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.

2015 World Taxidermy & Fish Carving Championships®

MAJOR TAXIDERMY AWARDS


Simon T. Blackshaw Award for the Judges’ Choice Best of Show – $1,000 from Research Mannikins
LOWELL SHAPLEY, Wanette, OK
573 Rooster Pheasant


The Chairman’s Award
DAKOTA TAXIDERMY, Bismarck, ND
183 African Lions


Best All-Around Taxidermist, Master Division – $2,000 from Ohio Supply
SCOTT HUMBLE, Springville, UT
248 Kit Fox, 251 Elk, 252 Golden Eagle, 253 Brook Trout

Best All-Around Taxidermist, Professional Division – $1,000 from Ohio Supply
TONY GRABOWSKI, Whitehorse, YT, Canada
106 Dall Sheep, 107 Dall Sheep, 108 Pheasant, 109 Striped Marlin


Carl E. Akeley Award – $1,000 from WASCO
BRANDON ZAHN, Boling, TX
410 Ross Goose

Carl E. Akeley Award, Second Place
DANIEL MENG, Bismarck, ND
181 White Tiger

Carl E. Akeley Award, Third Place
DAVE CAMPBELL, Tacoma, WA
194 Tiger Rockfish


Master of Masters
BRIAN HENDRICKS, Scottville, MI
348 Grey Fox

Master of Masters, Second Place
KENT REEDY, Dixon, IA
368 Blue-Winged Teal

Master of Masters, Third Place
MATTHEW ZIMMERMAN, Denver, PA
260 Gaboon Viper


MASTER DIVISION TAXIDERMY


Best In World, Whitetail
PAUL CALES, Summerville, WV
434 Whitetail Deer

Second In World, Whitetail
NEIL FOWLER, Greentown, IN
10 Whitetail Deer

Third In World, Whitetail
JAMES NEWPORT, Pearsall, TX
307 Whitetail Deer


Best In World, Large Mammal
DANIEL MENG, Bismarck, ND
178 Leopard


Best In World, Medium/Small Mammal
DAVID FERGUSON, Harrisville, UT
275 Bobcat


Best In World, Medium/Small Gamehead
JERRY HUFFAKER, Abilene, TX
85 Desert Bighorn Sheep

Second In World, Medium/Small Gamehead
REBECCA WILCHER, Ashdown, AR
28 Tahr

Third In World, Medium/Small Gamehead
CAROLIN BRAK-DOLNY, Frankford, ON, Canada
279 Wild Boar Piglet


Best In World, Waterfowl
BRANDON ZAHN, Boling, TX
410 Ross Goose

Second In World, Waterfowl
KOREY ALLEMAN, Breaux Bridge, LA
58 Mallard

Third In World, Waterfowl
MIKE NAKIELSKI, Iron Ridge, WI
377 Wood Duck (Flying)


Best In World, Turkey
JAMES WOOD, Collins, MO
417 Wild Turkey

Second In World, Turkey
DENNIS WESSNER, Tower City, PA
124 Goulds Turkey (Male)

Third In World, Turkey
CHIP HAYES, Manchester, TN
476 Wild Turkey


Best In World, Game Bird
LOWELL SHAPLEY, Wanette, OK
573 Rooster Pheasant

Second In World, Game Bird
FRED BARILLA, Carle Place, NY
366 Pheasant

Third In World, Game Bird
JONATHAN WRIGHT, Mesick, MI
233 Rooster Pheasant


Best In World, Non-Game Bird
TONY FINAZZO, San Bernadino, CA
296 Banty Rooster


Best In World, Warmwater Fish Skin Mount
DAVE CAMPBELL, Tacoma, WA
194 Tiger Rockfish


Best In World, Re-Creation
SCOTT HUMBLE, Springville, UT
252 Golden Eagle

Second In World, Re-Creation
CAROLIN BRAK-DOLNY, Frankford, ON, Canada
278 Raccoon Dog

Third In World, Re-Creation
JOSH GUGE, Gilberts, IL
585 Kingfisher and Bluegill


Best In World, Mixed Group
DON FRANK, Smithville, MO
343 Largemouth Bass and Frog


Best In World, Reptile/Amphibian/Other Skin Mount
RODNEY SCHREURS, Cedar Grove, WI
465 Clam


Best In World, Reproduction
DAVE CAMPBELL, Tacoma, WA
192 Rainbow Trout

Second In World, Reproduction
TYLER ERICKSON, Brookings, SD
462 Yellow Perch


Best In World, Collective Artists – $1,000 from Tohickon
PHIL SOUCY, FOREST HART and MIKE VERNELSON, Libby, MT
129 Jaguar

Best of Category, Collective Artists, Recreations and Replicas – $400 from Tohickon
FRANK NEWMYER and EARL MARTZ, Gladwin, MI
243 Marco Polo Sheep

