Taxidermy Seminars

See the Best Taxidermy Seminar Lineup Ever Assembled!

One of the major highlights of the World Taxidermy Championships is the seminar program. Through the years, many outstanding taxidermists have shared their techniques for the first time at the WTC Seminars. The world-class instructors for this year’s lineup represent some of the best seminar instructors ever assembled for one event, with some making their North American debut. There will be three or four separate seminar areas within the Crowne Plaza Convention Center, which will allow participants a choice during each seminar session.

Tuesday Evening WTC Seminar
May 16, 2017


Seminar #1
6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. — Tuesday, May 16
Ken Walker: Mammal Taxidermy
World Champion taxidermist and sculptor, Ken Walker of Canada, will demonstrate the process of lifesize mammal taxidermy. Ken’s seminars are always both educational and entertaining.

Wednesday Morning WTC Seminars
May 17, 2017


Seminar #2
9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. — Wednesday, May 17
Matthew Zimmerman: Mounting a Rattlesnake
Two-time World Champion reptile taxidermist Matthew Zimmerman of Pennsylvania will demonstrate his procedures for mounting a rattlesnake.


Seminar #3
9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. — Wednesday, May 17
Travis De Villiers: Taxidermy Sculpting and Molding
Talented sculptor Travis De Villiers of Africa will present his methods for sculpting and mold-making.


Seminar #4
9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. — Wednesday, May 17
Mike Kirkhart: Painting a Largemouth Bass
Two-time world champion fish taxidermist Mike Kirkhart of Florida will demonstrate his award-winning method for painting a largemouth bass.

Wednesday Afternoon WTC Seminars
May 17, 2017


Seminar #5
1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. — Wednesday, May 17
Vincent Fleming: Mounting a Whitetail Deer
Best in World Whitetail Deer Champion Vincent Fleming of North Carolina will demonstrate his techniques for mounting a whitetail deer shoulder mount.


Seminar #6
1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. — Wednesday, May 17
Clay Wagner: Pedestal Bobcat
Texas taxidermist Clay Wagner won a National Championship title in 2013 with a pedestal bobcat mount. In this seminar, he will show how he did it.


Seminar #7
1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. — Wednesday, May 17
Jeff Mourning: Painting a Cold-water Fish
Five-time gold Akeley medallion winner Jeff Mourning of Colorado will reveal his techniques for painting a beautiful trout during this live seminar demonstration.

Wednesday Evening WTC Seminar
May 17, 2017

Seminar #8
7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. — Wednesday, May 17
Robyn Rocke: Business
Robyn Rocke of Illinois has built a strong taxidermy business over the past 33 years. In this seminar, he explains the business aspects of running a successful studio.

Special Thursday All Day Seminar
May 18, 2015


Super Seminar
Thursday 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Dennis Harris: Super Seminar: African Lion/Cape Buffalo
In this super seminar on Thursday and Friday, Dennis Harris of Michigan will demonstrate his techniques for mounting a dynamic African action scene with an African lion and a Cape buffalo.

Thursday Morning WTC Seminars
May 18, 2017


Seminar #9
8:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. — Thursday, May 18
Gene Smith: Whitetail Deer Competition Techniques
Two-time Best in World Whitetail Deer champion Gene Smith of Georgia will reveal the techniques that he uses to put life into his deerheads.


Seminar #10
8:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. — Thursday, May 18
Dale Manning: Competition Bird Techniques
World Champion Dale Manning will reveal his tips and tricks on how to achieve the most success in mounting birds for competition.

Thursday Afternoon WTC Seminars
May 18, 2019


Seminar #11
1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. — Thursday, May 18
Frank Newmyer: Design and Composition
The most award winning taxidermist in history, Frank Newmyer of Michigan will present this discourse on design and composition for taxidermy displays.


Seminar #12
1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. — Thursday, May 18
Shane Davenport: Mounting a Gray Fox
Shane Davenport of Texas will reveal techniques and tips that will enable you to perfect your next life-size fox mount.

Friday Morning WTC Seminars
May 19, 2017


Super Seminar
Friday 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Dennis Harris: Super Seminar: African Lion/Cape Buffalo
In the final Friday morning session of the super seminar started on Thursday, Dennis Harris of Michigan will complete his techniques for mounting a dynamic African action scene with an African lion and a Cape buffalo.

Seminar #13
8:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. — Friday, May 19
Mike Orthober: Gamebirds
Four-time World Champion Mike Orthober of Michigan will demonstrate his procedures for mounting gamebirds in a spectacular lifelike manner.


Seminar #14
8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. — Friday, May 19
Jeff Mourning: Mounting Techniques for Coldwater Fish
Colorado’s Jeff Mourning will reveal his methods for mounting beautiful coldwater fish.

Friday Afternoon WTC Seminars
May 19, 2017


Seminar #15
2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. — Friday, May 19
Matthew Zimmerman: Finishing a Rattlesnake/Reptiles
World Taxidermy Reptile Champion Matthew Zimmerman of Pennsylvania will demonstrate his techniques for finishing reptiles and rattlesnakes.


Seminar #16
2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. — Friday, May 19
Mike Noonkester: Casting/Sculpting a WT Deer Gamehead
Mike Noonkester of Virginia has sculpted and molded many commercial lines of whitetail deer mannikins and game heads. In this seminar he shows you how to do it.