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Title: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: antlerman on October 21, 2010, 08:15:32 PM
I have spent some time working on trying to get everything condensed into one post.  Here it is. Should be easier to find the answers to your questions. ALL the information is here.  



                     MIDWEST REGIONAL TAXIDERMY CONVENTION      
                              At the COPPER DOCK WINERY  
                                      In Pocahontas, Illinois
                                    September 23-25, 2011

 You are cordially invited to join us for a weekend of fun, education, competition, fine dining and wine tasting. We have gathered some of the top instructors in the world.  We hope to make this an annual event and welcome any and all taxidermist from around the world to come. We are not going to be in a stuffy motel. Most of the seminars will be conducted outside or under pavilions in the beautiful atmosphere of this gorgeous winery.
The Winery Bar, Docks, and Patio’s overlook a beautiful lake with wildlife all around.  This Winery is a brand new multi million dollar facility. The banquet hall has seating for 350 people. It is complete with a wine, cheese, meat and bread deli. A complete bar and grill awaits you, where you are served by some of the prettiest and friendliest waitresses serving the coldest beer and drinks around.  Tables adorn the two story dock and patio areas. Visit with your friends or go sit alone, just the two of you, in this romantic setting. Built as an outdoor wedding venue, this place sparkles with class and style. There is plenty of parking. So come join us, and take a late summer vacation before the busy hunting season arrives, and get one more good convention in before the weather turns cold. Late September in Illinois is the prettiest time of the year, and the temps are usually mild.


 
SEMINARS:   3 days of hands on seminars, taught by some of the very best in the industry with 5 packages to choice from.



THE WHITETAIL/GAMEHEAD PACKAGE
World Renowned Whitetail Artist Bill Yox from New York
     Bill will be teaching whitetail anatomy. The true secret behind creating lifelike representations of the Whitetail deer. Learn expression and attitude. Watch as Bill transforms a commercial manikin into a one of a kind artistic sculpture that will capture the attention of your customers and set you apart from your competition. Knowledge of what is going on under the skin is what separates an artist from a taxidermist.  Then, in session 2, watch as Bill mounts the skin and teaches alignment and expression. Eye set, rotation, and attitude.  If you truly want to learn whitetail taxidermy, this is a do not miss seminar. Add to that, Bill will also be doing the same thing with a RED HERTEBEEST in session 3. Wishing to get into AFRICAN GAME HEADS?  Here is your chance. Learn the differences in working with N. American skins verses African skins.  That is 3 full sessions with one of the best taxidermist in the country.
 But that’s not all. You get 2 more sessions with the one and only Michael P. Schlabach from LaGrange Texas.  Michael will be teaching his outstanding pedestal backing techniques, HANDS ON!!  PLUS, receive FREE OF CHARGE your very own Gene Smith Wall Pedestal Mannikin courtesy of HEAD QUARTERS SUPPLY for doing your rock habitat on, and take it home with you. You will learn how to sell it and how you too can put an additional 150.00 in your pocket on every deer head mount you do. I said there were 2 sessions right?   Here’s the second. Watch Michael mount a commercial deer head. This is for you beginners that need some direction. We will call this DEER HEADS made SIMPLE.  Need to get smoother and quicker with your production work? This is the class for you. You will learn Michael’s hide paste formula, his BONDO ear techniques. How to set antlers, eyes, and ear butts. How to produce a customer mount that both you are your customer can be proud to have on the wall.
Now, there is one more session in this package.
That session belongs to Antler Replicator Tim Thacker.  Learn his methods of antler tine repair. Learn the steps he uses in molding and casting realistic and simple, easy to do tine repair. He will teach you how to paint using oils and how you can turn an otherwise daunting task into easy money. End your repair struggles once and for all. Make your customers proud to call you their taxidermist, while paying yourself great dividends. Learn how 30 minutes can put 200.00 in your pocket. Bring your broken rack along with you and fix it together.




THE WATERFOWL PACKAGE
World Champion Kent Reedy from Iowa    
                 This is a seminar for those who want to learn the finer things in bird taxidermy. What can I say that hasn’t already been said? The name Kent Reedy is synonymous with BEST BIRD GUY IN THE WORLD. How could it get any better than this?  Kent will teach his techniques and approaches that has won him a world title. You will work side by side with Kent on your very own Mallard Drake. You bring your own skin already fleshed and degreased and EVERYTHING else is being provided for you. (manikin, eyes, wire, paint, caulk & etc.)  You will learn proper anatomy, manikin alteration, posing and positioning, casting of heads and feet, and finish detail work.  This is a limited class of 10 students. This is a do not miss. I expect to see many of the top bird guys at this one.



TURTLE SOUP ANYONE
In this package you get, not one but two, MASTER REPTILE taxidermists.
TOM VOYER from New Hampshire AND DAN “PSYCHO” HUDZIK from Illinois TOGETHER AGAIN.

Learn to skin, preserve, mount and finish one of the best tasting species in N. America. The animal that carries’s his home on his back. The SNAPPING TURTLE. I’ve seen many people over the last few years get involved in the ever growing world of REPTILE TAXIDERMY. Many have won in competition and have added reptiles to their commercial business repertoire. These guys will work feverishly with you every step of the way.  Learn how to dissect, preserve and mount one of the oldest creatures on earth. Learn to carve bodies out of foam and shape with clay. How to assemble and finish. These two guys know their stuff. Both have won many awards at both the state and world levels. You will have a blast working with these guys, I assure. All you have to do is show up. EVERYTHING is being provided for you. The turtles, the eyes, the clay, the foam, the paint. It’s ALL here. All you have to bring is a good attitude and a desire to learn. These guys will provide everything else, with a big help from Blaine “coonhollow” Gerow who is busy as hell right now catching you your very own turtle. This will be a FUN FUN class.


LIFESIZE MAMMAL PACKAGE   UPDATE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!    Ray Hatfield from Cody, Wy. will be here!!   OH YEAH!!   Ray says; Bring your very own lifesize mammal to mount and LET's Get Busy Together.  When was an opportunity like this EVERY offered? Lifesize deer, bears, you name it and you get to work side by side with one of the industries most accomplished taxidermists. Rays owns and operates one of the largest studio's in the world and produces some of the most artistic creations ever found in the world of taxidermy. We all watched in awe as the DALLAS PROJECT came together. Now you can work side by side with Ray and get the opportunity to pick his brain for three full days. Money can't buy this everyday of the week. Just think, bring that big customers mount that you have been avoiding and get it done with Ray. That alone will put money in YOUR pocket. Don't miss this FANTASTIC OPPORTUNITY. I know I won't.


FISH PACKAGE
NEWLY CROWNED WORLD FINALIST “FISHHEAD” BRIAN CLAAR from PENNSYLVANIA   HANDS ON SEMINAR

WOW……NOW JUST HOW LUCKY CAN WE GET?
Entry into the HIGHLY competitive world of fish taxidermy. A world where not many have graced the stage at the top pinnacle. We are fortunate to have Brain. come to us with his awesome array of talent. Few exist who can match Brian’s knowledge of color and unique style and methods of fish taxidermy.  This is one of those seminars that just couldn’t be bought anywhere else for this price. This is another hand’s on seminar. I can’t believe this even as I type it. You will be given a Gary Bruch small mouth bass replica blank, from WASCO. You will be given a supply of Wood’s and Water Paints, Courtesy of Badger and Paul Borkowski. You will work side by side with Brian as he teaches you to PROPERLY prepare a blank for finishing. Bring with you a Dremel tool and bits and an airbrush. You will paint right alone beside one of the best in the world. You will create a FINISHED piece on a WALNUT CREEK HARDWOOD base. Michael P. will slip in and help with creating a rock base.  After 3 days of intense training and hard work, you will leave with a mount worthy of the highest praise in any fish taxidermy arena. The mount alone is worth more than the cost of this seminar weekend. The knowledge you gain will be FREE. But wait. Do you think that’s all we got?  Get this….ONE of you students is going to win a full day “one on one” with Brian on anything you want to learn or cover. Folks, that kind of thing right there will make you a Master Fish Taxidermist. You don’t get “one on one” training from someone like Brian without spending some serious money. And I do mean serious money. Brian has raised the roof on this one just for you.  This class is limited to 15 students. I don’t know where else in the world you can beat this deal.

Each seminar participate will receive a FRAMED CERTIFICATE of COMPLETION, signed by the respective instructors to hang on your show room wall for your customers to see.


COST
There it is folks. Pick the package you wish to attend. The cost of the seminar weekend is a mere 500.00. That includes the seminars, the banquet and one competition entry.  All limited seminars are 500.00 per person and must be secured with your deposit of 300.00 no later than September 15, 2011.

A second family member or employee can also attend any of the non limited seminars for a discounted rate of 300.00. A security deposit of 300.00 per attendee is due a.s.a.p., but no later than Sept 15, 2011.

 Late entries will be charged an additional 50.00

Please notify us which seminar package you wish to attend by calling 618.669.2518


     VENDERS…COMPETITION...AWARDS…BANQUET...LODGING

We are working on adding to our vendors list, but here are some you can expect to be here.
WALNUT CREEK HARDWOODS
SMOOTH-ON CASTING SUPPLIES   Doug Bridges will also be in many of the seminars casting with you.
RESEARCH MANIKINS
MATT STARK, THE DRIFTWOOD HUNTER
THACK’S RACK SHACK REPRODUCTION ANTLERS
BEAR ESSENTIALS TANNING PRODUCTS
AMERICAN INSURANCE ALLIANCE
CUSTOM COPPER BASES by ROSS VOGLER
REFLECTIVE EYES by HARLEY CRAIG


COMPETITION
 A competition and awards banquet will also take place as part of our weekend convention.  Entrees will be accepted in the Masters, Professional, and Novice/Youth Divisions.  Categories will exist for Deer Heads, Game Heads, Birds, Fish, Reptiles and Mammals. An A, B, C, scoring system will be used. Judges decisions will be final. Judges may give a numerical score at their discretion. Ribbons will be awarded. A Combined Artists Division will exist and all entries in that division will compete at the Master's level.
Each seminar attendee will be allowed one entry at no charge. Additional entrees will cost 15.00 per entry. All entrees MUST be in the competition area by 8 pm on Friday, September, 23.  Judging will take place beginning at 8 pm.  All entrees must remain until Sunday, and will be released at 3pm. Competition WILL be open to all who wish to come. Those who are NOT seminar participants will be charged a 75.00 entry fee and 25.00 for their first entry, and 15.00 for each additional entry.  Public viewing will be open on Saturday from 10am till 3pm. And again on Sunday from 10am till 3pm.  A 5.00 admission will be charged for adults. Children under18 will be 2.00 and children under 12 are free.


AWARDS
With each passing day the awards sponsors are increasing. You can come expecting the same types of awards that are commonly expected at most state shows. Here is a partial list of potential awards to be won.

WASCO AWARD   most artistic entry as chosen by the judges

BREAKTHROUGH AWARD  Best of Show as chosen by the Judges

COPPER DOCK WINERY AWARD    Best of Show as chosen by the Host
   (This is a beautiful award)   Along with a cash prize.

COPPER DOCK WINERY BEST PROFESSIONAL ENTRY
A smaller version of the BEST of SHOW AWARD with a cash prize

COPPER DOCK WINERY BEST NOVICE/YOUTH ENTRY with a cash prize.

McKenzie AWARDS given to the best FISH, best BIRD, best WHITETAIL, and best MAMMAL competitor’s choice

MIDWEST REGIONAL TAXIDERMY CONVENTION BEST of CATEGORY AWARDS
Goes to the highest scoring entry in each category of the Masters and Professional divisions.

Combines Artists Category Awards will be Judged at a masters level and only 3 awards will be competed for. 1st, 2nd, and 3rd.

Best Novice/Youth entry Award.

Peoples Choice Award    

Competitors Choice Award

Walnut Creek Hardwood Award

Research Mannikin Awards   Best Masters, best professional and best novice.

Al Holmes Memorial Best Habitat Award

U.T.A.   Artisan Award

Polytranspar Award


Expect many special interest awards also.

Rocky Mountian Elk Federation
Ducks Unlimited
Whitetails Unlimited
National Wild Turkey Federation
S.C. I.
B.A.S.S. Federation
Carlyle Lake Waterfowlers Assoc.
ART Rocks
Copper Artistry
Reflective Eyes



BANQUET

A banquet style meal will be served on Saturday Night as part of the awards ceremony at no extra charge to seminar attendees. Banquet costs for non seminar attendee's is 25.00 per plate.

A cash bar happy hour will start at 5pm with the meal served at 6pm.

Awards ceremony will start at 7pm.  

Immediately after the awards ceremony judges will be available for critiques.

Doors will close at 11pm and will reopen at 9 am on Sunday.

The COPPER DOCK BAR will be open until 2am.

On the menu:

This is a buffet style banquet with:

Start with a COPPER DOCK HOUSE SALAD  
(Iceberg, romaine, and red leaf lettuce tossed with cherry tomatoes, red onions, and fresh mushrooms. This salad is served with your choice of the following dressings. Thousand Island, Poppy seed, French, Raspberry Vinaigrette, Blue Cheese, House Ranch, Honey Mustard, Lite Balsamic Vinaigrette

Then on to the hot meal:
Grilled Chicken Breast   (char-broiled and smothered in freshly grilled green peppers and onions)
Herbed Rump Roast    (tender roast beef accompanied by a blend of select herbs, served in au jus)
Garlic Roasted Mashed Potatoes (Served with a hint of garlic and chives)
Green Beans Almandine (Sautéed green beans prepared with slivered almonds,      butter and lemon juice)
Italian Pasta Salad   ( a tri-color farfalle pasta, cheese, fresh vegetables, and olives in a vinaigrette dressing)
Topped off with a New York Style Cheesecake (Choices are: strawberry, raspberry, swirl and plain)

LODGING
POWHATEN MOTEL ¼ MILE FROM WINERY  618.669.2271
(cheaper older motel) should serve well for the heaviest of drinkers)
SLEEP INN AND SUITES  618.664.9700 (Greenville exit off Interstate 70.
 6 miles from Winery. Very nice and brand new. Indoor pool, wifi, continental breakfast, computer access and more. When you call to reserve, tell them you are with the taxidermy convention for our special rate of 71.99 per night. Cut off for that rate is Sept. 15. so book early.

Directions to the Winery.     We are located ¼ mile north off Interstate 70 at Pocahontas, Illinois      Mile post 36  which is 36 miles east of St. Louis.
The address is:
COPPER DOCK WINERY
 498 White Oak Lane
Pocahontas, Illinois  62275
Phone @ winery is:  618.669.CORK (2675)


Make checks payable to and send to:
Midwest Regional Taxidermy Convention
624  IL. RT. 143
Pocahontas, Illinois  62275

We sure hope to see you all here.                      


















Before I create a monitoring nightmare for myself, I will start posting attentive attendees here. As you let me know I will post your names here so we can get an idea on numbers for planning purposes. The more who sign up, and follow up with their deposits, the more I will keep adding to this event, so sign up.


attentive attendees:
Bob  Wildlife 1.....Mammals......deposit rec.
Coonhollow
Sarahdj.......Mammals
Ross Vogler
Eric E.
Hawghollow
Debbie C.
red oak........Birds......full payment rec.
rbear......Turtles......deposit rec.
mdp62.......mammals.......deposit rec.
old n twisted....Turtles.....Pd in Full
hunting justin......Turtles......Pd in Full
Steve W.......Mammals......deposit rec.
Janna and Kyle......Mammals
Codi Wiseman......Turtles
Justin33 Grisham.......Turtles
Bruce Owens.........Birds......deposit rec.
Snagmaster49   Richard Ward
Bill Motzer.......whitetails
Ron F..........Birds..........pd in full
big tine........whitetails
Kendall Shaw......Birds........pd in full
Caden Shaw......whitetails.....pd in full
Eric Smith?
feathercast?
Bob Evans......Fish.....deposit rec.
planting cedar (David Sanderson).......whitetails......Pd in full
Josh Judge.....Birds
Dennis Isbill......Fish.......deposit rec.....Pd. in full
Donald Gaik.....Fish......deposit rec.
Mark Nash......Whitetails
Dale Kuhlman......Whitetails    (Phoenix Ariz.)
Cory Hammett......Whitetails.....Deposit rec.
Glen Jackson........Birds
Danielle Graham........Mammals.....Pd in full
Laura Muller.......Birds......depsoit rec.
Kathy Hoalt.......Birds.......Pd in full
Title: Re: Gator Wars Reunion = Turtle Fest 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: Whitetailart on October 21, 2010, 08:21:18 PM
As of right now I can say I will be back for this Tim
Title: Re: Gator Wars Reunion = Turtle Fest 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: Ross Vogler on October 21, 2010, 08:51:05 PM
Sounds tempting, but I may be going out with Dan the following weekend again. Who knows.
Title: Re: Gator Wars Reunion = Turtle Fest 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: Debbie C. on October 21, 2010, 09:51:37 PM
Sounds like a great idea !!!  maybe i can make it for the whole 3 days this time  :D
Title: Re: Gator Wars Reunion = Turtle Fest 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: coonhollow on October 21, 2010, 10:03:10 PM
I nominate Dan to assist in keeping track of things along with you, it makes sense you are close together and I'm sure he will be very involved anyway...and he is very trusted and admired from his participation with HOAL. I will get a few more boar delivered and get one fattened up and shoot for one at least as big as the last another 50-100 pounds would be nice.lol  I discussed the turtles with Dan they will be snapping turtles, and I will keep them alive til 3-4 days before I come out and put them in the freezer I will fence my pond off as a containment for them and start gathering them from the lakes and transplanting them to my pond.lol so I just need a idea on how many to gather up! I think each participant should get 1 shirt included if possible? but up to you?
Title: Re: Gator Wars Reunion = Turtle Fest 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: michael p. on October 21, 2010, 10:47:28 PM
I'm there!   Count me in for a meal of Chajita's!
Title: Re: Gator Wars Reunion = Turtle Fest 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: psycho on October 21, 2010, 10:58:05 PM
I'm there!   Count me in for a meal of Chajita's!

Whats a Chajita's?  Will it have any pork in it?   :o   ;D
Title: Re: Gator Wars Reunion = Turtle Fest 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: coonhollow on October 21, 2010, 11:11:48 PM
I'm there!   Count me in for a meal of Chajita's!

Whats a Chajita's?  Will it have any pork in it?   :o   ;D

its Texan for pigs in a blanket! lol beef I think Dan! maybe we wont have to go get you a happy meal again!.lol
Title: Re: Gator Wars Reunion = Turtle Fest 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: psycho on October 21, 2010, 11:37:10 PM
I wish you would have gotten me a happy meal this year....   :P
Title: Re: Gator Wars Reunion = Turtle Fest 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: coonhollow on October 21, 2010, 11:45:00 PM
lol, what did you eat while we were there? we put away a lot of pork in a few days.lol
Title: Re: Gator Wars Reunion = Turtle Fest 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: psycho on October 21, 2010, 11:48:19 PM
I ate Carlton's chicken!  LOL ;D
Title: Re: Gator Wars Reunion = Turtle Fest 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: antlerman on October 21, 2010, 11:58:00 PM
Wow, this is almost a year away and we've filled one page on food.  LOL  Well at least I know where you guys stand. Just feed you and all is well.  LOL
Title: Re: Gator Wars Reunion = Turtle Fest 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: psycho on October 22, 2010, 12:05:41 AM
Wow, this is almost a year away and we've filled one page on food.  LOL  Well at least I know where you guys stand. Just feed you and all is well.  LOL

Don't act surprised!  LOL
Title: Re: Gator Wars Reunion = Turtle Fest 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: coonhollow on October 22, 2010, 12:21:37 AM
better stock up on lubricant for that hog roaster that last hog bout wore that motor out! lol
Title: Re: Gator Wars Reunion = Turtle Fest 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: psycho on October 22, 2010, 12:53:44 AM
Sounds tempting, but I may be going out with Dan the following weekend again. Who knows.

I think this guy is ruined....  LOL
Title: Re: Gator Wars Reunion = Turtle Fest 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: coonhollow on October 22, 2010, 01:14:13 AM
lol ya think? better get a bus I'm going too! lol gonna be a good time!
Title: Re: Gator Wars Reunion = Turtle Fest 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: red oak on October 22, 2010, 01:53:36 AM
I think I'm in and i can help Tim with the pig again if he will let me . Dan do you have any more hunting spots open maybe I'll take the week off. cant wait
Title: Re: Gator Wars Reunion = Turtle Fest 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: psycho on October 22, 2010, 01:55:12 AM
I think I'm in and i can help Tim with the pig again if he will let me . Dan do you have any more hunting spots open maybe I'll take the week off. cant wait

Plenty open all the time.....
Title: Re: Gator Wars Reunion = Turtle Fest 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: red oak on October 22, 2010, 01:59:22 AM
do i have to shoot muzzy? lol can't think of a better thing to do than spend time with friends
Title: Re: Gator Wars Reunion = Turtle Fest 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: psycho on October 22, 2010, 02:01:29 AM
I'll let Ross answer that question for you.  I think he came with a certain broadhead and decided to change them before he left because he saw what they do next to each other...  :P   ;D
Title: Re: Gator Wars Reunion = Turtle Fest 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: coonhollow on October 22, 2010, 07:42:37 AM
I will bring Rages just for the controversy! lol ;D
Title: Re: Gator Wars Reunion = Turtle Fest 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: Ross Vogler on October 22, 2010, 08:38:41 AM
I will bring Rages just for the controversy! lol ;D

Seriously, not a good place to hunt with rages. JMO

If Dan gets some people to come along, I will sit back and watch them drag Dan's deer out. lol

I will be working on an aluminum trailer for my bi......tricycle. LOL

Back to turtlefest...

sounds like a great time.
Title: Re: Gator Wars Reunion = Turtle Fest 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: Eric E. on October 22, 2010, 08:39:43 AM
Im in!  You need help just let me know. 

Eric E.
Title: Re: Gator Wars Reunion = Turtle Fest 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: antlerman on October 22, 2010, 08:50:46 AM
I think each participant should get 1 shirt included if possible? but up to you?

