• Birds
  • Fish
  • Mammals
harmonica pete

Birds can be one of the toughest mounts to recreate. The best way to understand a good bird mount is to look at a real bird or photos of live birds and compare...

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USFWS Mountain Prairie

Fish taxidermy has come a long way in the last decade or so. However, not all taxidermists are familiar with these advances, nor use the reference materials so readily...

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Whether a full body or a shoulder mount, mammal taxidermy starts with good fleshing and tanning. Improper fleshing results in shrinkage and poor detail work...

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  • Field Care +

    Good taxidermy begins with good field care. Without a good specimen, there are problems before the work even begins. The skin begins to decay immediately upon death, so take care of your specimen as soon as possible. Keeping it cold slows this breakdown; freezing stops it. Always freeze specimens sealed in an airtight plastic bag to avoid damage by freezer burn. Fish Once landed, don't Read More
  • Mount Care +

    Dust your mounts frequently with a feather or fleece duster in the direction of the hair, fur or feathers. Don't be afraid to groom mammal mounts - hair often gets mussed up moving them. Smooth fur with fingers or with a dog brush. Eyes and noses may be kept clean with window cleaner and a Q-tip. Fish should be wiped with a damp rag. Occasional cleaning Read More
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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.


There are many benefits available to you when you join WTA.

Two big events are held each year. In February we have our state competition at the Patriot Center in Wausau and in August we have our Rendezvous at the Days Inn Hotel and Conference Center in La Crosse. Each event is three days of fun, education and camaraderie. Membership allows you to pre-register for the February competition at a member's rate, which is a major reduction from the non-members rate. Along with the opportunity to compete, you will have one-on-one time to review your entry with the judges.

As a member, you may attend free seminars put on by some of the best international, national and state taxidermists today. These seminars are packed full of information for taxidermists by taxidermists. Taxidermy vendors also attend the events and often offer a discount or incentive on their supplies. Both of these events have a banquet where you can meet with fellow WTA members, enjoy good food and conversation, and take part in the events of the evening.

The membership year is from January 1 to December 31. Members receive a membership card, quarterly newsletters and an annual report. The WTA also keeps its members up-to-date on state and national policies that are directed at our profession. The WTA is a family, a family of people who all have taxidermy on the brain and becoming an active part of this family may benefit you as well as us in ways we never would have imagined. So join today and become a member of the WTA family.

Membership Fees

Business Membership
Single Membership
Family Membership
Youth - Under 18
Honorary - Over 65
Associate Membership

Membership Contact

Jennifer Nokes
W1649 Marsh Road
Palmyra, WI 53156
P: (414) 861-5791

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