Texas Show 2015 Winners

I just returned from the Texas Taxidermy Association Inc. convention held in Tyler, Texas. It was one of the best state conventions that I have ever attended. With nearly 200 entries, the competition was an impressive display of beautiful taxidermy. But the warmth, enthusiasm and hospitality of the organizers and members made it an especially great experience.

I had always heard about what a good convention the Texas Association puts on, so I was honored to be invited as the show’s photographer this year. I had previously attended three NTA Conventions in Texas, but this was my first time at a state show. During the awards banquet, Brian Fees projected a Powerpoint presentation which included the photos of the winning entries as the winners were announced. I am pleased to present the major award winners below as they were announced at the awards banquet on Saturday night, June 27, 2015.

Texas Taxidermy Association Inc. 2015 Major Awards


Judges’ Best of Show – Breakthrough Award
Sponsored by Breakthrough
JERRY HUFFAKER Abilene, TX 0395 Leopard


Best of Masters Division
Chosen by the Judges
JAMES NEWPORT Pearsall, TX 0413 Whitetail Deer


Best of Professional Division
Chosen by the Judges
JAMES YARBOROUGH Cedar Park, TX 2547 Nilgai


Competitors’ Award
Highest combined scores of four entries
BOBBY MORRIS Seguin, TX 2561 Elk, 2562 Javelina, 2563 Red Stag, 0419 Whitetail


Masters Gamehead Challenge
Live speed-mounting competition
KAILUM ROOKS Pearsall, TX Auodad

McKenzie Taxidermists’ Choice Awards


McKenzie Taxidermists’ Choice Best Lifesize Mammal
Sponsored by McKenzie
JERRY HUFFAKER Abilene, TX 0395 Leopard


McKenzie Taxidermists’ Choice Best Gamehead
Sponsored by McKenzie
JAKE CARTER Alto, TX 0399 Whitetail Deer


McKenzie Taxidermists’ Choice Best Fish
Sponsored by McKenzie
JAMES MORRISON Huntsville, TX 0409 Bluegill


McKenzie Taxidermists’ Choice Best Bird
Sponsored by McKenzie
CHRIS BAILEY Wylie, TX 0400 Mandarin

TTAI People’s Choice Awards


People’ Choice Best of Show
Chosen by the Competitors
SHANE DAVENPORT Gilmer, TX 0408 Silver Fox


Studio Division First Place
Chosen by the Competitors
JIMMY FONTENOT San Angelo, TX 5088 Wolves


Studio Division Second Place
Chosen by the Competitors
ROY HOLDRIDGE Granbury, TX 5089 Zebra and Black Mamba


Studio Division Third Place
Chosen by the Competitors
JOSH GUENTHER Marion, TX 5092 Lion and Reedbuck


Best of Masters Division
Chosen by the Competitors
SHANE DAVENPORT Gilmer, TX 0408 Silver Fox


Best of Professional Division
Chosen by the Competitors
JOSH GUENTHER Marion, TX 2604 Boar


Best of Amatuer Division
Chosen by the Competitors
JULIAN BAEZ 4359 Whitetail Deer


Photo Division First Place
Chosen by the Competitors
AARON PAYER Austin, TX 3002 Lion Cub


Photo Division Second Place
Chosen by the Competitors
AARON PAYER Austin, TX 3001 Praying Mantis


Photo Division Second Place
Chosen by the Competitors
JOHN PAUL BARBER Austin, TX 3003 Macaws

Texas State Champion Awards – Masters Division


Texas State Champion, Gameheads
Highest Scoring Masters Entry
KENNETH BAUMAN Anadarko, OK 0407 Rattlesnake


Texas State Champion, Upland Gamebird
Highest Scoring Masters Entry
DANNY OWENS Lubbock, TX 0420 Sparrow


Texas State Champion, Upland Waterfowl
Highest Scoring Masters Entry
KOREY ALLEMAN Breaux Bridge, LA 0405 Speckled Belly Goose


Texas State Champion, Small Mammal
Highest Scoring Masters Entry
SHANE DAVENPORT Gilmer, TX 0408 Silver Fox


Texas State Champion, Large Mammal
Highest Scoring Masters Entry
JERRY HUFFAKER Abilene, TX 0395 Leopard


Texas State Champion, Large Mammal
Highest Scoring Masters Entry
JAMES NEWPORT Pearsall, TX 0413 Whitetail Deer


Texas State Champion, Gamehead
Highest Scoring Masters Entry
DAN TOUT Tucson, AZ 0396 Black Bear

Best of Category Awards – Professional Division


Best of Category Small Mammal
Highest Scoring Professional Entry
BOBBY MORRIS Tucson, AZ 2562 Javelina


Best of Category Whitetail Deer
Highest Scoring Professional Entry
NICK HANKIN 2597 Whitetail Deer


Best of Category Gameheads
Highest Scoring Professional Entry
JAMES YARBOROUGH Cedar Park, TX 2547 Nilgai

TTAI Sonsored Awards


Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation Award
Highest Scoring Elk in Professional or Masters Division
BOBBY MORRIS Tucson, AZ 2561 Elk


Mule Deer Foundation Award–Masters
Highest Scoring Mule Deer in Masters Division
BEN CROMEENS Houston, TX 0404 Mule Deer


Mule Deer Foundation Award–Professional
Highest Scoring Mule Deer in Professional Division
DARYL HAJEK Victoria, TX 2568 Mule Deer