Yes of course. It wouldn't become a tradition if we didn't follow tradition!
Title: Re: Gator Wars Reunion = Turtle Fest 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: antlerman on October 22, 2010, 09:08:38 AM
Ross, you will love this. The winery is called, "The Copper Dock".  All the roofs are being done in copper as is all the trimmings.  I can already see us having to rent the entire facility for the whole weekend.  Lets set a goal of 100 participants. If we get to 100, we'll shoot for 200.  Blaine, you best be getting into those turtle ponds. Your gonna need a lot of turtles.   Hope ya don't loose no fingers or toes to one of them snappers!  LOL
Title: Re: Gator Wars Reunion = Turtle Fest 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: coonhollow on October 22, 2010, 09:12:58 AM
I will fence my pond off in the spring and start gathering them.lol then when its time to collect them I will just empty my pond it will fill up in 3-4 weeks..been there done that.lol
Title: Re: Gator Wars Reunion = Turtle Fest 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: antlerman on October 22, 2010, 09:22:44 AM
I will rebuild the smoker with a new tank and new motor, paint it all up, add chrome stacks too. Might as well revive that old thing. It did a pretty good job after 30 years setting idle.  Yes sir Mr. Mike, me and you on the hog duties.
Title: Re: Gator Wars Reunion = Turtle Fest 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: coonhollow on October 22, 2010, 09:28:57 AM
I didn't dare stay up all night with you guys and the hog, I knew I would be having a few drinks and wasn't suppose to be drinking! lol but that wine was great! might have to hang out on the next one..Tim if we are shooting for 100 people you better build another cooker for 2 boar.lol or switch it to a small Buffalo! lol
Title: Re: Gator Wars Reunion = Turtle Fest 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: psycho on October 22, 2010, 09:37:14 AM

If Dan gets some people to come along, I will sit back and watch them drag Dan's deer out. lol


Lets hope by then I can drag my own deer out....  I get fixed and back to normal you won't know what to think.  I can actually be hard to keep up with in the woods when I'm not broken...  Be glad I killed mine 1st so it gave you some practice before you got that buck of yours...  LOL
Title: Re: Gator Wars Reunion = Turtle Fest 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: antlerman on October 22, 2010, 09:43:32 AM
Oh, I have a plan.  Gonna build one out of a 500 gal propane tank. Will hold two hogs, one cow, or fifty chickens. LOL   Gotta think about my non pork eating wittle fwiend this time.
Title: Re: Gator Wars Reunion = Turtle Fest 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: Ross Vogler on October 22, 2010, 09:43:47 AM
Hey, I ran land nav night ops too, Dan. I was just hobbling with you so you wouldn't feel bad. :D

I love wine, Tim.  ;D
Title: Re: Gator Wars Reunion = Turtle Fest 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: sarahdj on October 22, 2010, 10:23:15 AM
Lookin' good Gatorheads!!!
Title: Re: Gator Wars Reunion = Turtle Fest 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: red oak on October 22, 2010, 11:29:09 AM
I'll drag dans deer out its the least i could do. now that i said that he'll shoot a 300 pound buck
Title: Re: Gator Wars Reunion = Turtle Fest 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: antlerman on October 22, 2010, 11:52:31 AM
I'll drag dans deer out its the least i could do. now that i said that he'll shoot a 300 pound buck

Well at least it will come with drag handles.  I guess he hasn't told you about the 165lb button buck he shot.  LOL
Oh, and by the way, we don't drag deer, we carry them!!
Title: Re: Gator Wars Reunion = Turtle Fest 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: psycho on October 22, 2010, 12:20:52 PM
I'll drag dans deer out its the least i could do. now that i said that he'll shoot a 300 pound buck

Well at least it will come with drag handles.  I guess he hasn't told you about the 165lb button buck he shot.  LOL
Oh, and by the way, we don't drag deer, we carry them!!

The button buck I thought was a large doe with a baby.  Unfortunately they were both buttonheads and both died from a 12 gauge slug.  Unfortunately I killed a future monster and possibly 2.  I became a better and more careful hunter after that.  The big one had an 18 1/2 inch neck and was sold on here years ago to someone out west.  I believe they took it to the 99 or 01 World Show and took a blue ribbon with it.  They weren't dragged either...  None of my deer are...

You can ask Ross about dragging deer.  Ole Dan is the most stubborn mule around when it comes to that.  The other night when I shot those Does I put the deer sled about 5 feet from her and one of the guys started to pick her up by the legs and I said "whoa wait a minute what are you doing?"  He said he was going to drag her over to the sled.  I told him, No your not....  I knocked down the thorn bushes and saplings next to her put the sled over the top of them and told him, now you can put her right into the sled.  He said dragging her that little bit wasn't going to hurt her, I asked if he was the one mounting it....  Needless to say he shut up and hauled her out of the woods and up about a 40 foot hill...  LOL  The hide is beautiful.....   ;D   
Title: Re: Gator Wars Reunion = Turtle Fest 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: antlerman on October 22, 2010, 12:54:53 PM
What does this have to do with TURTLES???   LOL     Day two and were on page three already with 11 months to go. At this rate we will surpass the clique thread!!  Hell, why not.  LOL
Title: Re: Gator Wars Reunion = Turtle Fest 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: rbear on October 22, 2010, 01:14:47 PM
Unlike gator wars with this much time I believe I can arrange the time off work. Can we bring our own turtles?
Ralph
Title: Re: Gator Wars Reunion = Turtle Fest 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: psycho on October 22, 2010, 01:23:22 PM
Unlike gator wars with this much time I believe I can arrange the time off work. Can we bring our own turtles?
Ralph

I don't have a problem with it as long as it isn't an Alligator snapper.  Alligator Snappers are protected here in Illinois.   Dan
Title: Re: Gator Wars Reunion = Turtle Fest 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: mdp62 on October 22, 2010, 01:55:25 PM
I will be there
Title: Re: Gator Wars Reunion = Turtle Fest 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: antlerman on October 22, 2010, 01:58:43 PM
rbear and mdp62 added to list.
Title: Re: Gator Wars Reunion = Turtle Fest 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: old n twisted on October 24, 2010, 09:08:47 PM
If the good Lord willing and the creek don't rise THIS OLD FOOL WILL BE THERE TOO . After all it is a family get to gether Right? Maybe this time I won't be going to to hospital again.
Title: Re: Gator Wars Reunion = Turtle Fest 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: coonhollow on October 24, 2010, 09:44:15 PM
Yeah next year you better take it easy.lol or Dan better get a cushy mat for you to stand on while u work.lol
Title: Re: Gator Wars Reunion = Turtle Fest 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: psycho on October 24, 2010, 09:48:55 PM
If the good Lord willing and the creek don't rise THIS OLD FOOL WILL BE THERE TOO . After all it is a family get to gether Right? Maybe this time I won't be going to to hospital again.

That would be nice!  LOL  You know you always have an open door here...  8)

I gave him a cushy mat, it sucked but I gave him one!  LOL  For the record, I've yet to see him work....  LOL   ;)   :o   :D
Title: Re: Gator Wars Reunion = Turtle Fest 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: coonhollow on October 24, 2010, 10:00:54 PM
I cant wait! I haven't broke the news that my pond was gonna be a turtle containment pond for the summer I think I will dig another pond for them.lol 
Title: Re: Gator Wars Reunion = Turtle Fest 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: psycho on October 24, 2010, 10:04:43 PM
I cant wait! I haven't broke the news that my pond was gonna be a turtle containment pond for the summer I think I will dig another pond for them.lol 

If you can contain snappers I'll be surprised....  A big ass stock tank would give you better luck if they start digging like they do.... ;)
Title: Re: Gator Wars Reunion = Turtle Fest 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: coonhollow on October 24, 2010, 10:13:37 PM
I cant wait! I haven't broke the news that my pond was gonna be a turtle containment pond for the summer I think I will dig another pond for them.lol 

If you can contain snappers I'll be surprised....  A big ass stock tank would give you better luck if they start digging like they do.... ;)


fence is already burried 2 feet for the boar! lol they wont get out!
Title: Re: Gator Wars Reunion = Turtle Fest 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: old n twisted on October 25, 2010, 12:20:16 AM
 Dang!!!!!!!!! was I supposed to have done some work while I was up there? I thought I was there to party lol .I guess if I have to work next time ,Ok I'll do it!!!!!!!!!!!!!. Thanks Bro for the invite, I really enjoyed staying at your house and meeting your wife and kids, maybe next time we'll get more done, lol
Title: Re: Gator Wars Reunion = Turtle Fest 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: sarahdj on October 25, 2010, 12:24:25 AM
Evenin' family!
Title: Re: Gator Wars Reunion = Turtle Fest 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: old n twisted on October 25, 2010, 12:28:25 AM
Good evenin'  Sarahdj, sleep well
Title: Re: Gator Wars Reunion = Turtle Fest 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: sarahdj on October 25, 2010, 12:31:51 AM
Thanks!  If I ever get to... these industrial engraving orders can get a little long.
You take care sweet pea!
Title: Re: Gator Wars Reunion UPDATE = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: montana art on October 26, 2010, 07:10:12 PM
Hey guys I'd like to come back if you would let me , I'll bring a breathe right strip for Harley the four legged friend.
Title: Re: Gator Wars Reunion UPDATE = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: psycho on October 26, 2010, 07:15:32 PM
Will you have any peanuts with you?  LOL  Your always welcomed in ILLINOIS.... 8)
Title: Re: Gator Wars Reunion UPDATE = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: antlerman on October 26, 2010, 07:42:37 PM
Did you guys see the new updates??  And there will be more in the future.
Title: Re: Gator Wars Reunion UPDATE = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: coonhollow on October 26, 2010, 07:47:10 PM
we will definitely be there!
Title: Re: Gator Wars Reunion UPDATE = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: AndyO on October 26, 2010, 07:51:56 PM
You can count me in.
Title: Re: Gator Wars Reunion UPDATE = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: psycho on October 26, 2010, 07:55:22 PM
Oh great that Andy O guy is coming back....   ;D   8)
Title: Re: Gator Wars Reunion UPDATE = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: old n twisted on October 26, 2010, 08:14:41 PM
 It would not be the same if that OLE FOOL Andy O didn't show up. who would I have to pick on . You better be there you ole fool!!!!!!!!!!!!!! lol
Title: Re: Gator Wars Reunion UPDATE = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: AndyO on October 26, 2010, 08:41:50 PM
Somebody has to keep you and that fool from Alabama in check.  ;D

P.S., I'm bringing a 300 lb tortoise.  :P
Title: Re: Gator Wars Reunion UPDATE = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: Uncle Harley on October 26, 2010, 08:49:22 PM
I'm going to have to think about this one,  that is ALOT of people foaming at various times ,  I will never know when to take my respirator off especially with that new foam that doesn't have an odor,  I would walk into a cloud of fumes and not know it untill it was too late.   I may just have to come and visit on the hog roast night a give a dontation then.
Title: Re: Gator Wars Reunion UPDATE = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: antlerman on October 26, 2010, 09:12:01 PM
Oh Harley, don't fret none. I plan to have something for EVERYONE by then.
Title: Re: Gator Wars Reunion UPDATE = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: psycho on October 27, 2010, 12:10:31 AM
Why are they going to be foaming?   LOL   ???  Depending on what Tom wants to do, I don't think you or anyone else will be foaming unless Andy really brings a big ass tortoise....  LOL 

Did I mention it's nice and cool tonight and I am hunting in the morning!   ;D
Title: Re: Gator Wars Reunion UPDATE = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: Uncle Harley on October 27, 2010, 08:51:38 AM
he used it in his video although not much, but when you get 20+ people doing it at the same time........   We will see,  may have to fill them with elephant mud  LOL
Title: Re: Gator Wars Reunion UPDATE = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: psycho on October 27, 2010, 10:57:10 AM
More than one way to skin a cat and mount a turtle....   ;D 
Title: Re: Gator Wars Reunion UPDATE = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: coonhollow on October 27, 2010, 11:59:59 AM
Dan said something about stuffing them full of his sweaty hunting socks!  ;D
Title: Re: Gator Wars Reunion UPDATE = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: antlerman on October 27, 2010, 12:22:01 PM
Dan doesn't sweat. He perspires. LOL
Title: Re: Gator Wars Reunion UPDATE = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: coonhollow on October 27, 2010, 12:51:08 PM
don't they both leave a stanky sock?! lol  ;D
Title: Re: Gator Wars Reunion UPDATE = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: sarahdj on October 27, 2010, 01:11:46 PM
Sure do!
Title: Re: Gator Wars Reunion UPDATE = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: psycho on October 27, 2010, 02:11:44 PM
 :P We'll use Tommy's sweaty socks.  I don't work hard enough to sweat or perspire.  LOL   :P
Title: Re: Gator Wars Reunion UPDATE = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: sarahdj on October 27, 2010, 03:21:12 PM
I don't believe that for a minute- you work harder than lots of guys & they don't hurt!!  Tommy's stank socks will do though- you prolly use some froofroo girlie spray in your shoes so we only THINK you don't sweat.
Title: Re: Gator Wars Reunion UPDATE = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: montana art on October 27, 2010, 03:30:35 PM
Sarahdj when does your dad start booking bear hunts? does he have a brochure you can mail so I can show my hunting buddies? Can I bring a fifty cent size painted turtle maybe I can keep up with Harley then.
Title: Re: Gator Wars Reunion UPDATE = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: Uncle Harley on October 27, 2010, 03:38:59 PM
Sarahdj when does your dad start booking bear hunts? does he have a brochure you can mail so I can show my hunting buddies? Can I bring a fifty cent size painted turtle maybe I can keep up with Harley then.

If my back don't get better soon, you could do a bus load of turtles and finish before me ,  It's been out going on 2 weeks and the way I've been hobbling around I make Dan look like an olympic runner.   This one is freaking me out, because I did nothing really to put it out and it normally only lasts a couple of days when it does go out.

Dan I don't know how you do it brother
Title: Re: Gator Wars Reunion UPDATE = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: sarahdj on October 27, 2010, 04:09:16 PM
Dad books them all year starting at the end of the season, which was mid-October.  He isn't by any means filled up yet, but there is a group of guys that wants to come together one week and they would fill it up.  So- if you would want opening week (that's when my husband & I go) you might want to give him a ring.  Shoot me your address & I'll send you a flyer.  I keep them here in the shop.  Applications are done over the internet in the spring & he will shoot you a reminder call once you get "on the list."  Applying is free- you don't pay unless you get drawn.  Cool!!  Hope you come!!!
Title: Re: Gator Wars Reunion UPDATE = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: antlerman on October 27, 2010, 04:10:56 PM
On that note I have a story for you. A TRUE story at that. Many years ago I was racing stock cars. Long story short, I got hit from behind one night and it ended my racing forever. Snapped something in my back and lived with the pain for nearly 15 years. when I had my heart attack and opened my chest up they popped my back into place. Felt like a new man. Wear and tear on my body and I have this pinch in my left shoulder that I've been getting cortisone shots in for years just to be able to move my arm. 3 days ago I was at the winery helping my buddy. Some posts got thrown into a rolloff dumpster that he didn't want to throw away. He was using the backhoe and I was on the ground directing his moves for the bucket. A big piece of a aluminum that weighed around 100 lbs came out in the bucket and was on the ground. I grabbed it and went to fling it back up into the dumpster. When I got almost full swing my shoulder popped so hard. I swear I felt everything rip inside and immediately headed for my truck. I was done and in so much pain I didn't want Steve to know how much pain I was in. I literally could not lift my arm. All that night I kept a heating pad on it. The next day I was sore as hell. By day two I had almost no pain. Today I feel no pain and can move my shoulder and arm better than I have been able to in years.  Sometimes I think we need readjusted. Maybe go tackle a bull and fight him to the ground. You will probably pop that back right back into place. Dan just needs to go stand in front of a train. I swear it will straight him right back up.  ;)
Title: Re: Gator Wars Reunion UPDATE = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: montana art on October 28, 2010, 06:14:05 PM
Dan I would pick a scaled down model.
Title: Re: Gator Wars Reunion UPDATE = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: psycho on October 28, 2010, 11:44:04 PM
Dan I would pick a scaled down model.

One about the size of a silver dollar.... ;D
Title: Re: Gator Wars Reunion UPDATE = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: rbear on February 28, 2011, 07:18:27 PM
Are you ready to start taking money?
Ralph
Title: Re: Gator Wars Reunion UPDATE = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: psycho on February 28, 2011, 07:28:20 PM
Funny you brought this up.  I had a call about it today....  LOL  I think everyone needs to see what dates will work......  If Tim is willing again, which I'm sure knowing Tim he'll be the first to say hell yes....  LOL 
Title: Re: Gator Wars Reunion UPDATE = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: coonhollow on February 28, 2011, 10:47:23 PM
I'm ready! I will be glad to bring another boar, and more than likely tanning materials maybe we can talk Aubrey into coming too! I'm thinking bigger with more options on what to learn! lol we need to book willie too that was cool...just a thought anyone have ideas?
Title: Re: Gator Wars Reunion UPDATE = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: rbear on February 28, 2011, 10:53:30 PM
I hope the dates stay the 23rd 24th & 25th of Sept. I have them off and it is not easy for me to change days.
Ralph
Title: Re: Gator Wars Reunion UPDATE = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: coonhollow on February 28, 2011, 11:12:28 PM
I hope they stay the same also, besides I already have the shirts started.lol ;D
Title: Re: Gator Wars Reunion UPDATE = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: antlerman on February 28, 2011, 11:52:41 PM
Tim he'll be the first to say hell yes....  LOL 


It's HELL YEAH        If ya gonna quote Gretchen, you gotta quote her right!!
Title: Re: Gator Wars Reunion UPDATE = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: psycho on February 28, 2011, 11:58:28 PM
Tim he'll be the first to say hell yes....  LOL 


It's HELL YEAH        If ya gonna quote Gretchen, you gotta quote her right!!

LOL  home town pride right there.   ;D
Title: Re: Gator Wars Reunion UPDATE = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: coonhollow on March 01, 2011, 12:02:59 AM
well lets get started.lol :P just tell me what you want me to do!
Title: Re: Gator Wars Reunion UPDATE = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: psycho on March 01, 2011, 12:05:55 AM
I'll get in touch with Tommy and give him a heads up and see if he is in.  I'm in for sure obviously.   ;)
Title: Re: Gator Wars Reunion UPDATE = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: coonhollow on March 01, 2011, 12:10:50 AM
we will have to figure out everything, who, how many, where, and get vendors involved again etc..cant wait! :P
Title: Re: Gator Wars Reunion UPDATE = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: psycho on March 01, 2011, 12:14:49 AM
Are we going to have as much interest in turtles as we did the gators?  Maybe we should do a poll and ask them what they want or is it set in stone?  ???
Title: Re: Gator Wars Reunion UPDATE = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: coonhollow on March 01, 2011, 12:18:13 AM
well is there any reason why both couldn't be done at the same time , 2 people demonstrating skinning, same tan, similar prep and mounting just a thought!
Title: Re: Gator Wars Reunion UPDATE = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: psycho on March 01, 2011, 12:27:45 AM
Thats easily done but......  what the hell would we call it then?  Gator Shell Wars?  LOL  GAY! 
Title: Re: Gator Wars Reunion UPDATE = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: coonhollow on March 01, 2011, 12:32:56 AM
I think every year should still be called gator wars. subjects can still change! it was about Harry and Michael they were about as tough as gators with what they went through!
Title: Re: Gator Wars Reunion UPDATE = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: coonhollow on March 01, 2011, 12:35:59 AM
besides Dennis already has the logo done for the plaques and shirts. Gator Wars is a safe name if we were doing squirrels we would have to call it "nuthuggers" ??? and thats not good!
Title: Re: Gator Wars Reunion UPDATE = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: psycho on March 01, 2011, 12:45:45 AM
Dennis is good, he can do anything for logos of course we'll have to ask him nicely to do something.  We also need to decide what the money will be used for this year or if it will just be banked until it is needed.  I mean it was started for a very special reason for 2 very special people and everyone knows how special Michael is.  I know he is in PA and can't defend himself!   ;D 
Title: Re: Gator Wars Reunion UPDATE = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: coonhollow on March 01, 2011, 12:50:09 AM
we need to come up with something so we can call it whatever 1,2,3,4 etc...I agree lots to cover, he can defend himself he took his laptop.lol His names not Ed... ;D
Title: Re: Gator Wars Reunion UPDATE = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: Damage on March 01, 2011, 08:27:58 AM
Thats easily done but......  what the hell would we call it then?  Gator Shell Wars?  LOL  GAY! 

Tator Wars!
Title: Re: Gator Wars Reunion UPDATE = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: Eric E. on March 01, 2011, 09:55:14 AM
How about calling it "SHELL SHOCKED 2011"  or since it is to support and bless others in need we could go with "SHELLING IT OUT"
Title: Re: Gator Wars Reunion UPDATE = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: psycho on March 01, 2011, 11:02:51 AM
How about calling it "SHELL SHOCKED 2011"  or since it is to support and bless others in need we could go with "SHELLING IT OUT"

Thats a good one Eric   ;D
Title: Re: Gator Wars Reunion UPDATE = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: antlerman on March 01, 2011, 11:40:27 AM
Keep in mind that I want to blow this thing out with many interests so everyone can find some reason to attend.  I want to include Harris and Yox and many a couple of others in addition to Psycho and Voyer. Maybe a MP backing class and my tine repair class also.

We can call it the National Taxidermist Coalition......LOL

However, in talking with Michael, we may use the Taxidermy Mafia thingy and dedicate it to MP and Harry.

Keep your ideas coming and we will come up with something that fits.

Title: Re: Gator Wars Reunion UPDATE = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: sarahdj on March 01, 2011, 03:05:42 PM
Can't wait!!  Already foaming at the mouth... let me know what I can do to help Timmy!!  I can't wait to see how much Dan has grown!  He claims to be taller than me know!!
Lol
Title: Re: Gator Wars Reunion UPDATE = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: rbear on March 01, 2011, 04:05:40 PM
Taxi-net Relief Fund
Ralph
Title: Re: Gator Wars Reunion UPDATE = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: nalley1952 on March 01, 2011, 06:51:13 PM
Anyone from the the Maryland area want to ride out together?  I really want to go!
Title: Re: Gator Wars Reunion UPDATE = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: antlerman on March 01, 2011, 07:55:29 PM
I just talked to Yox. He is penciled in to come and do a deer head seminar.  Wahoo!
Title: Re: Gator Wars Reunion UPDATE = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: antlerman on March 01, 2011, 08:41:41 PM
Just talked to Michael P. He's in.   Bring a stand and a manikin and work hand to hand with The Pedistal Backing Man himself. He missed last years event, But he'll be here this year.  YeeHAW!!


Oh, and we've got Michael's blessings to title this "Taxidemry Mafia Wars".  It comes complete with a domain name for a website and more.
Title: Re: Gator Wars Reunion UPDATE = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: coonhollow on March 01, 2011, 08:45:24 PM
sounds good!
Title: Re: Gator Wars Reunion UPDATE = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: antlerman on March 01, 2011, 10:27:08 PM
We will name our members "The Taxidermy Mafia"  as it is fitting for what these events are meant for, and we can still add Turtle Fest or whatever else you want, but I think we will have much more than just turtles added to make this a much more rounded event with many different area's of interest to boost the participation.

