Taxidermy Judges

World Class Taxidermy Judges

Over the years, the WTC has earned a reputation for having consistent judging, year after year. Ribbons are earned solely on the quality of the work. With this consistency comes validity; an award earned at the World Taxidermy Championshps will mean something, now, and twenty years from now. It is not impossible to win, as hundreds of competitors have demonstrated, but the judging is always of the highest calibre.

The world-class judges working at the 2017 show will be among the largest group of taxidermy judges ever assembled for a single competition. The following judging assignments have been established for the 2017 World Taxidermy Championships. Changes are possible and will be based on the actual workloads for various categories.

2017 World Taxidermy Championships Judging Administration

      Judging Chairman:
      Data Processing:
      Taxidermy Competition Operations:
      Taxidermy Competition Operations:
Wesley (Skip) Skidmore
Richard Graves
Dan Snyder
Becky Snyder

11 Mammal & Gamehead Judges
Wendy Christensen (Wisconsin)
Cary Cochran (Ohio)
Dawayne Dewey (Wyoming)
Vincent Fleming (North Carolina)
Jean Roll (Michigan)
Skip Skidmore (Utah)
Gene Smith (Georgia)
Phil Soucy (Montana)
Don Stevens (Alabama)
Jessica Stevens (Alabama)
Fred Vanderburgh (New York)
Marcus Zimmerman (Pennsylvania)

6 Bird Judges
Cary Cochran (Turkeys)
Tony Finazzo (California)
Jack Fishwick (England)
Joe Kaiser (Arkansas)
Billy Ollie (Louisiana)
Danny Owens (Texas)
Harvey Ziegler (Illinois)

2 Fish Judges
Kenneth Bauman (Oklahoma)
Jeff Mourning (Colorado)

2 Reptile Judges
Jeff Mourning (Colorado)
Skip Skidmore (Utah)

3 Akeley Award Judges
Ken Edwards (Georgia)
Joe Meder (Iowa)
Frank Newmyer (Michigan)

3 Collective Artists Judges
Jeff Mourning (Colorado)
Danny Owens (Texas)
Marcus Zimmerman (Pennsylvania)

5 Interpretive Taxidermy Judges
Kathy Blomquist (Louisiana)
Ken Edwards (Georgia)
Don Frank (Missouri)
Jeff Mourning (Colorado)
Danny Owens (Texas)

2 Novice Judges
Don Stevens (Alabama)
Jessica Stevens (Alabama)

3 Presculpted Taxidermy Judges
Wendy Christensen (Wisconsin)
Dawayne Dewey (Wyoming)
Gene Smith (Georgia)

Master Division Judging Procedure

The Best in World winner for each category is selected from the first place ribbon winners of the subcategories. If entries are eligible there can be a Second and Third in World selection. Once a Best in World winner is selected, the second place entry in that subcategory (if there is one that scores 90 or over), will move up to compete for Second in World against any other first place entries in that category.

For 2019, each entry in the Master Division will be independently scored by two judges and the scores averaged together. In the Master Division, the two category judges will make the final decision for Best in World, Second in World, and Third in World once they have their first-place pieces determined in each subcategory. An entry must have a score of 90 or higher to be eligible for a Best in World, Second in World, and Third in World. Only if there is a split decision, where each judge favors a different entry in deciding a Best in World title, will a third judge be brought in to cast a vote to break the tie. The results will be kept secret and announced at the World Show Awards banquet.

Competitors vying for the Best in World titles should pay very close attention to the subcategories. Some of the subcategories will be heavily competed in, while others may only have one or two entries. Remember — to win a Best in World title you must first have a First Place ribbon in a subcategory. You may want to consider competing in several of the subcategories to increase your chances of being considered in that final decision.

Each Collective Artists entry will be judged by a team of judges. After placements are determined in each category all taxidermy judges will evaluate the eligible entries for Best in World Collective Artist and cast individual secret ballots. Since this is one of only two divisions in which judges can compete, any judge competing in this division will not be eligible to judge in this division, nor cast a vote for Best in World (in that division).

* They only variation in selecting a Best in World in the Master Division may occur in Categories 15, 16 and 17 since more than two judges may be involved. If more than two judges are involved in the judging of these categories and entries score 90 or higher and are eligible for a World Title, all judges involved will be brought together to vote for Best in World in that category.