Van Dyke’s Award
Most Original and Creative Presentation
DARYL HAJEK Victoria, TX 2568 Mule Deer


Amateur Division Horizon Award
Sponsored by Research Mannikins
JULIAN BAEZ 4359 Whitetail Deer


Second 2 Nature Award
Sponsored by Second 2 Nature
PEDRO AYALA San Antonio, TX 2581 Catalina Goat


Polytranspar Award
Sponsored by McKenzie
JAMES MORRISON Huntsville, TX 0409 Bluegill


Star Fish Award
Highest Scoring Reproduction Fish in Professional or Masters Division
TRAVIS FARLEY Canyon Lake, TX 2557 Catfish


Lifetone Award
Sponsored by ChemOddities
RONNIE ELLINGTON Riverside, TX 2607 Smallmouth Bass


Pro 1 Award
Sponsored by Pro 1 Hide Paste
JAMES MORRISON Huntsville, TX 2572 Whitetail Deer


Derma-Grip Award
Sponsored by Derma-Grip
JAMES NEWPORT Pearsall, TX 0413 Whitetail Deer

Taxidermy Today Woody Award
Sponsored by Taxidermy Today
JAMES NEWPORT Pearsall, TX 0413 Whitetail Deer


Carlos Adams Award
Sponsored by Kim And Danny Owens
DANNY OWENS Lubbock, TX 0420 Sparrow


TTAI Akeley Award
Sponsored by James Newport
JERRY HUFFAKER Abilene, TX 0395 Leopard


Dallas Safari Club Award
Sponsored by the Dallas Safari Club
SHANE DAVENPORT Gilmer, TX 0408 Silver Fox

Best Habitat Award
Sponsored by Al & Elelyn Holmes
SHANE DAVENPORT Gilmer, TX 0408 Silver Fox

Research Mannikins Award
Most Artistic Mammal and Habitat
SHANE DAVENPORT Gilmer, TX 0408 Silver Fox


Ducks Unlimited Award–Masters
Sponsored by Ducks Unlimited
CHRIS BAILEY Wylie, TX 0400 Mandarin


Ducks Unlimited Award–Professional
Sponsored by Ducks Unlimited
BROOK BEASON Shreveport, LA 2542 Pintail


WASCO Award
Most Artistic Entry
DAN TOUT Tucson, AZ 0396 Black Bear

Youth Awards


People’s Choice–Youth
Chosen by the Competitors
HANNAH CROMEENS Houston, TX 5471 Hog

First Place Age 9–16 Category
Chosen by the Judges
HANNAH CROMEENS Houston, TX 5471 Hog


Second Place Age 9–16 Category
Chosen by the Judges
JASON DELUE 5477 Hog


First Place Age 8 and Under Category
Chosen by the Judges
EMBRY GUENTHER Marion, TX 5478 Alligator


Second Place Age 8 and Under Category
Chosen by the Judges
BAILEA REEVES Baytown, TX 5468 Bison European Mount


Beetleshack–Judges’ Choice
Youth Skull Entry Chosen by the Judges
VINCENT HUNTER Odessa, TX 5474 Whitetail European Mount

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Al Belanger on American Pickers

Legendary taxidermist Al Belanger of Andover, Massachusetts, passed away on June 29, 2015 at the age of 77. Al had been a taxidermist for over 60 years, and was an early adopter and pioneer of the use of freeze-dry process in taxidermy. He was a regular fixture at state and national taxidermy conventions and had hundreds of lifelong friends. He was also an avid collector of all things taxidermy.

When looking for a photo of Al to place as a tribute on the home page of the Taxidermy.Net website, I recalled that he had been featured in a segment of the History Channel’s “American Pickers” television show in January 2012. I went to the American Pickers website to see if the show was offered for viewing online, but it was not available.

Fortunately, I had recorded Al’s segment off the air to use a small excerpt at the 2013 World Show banquet, where short clips of taxidermy in media were featured as part of the program. Watching the program, I realized that this video segment was an excellent portrayal of Al, showing his talent, his personality, his warmth, and even a bit of his life story. I thought it would be a nice tribute to the man to allow his many friends and colleagues to see this program again.

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Joe Kish Lifetime Achievement

On May 8, 2015, at the World Taxidermy and Fish Carving Championships® awards banquet held at the Springfield, Missouri University Plaza Expo Center, Show Chairman Larry Blomquist and Master of Ceremonies Russell Knight presented the fourth ever World Show Lifetime Achievement Award to Joe Kish of Shiro, Texas. Read the rest of this entry »

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2015 World Show Winners List

Here is the list of the top awards for the 2015 World Taxidermy & Fish Carving Championships® as they were revealed during the banquet on Friday night, May 8, 2015 in Springfield, Missouri.

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African Skin Ottoman Furniture

Roger Martin is one of the most gifted innovators in taxidermy. His creativity in developing new products that solve problems and open up new marketing possibilities for taxidermists is unequalled. Year after year he continues to amaze the industry with his original ideas that quickly become new standards. With the introduction of the McKenzie line of African ottomans, he has now merged taxidermy with fine furniture, opening up an entirely new market for taxidermists using existing or discarded trophy skins.

These ottoman kits create a great opportunity to utilize back skins to create a piece of fine furniture. If your client has been to Africa more than a few times, he probably has some additional tanned skins that he doesn’t know what to do with. These ottomans are an elegant solution for offering another way to display safari trophies, even in a trophy room with no additional wall space, and one which will be appreciated by all family members, hunters and interior decorators alike. Read the rest of this entry »

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