Maybe just.... BENEFIT 2011 or something along that line.
Title: Re: Gator Wars Reunion UPDATE = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: rbear on March 01, 2011, 10:52:49 PM
Sounds like we are going to have to decide what we want to do while we are there. Are you sue 3 days is enough. I want to do a little drinking while I'm there seeings there is a winery!!
Ralph
Title: Re: Gator Wars Reunion UPDATE = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: psycho on March 01, 2011, 11:00:46 PM
Just talked to Mike Mizelle he said the same thing.  He said he wants to see it all and his birthday is the 22nd and we might just have to party too, oops I mean more!  I think we might have people torn on what they want to do.  LOL  Tim are you going to try and get Dennis down for this too?  This is already going to be huge.  Might have to break it up into 5 hour seminars!  LOL 
Title: Re: Gator Wars Reunion UPDATE = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: Uncle Harley on March 01, 2011, 11:05:48 PM
any option for just a one day pass?    I will have 2 more rugrats by then and chances of momma letting me out of the house for an entire weekend will be slim to none  LOL
Title: Re: Gator Wars Reunion UPDATE = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: coonhollow on March 01, 2011, 11:53:23 PM
rotating seminars sounds good that way everyone can catch everything if they want. how many classes are we talking about and how many hours would each require?
Title: Re: Gator Wars Reunion UPDATE = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: antlerman on March 02, 2011, 01:05:04 AM
We will develop a schedule once everything is in place.  an example will be:  Turtles may go all weekend, but then say on Fri afternooon will be a tine repair class. On Sat Morning will be a Yox seminar. On Sat afternoon will be a Michael P seminar, On sun morning a seminar and on sun afternoon a seminar. We will break it up like a state convention does. And yes, I'm gonna try to get Dennis here also. And Jamie to do some finish work stuff.
Title: Re: Gator Wars Reunion UPDATE = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: sarahdj on March 02, 2011, 12:20:46 PM
Keep me in the loop Timmy!!!  Let me know if you need a shop um, well, you know;)
Title: Re: Gator Wars Reunion UPDATE = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: antlerman on March 02, 2011, 01:00:17 PM
any option for just a one day pass?    I will have 2 more rugrats by then and chances of momma letting me out of the house for an entire weekend will be slim to none  LOL

Harley, I will see what I can do once a schedule of events is nailed down. It is definitely something to consider.
Title: Re: Gator Wars Reunion UPDATE = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: taxi_grl_ga on March 02, 2011, 01:10:21 PM
let me know if you guys need anything, we're definately in. we'll be driving up and we're close to WASCO so if we need to fill the trunk with supplies to save u guys on shipping just let me know!!
Title: Re: Gator Wars Reunion UPDATE = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: antlerman on March 02, 2011, 01:16:15 PM
Just to let you all know, I just talked to Jamie. Not comfirmed yet, but it's a strong possibilty that he and Dennis will be added to the lineup.  Keep your fingers crossed. LOL
Title: Re: Gator Wars Reunion UPDATE = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: antlerman on March 02, 2011, 01:16:47 PM
Will do Janna. Thank You.
Title: Re: Gator Wars Reunion UPDATE = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: Steve W on March 02, 2011, 01:25:37 PM
Hey Tim
If you can get Aubrey to join in, I'd say a tanning and shaving seminar may be a hit!!
I'm planning on attending!
Title: Re: Gator Wars Reunion UPDATE = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: Bucknut on March 02, 2011, 01:35:40 PM
Dang - Don't you guys know that is bow season?

Bruce
Title: Re: Gator Wars Reunion UPDATE = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: Steve W on March 02, 2011, 01:39:53 PM
Hey Bruce, you wouldn't want to kill anything that early anyway. you'd have to miss the rut if you did. LOL!
Title: Re: Gator Wars Reunion UPDATE = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: mdp62 on March 02, 2011, 01:42:52 PM
Dont forget me Tim I want in                                    




Lee
Title: Re: Gator Wars Reunion UPDATE = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: Bill Yox on March 02, 2011, 01:52:41 PM
After my deer class, can I get in the mix and mount a gator with the other students??? Ok, or a turtle? Is a turtle without a shell a gator anyway?
Title: Re: Gator Wars Reunion UPDATE = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: psycho on March 02, 2011, 02:07:02 PM
Bill we can work on eye rotations!  LOL   ;D
Title: Re: Gator Wars Reunion UPDATE = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: antlerman on March 02, 2011, 02:31:24 PM
Dang - Don't you guys know that is bow season?

Bruce

I guess you have a decision to make then big guy. Go sit in the woods alone, or come hang out with your friends and have a blast!  HUm, yeah tuff decision, I know.  See Ya here Fokker!  LOL
Title: Re: Gator Wars Reunion UPDATE = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: antlerman on March 02, 2011, 02:37:13 PM
Hey Tim
If you can get Aubrey to join in, I'd say a tanning and shaving seminar may be a hit!!
I'm planning on attending!


Sounds good. I'll call Aubrey. That would fit in nice.
Title: Re: Gator Wars Reunion UPDATE = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: antlerman on March 02, 2011, 03:03:05 PM
Steve, your wish is my command. I just talked to Aubrey and he will be here ready to teach his stuff.  AWESOME!!
Title: Re: Gator Wars Reunion UPDATE = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: Justin S on March 02, 2011, 04:12:42 PM
If its not too late I would like to sign up for this seminar and be apart of this great effort you all are doing
Title: Re: Gator Wars Reunion UPDATE = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: antlerman on March 02, 2011, 04:24:52 PM
Not to late, Hell we're just getting started. LOL    Welcome aboard. Keep watching this thread for updates and notices. When everything is in place we will post instructions for payment and etc.
Title: Re: Gator Wars Reunion UPDATE = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: antlerman on March 02, 2011, 04:51:38 PM
Update, I just talked to Tommie Voyer and he is confirmed to mount turtles with none other than Dan the man psycho Hudzik. This will be a hands on seminar where you will mount your own turtle and take it home with you. Turtles will be provided.  BOUYA!!!


I also talked to Dennis "Air" Harris. Dennis has some dates to work out and I should know something by the end of the month, but he assured me that he is gonna try his damndest to be here. In lieu of, he promised that if he can't make it this year, he will for sure be here next year. He said, and I quote," How could I miss the chance at having Yox be my flunky all weekend?"  That alone would be worth the cost of admission.!!  LOL
Title: Re: Gator Wars Reunion UPDATE = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: Bill Yox on March 02, 2011, 06:55:08 PM
Well I can think of a way he could miss that...lol.  He keeps that up and while we are there Im going to cut his hair off in his sleep.
Title: Re: Gator Wars Reunion UPDATE = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: antlerman on March 02, 2011, 07:02:44 PM
Oooohhhh....I think a challenge has been issued!  Dennis, you have been SERVED!   LOL
Title: Re: Gator Wars Reunion UPDATE = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: Steve W on March 02, 2011, 07:14:38 PM
Thats great Tim, Hell If this gets any bigger, we may have to move over to busch stadium. LOL .....You may have to make a week of this thing. Steve
Title: Re: Gator Wars Reunion UPDATE = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: psycho on March 02, 2011, 07:32:57 PM
Just got off the phone with Voyer and we are pumped.  Looking forward to meeting some new friends and seeing some old friends too....  You know who you are in the OLD group!  We'll be doing either red ears or snappers.  We would really like to do the red ears so we can do a bang up job on them and show you all how to mold and cast the heads.  You can be sure no matter which ones we end up doing you gals and guys are going to be taking home some cool turtles!  It's going to be a great time.  Dan 
Title: Re: Gator Wars Reunion UPDATE = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: antlerman on March 02, 2011, 08:18:04 PM
Don't get excited. I'm not done yet.
Title: Re: Gator Wars Reunion UPDATE = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: taxi_grl_ga on March 02, 2011, 09:10:31 PM
oh, and as for now sept 23, 24, 25 are good for me. depending on school I may have to be back by monday though. If i'm still in clinicals at that point i'll have to be at the hospital by 06:45 monday ;) 
Title: Re: Gator Wars Reunion UPDATE = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: Eric E. on March 03, 2011, 10:32:10 AM
I hope he is going to already but if not....Do you know what would make this perfect other than the obvious of good friends and the already many great workshops and FOOD??  To see Mr. Yox put together one whitetail deer and then have one to show finish work on.  Then maybe I can actually mount one!

Hey I am just saying...............

Then if Dennis comes also!!   CHRISTMAS IN SEPTEMBER!

Eric
Title: Re: Gator Wars Reunion UPDATE = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: Bwana on March 03, 2011, 10:38:10 AM
Eric did you ever get that big replica from Tim mounted up?
Title: Re: Gator Wars Reunion UPDATE = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: Eric E. on March 03, 2011, 10:51:41 AM
Not yet.........I keep looking at my list of things I want to do for myself like personal harvested specimens and displays and then look at the orders that pay the bills and the paying stuff always seems to take priority. LOL

I need to just set aside a few weeks and get my stuff mounted up and then finish as time allows like suggested in another post.

Now if Mr. Yox is offering a mounting seminar I will bring that rack, tanned and prepped cape and form, eye etc.  Then I would have a Yox original piece!

Title: Re: Gator Wars Reunion UPDATE = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: Bwana on March 03, 2011, 11:00:25 AM
Eric I always try to do at least one big mount for myself each year. It helps to keep things fun and gives your show room a good addition!
Title: Re: Gator Wars Reunion UPDATE = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: Bill Yox on March 03, 2011, 11:09:21 AM
Ill be mounting one there for sure. Im thinking youll need to wrestle Tim to see who's head I do, and you dont wanna know what I get for a shoulder mount... ;) Youll definitely know how to do yours after our event, Id guess. This wont be a Yoxathon class with all the details, etc, but I honestly will mount a top notch mount that week!!!!!
Title: Re: Gator Wars Reunion UPDATE = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: Eric E. on March 03, 2011, 12:08:37 PM
Oh Mr. Yox,  I know if anybody gets a mount done it will be somebody like Tim because he is a great host and a pretty good guy to boot!  Wouldn't even think to argue that one. :-)

If I get to see you mount one I am perfectly satisfied!! 
Title: Re: Gator Wars Reunion UPDATE = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: antlerman on March 03, 2011, 12:18:23 PM
Hey, this is a benefit event. You just never know what I might decide to do. How about I provide the antlers and the cape and all the necessary hardware and we have an auction where the mount goes home with the highest bidder? I would suggest people come prepared witha BUNCH of Benjimen's in their pocket. Let me rephrase that. A bunch of FRANKLIN's would be more in line. Maybe about 20 of them,  eh.
Title: Re: Gator Wars Reunion UPDATE = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: Bwana on March 03, 2011, 12:26:51 PM
 ::)
Title: Re: Gator Wars Reunion UPDATE = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: antlerman on March 03, 2011, 12:28:23 PM
It CAN be done........but I'll have to get permission from Becky first.  LOL
Title: Re: Gator Wars Reunion UPDATE = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: Bwana on March 03, 2011, 12:31:23 PM
I was thinking of Andy O. He said he brought alot of dollar bills last time. ;D :o
Title: Re: Gator Wars Reunion UPDATE = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: antlerman on March 03, 2011, 12:33:13 PM
is Scott Olson coming?
Title: Re: Gator Wars Reunion UPDATE = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: old n twisted on March 03, 2011, 12:43:42 PM
Man I can't wait to be a part of this event again. Last year I had the time of my life or so I thought but this one will be worth it's weight in gold.I,m still just a beginner at this but man at the knowledge I can learn this year. For anyone that is not sure you will come trust me you don't know what you will miss. Tim you and Becky are really great host's and I for one am getting pumped up to come back there.

   The" OLD FOOL"              '
           Dennis
Title: Re: Gator Wars Reunion UPDATE = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: antlerman on March 03, 2011, 01:03:00 PM
Thanks Dennis. We can't wait to see you again, and this time bring the boss.
Title: Re: Gator Wars Reunion UPDATE = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: old n twisted on March 03, 2011, 01:27:14 PM
She said she would love to come with me this time. So I guess she will be there,the boss has spoken.I'll have to bring her so she can help me keep up with Dan now that he is fixed. He almost wore me out last year,he"s like an everready battery,just keeps on going and going and going,lol
Title: Re: Gator Wars Reunion UPDATE = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: Bill Yox on March 03, 2011, 02:13:02 PM
Tim, time to fire up some Yoxathons to prepare huh? lol... ;) ;D
Title: Re: Gator Wars Reunion UPDATE = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: antlerman on March 03, 2011, 02:25:12 PM
Absolutely.  Eric, go to the deerhead section and get on board for the Yoxathon April 29, 30 and 1st.  We'll get that tine repair class done for you at the same time. Perhaps a day earlier.
Title: Re: Gator Wars Reunion UPDATE = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: coonhollow on March 03, 2011, 02:58:54 PM
so how many Gators, and Boars do I need to bring? lol
Title: Re: Gator Wars Reunion UPDATE = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: antlerman on March 03, 2011, 03:07:27 PM
No gators, 1 boar.
Title: Re: Gator Wars Reunion UPDATE = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: rbear on March 03, 2011, 05:04:57 PM
I know it is still a ways off but what about sleeping arrangements?
Ralph
Title: Re: Gator Wars Reunion UPDATE = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: Bill Yox on March 03, 2011, 05:26:59 PM
aw I wanted to embarrass myself doing a gator...
Title: Re: Gator Wars Reunion UPDATE = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: Steve W on March 03, 2011, 07:22:02 PM
Hey Tim, Here's something to think about!  I'll start this off and see how it goes from here. I would personally volunteer to pick up orders from either Ohio Taxidermy Supply or Hilton Eppley forms and deliver them to your place. Maybe some of the fellows down south could do the same with McKenzie, Headquarters supply, Matuska, WASCO or whatever supplier they may live near.  Possibly work out a deal with each place for a discount order day? Just a thought. Could be a nice saving with a discount and free shipping. Steve
Title: Re: Gator Wars Reunion UPDATE = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: coonhollow on March 03, 2011, 07:29:59 PM
I know it is still a ways off but what about sleeping arrangements?
Ralph

Tim says don't worry he doesn't take up that much room on the bed! ;D  ok 1 "BIG" boar better beef up the cooker! :P
Title: Re: Gator Wars Reunion UPDATE = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: antlerman on March 03, 2011, 07:39:48 PM
I know it is still a ways off but what about sleeping arrangements?
Ralph

Who sleeps during one of these events?
Title: Re: Gator Wars Reunion UPDATE = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: coonhollow on March 03, 2011, 07:43:26 PM
Tim, get a case price on that wine we had, put me down for a case of assorted! ;D this time I'm stayin up while the hogs cooking with everyone!
Title: Re: Gator Wars Reunion UPDATE = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: psycho on March 03, 2011, 08:53:47 PM
No gators, 1 boar.

Don't tell him not to bring any gators.  Someone might want to buy some!   ;)   ;D
Title: Re: Gator Wars Reunion UPDATE = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: antlerman on March 03, 2011, 09:42:19 PM
Well jeez..........it's not like he can't bring them.  Bring a truck load, I don't care. We just don't need any for THIS event, unless Yox is gonna do a gator instead of a deer head. He told me he could out do you guys on gators anyday of the week, so we might just have to have a mount off. huh?
Title: Re: Gator Wars Reunion UPDATE = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: antlerman on March 03, 2011, 09:44:16 PM
on the sleeping thing. People can bring a sleeping bag and curl up on the floor, they can pull a camper, or there are a couple of motels just a mile away.
Title: Re: Gator Wars Reunion UPDATE = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: AndyO on March 03, 2011, 09:54:27 PM
... there are a couple of motels just a mile away.

I stayed in a motel. It was o.k.  Just be fore warned there is one bar in town (that I could find within walking distance to motel) and you will get the "who the [expletive deleted] are you" look from everyone the minute you walk in the door. By the third night you will feel more confortable. And no, there is noware in town that you can spend dolla bills  ;) :'(
Title: Re: Gator Wars Reunion UPDATE = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: antlerman on March 03, 2011, 10:11:13 PM
Well, if things go well on the winery hookup, all your problems will be solved. Or I can play chauffeur to the Dollar Store.
Title: Re: Gator Wars Reunion UPDATE = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: Bill Yox on March 03, 2011, 11:51:18 PM
My point was I missed all the gator stuff last year, so I wanted to learn. Oh well, any room for me to be elbow to elbow with the other turtle students, after my deer class?
Title: Re: Gator Wars Reunion UPDATE = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: antlerman on March 03, 2011, 11:58:30 PM
OF course, and I think a Gator Challenge is in the works also.  LOL
Title: Re: Gator Wars Reunion UPDATE = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: sarahdj on March 04, 2011, 02:35:06 PM
Can I have my room Timmy?
Title: Re: Gator Wars Reunion UPDATE = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: antlerman on March 04, 2011, 02:55:03 PM
Of course dear.
Title: Re: Gator Wars Reunion UPDATE = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: sarahdj on March 04, 2011, 03:07:34 PM
Lovin' you fer it!
I'm glad to share if a lady needs space too.
Title: Re: Gator Wars Reunion UPDATE = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: antlerman on March 04, 2011, 03:21:12 PM
I'm pretty sure Summer pee'd in it last night! Saw Becky had it stripped and a fan blowing on it. Pretty good indication.
Title: Re: Gator Wars Reunion UPDATE = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: sarahdj on March 04, 2011, 03:25:54 PM
Lol- I think it'll be dry, even with out humidity;)
Thanks for takin' such good care 'o me!
Title: Re: Gator Wars Reunion UPDATE = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: rbear on March 04, 2011, 04:31:56 PM
Tim Just to let you know up front I cuddle while I sleep.
Ralph
Title: Re: Gator Wars Reunion UPDATE = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: antlerman on March 04, 2011, 05:18:58 PM
I will bunk you with Michael then.
Title: Re: Gator Wars Reunion UPDATE = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: antlerman on March 04, 2011, 05:30:16 PM
I met this afternoon with the Winery owners. We're in. YEAH.   They cut us a pretty fair deal providing we don't need the banquet hall, which we won't need unless we get somewhere around 400 to 500 people HA! So the winery it is. There are several indoor rooms and several outdoor pavilions that will work great for us. I also opened the door for future events where we would use the banquet hall for the competition phase of this once we get there, in about two years.

There are two motels less than a mile away. There is a very nice campground within 5 miles. And the winery is less than 1 mile off the Interstate 70.  I took several pictures and will try to post them yet tonight.
Title: Re: Gator Wars Reunion UPDATE = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: antlerman on March 04, 2011, 07:00:53 PM
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Title: Re: Gator Wars Reunion UPDATE = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: antlerman on March 04, 2011, 07:04:17 PM
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Title: Re: Gator Wars Reunion UPDATE = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: antlerman on March 04, 2011, 07:06:39 PM
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Title: Re: Gator Wars Reunion UPDATE = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: rbear on March 04, 2011, 07:15:17 PM
WOW that's a nice place. As we are mounting our turtles we can look over the railing for references.
Tim I have not yet seen anyone thank you for doing all of this so THANKS.
Ralph
Title: Re: Gator Wars Reunion UPDATE = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: antlerman on March 04, 2011, 07:16:49 PM
As you can see, there is a good deal of work yet to be done, but you should have seen it 6 months ago. By Sept, it will be beautiful.
We can hold seminars on both levels of the dock, and on the patio's and yet to be built is a huge pavilion. There are seminar rooms inside the
house/store also. What do you guys think?
Title: Re: Gator Wars Reunion UPDATE = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: antlerman on March 04, 2011, 07:23:49 PM
Well Ralph, Thank You, but no Thanks really needed. Lets just ALL ban together and do something worthwhile for our friends and fellow taxidermists. Lets get this thing rolling and lets build upon it every year. Soon, the whole world will know who the TAXIDERMY MAFIA is, and what we stand for with everyones help.
Title: Re: Gator Wars Reunion UPDATE = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: Steve W on March 04, 2011, 07:24:57 PM
Hell, Looks like we can fish while Dan is skining out all them turtles! LOL
Looks like a great venue Tim, Good work!
Title: Re: Gator Wars Reunion UPDATE = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: antlerman on March 04, 2011, 07:59:02 PM
No, sorry. No fishing. BUT there will be a fish food dispenser where you feed money into it and feed the fish which is pretty cool to watch. Some BIG old Cats in there.
Title: Re: Gator Wars Reunion UPDATE = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: psycho on March 04, 2011, 08:35:15 PM
Hell, Looks like we can fish while Dan is skining out all them turtles! LOL
Looks like a great venue Tim, Good work!

Steve, change in plans I am supervising you, while you skin all the turtles.  Sounds more fun that way!  LOL   ;D
Title: Re: Gator Wars Reunion UPDATE = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: Bill Yox on March 04, 2011, 10:41:38 PM
Tim Just to let you know up front I cuddle while I sleep.
Ralph

Sarah, just so you know, I cuddle when I sleep too... ;)
Title: Re: Gator Wars Reunion UPDATE = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: coonhollow on March 04, 2011, 10:46:46 PM
I will bring a cast iron pan to slip in the back of my jammies at night! ???  to much cuddling talk from taxidermist I did see deliverance! :o Tim that place looks awesome how many rooms are available to use?
Title: Re: Gator Wars Reunion UPDATE = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: antlerman on March 04, 2011, 10:58:55 PM
well, three I think, but lets just hope we don't need them. Outside is so much more fun and enjoyable to me.
Title: Re: Gator Wars Reunion UPDATE = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: coonhollow on March 04, 2011, 11:03:29 PM
I agree but flies love it outside too! lol it sure is a awesome place!
Title: Re: Gator Wars Reunion UPDATE = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: antlerman on March 07, 2011, 02:27:58 PM
HELLO EVERYONE!!  You are not gonna believe this, but Mike Pendzimus is gonna be here too. He will mount a competition waterfowl AND you will get to see his techniques from start to finish. IN addition to that......GET THIS...YOU can mount with Mike your very own waterfowl during his portion of this great weekend. I have allot to do to work out the schedules, but you bring whatever bird you want to mount and Mike will mount it with you. He just asks that you don't bring geese. If you prefer a game bird, that's ok also, just no turkeys.  WOW, this is exciting.

You guys wanting to take your birds to the next level ought to be excited about this one.  Thank You Mike for offering to do this for us. I'm sure many will be interested in getting this rare opportunity.


