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Professional Division
Rules and Regulations

1. Who May Compete: Anyone who desires may enter this open division. This competition is geared toward professional taxidermists.

2. Judging: Although the scoring system is the same, judging will be less difficult than in the Master Division. Good professional taxidermy standards will be considered and traditional sportsman-oriented poses will be acceptable. Mounts must be technically correct as to today's commercial standards as interpreted by the judging staff. Each entry will be judged separately and independently by one of the division judges.

3. Awards: The Best Professional Entry, chosen from nine Best of Category winners, will receive $2,000.00 ($1,000.00 from McKenzie Taxidermy Supply and $1,000.00 from Roger Martin Industries). There will be nine Best of Category ribbons:
      A. Lifesize Mammals
      B. Whitetail Deer Heads
      C. Gameheads
      D. Birds
      E. Fish Skin Mounts
      F. Reptiles/Amphibians/Invertebrates Skin Mounts
      G. Reproductions: Fish/Reptiles/Amphibians
      H. Re-Creations
      I. Mixed Group
Multiple First, Second and Third place ribbons will be awarded in each category. First Place: 90 or above. Second Place: 80-89. Third Place: 70-79.

4. Multiple Entries: There is no limit to the number of entries a competitor may place in the competition. A competitor with multiple entries may receive as many awards as are earned by his or her entries.

5. Individual Work: All taxidermy procedures must be done by the individual competitor and certified as such by his or her signature at the time of entering.

6. Reproductions: In this division, commercial blanks will be allowed as long as the competitor performs all the finishing of the blank. In other words, you cannot purchase a finished blank and enter it in your name.

7. Freeze Dry: Freeze dry preservation of flesh may not be entered in this division. Specifically, all parts of the specimen must be completely skinned (including the head), prepared, and then mounted over a mannikin prior to any freeze dry preservation to reduce shrinkage. (In this division, freeze dried or artificial turkey heads prepared by others will be allowed.)

8. Professional Division Categories:
      A. Lifesize Mammals
      B. Whitetail Deer Heads
      C. Gameheads
      D. Birds
      E. Fish Skin Mounts (See Master Division Category 6)
      F. Reptiles/Amphibians/Invertebrates Skin Mounts
      G. Reproductions: Fish/Reptiles/Amphibians
      H. Re-Creations (See Master Division Category 9)
      I. Mixed Group (See Master Division Category 10

Interpretations of all rulings or regulations (and any rules not provided for) will be decided by the World Taxidermy Championships® Regulatory Committee. If you have a specific question regarding the competition, contact Regulatory Committee Chairman, Skip Skidmore at Brigham Young University, 290 M.L. Bean Museum, Provo, UT 84602. Telephone: 801-378-5052.

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