Best of Category, Collective Artists, Fish – $400 from Tohickon
MATTHEW ZIMMERMAN and SHANE ZIMMERMAN, Denver, PA
261 Western Diamondback Rattlesnake

Best of Category, Collective Artists, Bird – $400 from Tohickon
FRANK NEWMYER and EARL MARTZ, Gladwin, MI
406 Bufflehead Pair

Best of Category, Collective Artists, Gamehead – $400 from Tohickon
MARK SMART and CLARK SCHREIBEIS, Billings, MT
335 Canadian Moose

Best of Category, Collective Artists, Lifesize Mammal – $400 from Tohickon
PHIL SOUCY, FOREST HART and MIKE VERNELSON, Libby, MT
129 Jaguar


Best of Division, Interpretive Art – $1,000 from Derma-Grip
DON FRANK, Smithville, MO
346 Redfish and Hands


Competitors’ Choice Award
LOWELL SHAPLEY, Wanette, OK
573 Rooster Pheasant


Best In World, Live Taxidermy Sculpture
DAVID FERGUSON, Harrisville, UT
273 Bobcat

Second In World, Live Taxidermy Sculpture
VIC HEINCKER, Zebulon, NC
578 Antelope

Third In World, Live Taxidermy Sculpture
BILL NEUMAN, Bismarck, ND
149 Mountain Goat


Best of Category, Taxidermy Sculpture, Mammal
TRAVIS DEVILLIERS, Bela Bela, South Africa
432 Genet Cat

Best of Category, Taxidermy Sculpture, Gamehead
GREG BRUMFIELD, Clifton, CO
389 Bighorn Sheep


PROFESSIONAL DIVISION TAXIDERMY


Best Professional Entry – $1,000 from McKenzie
RON FURGESON, Petoskey, MI
487 Whitetail Deer

Best of Category, Skeleton
JIM HESS, Byron, IL
535 Black Bear Cub

Best of Category, Re-Creation
JOE KISH, Shiro, TX
579 Elephant

Best of Category, Reproduction
KLAUS LEBRECHT, New Richmond, WI
239 Replica Whitetail Deer Antler

Best of Category, Reptile, Amphibian, Invertebrate
TED SCHOLES, Marion, IL
173 Common Snapping Turtle

Best of Category, Fish
CASEY WATTERSON, Mount Gilead, OH
474 Yellow Perch

Best of Category, Bird
GREG POLLAUF, Oregon, OH
101 Harlequin Duck (Drake)

Best of Category, Gamehead
SHANE DAVENPORT, Gilmer, TX
143 Bobcat

Best of Category, Whitetail Deer Head
RON FURGESON, Petoskey, MI
487 Whitetail Deer

Best of Category, Lifesize Mammal
DIRK BAWDEN, Erda, UT
333 Duiker


Best Novice Entry
GINNIE SMITH, Louisville, GA
570 Whitetail Deer


Best Youth Entry
OWEN MANNING, Missoula, MN
203 Pukeko


COMPETITOR’S AWARDS


Competitors’ Award, Master Division, First Place – $5,000 from Big Rock/Head Quarters
MIKE NAKIELSKI, Iron Ridge, WI
378 Wood Duck Hen, 377 Wood Duck (Flying), 376 Wood Duck (Standing), 374 Wood Duck (Sleeping Drake),

Competitors’ Award, Master Division, Second Place – $3,000 from Big Rock/Head Quarters
BRANDON ZAHN, Boling, TX
409 Snow/Ross Goose Hybrid, 408 Pintail Pair, 411 Gadwall, 410 Ross Goose

Competitors’ Award, Master Division, Third Place – $2,000 from Big Rock/Head Quarters
JERRY FROELICH, St. Cloud, MN
455 Shoveler/Bluewing Cross, 450 Pintail/Mallard Cross, 447 King Eider Hen, 446 Bufflehead

Competitors’ Award, Master Division, Fourth Place – $1,000 from Big Rock/Head Quarters
CHIP HAYES, Manchester, TN
471 Whitetail Deer, 475 Red Fox, 476 Turkey, 479 Bobcat

Competitors’ Award, Master Division, Fifth Place – $600 from Big Rock/Head Quarters
CAROLIN BRAK-DOLNY, Frankford, ON Canada
274 Whitetail Deer Fawn, 277 Coyote, 279 Wild Boar Piglet, 278 Raccoon Dog


Competitors’ Award, Professional Division, First Place – $3,000 from Big Rock/HeadQuarters
GREG POLLAUF, Oregon, OH
103 Snow Goose, 101 Harlequin Duck (Drake), 105 Common Eider (Hen), 104 Canvasback Duck (Drake)

Competitors’ Award, Professional Division, Second Place – $2,000 from Big Rock/Head Quarters
THOMAS HANSEN, Windom, MN
238 River Otter, 236 Pronghorn Antelope, 235 Wolf, 237 Pronghorn Antelope