Bill Yox, Tom Voyer, Dan Hudzik, Michael P. Schlabach, Aubrey Young (oldshaver) and now Mike Pendzimus.   Can this get any better?   I'm not done yet!!  LOL  Stay tuned.
Title: Re: Gator Wars Reunion UPDATE = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: rbear on March 07, 2011, 02:56:56 PM
Tim Are you sure you can fit this all in one weekend? I'm all for not sleeping but if you keep going at this rate there will be no time for drinking!
Ralph
Title: Re: Gator Wars Reunion UPDATE = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: coonhollow on March 07, 2011, 03:13:54 PM
Wow, getting pretty exciting! Ralph we will find time for drinking! ;)
Title: Re: Gator Wars Reunion UPDATE = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: Codi on March 07, 2011, 03:18:21 PM
Hey I would like to go to this. It sounds awesome :)
Title: Re: Gator Wars Reunion UPDATE = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: antlerman on March 07, 2011, 03:18:53 PM
The drinking seminar will start Thursday pm and run continuously until Sunday pm.  Any questions?
Title: Re: Gator Wars Reunion UPDATE = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: antlerman on March 07, 2011, 03:20:42 PM
I'll add your name to the list Codi.  Just pay attention to this thread so you don't get lost in the shuffle as I will be updating and adding to it often as I need to.
Title: Re: Gator Wars Reunion UPDATE = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: antlerman on March 07, 2011, 03:30:27 PM
Another UPDATE...........Ken Edwards and WASCO has offered to donate the manikins, eyes and etc for the Mike Pendzimus seminar for all bird students.  THANK YOU KEN and WASCO.   GOD, I love this site.
Title: Re: Gator Wars Reunion UPDATE = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: taxi_grl_ga on March 07, 2011, 04:00:49 PM
i'll see if i can sneak some IV bags from the hospital during clinicals..........there! drinking is no longer an issue ;) central lines for everyone!!! heehee
Title: Re: Gator Wars Reunion UPDATE = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: rbear on March 07, 2011, 04:02:24 PM
Wow Ken that is great!! I'm sure I can find a quail or two in the freezer that needs mounting.
One question about the drinking seminar is it a BYOB?
Ralph
Title: Re: Gator Wars Reunion UPDATE = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: psycho on March 07, 2011, 04:15:03 PM
Leave it to WASCO to lead the way!  :o  Thanks WASCO!  Dan
Title: Re: Gator Wars Reunion UPDATE = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: antlerman on March 07, 2011, 04:16:56 PM
Uh.................the event is being held at a WINERY!!!!!     No further explanation should be needed.  LOL
Title: Re: Gator Wars Reunion UPDATE = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: Damage on March 07, 2011, 09:27:47 PM
i'll see if i can sneak some IV bags from the hospital during clinicals..........there! drinking is no longer an issue ;) central lines for everyone!!! heehee

This is why I was always friends with the medics while in the military. Nothing cures a hangover like a bag of saline!
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Post by: taxi_grl_ga on March 07, 2011, 09:44:10 PM
oh no honey, i care not a fig about CURING them.....i want to watch them manifest!
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Post by: Damage on March 07, 2011, 10:09:20 PM
I like figs!
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Post by: taxi_grl_ga on March 07, 2011, 10:27:14 PM
ew! freak.
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Post by: Damage on March 07, 2011, 11:05:18 PM
I like those too! You know me so well....
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Post by: psycho on March 07, 2011, 11:15:17 PM
Oh no!  This guy is going to fit right in!  LOL   ;D
Title: Re: Gator Wars Reunion UPDATE = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: taxi_grl_ga on March 08, 2011, 12:41:47 AM
oh yes. yes i'm afraid he will. the pa show was his test run.....and you can ask mister kotula how that turned out hahahahaha many many laughs ;) good thing we have one more show as a desensitization buffer before i toss him into the middle of gator wars with you buncha heathen arsed ol fools!!!
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Post by: michael p. on March 08, 2011, 12:51:47 AM
i'll see if i can sneak some IV bags from the hospital during clinicals..........there! drinking is no longer an issue ;) central lines for everyone!!! heehee

This is why I was always friends with the medics while in the military. Nothing cures a hangover like a bag of saline!

Holy crap that brings back memories........mo to sarge "hey Sarge.....I need an IV!"  Sarge to me "Schlabach, get your ass on the table in the tent you [expletive deleted]ing drunk!"  ROTFLMAO!!   Holy crap that saline saved me many a day! :D

Oh no!  This guy is going to fit right in!  LOL   ;D


Met him this weekend Dan....he's a damn good egg :)
Title: Re: Gator Wars Reunion UPDATE = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: Damage on March 08, 2011, 06:24:43 AM
It is definitely refreshing to be among those who recognize my greatness!
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Post by: taxi_grl_ga on March 08, 2011, 08:05:02 AM
 ::)  ::) ::) heehee
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Post by: antlerman on March 08, 2011, 11:11:11 AM
Just what we need at Turtle Fest. Another Charactor.  LOL
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Post by: sarahdj on March 08, 2011, 01:22:40 PM
As many as we can get!!
Thanks so incredibly much WASCO, Timmy, Winery, Tommy oldshaver, Dan da Man, Mr. Mike of the Upnorth, Mikey & what ever else is to come!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Timmy- my offer still stands for Research pick-up if need be- keep me on da list!
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Post by: taxi_grl_ga on March 08, 2011, 01:32:01 PM
oooh yeah. i've heard "you seem to have met your match" from most of my long-time friends if that gives you any idea....cuz you all know how i am....he's just as bad, but he's smarter, so the b/s comes out faster....he's fun ;) he picks on me a LOT and it's virtually impossible to offend him so don't hold back! and don't treat ME any differently just cuz HE'S there, he likes the dynamic i have with you folks and is glad to b a part of it......well........up to this point he is....once he meets the uber charming and super suave characters such as timmy and tommy (he survived blaine!) at the world show.........he might haul my rump right back down to ga! AND LOCK ME UP IN A BASEMENT!!!!!!!!!
Title: Re: Gator Wars Reunion UPDATE = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: taxi_grl_ga on March 08, 2011, 01:38:34 PM
Quote
Timmy- my offer still stands for Research pick-up if need be- keep me on da list!

same here with WASCO! we'll probably be driving my car up, it's a mid sized 4-door sedan with a four body trunk soooo....i'm sure we can fit quite a few medium to large sized boxes and a whooole bunch of little stuff in there, but oversized or akwardly shaped items might be a challenge.

Also, timmy idk what we'll have available as far as sleeping arrangements are concerned but we would love to avoid a hotel if possible ;)
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Post by: Damage on March 08, 2011, 05:19:50 PM
.once he meets the uber charming and super suave characters such as timmy and tommy (he survived blaine!) at the world show.........he might haul my rump right back down to ga! AND LOCK ME UP IN A BASEMENT!!!!!!!!!

What she means is "steal my friends and send me running home to cry in the basement."

Women. Sheesh.
Title: Re: Gator Wars Reunion UPDATE = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: antlerman on March 18, 2011, 12:00:19 PM
Hey, just want to bump this today for people to find. Got a couple of pm's from people asking questions. Guys and gals, this is shaping up very nicely. However, the more people we get involved, the more we can do. Don't wait to long to sign up. The more people who commit to this, the more we can do. It takes allot of planning.
Title: Re: Gator Wars Reunion UPDATE = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: coonhollow on March 18, 2011, 06:11:04 PM
just let me know what I can do Tim, I would love to help!
Title: Re: Gator Wars Reunion UPDATE = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: antlerman on March 18, 2011, 07:25:09 PM
BRING THE HOG!!!    LOL
Title: Re: Gator Wars Reunion UPDATE = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: coonhollow on March 18, 2011, 07:45:31 PM
Oh yeah that's a definite! I have one here Hunter bottle fed its as friendly as a puppy. if anyone wants to get reference I'm sure he would like a vacation.lol the last one was a little too aggressive for good photos.lol  Gee I hope you can find more than that to do.lol
Title: Re: Gator Wars Reunion UPDATE = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: old n twisted on March 18, 2011, 10:07:33 PM
 Blaine and Tim, wife said she has to do some planning for the reunion goody,lol. She is coming with me this time.Can't wait to see everyone again and meet the new one's. So far what you have lined up sounds great,and will be lots of fun,lol.So if you have any ideas let me know so she can get her brain going.  Later Dennis
Title: Re: Gator Wars Reunion UPDATE = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: coonhollow on March 18, 2011, 10:12:28 PM
Dennis I'm sure whatever the two of you come up with will be awesome like last year!
Title: Re: Gator Wars Reunion UPDATE = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: old n twisted on March 18, 2011, 10:24:46 PM
 Blaine she wants to know what kind of turtles are we doing,so she can do some research?
Title: Re: Gator Wars Reunion UPDATE = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: coonhollow on March 18, 2011, 10:30:37 PM
all i can get are snapping turtles, and painted turtles, Dan needs to chime in.lol
Title: Re: Gator Wars Reunion UPDATE = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: psycho on March 19, 2011, 02:27:38 AM
LOL  I prefer snappers and Tommy likes to make things difficult with red ears!  LOL  Tommy wants everyone to learn how to paint them stubborn patterns on the red ears.  At least last time I talked to him.  Snappers are better to me because they are mean and nasty and I like mean and nasty.  Red ears are to damn timid for my liking.  LOL  ;D
Title: Re: Gator Wars Reunion UPDATE = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: coonhollow on March 19, 2011, 05:11:13 PM
so do I bring them alive for fun! or frozen.lol aren't they protected there? I will make sure I have everything in order license numbers, everything we should need a friend has a cottage on the lake me and Hunter will spend a few weekends collecting them I will try to get small ones better give me a limit on size and quantity just to be safe! and if I get a few monsters want me to turn them loose? lol ;D
Title: Re: Gator Wars Reunion UPDATE = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: psycho on March 19, 2011, 09:09:09 PM
5 to 8 inches is perfect, 10 inches is ok.  Lets not get crazy f o  ck  er .....  LOL  Really small ones have my name on them!  LOL  ;)  You know how much I like the micro taxidermy.  LOL   ;D
Title: Re: Gator Wars Reunion UPDATE = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: coonhollow on March 19, 2011, 11:19:54 PM
5 to 8 inches is perfect, 10 inches is ok.  Lets not get crazy f o  ck  er .....  LOL  Really small ones have my name on them!  LOL  ;)  You know how much I like the micro taxidermy.  LOL   ;D

micro what? lol
Title: Re: Gator Wars Reunion UPDATE = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: psycho on March 20, 2011, 03:39:27 AM
Guys and Gals I got a treat today.  I was in AWE!  I know Tim posted pictures of the winery where we are going to be doing the Turtle Fest but let me tell you.....  The pictures do this place no justice at all.  It is unbelievable!  When you actually step foot on the property and start looking at your surroundings it is simply magnificent!  Tim gave me the grand tour of the seminar rooms, the banquet hall, the docks and many other offices and such including the BAR!  LOL  Any way I think that when September gets here everyone is going to be shocked on what the place is really like.  It's something that you can't even do justice when trying to describe it.  I think after the Ohio Show I am going to see if I can go back with my camera and get some freaking fantastic reference pictures.  There were red fox squirrels running all around and there were some canadian geese out there as well.  No telling what else you will see out there but one thing is for sure, this place is Beautiful!  Dan
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Post by: sarahdj on March 22, 2011, 08:32:14 AM
Cool!!!
Can't wait to meet your wife Dennis!
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Post by: Debbie C. on March 22, 2011, 08:34:50 AM
I can't wait either !!
Title: Re: Gator Wars Reunion UPDATE = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: old n twisted on March 22, 2011, 09:20:44 AM
Hi girls, she is really looking forward to coming up there. She is a lot like me ,so I guess that is why she has put up with an ole fool like me. She is working for the right layout for the wood goodie for this event. so everyone will have something to remember this years event.She will get it figured out.lol, Ya'll have a good day ladies
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Post by: antlerman on March 22, 2011, 10:01:49 AM
Dan, we are headed down to Mascohtah next week to buy ducks, geese, swans and anything else that will add to the water show.
Title: Re: Gator Wars Reunion UPDATE = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: psycho on March 22, 2011, 11:08:04 AM
Sweet.  Baby ducks may disappear on that lake if there are big ole fish in there.  LOL 
Title: Re: Gator Wars Reunion UPDATE = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: Debbie C. on March 22, 2011, 11:16:42 AM
Hey Tim

we have some white pekin ducks here if your interested - I could always bring them with me this fall  :D plus we will have some Muscovy ducks hatched out in another month for sure, got 3 hens sitting on eggs now.
Title: Re: Gator Wars Reunion UPDATE = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: antlerman on March 22, 2011, 11:23:57 AM
Mainly looking for wild breeds.
Title: Re: Gator Wars Reunion UPDATE = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: coonhollow on March 22, 2011, 06:03:45 PM
I can bring a extra boar or two to turn loose! lol  swans and geese make for big poop piles in the yard!  ;D
Title: Re: Gator Wars Reunion UPDATE = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: antlerman on March 22, 2011, 06:09:01 PM
aaaaahhhh    no.
Title: Re: Gator Wars Reunion UPDATE = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: Damage on March 23, 2011, 06:32:41 AM
We can bring our bird dog!
Title: Re: Gator Wars Reunion UPDATE = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: antlerman on March 23, 2011, 09:27:31 AM
that would also be a "no".
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Post by: taxi_grl_ga on March 23, 2011, 01:32:32 PM
no X2!! i am NOT riding all the way to IL with that big stinkin' gooberhead in my car! no way. there's only room for one and your seat is already reserved. sorry dog.
Title: Re: Gator Wars Reunion UPDATE = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: antlerman on March 29, 2011, 12:33:45 PM
Kicking this back up. I am in the process of putting together one hell of a seminar lineup.  If you haven't committed to this yet, this is one to NOT miss. Of course this is a reunion for some, but we want to expand the family. We don't bite and would love to see the numbers explode. I feel pretty confident that once you come you will be excited about coming back in the years to follow. Remember, we are doing this to create a relief fund for when the unexpected happens. Heaven forbid, but it just might end up being you that finds yourself in need. This is a worthy event with many top named instructors donating their time to help out. Lets blow this up and get as many to attend as possible. Bring the family, enjoy the winery, take a little late summer vacation, and learn from some of the best in the industry. Sign up now, so we know how many to plan for. The bigger it gets, the more we will bring to the table. Come join us. You'll have a blast.
Title: Re: Gator Wars Reunion UPDATE = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: AndyO on March 29, 2011, 04:36:51 PM
Whats the price so I can start putting a little aside?
Title: Re: Gator Wars Reunion UPDATE = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: antlerman on March 29, 2011, 04:46:11 PM
500.00 for the whole weekend. 300.00 for 1 day.

As it stands, some seminars will be all weekend. Some will be for one day only. I don't have a schedule finalized yet because I'm still working on adding things to the line up. Some asked me about a one day pass, so thats where I'm at. Examples would be that Bill Yox and Michael P's seminars will be one day events, where mine, Hudzik and Voyers will be two days and the bird seminars will be all 3 days. Now those won't be all day seminars, but will encompass all three days to do the work in steps.
Title: Re: Gator Wars Reunion UPDATE = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: AndyO on March 29, 2011, 04:49:23 PM
500.00 for the whole weekend. 300.00 for 1 day.

Thats damn cheap. Cant believe more people arent getting in on this.
Title: Re: Gator Wars Reunion UPDATE = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: antlerman on March 29, 2011, 04:57:46 PM
I agree. The more people that get on board, the more instructors we can afford to bring in. Even though they are volentering their time, we still have to get them here and put them up for the weekend.  We need more people to sign up. I would like to see 100 people this year. I am going to be putting some ads in different states newsletters. So if any of you state organizers would like to run an ad for me, please get ahold of me with a cost and run date. I would be interested in talking with you.
Title: Re: Gator Wars Reunion UPDATE = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: old n twisted on March 29, 2011, 05:08:05 PM
That is only $100.00 more than the wars,and look at all that went on there. People you need to sign on for this. You can't beat the price and last year Tim auctioned off Two of his racks, there was a lifesize hog given away and three days of down right freindship that I would not have had a chance at if not for this.I won't miss this and am bringing my wife this time. So if you want to have one hell of a weekend then don't wait till it's over and say Man I should have went.  Let's Party ya ole Fool,lol
Title: Re: Gator Wars Reunion UPDATE = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: Justin S on March 29, 2011, 05:13:07 PM
Im looking forward to it.  Wanted to go last year but had something conflicting with the days.   Wouldnt miss it this year
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Post by: Debbie C. on March 29, 2011, 07:24:26 PM
I can't wait either !! I am Really looking forward to this !  ;D and as soon as Tim knows how many I will plan on the desserts to bring down too...
Title: Re: Gator Wars Reunion UPDATE = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: psycho on March 29, 2011, 08:01:16 PM
My favorite dessert is chocolate chip cookies.  LOL
Title: Re: Gator Wars Reunion UPDATE = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: antlerman on March 29, 2011, 08:34:10 PM
Thats what I feed the squirrels too. LOL
Title: Re: Gator Wars Reunion UPDATE = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: taxi_grl_ga on March 30, 2011, 08:49:20 AM
choc chips on the way!! ;) mine r yummy!
Title: Re: Gator Wars Reunion UPDATE = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: psycho on March 30, 2011, 09:39:10 AM
 ;D  YEAH!    :-*
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Post by: oldshaver on March 30, 2011, 07:10:45 PM
Tim, have you considered doing some video taping of any of the seminars, and offering them for sale? I think I will be good to go by September, and could probablly do a shaving instructional video free of charge.

That, and other instructional videos, could be sold and provide a little long term income for the organization. Just a thought. ???
Title: Re: Gator Wars Reunion UPDATE = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: psycho on March 30, 2011, 07:15:58 PM
I think we should leave the video taping up to the professionals like Joe Kulis.  Joe already has this section covered.   ;)
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Post by: oldshaver on March 30, 2011, 07:45:31 PM
You are probablly right Dan. Not to mention, quite a few of the seminar instructors might already be under contracts.
Title: Re: Gator Wars Reunion UPDATE = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: hawghollow on March 30, 2011, 08:31:00 PM
cant wait
Title: Re: Gator Wars Reunion UPDATE = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: antlerman on March 31, 2011, 02:07:13 PM
No instructional video's, but I do plan to use my hunting video production camera this year to video the event so everyone can have a disc of the event.
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Post by: sarahdj on April 06, 2011, 07:14:14 PM
Awesome Timmy!!!!!!!!!!!!
Title: Re: Gator Wars Reunion UPDATE = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: taxi_grl_ga on April 06, 2011, 08:28:10 PM
oooh now timmy, you know i have a fee for being "on set" heehee
Title: Re: Gator Wars Reunion UPDATE = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: antlerman on April 06, 2011, 08:32:08 PM
cheap cheap fun fun
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: antlerman on May 17, 2011, 02:33:04 PM
NEW UPDATES added TODAY.  Please go read the changes and updates to the original post.

Kent Reedy, Dennis Harris, Bill Yox, Doug Bridges all added as instructors.  Kent's class is limited to 10 students, so go check it out and don't miss out.

More updates coming soon. Be watching.
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: Doug Bridges on May 17, 2011, 02:48:10 PM
For my casting seminar/train wreck, I would love to hear what people are interested in seeing. I will try to fit as many things into the time that I have.

This seminar, I promise to not over catalyze, not over mix, not mix un-compatable material and in general, not to make a mess..........Yeh right. That's a good one! I can't make any of those promises.
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: michael p. on May 17, 2011, 03:12:26 PM
We could make the women party favors!
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: Bill Motzer on May 17, 2011, 03:20:34 PM
Tim,
 Mark me down to attend. Let me know how and when to make payment. Thanks
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: antlerman on May 17, 2011, 03:24:39 PM
Will do Bill.  Deposit and payment info will be forthcoming.  Looking forward to meeting you for sure.
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: Doug Bridges on May 17, 2011, 03:32:20 PM
We could make the women party favors!

We have a volunteer! I will bring the tube and alginate.
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: Bill Yox on May 17, 2011, 03:36:05 PM
Lol careful guys this is in the industry section for all to see...
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: michael p. on May 17, 2011, 03:38:38 PM
We could make the women party favors!

We have a volunteer! I will bring the tube and alginate.

I volunteer as long as you wear gloves!
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: taxi_grl_ga on May 17, 2011, 09:06:21 PM
haaaaaaaaaaaahahahahaha!!!!!!!!
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: RonF on May 17, 2011, 10:58:19 PM
  Tim,  count me in for sure and please sign me up for Kent's class on birds if there's still room.    Ron from K.C.
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: antlerman on May 17, 2011, 11:15:49 PM
Will do Ron.
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: psycho on May 18, 2011, 12:37:48 AM
Bill Motzer is coming!   SWEET!  Can't wait!

Ron F!  WHOO HOOO!  Man it's going to be a great time!   

By the way Timmy!  Welcome back F O C K E R!    :P
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: taxi_grl_ga on May 18, 2011, 12:53:18 AM
yay!! it'll be good to see you again bill! tim I know there's a list of seminars on here somewhere, #1 is it current? and #2 please make note of any of them that require a separate sign up if you haven't done so already. sir. ;) xoxoxoxoxo!!
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: antlerman on May 18, 2011, 09:42:13 AM
Updates are on the front page.  The bird seminar with Kent Reedy is the only one that is limited, so far. That seminar will encompass all three days, and is limited to 10 people. The bird guys might not have time for much else, so they do need to sign up for that class.

Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: antlerman on May 18, 2011, 11:50:24 AM
UPDATE........in talking with all the various instructors, it has become apparent that I am gonna need everyone to tell me what their primary interest seminar is. Following is an tentative schedule:

Thursday                 Pick up fly ins at the airport.

Friday am and pm:     Bird Seminar with Kent Reedy
                              Turtle Seminar with Tom Voyer and Dan Hudzik
                              Mammal Seminar with Dennis Harris

 Friday evening         Pedestal Backing Seminar with Michael P
                             Tanning and shaving with Aubrey Young

Saturday am            Mounting a whitetail with Bill Yox
                             Antler tine repair with me
                             Birds with Kent Reedy
                            

Saturday pm           Casting with Doug Bridges in conjunction with Bird seminar and separately
                            Birds will continue with Kent
                            Turtles will resume with some casting going on there also.
                            Mammals will also resume.

Saturday evening    Awards banquet and dinner, and dance. (Bring a piece for competition and public viewing)

Sunday all day         Birds, turtles, and mammals.

Sunday evening,     Wind down at the bar, and pack it all up, and get the hell out of here!!  LOL

Monday am.           Take those who fly in to the airport.



Saturday and Sunday      Competition area open to the general public.



