoming holidays. Very much looking forward to seeing you again in the New Year.

Once again, I can’t state strongly enough the gratitude for all the effort and support on behalf of members behind the scenes. There is a tremendous amount of time spent leading up-to and through a show, to make for the success we’ve long experienced. The strength and future of an organization is only as strong as its members and we’ve got the best! Thank you, to all members and especially those who lend their experience, expertise, assistance, Insight contributions, and Organizational Leadership. The unsung volunteers are the fabric that contributes to growing and sustaining a successful Organization. Thank You.

I’ve said this before but I would be remiss in not stating again. Please continue to encourage WTA strength through membership. Don’t hesitate to recommend membership to other taxidermists near you. You can surely promote the many benefits of membership including; education, tips, mentoring, artistic expertise, comradery, supply savings and discounts, competition, and professional involvement in your business. Let us know if you have a special talent or interest in getting involved and helping out on one of the committees or activities. We will once again have significant elections in 2020 so be thinking if you would like to take on a Leadership role within the Organization.

A quick reminder for those of us with a 2019 expiring Taxidermy License. Your license will expire the end of December and will need to be renewed for 2020. The DNR site has made it easier to purchase. Best wishes and good luck for the autumn hunting seasons. Be safe afield and do encourage any youth in your area to go hunting and enjoy the shooting sports at a nearby club.

Keeping the Tradition Alive,

Joe McGrath

Winter 2019 President's Message

Hey fellow members,

The Wisconsin State Taxidermy Championships are coming up fast. The wheels are already in motion and the planning has begun. Like all good running organizations, it takes time and energy and volunteers. We are always looking for members to step up and volunteer. Our convention is one of the best in the nation. This year we will have some openings on committees and on the board as well. So if you were thinking about it in the past maybe this year it’s time to take the leap. Planning and organizing one of the nation’s top Taxidermy Conventions will give you a great sense of pride.

If you have any questions about joining the board or a committee please feel free to call me, it truly is a good time.

Just a reminder, make sure to book your rooms at the Holiday Inn in Stevens Point. The block code is AXI.

Well, that’s it for now. I am looking forward to seeing everyone again this February. Good luck with your competition pieces, and may your freezers be full. Don’t forget to introduce someone new to the outdoors this hunting season.

Watch your bobber


Fall 2018 Vice President's Message

Dear Fellow Members,

I trust this finds you all well and gearing up for a busy Autumn Season. This year’s Rendezvous was spectacular. Mike and Lori Orthober knocked it out of the park once again. Thank you also to the many members, wives, and kids that lent a hand to make for a huge success. The shooting sports were great and the weather was gorgeous. The Saturday BBQ was a special treat. The museum tour and aviary presentation truly rewarding. Wow! The competition was a great opportunity to walk away with some additional learning and perhaps a ribbon or two. It is a great venue to afford additional opportunity for some extra shop ribbons. You don’t know what you’re missing if you haven’t been. Next year will bring new experiences as we move to the Chippewa Falls and Eau Claire area. I very much encourage participation for next year’s Rendezvous in Leinenkugel Country.

This writing brings with it best wishes and good luck for the Autumn hunting seasons in addition to any late season fishing. Might I remind all to get on the DNR site for those special tags; Spring Turkey, Bear, Trapping, Sturgeon Spearing, and whatever other tags you may have interest. Be safe afield and do take a child or two with you.

I want to thank all the special committee members’ involvement. Thanks everyone on the board for your efforts to keep the WTA a huge success. Don’t hesitate to recommend membership to other taxidermists near you. You can surely promote the many benefits of membership including; education, tips, mentoring, artistic expertise, camaraderie, supply savings and discounts, competition, and professional involvement in your business. Do call or volunteer if you have a special talent or interest in getting involved and helping out on one of the committees or activities. Time is sneaking up for the Annual February State Championships. I hope you’re carving a little time to get working on those entries. Make a point to get your rooms reserved early once again in Stevens Point. Happy times afield!

Keeping the Tradition Alive,
Joe McGrath


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Fall 2018 President's Message

Hey Fellow Members,

Another rendezvous is in the books. What a great time in Door County! Such a beautiful side of the state.

Special thanks to Mike and Lori Orthober for hosting, organizing the lunches, and of course the traditional Fish boils. They surely will be missed. Getting together with friends and shooting sporting clays is something I don't do much of, but I have to say I have improved. Who knows maybe one day I'll take up a sport of shooting birds that don't have beards.

Another special thanks to our members that gave seminars and for the members that competed. After all that's what we do. We come to learn and then we show what we've learned in our work.

As I write this we are about one week away from the Wisconsin black bear opener. I wish everyone a prosperous Taxidermy season and may all your freezers be full.

Remember to book your rooms early at the Holiday Inn in Stevens Point for the State Championships. Watch your insight for the block code for the WTA. Well, that's it for now. I hope you have some idea of what you're going to compete with this year.

Hope to see you all this February. Good luck this fall and remember to introduce someone new to the outdoors.

Watch your bobber,


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.

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