Competitors’ Award, Professional Division, Third Place – $1,000 from Big Rock/Head Quarters
TONY GRABOWSKI, Whitehorse, YT Canada
106 Dall Sheep, 115 Dall Sheep, 99 Dall Sheep, 107 Dall Sheep,

Competitors’ Award, Professional Division, Fourth Place – $500 from Big Rock/Head Quarters
ALLIS MARKHAM, Los Angeles, CA
526 Western Scrub Jay (Eating), 530 Western Scrub Jay (Perched), 528 Plush Crested Jay, 524 Green Honeycreeper (Male)

Competitors’ Award, Professional Division, Fifth Place – $500 from Big Rock/Head Quarters
TRAVIS MCLEOD, Lowell, MI
187 Harlequin Duck, 185 Surfscoter Duck, 177 Wood Duck/Widgeon Cross, 189 Cinnamon Teal


FISH CARVING


Judges’ Choice, Best of Show, Fish Carving
MICHAEL BUELNA , Orland, CA
564 Coral Hind

Best In World, Open Level, Decorative Lifesize Fish Carving
MICHAEL BUELNA , Orland, CA
564 Coral Hind

Second In World, Open Level, Decorative Lifesize Fish Carving
JOSH GUGE, Gilberts, IL
584 Lionfish

Third In World, Open Level, Decorative Lifesize Fish Carving
BOB BERRY, El Cajon, CA
601 Barramundi

Best In World, Open Level, Decorative Miniature Fish Carving
PHIL BRANNAN, Lumberton, TX
575 Alligator Gar

Best In World, Open Level, Natural Finish Fish Carving
PHIL BRANNAN, Lumberton, TX
577 Rainbow Trout


Best of Show, Intermediate Level, Fish Carving
LENNART PETTERSSON, Balinge, Sweden
489 Leafy Seadragon

Best of Show, Novice Level, Fish Carving
RANDI FOWLER, St. Charles, IL
507 Indigo Hamlets / Blue Spotted Grouper


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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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Whitetail Savings Club Benefits

I was recently talking to a taxidermist friend of mine when I casually asked how he liked the new McKenzie Whitetail Savings Club. His answer surprised me. He told me that had not enrolled in the club yet, even though he was buying whitetail mannikins from McKenzie every month. He said he wasn’t even planning to join. He explained, “That’s only like a dollar off on each form. It’s hardly worth my time.”

I realized right then that he didn’t understand the full scope of the benefits of this new program. It is much more than just a dollar credit for each mannikin. Club members can easily save $100 in shipping charges, even with the purchase of as few as a dozen deer forms. In fact, quite a few taxidermists have already surpassed $100 in savings in the first two months of this year! Read the rest of this entry »

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The Carl E. Akeley Memorial Stone

On May 21, 2014, the town of Clarendon, New York celebrated the 150th birthday of its most famous resident, Carl Akeley. Over 150 people attended the event hosted by Melissa Ierlan from the Clarendon Historical Society. Known as “the father of modern taxidermy,” Carl E. Akeley is the most revered master of his art. Nearly all modern taxidermy methods can be traced back to his innovations and inventions from a century ago.

Special guest speakers at the gala included taxidermy historian and past NTA President John Janelli of New Jersey, famed wildlife attorney Mike Oropallo of New York, and Akeley biographer Jay Kirk who authored the book “Kingdom Under Glass.” Presentations were made to the historical society, with John Janelli providing a copy of one of Akeley’s death masks from the gorilla “the Old Man of Mikeno” given by The Conservation Force and John J. Jackson III. Mike Oropallo, a partner in a Syracuse Law Firm, Hiscock & Barclay and contributor to Breakthrough Magazine was on hand to present the Historical Society with a letter written by the Blomquists along with a gold World Taxidermy Championships® medallion featuring Akeley on one side at age 19 and Jumbo the elephant on the other. It was a great evening, honoring Clarendon’s most famous son. Accounts of the celebration can be found online at Orleans Hub, The Daily News, and The Rochester Democrat & Chronicle. Read the rest of this entry »

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~ In Memoriam 2014 ~

Despite our best efforts to hold on to the past, time marches on relentlessly. As 2014 comes to a close, we pause to pay tribute and reflect on the family, friends and colleagues that we lost during the year. In my family, the circle of life in 2014 was bittersweet. I lost my only sister suddenly to a heart attack in May, yet saw the arrival of two precious new granddaughters in January and November.

The losses to the taxidermy community were bittersweet as well. The departed’s absence from our lives will be felt for years to come, but their work, their art, their relationships, and their memories will live on within those of us whom were touched by their presence in our little corner of the world. Here are some of the friends, family, and colleagues that we lost in 2014. Read the rest of this entry »

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