I've tried to spread this as best I can and will make adjustments as needed, but I DO need EVERYONE to tell me their main seminar interest, PLEASE. And I definitely need a head count for the Turtle Seminar participants.

  
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: AndyO on May 18, 2011, 02:29:46 PM
I'm probably out. Too much going on for my liking. Competition and award ceremony ?? :-\
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Post by: sarahdj on May 18, 2011, 02:54:15 PM
Man up sis!!  Come on Andy- just pick one and show up.  It will be awesome.
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: Bill Yox on May 18, 2011, 04:59:27 PM
girl
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: sarahdj on May 18, 2011, 05:02:00 PM
Yeah- what he said.
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: antlerman on May 18, 2011, 06:11:34 PM
I'm probably out. Too much going on for my liking. Competition and award ceremony ?? :-\


Just trying to come up with more things to make it interesting for all.  Don't be a wus. Just get in where you fit in, you Scott Olson wannabe. LOL
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: AndyO on May 18, 2011, 06:57:25 PM
I'm not trying to be a wuss Sarah   :P. This thing is turning into something big ( which is good) but big events are not my cup of tea. Large groups of people make me nervous. Especially with people like bill yox floating around.  :D I'm not saying I'm not coming....
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: Bill Yox on May 18, 2011, 08:57:59 PM
Hey if Andy attends, I want him to be my right hand man for the seminar...so I know where he is. Besides, he owes me a sweet replica fish as I recall...
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: Codi on May 18, 2011, 09:36:02 PM
Hey if Andy attends, I want him to be my right hand man for the seminar...so I know where he is. Besides, he owes me a sweet replica fish as I recall...

But I wanted to sit by AndyO!
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: AndyO on May 18, 2011, 09:45:56 PM
Codi's coming??....... :) :)
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: Bill Yox on May 18, 2011, 11:19:41 PM
Well Codi, I just assumed youd be hanging out on my left side??  8)
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: michael p. on May 18, 2011, 11:28:51 PM
Codi....let's go get some new ink while there!   Andy, you can sit by me, Bill's gay.
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: red oak on May 18, 2011, 11:34:45 PM
Tim if you didn't get my message put me on the bird seminar
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: Bill Yox on May 18, 2011, 11:37:58 PM
Gay means happy still right?
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: michael p. on May 18, 2011, 11:38:48 PM
Gay means happy still right?

Nope, it's means bald and queer :)
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: Bill Yox on May 18, 2011, 11:44:21 PM
Geezus Mike, Im so glad we are friends, so that you speak so well of me.  :o
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: michael p. on May 18, 2011, 11:48:44 PM
Geezus Mike, Im so glad we are friends, so that you speak so well of me.  :o


Anything to help ol' buddy!!   :)
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: antlerman on May 19, 2011, 12:23:35 AM
We GOT us a FISHHEAD!!!!      Listen up!     Brian CLAAR is gonna be here!!!   YEEHAW!!   We've got us a full fledged lineup of instructors.  Go to the front page and check out all the new updates that I added tonight. Time to pour the fuel into this bad ass weekend. 
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: Bill Yox on May 19, 2011, 12:56:01 AM
BTW, some of us walked through the new facility while we took a break during the last Illinois Yoxathon. Wow what a place is all I can say. Its absolutely beautiful. Im just hoping that if Perry or Scott shows up we can keep them from bathing in the pond.
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: psycho on May 19, 2011, 02:06:08 AM
I spent about 9 hours with Tim today.  Wait until you all get to see the latest pictures.  Bill, you and everyone that got to see it during your Yoxathon are going to be amazed at the changes that have taken place since then.  Will be trying to get them posted tonight yet.  Dan
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: coonhollow on May 19, 2011, 03:09:48 AM
Damn its 3am thought you would have pictures posted by now! lol ;D Sounds like a cool place.
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: psycho on May 19, 2011, 03:20:34 AM
http://www.taxidermy.net/forum/index.php/topic,266484.0.html

Click on the above link to see the pictures.  I posted them on another thread.  Still have about 15 more uploading right now.   ;)
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: Bill Motzer on May 19, 2011, 08:26:48 AM

 Brian,

 Im driving if you want to drive out with me. Your snoring will help keep me awake behind the wheel  ;D give me a call.
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: taxi_grl_ga on May 19, 2011, 11:57:11 AM
i'm interested in the bird seminar UNLESS it's going to interfere with the time I spend at the turtle seminar :) there's also a chance that damage may not make it, supposedly he has a job that's going to overlap but we'll see what we can do because he DOES NOT want to miss it!
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: Bill Yox on May 19, 2011, 12:05:24 PM
Im wondering if all these other posts are getting confusing. Glad you all are adding links!!!
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: aspenangler (Shane) on May 19, 2011, 12:13:28 PM
Count me in. There is just going to be too much available talent around to pass this opportunity up!!
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: Bwana on May 19, 2011, 12:16:21 PM
Tim how is the cost of the weekend affected if I would bring my wife to sit in on a couple of seminars?
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: antlerman on May 19, 2011, 03:06:28 PM
Tim how is the cost of the weekend affected if I would bring my wife to sit in on a couple of seminars?


While I answer this question for Greg, I will answer it for everyone.
If your spouse attends one of the hands on seminars, I can not discount the cost due to the limited number of students that will be allowed in on those seminars. (example= birds is limited to 10 students, fish = 15)

If your spouse wants to attend the same seminar as you and be your note taker, I have no problem with that other than when we get to the cost of the banquet meal, I would ask that you purchase her meal. I don't have it in stone yet, but I estimate the meal to come in at around 25.00 per plate.

If she wants to attend a different seminar than you, but not one of the limited seminars, I will do a Family deal for 800.00. And her banquet ticket would be included.

I'm sure the question may come up, so I will address it now. If you are a shop owner with several employees that you wish to attend. For every 500.00 entry you will be allowed 1) 300.00 entry.  But again, those can NOT be used for the limited seminars. Only the open ones. All limited number seminars will be 500.00 and you must notify me asap and send in your deposits asap to secure your spot in the limited seminars. Notifying me is not enough. Your deposit secures your spot.
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: michael p. on May 19, 2011, 03:21:34 PM
Can I cook for the banquet???? 
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: antlerman on May 19, 2011, 03:40:36 PM
NO.......but you can put on a dress with Tommy and be servers.
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: michael p. on May 19, 2011, 03:50:28 PM
I want to cook bitch!
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: Bwana on May 19, 2011, 04:11:36 PM
Thanks Tim! Sounds fair.
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: psycho on May 19, 2011, 05:00:26 PM
I want to cook bitch!

 :D  Thats funny!
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: antlerman on May 19, 2011, 05:16:22 PM
I want to cook bitch!

Breakfast at 7am bitch and you better not break the yokes in my eggs.
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: Brian Claar on May 19, 2011, 05:43:47 PM
You dorks should let breakfast up to me.  I think MP has had my eggs 1 or 2 times.   

Tim, you will never get MP up before 7 am.   LOL
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: antlerman on May 19, 2011, 07:49:37 PM
Another update has been added!    Bill Yox is upping the ante for us. AFRICAN GAME HEAD STUDY.  In one of his sessions  Bill will be mounting a Red Hartebeest   Just for you game head guys.  This should be a very informational seminar. Thanks Bill.
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: antlerman on May 19, 2011, 07:57:51 PM
I keep updating the front page, but have been told that some are missing those updates. 

Here are your seminar choices.  And please choose as we need to know numbers.


Turtles with Tom and Dan
Birds with Kent reedy
Fish with Brian Claar
Lifesize mammals with Dennis Harris
Whitetails and Gameheads, tanning and shaving, rock backing and antler repair with Bill Yox, Aubrey Young, Michael P and me.

Please choose from the above list and notify me asap on which class you want to participate in.   Thank You.


Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: antlerman on May 19, 2011, 10:08:50 PM
I am currently working on the trade show/competition aspects of this thing. All I can say at this time is things are looking great. Many of the same award sponsors that we all have grown to love and quest after, may, just may come on board with us. I think you guys may have some ideas about the ones I'm talking about. So here's the deal. We NEED to get EVERYONE involved in this competition aspect of our get together. If we can rival the numbers of a state show, and bring along a "like" quality, I have been promised that those SPECIAL AWARDS will be made available to us. But you've got to earn them. There will be no give away awards. So bring your "A" game.  

If you are a seminar participant, you will be allowed 1 free mount entry into the competition. All additional entry's will cost 15.00 each.

If you are not a seminar participant, you will be charged a 25.00 convention fee and a 25.00 entry fee for your first mount. All additional entry's will cost 15.00 each.

We will use the ABC judging method. If a judge decides to place a numerical score on your score sheet, that will be at his discretion. A place will be provided for comments and suggestions. Limited time will be made available for judges critiques on Saturday night after the banquet, and on Sunday morning if time permits.

There will be 3 divisions.  Masters, Professional, and a Novice/Youth division.

There will be a People's Choice Award and a Judges Choice Award.  If we can secure those "special Awards" they will go to the division winners. I will UPDATE that information as it becomes available. A COPPER DOCK WINERY Best of Show Award is being created. This will be one for the mantel for sure.

All entry's MUST be checked in by 8pm on Friday night and must remain in the competition viewing area until 2pm on Sunday.

Public viewing of the mounts will be made available on Saturday from 1 to 4pm. and again on Sunday from 10am til 2pm.
A fee of 5.00 will be charged at the door for public viewing for adults over 18, 2.00 for kids ages 12 to 18 and under 12 are free.  

I have already been contacted by several that have committed to this competition, but I need your help. If you are driving in PLEASE bring an entry with you, and lets get those "Special Awards" added to our event. So if you would, in addition to telling me what class you wish to attend, would you also indicate to me the number of entry's you plan to bring. I greatly appreciate your cooperation in doing this.

One more thing. I have been on the phone today extending our invitation to different supply companies. Several are giving us much consideration. If you are the owner or representative of a supply company and wish to be here, we would love to have you. There is no booth space rental fee and we'll even feed you for free on Saturday night, so come join us.





Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: RonF on May 19, 2011, 11:01:42 PM

   Biil, are you realy going to trust Tim on getting you a Hartebeest form.   Remember that last White tail he had.  LOL

                                                                                   Ron
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: psycho on May 19, 2011, 11:30:37 PM

   Biil, are you realy going to trust Tim on getting you a Hartebeest form.   Remember that last White tail he had.  LOL

                                                                                   Ron

LOL   Dang Tim, Ron is all over ya!  LOL   ;D
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: antlerman on May 19, 2011, 11:34:04 PM
Simmer down...        He's Bill F'ing Yox.   He's suppose to know how to MAKE it work.
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: Codi on May 20, 2011, 07:35:17 AM
I want to mount a snappin turtle. Sign me up for that seminar.
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: RonF on May 20, 2011, 10:56:14 AM
 I'm not saying nothin, but after the form thing, then finding out about the salsa 3 days after the Yoxathon,  I just find it a little goofed up.  That's all.   LOL   If I didn't have such a great time I'd think something was going on.
                                                                                          Ron




 ;)
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: antlerman on May 20, 2011, 11:25:48 AM
Damn........A brother can't catch a break around here anymore.


Got you down for turtles miss Codi.
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: michael p. on May 20, 2011, 11:45:12 AM
......, then finding out about the salsa 3 days after the Yoxathon,  I just find it a little goofed up. 

I'm still really pissed about the #%^*ing salsa debacle!  During Turtle Fest I want friggin salsa in my dressing room!!
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: Justin S on May 20, 2011, 11:46:55 AM
uh oh  quick someone give him a snickers
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: antlerman on May 20, 2011, 02:20:22 PM
http://youtu.be/u2Zt37j3q18


Here's your salsa, cry babies.
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: antlerman on May 20, 2011, 10:17:50 PM
Met with the winery folks tonight.   Pick two

Grilled Chicken Breast...Charbroiled & smothered in freshly grilled green peppers and onions

Deep South Fried chicken....This Vintage Fried Chicken is a crowd pleaser

Herbed Rump Roast....Tender Roast Beef accompanied by a blend of select herbs served with Au JUS

Pork Roast with Apple-Nutmeg Sauce...pork tenderloin basted in apple cider, garlic, and ground nutmeg

Mushroom and Chile Carbonara.....The bold flavors of bacon, fresh mushrooms, Parmesan cheese, and red chiles dance                        upon a bed of pasta in a spicy cream sauce

Country Baked Ham....Smoked ham glazed in a succulent pineapple and brown sugar sauce



These are the main entree selections. What would you like to see served?? We will offer two.

Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: Bill Yox on May 20, 2011, 10:19:53 PM
Fried chicken and the ham.
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: Bill Yox on May 21, 2011, 12:28:05 AM
OK, Tim, so Im doing a deer mounting seminar, where I just mount a head and answer questions and stuff...then a second seminar where I alter a head for expression and anatomy stuff...and then a third seminar doing a red hartebeest shoulder mount? Cool.
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: antlerman on May 21, 2011, 12:31:42 AM
WE have a winner!!  LOL   Yes sir. That is your schedule, but I heard that a certain little once crooked friend of ours is challenging you to a turtle race. Your turtle against his.
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: Bill Yox on May 21, 2011, 12:32:38 AM
I dont turtle.
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: antlerman on May 21, 2011, 12:38:11 AM
I know Dan is training his turtle now. You better get started. Three events.  3 yard low hurdles,  3 yard dash, and the long jump.   May the best turtle win. 
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: Bill Yox on May 21, 2011, 12:39:18 AM
Are you sure you dont mean him?
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: psycho on May 21, 2011, 12:44:38 AM
Grilled chicken and Fried Chicken.


A guy is gone off here for a day and completely "railroaded".  No respect I tell ya.  LOL 

I heard Lee wants to be your assistant Bill to keep you in line.   ;D
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: antlerman on May 21, 2011, 12:49:49 AM
LOL
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: psycho on May 21, 2011, 02:18:27 AM
Grilled chicken and Herbed Rump Roast....Tender Roast Beef accompanied by a blend of select herbs served with Au JUS

Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: michael p. on May 21, 2011, 03:12:48 AM
I HATE ham!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! bitch!
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: Damage on May 21, 2011, 08:08:06 AM
I HATE ham!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! bitch!

You some kinda terrorist, boy?
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: taxi_grl_ga on May 21, 2011, 08:36:50 AM
hahaha lee. assistant.
hahaha mp. terrorist.
my vote is for the pork roast and grilled chicken!
GOOOOOOD MORNING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: sarahdj on May 21, 2011, 09:29:20 AM
Pork roast with apples & any chicken.
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: Bill Yox on May 21, 2011, 10:10:01 AM
Is Leee going to be my assistant, or my shade?

Michael, try the ham, this isnt Michaelfest you crazy Texan. And how can you hate ham, thats like Psycho and his thing about pork, for cripes sake.  :-*
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: AndyO on May 21, 2011, 11:09:39 AM
Steak or anything BBQ'ed, tater, corn and beans damn it!! You all sound like a bunch of fabulous Beakman boys  >:(
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: psycho on May 21, 2011, 11:18:06 AM
Michael, try the ham, this isnt Michaelfest you crazy Texan. And how can you hate ham, thats like Psycho and his thing about pork, for cripes sake.  :-*

Thats right F O C K E R S no pork for me unless of course Bill you volunteer to "clean" up after me.  LOL I didn't think so.....   :P



Grilled chicken and Herbed Rump Roast....Tender Roast Beef accompanied by a blend of select herbs served with Au JUS
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: Bill Yox on May 21, 2011, 11:20:23 AM
Let the beakman boys? clean up after you Psycho. I say lets order pizzas with everyone on it.
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: michael p. on May 21, 2011, 12:12:05 PM
I hate mam!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  bitches!
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: antlerman on May 21, 2011, 12:34:10 PM
No ham..    I'm leaning towards the rump roast and the chicken. Now which chicken?  Fried or the grilled breast?
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: Brian Claar on May 21, 2011, 12:47:01 PM
Fish ?    ;D
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: antlerman on May 21, 2011, 12:49:54 PM
Friday night at the store across the street. Fish fry every Friday night. BBQ ribs, frog leggs and mm good. We are talking about SATURDAY night banquet. There is no hope for you fishheads. All you think about is fish, fish , fish!  Got that covered already Mr. Claar.
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: Brian Claar on May 21, 2011, 12:51:12 PM
Can't wait for Friday Night!   
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: antlerman on May 21, 2011, 12:56:07 PM
We have a new Official name for this shindig.   
 
 MIDWEST REGIONAL TAXIDERMY CONVENTION at the COPPER DOCK WINERY
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: coonhollow on May 21, 2011, 01:23:01 PM
Tim, you still want me to bring a boar? Also dont let Dan BS ya TWICE! at the World Show he ordered Bacon with his meal....he is just a closet porkster!!! ;D :P
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: psycho on May 21, 2011, 01:25:53 PM
A slice and had to give the rest away if you remember right.  2 pieces of bacon about 3 to 4 inches long is all a guy can handle. 
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: coonhollow on May 21, 2011, 01:32:28 PM
had to pick on ya! lol
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: aspenangler (Shane) on May 21, 2011, 02:05:48 PM
Herbed Rump Roast or Grilled Chicken Breast with an Ice cold beer (http://i196.photobucket.com/albums/aa149/aspenangler/Beer.jpg)
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: psycho on May 21, 2011, 02:16:05 PM
Herbed Rump Roast or Grilled Chicken Breast with an Ice cold beer (http://i196.photobucket.com/albums/aa149/aspenangler/Beer.jpg)

See this guy knows what he's talking about!
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: antlerman on May 21, 2011, 02:31:28 PM
Tim, you still want me to bring a boar?

Blaine, the boar is just to much for me to handle now, PLUS, the Winery and other local business's are getting behind us and helping to promote this. We owe it to them to support them. I have off set the hog with a banquet style meal at my expense. I think that is a fair substitute. Last year was more of a fun filled event to raise money for Michael. This year is a very serious and intense weekend of some awesome seminars. Lets focus more on the seminars and relax at the winery when we get a moment to do so. Sound like a plan?

Otherwise, someone else is gonna have to be in charge of the hog as I will not have time. But then we could still get the winery to offer and serve chips, mac salads and stuff, so either way, but just know I Can't do it.  ;)
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: coonhollow on May 21, 2011, 03:03:11 PM
Either way works for me I'm willing to help with whatever is needed
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: michael p. on May 21, 2011, 03:06:35 PM
I want hotdogs
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: antlerman on May 21, 2011, 03:09:20 PM
I know you are Blaine, and I DO appreciate everything you are already doing. The only way I can see possibly doing the hog is if we cook it on Wednesday or Thursday.  If we do it I want Mike Frank involved and I don't know if he can come down that soon. He already is having a hard time with his work schedule, so my bet is he won't be available then. But I will check with him.
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: antlerman on May 21, 2011, 03:09:50 PM
I want hotdogs


You are a hotdog, but I love ya anyway. ::).
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: WFT on May 21, 2011, 03:48:20 PM
antlerman I just want to get one thing clear. "IF" there is homemade salsa...will it be made available to everyone, or are you going to pull another OH I forgot to tell everyone til they get home thing again? LMAO ;D
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: antlerman on May 21, 2011, 09:42:30 PM
Salsa WILL BE SERVED DAMNIT!!!
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: WFT on May 21, 2011, 09:48:11 PM
It's the least you can do for poor Michael P. after driving thousands of miles. I bet his feelings are still hurt from that. :D
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: Whitetailart on May 22, 2011, 08:34:13 AM
Tim I will be coming for this .
  
I have been off here for awile and havent been keeping up with it. (Real busy with work)
 But thanks to psycho phone call yesterday he filled me in as to all that is going on with this .
Will be willing to help out with anything if you need it.

Roast and grilled Chicken here.

Blaine give me a call can't find your Ph#



Bob
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: psycho on May 22, 2011, 11:05:42 AM
Sweet! Glad to see you made it back on taxinet Bob!   ;D
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: antlerman on May 22, 2011, 12:32:37 PM
Listen up!!    I have reserved a special rate for the Sleep Inn & Suites Motel in Greenville, Illinois for 71.99 per room for your choice of either a room with a King size bed or a room with 2 queen size beds. The cut off date for this price is Sept. 15th. At that time the rates will go back up to 82.00 per night.  We have 28 rooms reserved. I would call and book early. The phone number is 618.664.9700.  Tell them you are with the MIDWEST REGIONAL TAXIDERMY CONVENTION. This is a newer facility with an indoor pool, continental breakfast, computer access, wifi, flat screen tv's microwaves and refrigerators in the rooms. Very nice and it is located right at the exit off of Interstate 70 at the Greenville exit #45. Below is the link to the motel.


http://www.sleepinn.com/hotel-greenville-illinois-IL329?sid=xeBYMi.e18gOgalE.2&sarea=395734&sname=Greenville%2C+IL%2C+US&slon=-89.41
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: coonhollow on May 22, 2011, 03:36:26 PM
Bob glad to see your back I will give you a call I need to find your number! lol I had to get a new phone and don't have all the numbers in the new one yet.
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: antlerman on May 22, 2011, 05:31:23 PM
The front page has been updated and cleaned up. All the information is there and hopefully a better read.
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: antlerman on May 23, 2011, 12:59:15 PM
I am meeting with my advertising agent this week from St. Louis. We plan a major media blitz for this event to start in about 30 days from now, and gradually increase as the time grows closer. We will be advertising in "ILLINOIS OUTDOORS MAGAZINE", several of the larger metro east St. Louis newspapers, posters at archery shops thruout S. Illinois and mailers sent to taxidermists all over the country. If you are associated with any "group" and would like a mailer sent to your membership body, please get a hold of me. I will give the members here on this site every opportunity to fill this event first before reaching outside of the family here. This is shaping up very nicely. Thank you all for supporting this event. I think we have the makings for a very fun filled and educational weekend. I'm getting excited. Don't get left behind. Space is limited for the seminars. The public viewing of the competition area should turn out to be rather exceptional. We expect a pretty large crowd to come thru. This will be your time to showcase your work and attract customers. A "BIG TENT" expo is being considered at this time. I have many friends in the hunting industry. More to come on that as decisions are made and interest develops. Stay tuned.
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: antlerman on May 24, 2011, 11:29:02 AM
Would you guys be interested if I could get Grethen Wilson to come and hold a lawn concert on Friday night? We are gonna check into it, but we won't be holding our breath. Just gonna look into it. That's all.
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: Bill Motzer on May 24, 2011, 11:38:22 AM
Would you guys be interested if I could get Grethen Wilson to come

 If thats the best you can do....... sure........... ::)



     Just kidding,  :P that would be cool!
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: sarahdj on May 24, 2011, 12:48:13 PM
Only 25% of the year left to go to the next fest!!
Get your name in the hat here folks- it's going to be an amazing weekend!!!
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: psycho on May 24, 2011, 01:35:22 PM
Would you guys be interested if I could get Grethen Wilson to come and hold a lawn concert on Friday night? We are gonna check into it, but we won't be holding our breath. Just gonna look into it. That's all.