Master Division Judging Assignments

Category 1. Medium-Small Mammals (smaller than 75 lbs.)
a. Small mammals, less than 25 lbs.
b. Medium mammals, lifesize weight from 25 to 75 lbs.
c. Small mammals group
Judges for 2 score sheets:
Wendy Christensen, Jean Roll

Category 2. Large Mammals (larger than 75 lbs.)
a. Large mammals (long/thick hair)
b. Large mammals (short/thin hair)
c. Large mammals group
Judges for 2 score sheets:
Phil Soucy, Dawayne Dewey

Category 3. Whitetail Deer Heads
a. Whitetails long/thick hair, open mouth
b. Whitetails long/thick hair, closed mouth
c. Whitetails short/thin hair, open mouth
d. Whitetails short/thin hair, closed mouth
Judges for 2 score sheets:
Gene Smith, Vincent Fleming

Category 4. Medium-Small Gameheads (smaller than 75 lbs.)
a. Small gameheads (Based on estimated lifesize weight of 25 lbs. or less)
b. Medium gameheads (Based on estimated lifesize weight of 25–75 lbs.)
c. Half-lifesize gameheads (must include front feet)
d. Gameheads, group
Judges for 2 score sheets:
Wendy Christensen, Jean Roll

Category 5. Large Gameheads Non-Antlered/Non-Horned (Based on estimated lifesize weight of more than 75 lbs. or more)
a. Large gameheads (long/thick hair)
b. Large gameheads (short/thin hair)
c. Half-lifesize large gameheads (must include front feet)
d. Gameheads, group
Judges for 2 score sheets:
Marcus Zimmerman, Fred Vanderburgh

Category 65. Large Gameheads Antlered & Horned (Based on estimated lifesize weight of more than 75 lbs. or more)
a. Large gameheads (long/thick hair)
b. Large gameheads (short/thin hair)
c. Half-lifesize large gameheads (must include front feet)
d. Gameheads, group
Judges for 2 score sheets:
TBA

Category 7. Game Birds
a. Pheasants
b. Grouse
c. Quail
d. Migratory game birds (doves, rails, coots, cranes)
e. Game birds, group
Judges for 2 score sheets:
Danny Owens, Joe Kaiser

Category 8. Non-Game Birds
a. Small birds (magpie and smaller)
b. Large birds (crow, rook and larger)
c. Raptors and owls (birds of prey)
d. Non-game birds, group
Judges for 2 score sheets:
Tony Finazzo, Jack Fishwick

Category 9. Turkeys
a. Turkeys, strutting
b. Turkeys, open wings
c. Turkeys, standing
d. Turkeys, group
Judges for 2 score sheets:
Cary Cochran, Billy Ollie

Category 10. Waterfowl
a. Diving ducks (mergansers, stiff tails)
b. Puddle ducks
c. Geese and swans
d. Waterfowl group
Judges for 2 score sheets:
Billy Ollie, Harvey Zeigler

Category 11. Warm Water Fish (skin mounts)
a. Sunfish, perch, walleye, crappie, other bass
b. Other, 12 inches or smaller
c. Other, larger than 12 inches
d. Saltwater
e. Group
Judges for 2 score sheets:
Jeff Mourning, Kenneth Bauman

Category 12. Cold Water Fish (skin mounts)
a. Trout, salmon, char
b. Pike, muskellunge, pickerel
c. Other, 12 inches or smaller
d. Other, larger than 12 inches
e. Group
Judges for 2 score sheets:
Jeff Mourning, Kenneth Bauman

Category 13. Largemouth Bass (skin mounts)
a. Largemouth bass (single)
b. Largemouth bass (group)
Judges for 2 score sheets:
Jeff Mourning, Kenneth Bauman

Category 14. Reptiles, Amphibian, Other (skin mounts)
a. Reptiles, amphibian, other (single)
b. Reptiles, amphibian, other (group)
Judges for 2 score sheets:
Jeff Mourning, Skip Skidmore

Category 15. Reproductions
a. Fish: Jeff Mourning, Kenneth Bauman
b. Reptiles, amphibians, other: Jeff Mourning, Skip Skidmore
c. Mammal: To Be Determined
d. Group: To Be Determined
e. Miscellaneous: To Be Determined
Judges for 2 score sheets:
See Above *

Category 16. Re-Creations
a. Mammals: Wendy Christensen, Skip Skidmore
b. Birds: Tony Finazzo, Harvey Zeigler
c. Miscellaneous: To Be Determined
d. Re-Creation Group: To Be Determined
Judges for 2 score sheets:
See Above *

16. Mixed Group
Judges for 2 score sheets:
WILL BE SELECTED ACCORDING TO SPECIES ENTERED
Judges who vote for Best in World:
WILL BE SELECTED ACCORDING TO SPECIES ENTERED *

These judging assignments will be followed as closely as possible.

* They only variation in selecting a Best in World in the Master Division may occur in Categories 15, 16 and 17 since more than two judges may be involved. If more than two judges are involved in the judging of these categories and entries score 90 or higher and are eligible for a World Title, all judges involved will be brought together to vote for Best in World in that category.

IMPORTANT: If you plan to compete, you should read ALL of the competition rules. All Master Division entries must be entered by 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, May 1, 2019.