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The Taxidermy Industry / Re: Can it Win ?????
« Last post by Carolin Brak-Dolny on Today at 12:09:54 PM »
Klibby....the bribing comment was just hypothetical....It has not occurred     as far as I know.

some seen to not be able to have an intelligent conversation  and have to resort to say that I am just whining and am all pissed to the results of  the last wtc.  Actually I am Quite pleased to win a silver and bronze medal  and 5th place in the competitors challenge.     

I see problems That I think should be changed.

wildlife  ...sorry for hijacking your post.....I thought the conversation could be built upon  .   I have said all I need to now I will shut-up   .  But I bet I made some of you start to think.

Reptile Taxidermy / Re: Alligator Lizard
« Last post by Hide-n-Hook on Today at 12:00:54 PM »
did you sell this?
The Taxidermy Industry / Re: Can it Win ?????
« Last post by 1fish2fish on Today at 11:56:21 AM »
Fish ....I would be up to making my own eyes if that is what the rules say.  And hey if you can make your own eyes and they are good should get extra points for doing so. 

JIM the fish guys make everything...  good on them, that is I ask you get beat out for a top award at the show   (you scored high and are best in the master class) by a WT head where the person just mounted the skin on a commercial form......Do you think that is a true test of who is a master taxidermist?

I make my own forms and parts for one reason only. I believe in my heart that I can build them better than I can buy them. As far as eyes, Russian or acrylic Europe eyes are my personal favorites and I can't build those better than I can buy them.

Bingo! Like Ken suggests, it isn't about the rules specifying you make your own eyes (forms, etc.), it is about what you can (or cannot) achieve. The finished product is what gets judged, NOT THE PROCESS. It isn't cheaper or easier for me to make eyes for my commercial mounts, I think they look better, so I make them. If I felt an off the shelf product was better and easier, I'd use it.

Also, many of the successful comp fish guys and gals do not make their own eyes, but some do. A few folks who do not compete do as well. Some of them would be tough to beat at a competition. I see no reason to limit fish enteries to "scratch built" mounts. If you can win at a high level with an off the shelf commercial manaquin, you must be very talented and deserve the appropriate accolades.

As for the doe, it may be considered less challenging due to the specific skills required to deal with antlers protruding from cape, which could jeopardize a tie break between otherwise "equal" mounts. Other than that, a stand out doe can win, in my opinion. Buck, doe, fawn: the winner will have to do a heck of a mount.

The Taxidermy Industry / outrage over "Cecil"
« Last post by TX Pat on Today at 11:56:21 AM »
What can we expect, here in this country we spend billions of dollars every year on small animal veterinary care, when you mention that to someone from Zimbabwe, they look at you like your from Mars. They are more concerned with human survival, dealing with 75% unemployment, clean water, where to get there next meal, fuel shortages, and more health issues than I can list. I bet most of those kids out there protesting cant even tell you where hamburger comes from, much less that steers get run down a squeeze shoot and punched in the head with a hammer to die. In a third world country where human survival is the most important part of their society, any animal much less the Dangerous game animals, have to be given some type of value or they will have no concern for their existence. The anti hunters have pretty much admitted that they could care less for the survival of the animals, they just don't believe that man should kill animals for sport.
As I read more and more about this killing of "Cecil" , its looking like a definite poaching incident, and it should be dealt that way in the media , and not turned into an anti trophy hunting propaganda force, like it has.  I just hope our USFW doesn't use this as an excuse to put a hold on allowing Lion parts imported from Zimbabwe, like they have done with elephant, until they investigate indefinitely.
The Taxidermy Industry / Re: Can it Win ?????
« Last post by KLibby on Today at 11:52:50 AM »
Carolin now you are talking about bribing judges ?
I really do not know what this is all about but I can assume your piece did not win. I agree on some of your points but to use a material you created or built yourself does not mean it is better. A dozen people could use all the same materials and get a dozen different looks and results.
I get from your replies  that if you create a piece from scratch within the limits of a persons abilities then it should get more credit , Is this regardless of the outcome of the final product ?

A well done Doe is a very attractive piece and would have a great chance of really standing out at a show. I would think.
Deer and Gameheads / Re: Retiring..probably my last one
« Last post by kendall1987 on Today at 11:52:34 AM »
Great looking mount.Your mounts are top notch.
Wildlife Artwork and Crafts / Acrylic Painting
« Last post by eddieb on Today at 11:41:48 AM »
New hobby
The Taxidermy Industry / Re: Can it Win ?????
« Last post by wildlife 1 on Today at 11:38:55 AM »
Ok I will just say it now.
Caroline you can not seem to stay on the subject I started. So I will ask nicely if you want to talk on a different subject START YOUR OWN POST AND STOP HIJACKING MINE !!
This post has nothing to do with your disgust with your outcome at a show.  So just move on from my post.
I don't know you and really don't care how or why you think you lost and I am sure I am not the only one who feels this way. 
I did not start this post for your own personal Bitc#ing post about you not winning.

The Taxidermy Industry / Re: Can it Win ?????
« Last post by Skywalker on Today at 11:29:21 AM »
I think a doe could win. I think doing a top notch doe would be an excellent strategy. Brian Dobson got second in World with a button buck walking in deep snow. Awesome piece, as I watched him put it together back in the day. I make my own forms and parts for one reason only. I believe in my heart that I can build them better than I can buy them. As far as eyes, Russian or acrylic Europe eyes are my personal favorites and I can't build those better than I can buy them. Next year is a new competition season and maybe it's time we shake the whole thing like a giant etch-a-sketch and start from scratch. One way or the other it's going to be interesting, and we get to see another wave of awesome taxidermy. Let's all get to work.
I was thinking the same thing. LOL
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