Who is Gretchen Wilson?  I prefer KISS, Metallica, Iron Maiden, someone in that genre. 




 :P
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: antlerman on May 24, 2011, 02:14:10 PM
Ok, KISS will be here. Grethen turned us down...&%#@*!  LOL

Ok, in all seriousness, I was just trying to get some movement on this thread!!!!  LOL    It worked!! 


But HERE is a serious addition. Each seminarian will be given a certificate of completion from the class in which you participate. Signed by the respective instructors. Framed and ready to hang on your wall for your customers to see. Please make no mistake about this. The MAIN focus of this event is EDUCATION. The other things thrown in are to help offset the cost and add to the fun. 
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: aspenangler (Shane) on May 24, 2011, 03:48:27 PM
I think we should have a hog roast at antlermans place on the 22nd to start things off and add to the fun  ;D (http://i196.photobucket.com/albums/aa149/aspenangler/Beer.jpg)
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: antlerman on May 24, 2011, 03:59:54 PM
We can do that if that's what you guys want to do. I don't care. The hog roaster is sitting here ready to go.  Slap a new motor on it and fire that baby up. Last years hog pretty much toasted the motor. LOL
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: antlerman on May 24, 2011, 09:46:15 PM
I have been asked about a combined artist division. I am going to put this out there as a poll to see if there is enough interest. I think to be fair, we should have at least 3 entries to have that division. What are your thoughts?  Anyone want to have a combined artist division?
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: Whitetailart on May 24, 2011, 10:09:16 PM
Count me in on it Tim
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: taxi_grl_ga on May 24, 2011, 10:12:48 PM
kyle and i would enter a combined artist piece. we wanted to mount something together for the world's but this move had to become our main priority instead.
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: Bill Motzer on May 24, 2011, 10:14:26 PM
Im in  :)
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: Bill Yox on May 24, 2011, 11:17:18 PM
To all those "Im in" folks, we surely appreciate it, but even though Tim wont come right out and say, he needs those deposits sent asap, so that he can get a deposit to the facility, and so that you all really ARE in. We instructors cant wait to see you all, our friends, in Illinois, so please think about getting those deposits headed to Tim. Hes got even more surprises in store for you all...
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: antlerman on May 25, 2011, 12:01:01 AM
Thanks Bill........LOL........But what he says is true. I'm not real good at asking people for money, but folks this event is racking up way into the thousands and we have a long ways to go to get the bills covered. So if you could be so kind, it would be much appreciated.

I am trying to be as creative as I can be in order to keep the cost down for you students. I want this to be about affordable EDUCATION. There has been much debate today about opening the competition up for non seminar participants. After careful consideration of the bills to be paid, I simply  do not have any other choice but to open it up for all who wish to come. The good thing about this facility is we can easily keep the seminar participants and the non seminar participants separated. So with that said, I hope everyone will understand that we have to do it this way to cover the costs involved. I hope everyone who is a participant will understand that bringing a mount and entering it in the competition, getting the viewing public coming thru the doors is what is going to pay for the facilities, so PLEASE support that and bring at least one mount with you if possible.

I have been asked about a combined artist division.  We WILL have a combined artist division. Here are the rules: All entries will be judged in the master's division. You will be competing for three award places. 1st, 2nd, and 3rd. Each entry will be considered as one entry per artist involved in the mount. Ribbons will also be awarded based on judging placement. I know several of you are interested in this, so lets do it.

I have updated the front page post on a couple of things, but will also post here some updates. EACH SEMINAR PARTICIPANT will be given a framed graduation certificate signed by your respective instructors. These will be nice certificates for you to hang on your shop wall for your customers to see that you are an artist who stays current and educated in our field. I believe these are VERY important and will be issued to each of you.

As Bill stated, there are more announcements to be made in the coming weeks. I'm working on several things to make this an enjoyable and worthwhile event for you guys and yet affordable.  This is about YOU, so if you have any suggestions on things you would like to see added, please contact me. We will take a look at it. If you are on the fence about this, I hate to ask, but it is time to get serious about your intend in the form of deposits. I would hate to loose our weekend reservations at the winery to a wedding simply because we can't cover the deposit money. Your help is needed. Thanks Tim.  Stay tuned. There will be more to come. Some pretty exciting things. Talks are in the works. They just have to be finalized before I can announce them.
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: antlerman on May 25, 2011, 01:10:03 AM
I thought I would share this with you just for the record.

The cost of the facility is 1300.0 per day for the banquet hall. I had to rent it for at least one day in order to get the opportunity to rent the pavilions. If I have to rent it for one day, I might as well rent it for 3 days and get some use out of it. We are also expected to have at least one banquet style meal catered by them. That meal is 18.00 per plate plus tax and an 18% gratuity, making it right at 25.00 per plate.  At 50 students that's 1250.00 not counting the instructors and my workers for another 10 plates.
The pavilions are 400.00 a day. 2 of those is another 2400.00.  Total so far.=  7250.00   (you have to remember this is a wedding venue. The wedding pavilion goes hand in hand with the banquet hall and catered meal. We have to rent it all or they would rather rent it to a wedding party)

Instructors right now are estimated at 12,500.00
Total so far = 19,750.00
and we haven't even started to figure in the awards yet or anything else. So you see where we are at.

In an effort to keep the cost affordable for everyone, there are only a few options to be considered. We need numbers. We can not have this event if we don't reach somewhere around 50 students, and that is just going to cover the above listed items. The only other option is the competition and the viewing public coming to see those mounts. To do that we have to advertise and advertisement is NOT cheap, but we have to do it to get the people to come thru our doors. It may not sound like much, but if I can get 200 people to pass thru and view the mounts, that's 1000.00 towards our rent. If we can get another 50 people to enter the competition, that's 5000.00. That damn near covers the rent and will allow us to do more things.  Starting to get the picture?   I need EVERYONE"S help. Together we can do this and have ourselves one hell of a good time. But your participation and cooperation is needed. Call your friends and get them to come with you. Bring a mount. And send in your deposits. I have brought together one hell of a lineup of instructors for you. I don't know where else a person can go and get three days of hands on from these instructors for this price. I truly don't think anything else comes close to this. Lets make it happen.

Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: HQ on May 25, 2011, 07:49:53 AM
Antlerman, I sent you a message, Head Quarters is thinking about coming to the show.
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: coonhollow on May 25, 2011, 07:59:19 AM
Tim you got backboards all situated?
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: antlerman on May 25, 2011, 10:53:11 AM
We would love to have you, Jeremy. No charges for vendor space, but would ask you to do something for our students.    coon; I don't have backboards yet, but will have once I get a feel for what we need.

Had a nice conversation with Tom Powell this morning, and YES, the McKenzie Awards have been added to the line-up. Things are shaping up folks. Let's keep it going. Several suppliers are checking their schedules, and trying to make it here. I will update as I know more on that.
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: Eric E. on May 25, 2011, 10:59:33 AM
Antlerman,

Your killing me with the class choices......which one to take??? which one to take??? They are all GREAT!
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: antlerman on May 25, 2011, 12:18:36 PM
Antlerman,

Your killing me with the class choices......which one to take??? which one to take??? They are all GREAT!


Yes, I know. Isn't it GREAT. I want to attend all of them myself.  The way i see it, is one this year, a different one the next and so on. In 5 years I will get in on all of them.  LOL
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: psycho on May 25, 2011, 12:24:00 PM
We would love to have you, Jeremy. No charges for vendor space, but would ask you to do something for our students.    coon; I don't have backboards yet, but will have once I get a feel for what we need.

Had a nice conversation with Tom Powell this morning, and YES, the McKenzie Awards have been added to the line-up. Things are shaping up folks. Let's keep it going. Several suppliers are checking their schedules, and trying to make it here. I will update as I know more on that.

That is COOL!
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: sarahdj on May 25, 2011, 12:47:16 PM
Awesome awesome awesome!!!!!
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: antlerman on May 25, 2011, 05:45:10 PM
Got bank account set up today.  We're set to go. And received first deposit check today from Kendal Shaw. Thank You Kendal
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: antlerman on May 25, 2011, 09:29:46 PM
Antlerman, I sent you a message, Head Quarters is thinking about coming to the show.


Listen Up Guys and Gals.    I spoke with Jeremy today as did Michael and here's the deal..........The first 20 people who sign up for the Whitetail/Game head Package will receive from HEAD QUARTERS SUPPLY COMPANY a GENE SMITH wall pedestal form to use in Michael's backing class and take it home with you. I don't know if you understand that or not, but you just got a 10% discount on the cost of your class via a 50.00 form for FREE.  Thank You Thank You Thank You goes out to Jeremy and the folks at HQ. Folks, that's a THOUSAND DOLLARS worth of manikins. Again, Thank You So Much.
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: psycho on May 26, 2011, 02:56:46 AM
WOW HQ!  That is an awesome donation and it's not just a form thats a QUALITY FORM!  Thank you HQ!  That is Fantastic.  Dan
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: sarahdj on May 26, 2011, 02:24:29 PM
Wow!!
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: antlerman on May 26, 2011, 04:34:58 PM
It just keeps coming and coming.  Folks, Larry and Kathy Bloomquist have just come on board with the BREATHTHROUGH AWARD, AND ADVERTISING FOR US IN BREAKTHROUGH MAGAZINE to come out in the next issue at a price we can afford. Thank You SO MUCH Larry and Kathy.
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: HQ on May 26, 2011, 05:27:52 PM
That's nice of Larry and Kathy,that will help get the word out
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: psycho on May 26, 2011, 05:39:36 PM
HQ, Breakthrough!  My God whats next!  Thats awesome!  What an event this is going to be!
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: WFT on May 27, 2011, 12:15:10 AM
Just to let you know about Gretchin a friend of ours invited her to come and perform at the Cumberland Playhouse when she first came onto the scene and before she had become as famous as she is now and the cost was $10,000. If you will ask nicely antlerman, "psycho" probably give you that money for her to show up. ;D
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: antlerman on May 27, 2011, 12:21:41 AM
No Grethen.  LOL   Most around these parts lost respect for her when she didn't take the time to sign an autogragh for a young girl in a wheelchair. You know, you can never be a star in your own home town when everyone knows the real you.

Besides, I'm cheaper, so I'll sing  .LOL
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: psycho on May 27, 2011, 12:27:12 AM
Just to let you know about Gretchin a friend of ours invited her to come and perform at the Cumberland Playhouse when she first came onto the scene and before she had become as famous as she is now and the cost was $10,000. If you will ask nicely antlerman, "psycho" probably give you that money for her to show up. ;D

$10,000 buys a lot of fuel for my private jet.   ::) 
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: WFT on May 27, 2011, 12:42:47 AM
You know I  am not sure if this true or not but I heard that Bill Jordon was like that. Basically if you were not someone with alot of money to benefit him somehow or own a big hunting ranch for him to film on. he wouldnt give you the time of day. That being said he would probably talk to "psycho" he owns a jet...SWEET
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: antlerman on May 27, 2011, 01:03:35 AM
Dan flies me to my concerts.
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: WFT on May 27, 2011, 01:13:18 AM
So could you say that Dan is a very generous billionaire. I need a someone llike that I can hang out with for a while.
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: antlerman on May 27, 2011, 01:16:20 AM
No, I would just say he's a lying bull chipper like the rest of us.
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: WFT on May 27, 2011, 01:22:58 AM
Well I guess there is nothing wrong with being a bull chipper. How many you have signed up for Turtlefest at this pointin time?
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: antlerman on May 27, 2011, 01:38:07 AM
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Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: antlerman on May 27, 2011, 11:35:08 AM
Getting ready to go to print.   If there are any suppliers who wish to attend and want included in the advertisement in Breakthrough Magazine, you must get a hold of me immediately.
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: psycho on May 27, 2011, 11:42:38 AM
No, I would just say he's a lying bull chipper like the rest of us.

Well I guess there is nothing wrong with being a bull chipper. How many you have signed up for Turtlefest at this pointin time?

Thats funny.   ;D
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: WFT on May 27, 2011, 03:24:24 PM
Yeah the funny part was I didnt realize there were that many BULL CHIPPERS interested in coming to the fest.
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: antlerman on May 27, 2011, 03:32:39 PM
Shall we add your name to the list?  LOL
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: WFT on May 27, 2011, 03:45:24 PM
Is there a bull chipper discount? ::)
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: antlerman on May 27, 2011, 03:50:49 PM
Ask Dan. But if there is, let me know, cause That would meant I'm about to go broke. >:(
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: psycho on May 27, 2011, 03:55:32 PM
Is there a bull chipper discount? ::)

No discount that I'm aware of but I will be highly disappointed to not see a fellow Bull Chipper there, especially one as talented as you in that field.   ;D
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: WFT on May 27, 2011, 03:57:58 PM
Hey i hear that...putting on an event is not cheap..we had a 20 year reunion...friend of mine set up the event and it ended costing him $1200 of his own money to cover because there wasnt enough showing up to cover expenses.
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: michael p. on May 27, 2011, 04:00:13 PM
Yeah the funny part was I didnt realize there were that many BULL CHIPPERS interested in coming to the fest.

Theres a he'll of alot more than that fixing to be added!


Is there a bull chipper discount? ::)


Why would you even jokingly ask for a discount when the price us already rock bottom.  If you think $1200 is alot,  try $24,000

Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: WFT on May 27, 2011, 04:03:19 PM
Dan do you think there may be an award of some kind offered to the biggest bull chipper, or maybe even a bull chipper achievement award?
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: antlerman on May 27, 2011, 04:03:45 PM
Hey i hear that...putting on an event is not cheap..we had a 20 year reunion...friend of mine set up the event and it ended costing him $1200 of his own money to cover because there wasnt enough showing up to cover expenses.

I just got back home from the winery and told him the parking lot wasn't big enough yet. You have not seen what I have been shown. I think we will make our numbers just fine. I'm sure praying for that anyway.
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: psycho on May 27, 2011, 05:47:41 PM
Dan do you think there may be an award of some kind offered to the biggest bull chipper, or maybe even a bull chipper achievement award?

I don't know, but I believe that will be the toughest competition and the hardest category to judge!   LOL

On a serious not though, the cost is pennies compared to what you have to learn.  Your coming right WFT?   ???
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: WFT on May 27, 2011, 09:18:27 PM
"PSYCHO" pm sent!!!
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: coonhollow on May 28, 2011, 09:45:25 AM
Tim it must get a little crowded with the two of you in his private jet! ;D
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: antlerman on May 28, 2011, 11:50:10 AM
For those of us who love Bear Essentials Tanning Products, they will be here with plenty of supplies to fullfil your needs.

Added to the vendors list.
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: psycho on May 28, 2011, 01:06:24 PM
Tim it must get a little crowded with the two of you in his private jet! ;D

Don't ya just hate it when the paparazzi is always sneaking around trying to get pictures of you and your belongings.  Next my Horse and Duck will be showing up!  LOL
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: coonhollow on May 28, 2011, 01:30:42 PM
if I knew how to put it on youtube it would be off my phone and a link here! it was a nice duck you were riding though! ::) :P
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: psycho on May 28, 2011, 02:24:54 PM
That duck will never be the same!  LOL   ;D
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: WFT on May 28, 2011, 11:13:17 PM
I bet that poor old duck is bow legged from all that dead weight. ;) :D ;D
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: antlerman on May 30, 2011, 08:56:26 AM
Received your deposit check Ron F.     Thank You



That is 3 birds spots taken already.  Only 7 left.  Don't wait.  Advertisement in Breakthrough is coming out shortly.  Would expect the bird class to fill rapidly.

Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: rbear on June 01, 2011, 12:18:18 AM
I know you have never heard this before but the check is in the mail. I would like to participate in the turtle mounting class.
Ralph
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: psycho on June 01, 2011, 02:08:29 AM
I know you have never heard this before but the check is in the mail. I would like to participate in the turtle mounting class.
Ralph

WHOO HOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!  A man with good taste!   ;D
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: antlerman on June 01, 2011, 10:23:44 AM
planting-cedar....I received you payment check in full. Thank You so much. A few more checks and we can start getting deposits paid on the things we've got to cover. Thank You also rbear. I'll put you down for turtles.
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: antlerman on June 01, 2011, 09:14:05 PM
And the harvesting has begun.

(http://i429.photobucket.com/albums/qq17/Antlerman618/FamilyPics2028.jpg)
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: antlerman on June 01, 2011, 10:41:38 PM
Got your dep. money wildlife1,   Bob.   Got you down for whitetails. Thank You.
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: rbear on June 02, 2011, 12:22:18 AM
Is that snapper in a hot tub?
Ralph
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: antlerman on June 02, 2011, 10:25:39 AM
No, it's just an old whirlpool tub that I use to degrease skulls, but he thinks he's at the spa. But when you try to give him a massage, he gets all pissy and tries to bite. Dude just has NO manners about him.
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: sarahdj on June 03, 2011, 03:53:00 PM
He looks comfy!
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: antlerman on June 06, 2011, 11:14:06 AM
Folks, I know it seems like a ways away, but it's really not. Turtle Fest will be here before you know it. I have so much to pull together yet and I'm asking for your help. If you are planning on coming could you PLEASE send in your deposits. Thank You to those who have already. Your deposits helped get the deposit on the winery paid, and the ad for Breakthrough paid, but we have a long ways to go yet. Airline tickets for the instructors, awards, and so many other things that can't be put off. Again, I need your help. Even a partial payment would help. Thank You.
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: antlerman on June 06, 2011, 01:06:19 PM
Josh Judge has been added to the list for birds. The bird class is now half full. If you are considering this class don't wait. Only 5 spots left and they could go really fast. Especially once the Breakthrough ad comes out which will be soon.
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: sarahdj on June 07, 2011, 12:51:35 PM
If I blink twice, Turtle Fest will be over!  Once & bear trip will be done!!  Where has the year gone?!!
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: antlerman on June 08, 2011, 01:01:39 PM
Dennis Isbill.......Fish
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: antlerman on June 13, 2011, 09:38:06 PM
Bob Evans...Fish
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: michael p. on June 13, 2011, 10:41:03 PM
Dan Hudzik.....Ass
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: psycho on June 13, 2011, 11:00:33 PM
Dan Hudzik.....Ass

Michael, does that mean I will be riding you around the winery like the mule you are.   :P
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: antlerman on June 13, 2011, 11:02:37 PM
Security camera's are installed. All lewd behavior will be published for all to see.
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: Damage on June 13, 2011, 11:10:51 PM
Security camera's are installed. All lewd behavior will be published for all to see.

FanFREAKINtastic!!!
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: taxi_grl_ga on June 13, 2011, 11:32:48 PM
SOMEONE'S gonna make some money off that deal!!! hahaha

can't wait to see mp leading his jack around the place! should be entertaining! ;D he's a salty one, ya may have to break out the riding crop!
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: RonF on June 13, 2011, 11:43:23 PM
I saw Psycho around the World show and thought he had a nice ass.  OH sorry. Thats not what we were talking about was it.
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: michael p. on June 14, 2011, 12:59:37 AM
Dan Hudzik.....Ass

Michael, does that mean I will be riding you around the winery like the mule you are.   :P

4 wheeler, no mule!

I saw Psycho around the World show and thought he had a nice ass.  OH sorry. Thats not what we were talking about was it.



TMI!
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: psycho on June 14, 2011, 01:03:08 AM
I saw Psycho around the World show and thought he had a nice ass.  OH sorry. Thats not what we were talking about was it.


You got to watch those Missouri guys.   :o
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: sarahdj on June 16, 2011, 12:11:54 PM
Don't scare folks off guys!
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: Damage on June 20, 2011, 07:41:54 AM
Don't scare folks off guys!

Are you kidding?  This is a honey-trap to lure them in!!

=P
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: antlerman on June 20, 2011, 09:46:01 AM
The winery opened Saturday. Got my first sleep Sunday night. We were hoping for 100 people as a soft opening. Somehow the word got out and over 400 showed up. wheew!  It took a minute with all hands on deck, but we managed to get thru it. Somehow I went from friend to bartender/groundskeeper/music coordinator and overall "jack", but all ended well. Sunday was a little slower pace but still a good crowd. Getting the kinks worked out, but the place is absolutely breath taking. The menu is superb. The wine is good and the beer is cold. The one thing that got under estimated is the parking lot. That will double in size this week from one acre to two. Overall, a good weekend opening. Everything will be running in tip top shape for Turtle Fest. I hope you guys are making plans and getting excited. We are gonna have a fun fun time come Sept, which isn't that far off. Don't forget that the Breakthrough ad will be coming out very soon and some classes only have a few spots left, so don't sit on the fence too long. The family here got first chance at this so take advantage before it gets filled. Some of you have been VERY helpful in getting this underway by sending in your deposits, and for that I am VERY grateful. I could not do this without your understanding and help, so Thank You. I still have a long ways to go to get everything covered, so any help in that would be appreciated. I'm getting excited and I sure hope you are too. Don't forget those competition pieces. From what I'm hearing we should have ourselves one heck of a good competition. Seems several are getting together on the combined artists category. Besides the educational aspects of things, this is what it's all about. ie Friends coming together to have a good time. Come join us. This is shaping up to be one you don't want to miss. PS, make plans to bring the spouse. You'll regret if you don't.  And don't forget to make those room reservations at the Sleep Inn and Suites by calling 618-664-9700.  Tell them you are with the Midwest Regional Taxidermy Convention for a discounted rate of 71.99 per night.
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: sarahdj on June 20, 2011, 08:19:17 PM
My mom does a lot of winery touring- I'll send her that way to check it out!
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: Brian Claar on June 27, 2011, 11:51:29 AM
Tim, I had a friend ask what is there for his Wife to do if she comes along?

Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: michael p. on June 27, 2011, 01:11:01 PM
Tim, I had a friend ask what is there for his Wife to do if she comes along?



Cook........duh!
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: Damage on June 27, 2011, 01:26:13 PM
Tim, I had a friend ask what is there for his Wife to do if she comes along?



(http://i86.photobucket.com/albums/k118/damage043/fail-owned-laundry-fail.jpg)
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: psycho on June 27, 2011, 01:58:17 PM
I thought you were doing some cooking Mike!  LOL 
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: antlerman on June 27, 2011, 05:04:45 PM
Tim, I had a friend ask what is there for his Wife to do if she comes along?



