A question about competitions

Submitted by Doug S. on 2/15/01. ( ecrs@wcnet.net ) 216.88.248.22

I have been doing bird taxidermy for about a year and a half. I would like to take some of my work to competition, but have a couple of questions.

Do most people buy birds from breeders to take to competition in order to get that perfect bird? Most bird taken in the field have some type of damage, or are not in full breeding plumage. Do the judges take this into consideration, and look at how you present the bird? Lets face it , in most cases you can only do so much with what Mother Nature gives you to work with. We all deal with this in or shops daily.

I have a Blue Wing Teal drake I wan't to do for competition. It is a good bird, but he not at his prime. I just don't know what to expect, and am trying to make a decision on what bird to do.

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Run what ya brung.

This response submitted by John C on 2/15/01. ( ) 208.44.115.93

Sure some purchase the perfect specimen for a show, I ask why unless your really really good. I would NOT purchase anything for a show. I feel like its a street race "Run what ya brung!" Dp the best with what you have, then when youare really up there about to go for the world championships use only the perfect specimen.

A judge that knock points off because of a imperfect specimen is wrong wrong wrong in my book! You are there to learn to mount better in most cases, so when you are to the point where you are knocking down blue ribbons each time, then and only then is it worth the added expense for a perfect specimen!


I agree with John C

This response submitted by Terry on 2/15/01. ( Birdmanterry@aol.com ) 64.12.97.6

I have only competed in 2 state competitions. The birds I used I shot myself Then mounted them. The reason I went was to get constructive critism. and believe me you will. Think of the competition as a learning experience with a bonus. Besides when you do other peoples trophys, they aren't perfect from a breeder either. One of the best complements I got was on a repair job I did. Just enjoy the experience and learn from it. It's not a bad idea to find one of the masters who will tell you what you can do to make your stuff better. I went to the winner of master catagory and asked them to look at my birds and critic them. In both cases I learned a lot. LOL


I agree with John C

This response submitted by Terry on 2/15/01. ( Birdmanterry@aol.com ) 64.12.97.6

I have only competed in 2 state competitions. The birds I used I shot myself Then mounted them. The reason I went was to get constructive critism. and believe me you will. Think of the competition as a learning experience with a bonus. Besides when you do other peoples trophys, they aren't perfect from a breeder either. One of the best complements I got was on a repair job I did. Just enjoy the experience and learn from it. It's not a bad idea to find one of the masters who will tell you what you can do to make your stuff better. I went to the winner of master catagory and asked them to look at my birds and critic them. In both cases I learned a lot. LOL


Bad bird

This response submitted by Chad Hornbuckle on 2/15/01. ( ) 172.157.228.126

I recieved my masters and have been competing for about 9 years now. When I judge a bird, I don't care if the bird has been bought or shot. Hell, I don't care if it was plucked... I judge the anatomy and feather groups. (I guess that wouldn't count on a plucked bird) What I'm saying is, the judge is a master taxidermist and knows the difference if the bird was immature or missing some feathers from being shot. I think you shouldn't concern yourself with the thought on how good the bird is as long as you learn from the compitions. Also don't just ask the judge to give you advise on your bird. swallow your pride and ask several taxidermist. I found out most will give you advise. Chad


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