Drink wine. We have 92 different labels. Should keep her busy most of the weekend.  I'll just say that he will regret not bringing her if he doesn't. Something about this place is magical for lovers.
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: rbear on June 27, 2011, 08:27:46 PM
Glade to hear things went well with the opening. I can't wait for a party weekend.
Ralph
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: coonhollow on June 28, 2011, 12:03:30 AM
just popped in to say hi, 92 labels! anyone wanna try to do a glass of each over  the course of the weekend?
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: taxi_grl_ga on June 28, 2011, 08:32:46 AM
that's just over thirty a day for the three days! totally do-able....for a FRAT HOUSE....hahahahahahha ;) we had two vinyards within an hours driving distance from my old house, we sampled a lot! but not THAT much. i'd need meetings after attempting that feat lol
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: Bill Motzer on June 28, 2011, 11:41:09 AM

 Something about this place is magical for lovers.

 I have 7 kids...... Ill be leaving the Wife at home!  ;D
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: antlerman on June 28, 2011, 11:46:57 AM
Yeah, I would too. Sounds like you have a complete glossary of magical places in your past. LOL
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: psycho on June 28, 2011, 01:02:31 PM
at least 7 of them!  LOL   ;D
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: rbear on July 05, 2011, 09:54:21 PM
Have a room with two beds reserved. I would be happy to share the cost if anyone wants to bunk with me.
Ralph
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: antlerman on July 07, 2011, 05:15:13 PM
Things are shaping up very nicely. As anticipated, I received word today that those highly coveted awards from WASCO for most artistic entry, Breakthrough Award for Best of Show, McKenzie Awards for Competitors Choice in each division, Research Awards for Best Youth and Best Novice entries along with a 100.00 gift certificate for both of those divisions, The Copper Dock Winery Choice Award which includes a basket full of select wines, The Walnut Creek Hardwood Choice Awards for Best Entries using a Walnut Creek Base or Panel in each division, Masters/Professional/Novice/Youth,  Walnut Creek Sponsored Awards for; Peoples Choice, Competitors Choice, Best Combined Artists Entry, Competitors Award for the Highest scoring 4 entries by a single competitor, and a Special award for the person who travels the greatest distance to attend, and The Midwest Regional BOC Awards for each division and catagory, are all on the lineup.

The Vendor List is growing with McKenzie and Research on board offering special discounts,

and

Now, a discount for preregistration.  Starting today and for those who have already preregistered SAVE 20.00 on any seminar package. 3 easy payments of 160.00 per payment. Payment 1 due by the end of July for 160.00, payment 2 by the end of August for 160.00 and the balance of 160.00 due upon arrival in September. That's a savings of 20.00 off any seminar package.

I would also like to Thank Kenny Carnahan, owner of Natural Cast Reproductions for his very generous contribution of the Gary Bruch Smallmouth Bass Replica's that will be used in the Brian Claar Fish Seminar.  Thank You Kenny. You are Greatly Appreciated.  Only a few slots left for this seminar, and our National Advertising Campaign begins in one week, so don't wait as it will soon be full.



Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: Whitetailart on July 07, 2011, 05:37:21 PM
That is AWSOME Tim   

Sounding like its shaping up to be a great show.
I cant wait already started planning my pieces for the show .






Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: sarahdj on July 08, 2011, 06:25:22 PM
Sounding nice!
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: antlerman on July 15, 2011, 11:22:37 AM
Jerry Officer with American Insurance Alliance has joined the vendors list. Welcome aboard Jerry. For those who are unaware, Jerry specializes in insurance for the taxidermy industry. See Jerry for all your shop insurance needs.
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: psycho on July 15, 2011, 11:34:25 AM
Anyone that has gotten around to the shows probably knows Jerry and he is a heck of a nice guy.  He travels to a lot of shows and he is a familiar sight to many and if you are new to the industry you will start seeing him more if you attend more shows.  Whether you are new to the industry or you have been at it a while, make sure you stop by and talk to him and he will help you out.
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: Bob Evans on July 18, 2011, 11:59:26 AM
Hey All,

I wanted to add this photo of the Venue, the Copper Dock Winery. I got the photo from Tim's wife Becky from Facebook. This place looks amazing !! Looking forward to seeing everyone in September !!

(http://i239.photobucket.com/albums/ff13/aquabob1/copperdock.jpg)
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: taxi_grl_ga on July 18, 2011, 12:19:02 PM
i can't wait to get there! i saw this place last year, when everything was juuuust getting started. i can't believe all the pics i'm seeing are of the same locale! i'm so excited i can hardly stand it ;D
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: antlerman on July 28, 2011, 09:05:28 PM
Voyer called. He's excited and wants to know how many pairs of his shoes he should bring, thinking everyone wants a pair. The air in N.H. must be really thin this time of year.
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: Bill Yox on July 28, 2011, 09:52:09 PM
He aint right.  ::)
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: antlerman on August 01, 2011, 03:26:21 PM
Congrats to one of our instructors. Dan psycho Hudzik wins BOC Masters at the Missouri Show.  Way to go Foocker!
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: Whitetailart on August 01, 2011, 04:33:58 PM
Congrats Dan
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: Bill Motzer on August 01, 2011, 04:35:30 PM
Congrats to one of our instructors. Dan psycho Hudzik wins BOC Masters at the Missouri Show.  Way to go Foocker!

 Sweet! ;)
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: taxi_grl_ga on August 01, 2011, 09:29:19 PM
woohoo! go dan!!!
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: jimhow on August 01, 2011, 09:32:48 PM
Congrats Dan!
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: psycho on August 02, 2011, 01:27:39 AM
Thanks.  How did you find out so quick?  I'm up here in Wisconsin working at a fellow taxinetters shop.  We screwed off a lot today.  LOL  Thanks everyone. 
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: antlerman on August 02, 2011, 11:28:22 AM
New Vendor just added to the line-up. Ross Vogler will be here with his beautiful copper bases. Pretty fitting for a venue location called the Copper Dock Winery!  If you haven't seen Ross's bases, you need to. They are first class. Now here's a little something SPECIAL added to the mix. Ross and Michael P are gonna team up and do a rock inlay on the inserts of one of Ross's pedistal bases. Raffle tickets will be sold for this base at the convention, and all the proceeds will go to Hunt of a Lifetime.  Thank You Ross and Michael.

http://www.taxidermy.net/forum/index.php/topic,274774.msg1903712.html#msg1903712
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: Eric E. on August 02, 2011, 08:35:31 PM
Congratulations Psycho!
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: antlerman on August 03, 2011, 09:27:35 PM
Breakthrough Ad on pg 87.  Anyone see it?  If so, whatcha think?
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: psycho on August 04, 2011, 12:12:07 AM
I think the guy that took that picture is one cool cat.  LOL   ;D
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: antlerman on August 10, 2011, 11:06:10 PM
Just a little over a month away. Everything is set to go. Hope you guys are getting those comp mounts ready.
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: psycho on August 10, 2011, 11:23:56 PM
Just a little over a month away. Everything is set to go. Hope you guys are getting those comp mounts ready.

Wish I could compete.  Looking forward to seeing everyone.  Had a few new people talk about showing up and looking forward to a great time as usual. 
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: michael p. on August 10, 2011, 11:42:47 PM
Can't wait, it's gonna be a good one!!!
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: Whitetailart on August 11, 2011, 03:45:06 PM
Just a little over a month away. Everything is set to go. Hope you guys are getting those comp mounts ready.

Umm  I knew I was forgetting to do something Tim.

Thanks for the reminder
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: antlerman on August 11, 2011, 04:34:09 PM
I know I have beat this thread to death over the past year, but I've been working hard on getting this finished up for everyone. In the past few days I have sent out over 800 e-mails, the Breakthrough ad has hit the mailboxes, sent out a mailer to every taxidermist in the states of Illinois and Missouri, and have placed over 7000 fliers in the hands of several suppliers to be included in shipment boxes over the next 5 weeks. There will be newspaper ads in the St Louis region 2 weeks prior to the event inviting the public to come and see your work.  Every effort has been made to get the word out and many vendors have been added to the lineup. Now I am working on the finishing touches for our awards banquet. The following is a list of awards you can come and compete for.

BEST YOUTH ENTRY sponsored by WALNUT CREEK HARDWOODS
BEST NOVICE ENTRY sponsored by WALNUT CREEK HARDWOODS
BEST of CATEGORY PROFESSIONAL DIVISION in BIRDS, FISH, MAMMALS, GAMEHEADS, WHITETAILS & REPTILES
BEST PROFESSIONAL ENTRY sponsored by WALNUT CREEK HARDWOODS
MIDWEST REGIONAL CHAMPION (MASTERS DIVISION) BIRDS, FISH, MAMMALS, GAMEHEADS, WHITETAILS, & REPTILES
BEST COLLECTIVE ARTISTS ENTRY  (2 awards)
McKenzie CHOICE AWARDS sponsored by McKenzie  (voted on by competitors) Awards for best BIRD, FISH, LIFESIZE, WHITETAIL
RESEARCH MANNIKINS AWARDS goes to BEST YOUTH, BEST PROFESSIONAL AND BEST MASTERS ENTRIES
WASCO AWARD (Judges choice MOST ARTISTIC ENTRY)
PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARD  (voted on by the viewing public)
COMPETITORS CHOICE AWARD  (voted on by fellow competitors)
COPPER DOCK WINERY CHOICE AWARD
MIDWEST REGIONAL CHOICE AWARD
JUDGE'S CHOICE AWARD "BREAKTHROUGH BEST OF SHOW"  sponsored by BREAKTHROUGH MAGAZINE



Several SPECIAL INTERESTS AWARDS are up for grabs, including awards from
National Wild Turkey Federation
Ducks Unlimited
Illinois Trappers Association
Whitetails Unlimited
Carlyle Lake Waterfowlers Association
I.F.O.R.   Illinois Federation of Outdoors Resourses
B.A.S.S.
RMEF Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation

and working on a few others. So come expecting a wide array of awards up for grabs. And don't forget, Kent Reedy's bird seminar and Brian Claar's fish seminar are limited in numbers so don't hesitate. If you want in, let it be known asap.

Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: hawghollow on August 11, 2011, 11:34:13 PM
what no "Fockers choice award" best piece chosen by dan hudzik.lol
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: Ross Vogler on August 11, 2011, 11:51:59 PM
Tim, I wanted to reply once I got things lined up, but it's a taking a little time. Working on getting this business rolling and such. I will get with you soon on the award and the details. As far as the raffle goes, that's another beast all in itself, and should have the pedestal made up next week for taxi-net viewing.

But all in all, it's going to be a great time, with the clique and others. ;D
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: antlerman on August 13, 2011, 12:46:29 PM
Sometimes you just don't know what to say. I know many of you know Larry and Kathy Blomquist much better than me, so perhaps I'm not telling you anything you don't already know. But I had a conversation with Larry yesterday that just warms my heart so much about how some people can be so giving and so supportive of others, that I'm left with emotions that tell me this taxidermy world in which we live has some of the most generous people on earth in it's fold. In a world where we all are counting our pennies in this depression time we are living, once again, Larry has bestowed yet another gift to us for the Turtle Fest/Midwest Regional, event. As many of you know, our beloved Simon Blackshaw did a massive array of drawings before his passing to be used in conjunction with the new scoresheets that will without a doubt become the industries new standard that has been in the works by Larry for some time now. In part, these were used at the last WTC. Well guess what? We are going to get to use them here in Sept. as part of a trial run. All I can say is Thank You Larry for entrusting us, and allowing us the privilege. It will be as though a part of Simon will be here with us. Thank You Larry, from the bottom of my heart.  
Title: Re: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: Brian Claar on August 13, 2011, 08:35:45 PM
I just finished up a trial run of the seminar I'm doing with a new fish head.    Aspenangler completed his fish and it turned out GREAT!    I can't express how excited I am to be coming to this show and having the honor of working with some of you fish heads!   This is going to be fun.

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Title: WOW!
Post by: psycho on August 13, 2011, 11:14:04 PM
 :o  Those score sheets are FANTASTIC!  I was quite surprised when I got mine at the World Show and it is my favorite score sheet.  I hope the whole industry switches to using them.  
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: Whitetailart on August 14, 2011, 08:31:28 AM
I havent seen them but I heard they are nice. Might just have to frame mine when I get one. Even if the score is nothing to brag about
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: antlerman on August 15, 2011, 01:39:23 PM
Just a little blog from me.

Over the years in this business, and in life,  I feel as though I have learned a fair amount and experienced some things that perhaps give me a different view and perspective that many might not agree with or understand, but that's ok. One such thing I feel I've learned is that building up people produces good results more often than not. I was raised in a family where one side was cynical and you were made to feel you could never do anything right, while the other side was just the opposite and encouraged me to believe I could do anything I set my mind to doing. My father and grandfather couldn't wait to see if I would become president or be the next Elvis. While my mothers sides most famous words were,"YOU SHOULD" which was always in some form or another a critique on something that made you feel as though you would never get it right in her eyes.  One day out of  anger when those words rang in my ear just one too many times, I responded by saying; Who the hell are you and who says I SHOULD? It was at that moment in time that I decided that being put down, and made to feel "lesser than" was gonna stop, and that I had no room in my life for anyone who saw it fit to place me beneath them any longer.  (Now since, my mother and I have an understanding and we are good to go.)  But here's why I'm sharing this with all of you on this thread. And I think it is important that I do so.

In this world we are graded and judged as winners and losers. Personally, I think the concept sucks, but still it is the world we live in.

When I entered the world of taxidermy in 1994, I was directed by another who ranked high in the taxi world, to spend my money and learn from the best. I did that and went and studied under Joe Meder. My very first taxidermy anything was at Joe's, and I'm GLAD I did that. So I came home all pumped about how great I was, because I had studied with the Best. Soon I built a good business on my over inflated ego though I still had LOTS to learn. Problem was, I just didn't realize just how much I had yet to learn. Then a series of life events started taking place. My father dies, then my grandfather, then my daughter. I then found my then wife in bed with her boss. An event that sent me to prison over some false accusations that left me with no will left to fight. I gave up and layed down to die. My goal was to go be with my G'father, father and daughter. While in prison I suffered a major heart attack and the son of a bitches saved my sorry ass by preforming 5 bypasses on me. Some where in all that I decided I wanted to live.  I then decided to fight my case and I won. I won only long enough to be told that the DA was gonna retry me and try to put me away for life. I said screw this, there is no justice, send me back to prison and let me die this time. I once again had given up on life and didn't care to try anymore.

Well, eventually I did get out and of course no-one would hire me or give me a chance. Although I was educated and had left a great career behind as a Locomotive Engineer on the Railroad, a commercial pilot, a degree in Automotive technology, and a certificate in horticulture, I couldn't get a job as a grass cutter at the local golf course. I was doomed and depressed. I realized I would never know a woman again, be productive and self sufficient or excepted in society.  I went to the only thing I had left and that was my taxidermy.  I mounted a few heads and was eventually asked to come to a former friends shop and help him get caught up as he was well behind. Our union was just what I needed. A new start. But buying groceries was about as much as I could ever hope for.

Then, the WTC came to Springfield, Illinois and I went to marvel at all the great work and met by chance, Simon Blackshaw. It was in the bar where at that time one could smoke and Simon asked if he could sit down with me and share my ashtray. I had no clue who Simon was, but he asked how I did in the show. Oh Sir, I'm not good enough to compete. I just came to see all the great work of others. Did you do well, Sir? I asked.  The gentleman responded, Oh I did ok. But more importantly,  he said;  Why do you think you can't compete Tim?  You can do ANYTHING you set your mind to doing my friend, he said.  Later I learned just how well Mr. Simon did at that WTC, but what Simon also won was my spirit and my soul. He gave to me the one thing I had been missing out on in life and that was the encouragement that I can do anything in life,  just like my Grandfather and father before Simon had given me, but I had lost. Isn't it ironic that Simon and I are the same age.

With my new found inspiration and drive, I decided to compete as Simon said I could. I challenged myself and I won. Not in the way you are thinking, but I won against myself. I made some new friends along the way and found some that would never be my friends, but all in all, a win win situation.  I found something to be proud of myself for.

Competition became very important to me over the next few years. I had found something that I was good at that no-one could TAKE from me. I could hold my head up and say, Damn, I can mount a pretty damn good deerhead, and here's the ribbons to prove it. In my show room is the progression of ribbons from an Honorable Mention to a few thirds, a sea of reds and at the bottom is a few blues for good measure. Then after a few years it was my time to compete at the WTC. Low and behold, guess who my judge was? No-one other than Mr. Simon himself.  Well, I blued on my entry and had Mr. Simon sign my ribbon.  Obviously, that is the ultimate trophy to me, and sets high above all the rest, including those few BOC awards I've been lucky enough to capture over the years, but reality tells me that I can go no further. I have hit my highest mark and any further attempts would only serve to digress me from where I am at, and comfortable in being. I accomplished what I needed to accomplish for myself.

Now for the ending and why I felt it important to share this story with you.

Are competitions important to your success?  Many of my very dearest friends say not, while some say yes.  No, those ribbons won't pay your bills, nor will they feed you. But since deciding to host the Midwest Regional Taxidermy Convention, something that grew out of Gator Wars from last year, I have been doing a lot of advertising in hopes to draw a large enough crowd to pay for a nice event for all of us to have fun at, with the focus mainly on education, thus all the nice seminars. Once the flyer's started hitting the mail, the phone calls started to come in. It looks like we are gonna hit the numbers needed and for that I am thankful and hopeful, but yesterday I received a call from a gentleman near the Chicago area which reminded me of why competition is important to some of us. This gentleman said that he has been a taxidermist for over 30 years and has never competed before because he was afraid he wouldn't do very well and didn't want to be shamed about his work that he himself felt was pretty good, but was afraid others would criticize. At that moment I realized why we are having a competition at this event.  It all came to me as a result of that one conversation.

Over the years I have seen the politics, I've seen the guys who must win everything and get disgruntle if they don't.  I've seen elections persuaded towards filling the seats with others to fulfill personal agenda's. I've seen people barred from membership for trying to have a voice. I've seen people resign from office when they realize their hands are tied and can't help where help is needed. I've seen associations restrict their size so all do not come out to play, only so others can have their way. I've seen ego's bigger than the building housing them. I've seen the injustice of awards and who gets them, and whose turn it is to win. I've seen why some of my friends won't enter the competition arena.  And as I type this, many of you have seen the same things and much more that I.

In fairness, this competition will be judged by some of the best in the business. They are people who know the subjects in-which they will be judging.  But there is one thing that no-one can deprive me from and that is in how it is judged. So in my competition, everyone wins. There will be no losers. I'm not saying that everyone will walk out with a blue ribbon, as that would lessen the validity of it as a competition, but one thing is for sure and that is if it is solid commercial work, that in-which does pay the bills, then you will leave here with a sense of pride, accomplishment, and satisfaction in knowing you have achieved your place in the taxidermy arena. Yes, the major awards will go to the best mounts, but it is my hopes that no-one leaves feeling that awful sense of not being Good Enough. Who says you are not good enough?  It's time we start building people up instead of constantly tearing people down.  I hope together we can achieve this mission as Simon did for me. I hope to see you here and lets work together to change the way we have somehow became an industry who has, as George Roof says; Eaten our young. I would love to see many more like the gentleman from Chicago. If this scenario hits home with you, give us a chance. I would love to see a room full of first time competitors.  ie WINNERS.

Sincerely;  Tim
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Post by: antlerman on August 15, 2011, 03:03:43 PM
Attention Turkey stuffers.   I am very pleased to announce that the NWTF is making available one of their beautiful turkey scupltures to be awarded to the Best Turkey Entry.  This is a VERY VERY NICE AWARD.  Who will be the lucky winner?  I know there are some very good turkey guys out there. Here's your chance to have one of these for your very own.
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Post by: michael p. on August 15, 2011, 03:59:42 PM
I'm excited!  All I can say is whoever thought that they liked hands on seminars will love mine..... I am bringing my A game!  My plane ticket is bought and I am ready!
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: antlerman on August 15, 2011, 04:18:27 PM
I'm excited!  All I can say is whoever thought that they liked hands on seminars will love mine..... I am bringing my A game!  My plane ticket is bought and I am ready!

I spoke with Jeremy from HeadQuarters the other day and they are gonna personally deliver all those deer head mannikin's for Michael's seminar. Folks I'm telling you that if you have never been around Michael, you probably don't know what HIGH ENERGY is.  This is not one of those watch me type of seminars. This is wear your work cloths and let's get BUSY, together deals. Working with Michael reminds me of the Ted Nuggent concert I went to recently. HIGH VOLTAGE.  This is one you will not only learn something at, but you will be entertained as well.  Just thinking about working with Michael gets me psyched. I've had the privilege about 4 or 5 times now and I can tell you, you will not get bored. LOL
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: antlerman on August 16, 2011, 02:04:14 PM
More AWARDS added.

The AL HOLMES MEMORIAL AWARD for best habitat.

The U.T.A. ARTISAN AWARD

and there is still more to come.  Stay tuned.
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: antlerman on August 16, 2011, 02:33:50 PM
Rhonda's Ruggery has been added to the vendors list.  Welcome aboard Rhonda and Betty.
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Post by: antlerman on August 16, 2011, 03:43:18 PM
Here's more;

The Star*Fish Award has now been added for the Best Replica Fish Entry with a 50.00 gift certificate to go along with the award.


and Matt Stark, "The DRIFTWOOD HUNTER"  will be here with a trailor load of driftwood from small to LARGE for sale.
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Post by: Whitetailart on August 16, 2011, 05:36:03 PM
Tim
What can I say . That Blog ,Post is very very good and well said.
You are so right about how things have changed over the years.

Come on people get those deposits in . This event is something that can't be missed.
Where else are you going to get what is going to be here for the $ NO WHERE
If you a beginner or very seasoned Taxidermist there is going to be something for you.

 I know it is going to be a blast.
I was at Tim's last year for the Gator Wars and I am sure this is going to top that.


Tim I will see you there .


Bob

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Post by: antlerman on August 16, 2011, 06:40:32 PM
Looking forward to it Bob, and Thanks.
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Post by: psycho on August 16, 2011, 10:47:02 PM
HOLY COW TIM!  I am gone all day today and come in and read all the extras added including Rhonda's Ruggery and the AWARDS!  What an AMAZING EDUCATIONAL SHOW  this is shaping up to be!  Dan
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: antlerman on August 16, 2011, 10:53:44 PM
You know, you are ALWAYS suppose to save the BEST for LAST.
Well, I'm not saying this is the very last, but it's close enough that I have to make this VERY VERY IMPORTANT Announcement now.

I just got off the phone with our beloved Dan PSYCHO Hudzik where I had the privilege of telling Dan, who is an Ambassador for Hunt of a Lifetime, what is in store for Friday Sept. 23 at this event.  

On Friday night we are gonna have a LIVE AUCTION with ALL the proceeds going to a couple of different charities.  Information on the other charity is forthcoming, but at least half of the money raised will go to Hunt of a Lifetime.

Now here's where YOU come in. Maybe you can't attend. But you can participate. We are looking for donation items to be sent in and auctioned off.

I will now give way for Dan to post whatever he needs to post about this very special auction, but lets ban together and set a goal of at least 5,000.00, but I think we can hit 20,000.00.

We can do it very easily.

And here's one more thing I want to add to this.

Jack Trudeau will be the auctioneer. Jack is well known in the auction room as being the guy who can have you laughing so hard that you forget how much money you just spent. When I called Jack today, before I could finish telling him about this auction, he interupted me and said, brother I will be there.  I'm telling you, Jack will get the top dollar and then some out of any donation you send in for this very worthwhile cause. So lets light it up for these kids and lets do this together.

Heres the link:  http://www.taxidermy.net/forum/index.php/topic,276316.msg1914151.html#msg1914151
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Post by: psycho on August 16, 2011, 11:15:47 PM
Well, I got quiet on the phone when Tim just told me about this.  If any of you were at the Ohio Show this year you pretty much know how I feel about this organization.  After losing a nephew at 3 months old, my 26 year old brother and many other relatives and friends to cancer, I knew when I was asked to be a part of this organization that it was a great fit for me.  I'm not sure how people do it but it is pretty obvious that right here on taxi net everyone bands together for these children and young adults.  I have had many fund raisers on here and they have gone great because of all of you that make it happen.  I will be contacting hunting companies for donations for this event and I will try to get in touch with SAVAGE for something special as well.  I am blown away by this and I really appreciate what you are doing Tim to try and get some extra fund raising done for HOAL.  I love the idea that those who wish they could be there but just can't, can still help out by sending in donations or items to be auctioned off.  This is fantastic and I can't wait to call Tina and tell her about it tomorrow.  I know Tim has set the goal to beat @ $5000 and I can tell you this.  Whether or not that we make it to that mark every little bit helps.  You guys would be surprised how true that statement is!  Thank you all in advance and I can't wait to see how it all comes together!


THANK YOU ALL!
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: antlerman on August 18, 2011, 11:52:45 AM
The awards are starting to make their way here. Here is the award (2) for Best Collective Artists Entry sponsored by Nikkie and the gang at Walnut Creek Hardwoods.  You guys are GREAT.  Thank You so much. Wait till you see all the awards  they have sponsored. Unbelievable.

(http://i429.photobucket.com/albums/qq17/Antlerman618/P1000182.jpg)
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Post by: antlerman on August 18, 2011, 12:48:54 PM
This Bronze Sculpture showed up today from the National Wild Turkey Federation to be awarded to the Best Turkey Entry.  This award is absolutely BEAUTIFUL.   Thank You NWTF.

(http://i429.photobucket.com/albums/qq17/Antlerman618/Picture025.jpg)
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: Whitetailart on August 18, 2011, 05:38:46 PM
Man I wished I did Birds.     That is Nice
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: antlerman on August 18, 2011, 06:45:35 PM
Art Rocks Award has joined in and Chris is sending in their award. Might want to add some Art Rocks to your entry.

And Whitetails Unlimited is adding their bronze sculpture to the awards for MOST APPEALING WHITETAIL chosen by them. Could go to anyone so bring your A game.
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: coonhollow on August 18, 2011, 08:41:14 PM
Hello everyone I want to apologize for my absence from this site I'm separated from  25 years of marriage and really haven't felt like talking a whole lot to anyone. Everything is going well and I will make sure I'm back on here a lot more frequently. Tim thanks for the call I'm excited to get away and enjoy the trip there it looks like this event is growing into something not to be missed! For anyone on the fence of going or not you really should consider making the trip I guarantee when you walk away from this weekend event you will have a experience you never had at another taxidermy event. These people will treat you like family and you will walk away counting the time to return for the next one. Don't miss out on the fun!
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Post by: antlerman on August 18, 2011, 08:51:14 PM
Blaine, you sounded so down and defeated on the phone. I know there is nothing I can say to make things better for you right now. You just have to keep going and work your way thru all obsticals, but you WILL get thru them. One by one you fight each day and then one day, the sun shines again. Most everyone reading this has something that has kicked them in the nuts before, so understanding should be easy to come by. Try to focus on the positive and keep on stepping. That's the only way to put bad roads behind you. Stay in touch, my friend.
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: coonhollow on August 18, 2011, 08:58:16 PM
Thanks Tim I'm doing good Hunter was in South Carolina for the summer enjoying the sunshine it was pretty quiet around here! But I'm doing good..Your doing a great job pulling this all together!
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: antlerman on August 18, 2011, 09:08:00 PM
I'm trying brother, but I need you back in the game.
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: coonhollow on August 18, 2011, 09:12:01 PM
were hunting turtles this weekend. I'm in you just let me know what you need!
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Post by: antlerman on August 18, 2011, 09:23:19 PM
TURTLES!!!    LOL
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: coonhollow on August 18, 2011, 09:27:32 PM
well I learned you cant just toss them in the back of the truck,,they can get on the wheel well and commit suicide at 65mph!!!!!!!
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: Uncle Harley on August 18, 2011, 09:39:45 PM
OK Tim has talked me into cutting you guys a deal.   I will be there sat only,  and I will be offering a deal on reflective eyes    Normally my lowest price is $12 per eye pluss the cost of the eye  if you buy  11 or more.   


So  HERE IS THE DEAL   For those attending,  I will do the price of the eye + $10  no matter how many pair you want, and you can pick them up on saturday of this event.   Orders must be in by midnight AUG 30th  in order to qualify.    Simply  send check or money order to Harley Craig  9599 N 330th st. Casey Il 62420    with a note on what type eye you want  ( brief description and Item number in McKenzie catalogue)       so if you go with a cheap C/C style eye for $6  you can get this eye for $16 total   You want $9 eyes   that's only $19 dollars.    I also accept paypal payments to  [email protected]   See video on my signature for a sneek look at my new eyes.  Any questions just call  217-232-1774 and leave a message!
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: antlerman on August 18, 2011, 09:42:48 PM
That a boy Harley.  You the man, and that's a very sweet deal.  Thank You.
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: Uncle Harley on August 18, 2011, 09:55:51 PM
LOL I told you I was going to work up a deal!  At that price buy a yrs worth!  That $10 extra investment  can turn into $50-$100 extra profit per deer just by upgrading to this eye! 
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: antlerman on August 19, 2011, 09:57:58 AM
The Polytranspar Award is now also added to the awards table.  Thank You McKenzie/WASCO
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: Uncle Harley on August 19, 2011, 10:09:21 AM
Tim  add the "GREEN EYE"  award   which will be awarded to the best mount by a "GreenHorn" ( never competed before at state or higher level)   The winner will recieve a pair of Reflective Deer Eyes  and I can't promise this yr, but will try to get a plaque worked up.
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: antlerman on August 19, 2011, 10:24:18 AM
This is shaping up to be a pretty good show. I would like to extend a welcome to any state or national orginazation to come and set up a booth to promote their organization. Space will be made available to you at no charge. You are more than welcome and we would enjoy having you. People should not look at this as an us verses them type of thing. This is a come one come all event and all are welcome to come learn, associate, and have some fun. In fact, I can't think of one good reason not to come promote your association. Many people like to travel to other states to compete and meet new folks. Here is an opportunity to meet new folks from around the country, and invite them to your show. Sometimes just throwing out the WELCOME mat is all people need. So come join us and make some new friends.
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: antlerman on August 19, 2011, 10:26:58 AM
Thank You Harley. I know several who are coming who have said they have never competed before.  What a way to help encourage them to keep going. 
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Post by: Bill Yox on August 19, 2011, 10:52:06 AM
These eyes are cool, I bought some too.
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: Ittybit on August 20, 2011, 11:53:43 PM
Hope I haven't missed any deadlines. I am trying to talk myself into attending.
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: psycho on August 20, 2011, 11:59:15 PM
Hope I haven't missed any deadlines. I am trying to talk myself into attending.

Hope to see you there.  I have a feeling that this is going to be an event that you can't afford to miss!   ;)
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: Bill Yox on August 21, 2011, 10:57:16 AM
Its going to be a fun time, and if it seems like a few extra bucks, know that its paying for a really nice place, and to get a huge effort off the ground for everyone to enjoy. My thinking is this will be an annual thing to compliment the other shows too, so people have more events to attend and to learn at. Just a bunch of real fun people.
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Post by: Whitetailart on August 21, 2011, 12:25:13 PM
Hope I haven't missed any deadlines. I am trying to talk myself into attending.

Hope to see you there.  I have a feeling that this is going to be an event that you can't afford to miss!   ;)


X2 psycho 

Its going to be a fun time, and if it seems like a few extra bucks, know that its paying for a really nice place, and to get a huge effort off the ground for everyone to enjoy. My thinking is this will be an annual thing to compliment the other shows too, so people have more events to attend and to learn at. Just a bunch of real fun people.

Exactly Bill

I can't Wait
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Post by: michael p. on August 21, 2011, 02:10:46 PM
I am so ready for this!!!
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Post by: psycho on August 21, 2011, 06:16:00 PM
I am so ready for this!!!


No your not.  Your in Dallas still.  LOL  I can't wait.  Going to be a blast.  It's going to be great to see brand new people at this event that really feel that they are a part of the taxidermy family.  I have heard from a lot of people that when they go to shows that they feel so and so isn't approachable, I don't think there is one person that will be able to say that at this show.  Hey Michael it might be fun to throw clay balls at Yox while he is trying toteach hell maybe we can get the whole class to do it.  Yox will just laugh, maybe even throw something back.   ;D
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: Bill Yox on August 21, 2011, 06:18:21 PM
Yeah ya think? Dont forget I plant those wet clay "droppers" on the ceiling though...ask Cindy C...
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: psycho on August 21, 2011, 06:33:37 PM
Yeah ya think? Dont forget I plant those wet clay "droppers" on the ceiling though...ask Cindy C...

That explains the stains on the ceiling.  LOL   :D
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: antlerman on August 22, 2011, 01:00:20 PM
Do I have to appoint a "hall monitor" to keep you boys in line?  Some of you do have a reputation for having too much fun you know!  LOL

What is a party without the partiers?   Bring your fun bags and Let's do this.


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Post by: taxi_grl_ga on August 22, 2011, 01:26:50 PM
I am glad to see things are coming together for ya Tim! I've been a sort of moral support through all of this and I KNOW for a fact you guys are pouring your hearts and souls into this event. Any of you on the fence should bite the bullet and buy the plane ticket. Last year was a lot of fun and VERY educational...now that it's grown...i can tell you your investment will be worth it!!! Not only for the knowledge gained and the friends made, but for the families of the ill that we'll be helping to support. I can't think of a more deserving group of people to recieve our gifts of support than the families and children that face uncertainty and bleak outlooks every day but still hold their heads high, have faith, and remain optimistic...ANYTHING that helps give them some day to day peace and improves morale will not go underappreciated. I'm VERY glad to see that people not attending can still donate to show their support...it's a beautiful thing. "from tiny acorns, mighty oaks grow." even if you think the item is small and won't have an imapct...you're wrong. donate it anyway!

On a personal note this year has been VERY challenging for me. I packed up DEEP roots and my entire life, moved a days' drive away from everyone and everything i've ever known...with no guarantees of success. I've made a lot of sacrifices, and had to make choices I didn't think i'd ever be faced with this early in life. I have learned something at every twist and turn and I now understand such phrases as: "rob peter to pay paul," and "eat the elephant one bite at a time." This event has been a priority to me above all other enticing activities i've been offered to participate in. When it comes down to affording this or that i've always opted for the choice that leads me to THIS particular event because I believe wholeheartedly in supporting everything you guys are working towards. It excites me to see things that were just ideas a few months ago coming to frutition through the diligent and selfless actions of you guys that are making it happen. I know it's taken enormous amounts of personal sacrifice and caused lots of stress but these guys have kept on and on until LOOK what they have put together!!! and in only a year's time! Through a personal sense of responsibility from the organizers and nothing more, no promises of monetary gain or public acknowledgement, THEY have made this happen FOR us. They had a dream, they took a chance, and NOW the success of their efforts lies in the hands of US, the participants. I really want to urge everyone to seriously make an effort of adding this event to your calendar, the cost is minimal when compared to what you will gain in knowledge. In comparison i'm relatively new to this "game" and I can tell all of you that are trying to get started that the conventions are where you're gonna make your biggest strides professionally. Meeting people opens doors, you will absorb SO much more than you can ever get by watching DVDs and reading manuals. I mean think about it...you're sitting face to face with people that ARE where every full time taxidermist wants to be, and they're open books! It's an opportunity to ask as many questions that you can and learn from people that have first hand experience in our field...that alone is priceless! these guys have been there, done that, and now they're offering their knowledge, advice, and skill sets to you, IN PERSON! Please take advantage of what's put in front of you, if you're on the fence hop on down! I wouldn't miss this opportunity for the world....and i'm really excited about reuniting with old friends and meeting LOTS of new ones this year! Thank you guys for everything you have done thus far, the show will be great, see ya in september!!!!!!!!!
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: antlerman on August 22, 2011, 06:26:13 PM
Thank You for that Janna.  Very well said.
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: Uncle Harley on August 22, 2011, 09:11:11 PM
don't forget anyone wanting discounts on eyes to be picked up at this event  need to have your order in by the end of this month! 
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: antlerman on August 22, 2011, 11:39:24 PM
Due to a scheduling issue that has arisen, Dennis Harris will not be able to attend this year. That saddens me, as I love Dennis and have a great appreciation for his work.  He was very regretful in having to cancel. However, I have spoke to an individual who you all respect as one of the best mammal guys in the world. I will let you guess who that person is for about 24 hours before I make the announcement, but I tell you, you will be thrilled when I tell you who it is. Let the guessing begin.  LOL  The two of you who I have told, Mp and Psycho, keep your mouth shut. Let the suspense rise a little. It's more fun that way.  And besides, he has to get to the office tomorrow and make sure his schedule is clear before I can officially make the announcement.
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: Bill Yox on August 23, 2011, 12:02:33 AM
Cool, Im not one of those two guys, so can I spill em?  :o I wish you were still coming Dennis, we will miss you bud.
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: psycho on August 23, 2011, 12:18:17 PM
I KNOW I KNOW I KNOW!   :P  I can't wait to meet him hope his schedule is clear!    :o   8)
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: Whitetailart on August 23, 2011, 05:17:18 PM
Tim
Can I switch classes ?
If you need people for the mystery persons class sign me up for that one instead of the other one. I will switch to that to help fill it if needed.

I Cant wait till this is here ! 

I dug through the couch today for some extra $ for the auctions LOL

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Post by: antlerman on August 23, 2011, 05:27:00 PM
Bob, 84 cents isn't gonna go far at the auction.  Hey, your money is in. Take whichever class you wish.  I'm sure we will fill all the classes before we're done.  Although Dennis's cancellation came after all the advertisements went out, I'm sure when people hear who it is, it will still fill up.
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Post by: Whitetailart on August 23, 2011, 05:38:31 PM
I found  $2.37 in the couch and another 42cents in the love seat ( nobody seats there much ). For a grand total of $2.79 LOL    And I still have to check the washer and under my truck seats

Just put me down for the Mystery Persons class instead of the other.  I know its going to a be good one also .
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: antlerman on August 23, 2011, 05:56:56 PM
I have two signed up for his class already and I haven't even told you yet who it is!!  LOL  You guys must have my phone tapped!!   ::) :o ;D
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Post by: Whitetailart on August 23, 2011, 06:08:42 PM
 ;D ;D
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Post by: coonhollow on August 23, 2011, 07:04:39 PM
this event is getting better everytime I read about it sure is gonn be a goodtime!
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: antlerman on August 23, 2011, 07:16:41 PM
OK.........Here is the BIG Announcement. I recieved confirmation just minutes ago.  Are you ready for this?  RAY HATFIELD will be here teaching Lifesize Mammals.  I had hopes of bringing Ray in next year, but due to circumstances beyond our control, Ray is stepping up and bringing it all to you THIS YEAR.  I don't know how long it's been since Ray has brought his talents to the midwest, but I'm pretty sure it's been a while. Ray told me himself that he LOVES to teach and is looking forward to coming and sharing his knowledge and experience with everyone, in addition to having some fun with everyone at the winery. So there it is folks. I sure hope I get to sit in on at least a part of this one myself.  

When Ray gets home from Dallas he will come on here and tell you himself what he has planned for you, but you can bet it will be BIG.
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: antlerman on August 23, 2011, 07:38:40 PM
Wildlife 1  (Bob) and Steve W, got you guys in the mammal class with Ray
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Post by: coonhollow on August 23, 2011, 07:48:55 PM
Bob says thats cool talkng to him now on the phone now! Couldnt ask for a better alternate instructor!
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Post by: Whitetailart on August 23, 2011, 07:50:53 PM
WHOOOOHOOOOO cant Wait Tim  
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Post by: antlerman on August 23, 2011, 07:53:10 PM
Just remember, we have to fill the class so lets get busy doing that. Call your buddies, carpool and share a room.
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Post by: psycho on August 23, 2011, 11:40:36 PM
Can Ray come back next year too?   ;D   8)  Can't wait to meet him in person.
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: antlerman on August 24, 2011, 07:39:20 PM
If he has fun, which I expect he will, then I expect he will. LOL
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Post by: Ray Hatfield on August 25, 2011, 10:11:30 AM
I Finally made it back from Dallas late last night and wanted to get a post on here.  I need some input on what everyone would like to see.  Tim has some hides and forms that I can use and I still have a couple hides somewhere that I could bring, but I think everyone would learn more if several people want to bring forms and skins that they are having trouble fitting or want modified into different poses.  I can go through and show what I would do on each animal and cover a lot of different areas.  We can go through complete mounting of a few animals or alteration and test fit on several.  Just let me know what you want to see and i am sure we can all learn something.  Thanks, Ray
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Post by: antlerman on August 25, 2011, 01:27:34 PM
WOW, thats fantastic Ray. So, in a nut shell, if you guys want this to be a hands on seminar it sounds like Ray in gonna work with you on YOUR very own project mount. Just bring everything for the mount and "Get Busy with Ray".   Awesome, Thank You Ray.
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Post by: psycho on August 25, 2011, 01:37:09 PM
 :o  Wow, what an opportunity for anyone that does mammals.  If I wasn't helping teach turtle soup I'd be sitting in this one for sure.  I sure hope he comes back next year!   ;)
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: antlerman on August 25, 2011, 02:02:31 PM
My wife Becky has been busy. She says; Hey, what about us ladies? We need something to do while you guys are stuff'n dead things.

Here's what she's got so far, and she's calling it the "Pamper the Ladies Package"

First off, if you go to "JUST FOR DOES" on Facebook you will see a sampling of their products. Just for Does is sending a care package to be raffled off with the proceeds going to H.O.A.L. They've got some cool stuff. Check them out.

Secondly, while the ladies are here sipping wine, they can get Pampered a bit as well.

Beautifully Bronze Spray Tanning owned by Nikkie Chadwick will have a booth set up where for only 25.00 you gals can get tanned and be looking GOOD all weekend long.

Makeup Artistry will have a booth where Hollywood makeup artist Megan Dugan will customize your look and have you looking "HOT", so I'm told.

Nails by Loren will be here doing those fancy nails you girls love. Something about manicures and pedicures also.

Hair stylist Jessica and Shanna will be here doing what they called, Up Do's and Styling.  

and she's working on getting a Massage Therapist.

So, bring your ladies and let them get Pampered a little.

I'm sure by the time this gets here Becky will have this all set for a Fun Filled Deal Just for the Gals.

Just think guys, all those gals getting all spiffied up just for us.

Did I say, sipping wine?  OH YEAH!   Wine makes me feel fine!




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Post by: Whitetailart on August 25, 2011, 03:27:35 PM
HANDS ON WOW .
That would be great. Would it be coyote and smaller or anything ?
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: antlerman on August 25, 2011, 04:48:00 PM
No, elephants, hippo's or walrus'.  LOL


Smaller mammals for sure.
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: Brian Claar on August 25, 2011, 06:06:59 PM
My wife Becky has been busy. She says; Hey, what about us ladies? We need something to do while you guys are stuff'n dead things.

Here's what she's got so far, and she's calling it the "Pamper the Ladies Package"

First off, if you go to "JUST FOR DOES" on Facebook you will see a sampling of their products. Just for Does is sending a care package to be raffled off with the proceeds going to H.O.A.L. They've got some cool stuff. Check them out.

Secondly, while the ladies are here sipping wine, they can get Pampered a bit as well.

Beautifully Bronze Spray Tanning owned by Nikkie Chadwick will have a booth set up where for only 25.00 you gals can get tanned and be looking GOOD all weekend long.

Makeup Artistry will have a booth where Hollywood makeup artist Megan Dugan will customize your look and have you looking "HOT", so I'm told.

Nails by Loren will be here doing those fancy nails you girls love. Something about manicures and pedicures also.

Hair stylist Jessica and Shanna will be here doing what they called, Up Do's and Styling.   

and she's working on getting a Massage Therapist.

So, bring your ladies and let them get Pampered a little.

I'm sure by the time this gets here Becky will have this all set for a Fun Filled Deal Just for the Gals.

Just think guys, all those gals getting all spiffied up just for us.

Did I say, sipping wine?  OH YEAH!   Wine makes me feel fine!






Well now you just lost MP.   He will be off getting his nails done and tanned by Nickie most of the weekend.  LOL
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: Ray Hatfield on August 25, 2011, 06:20:03 PM
Animals up to the size of deer and bears should be fine as long as we have space.  They are easier to see when a group is watching.
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Post by: michael p. on August 25, 2011, 07:50:32 PM
I'm in for the massages!
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Post by: Brian Claar on August 25, 2011, 09:29:57 PM
Looking forward to meeting Ray and I can't wait to see everyone again.   :)

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Post by: old n twisted on August 26, 2011, 10:11:53 AM
Becky, you are great ! please count me in, look forward to meeting everyone Lou (Mrs. old n twisted)
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Post by: antlerman on August 26, 2011, 11:04:05 AM
Animals up to the size of deer and bears should be fine as long as we have space.  They are easier to see when a group is watching.

You have all the space you need.
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Post by: antlerman on August 26, 2011, 02:14:00 PM
How cool are these....

(http://i429.photobucket.com/albums/qq17/Antlerman618/Awards003.jpg)

(http://i429.photobucket.com/albums/qq17/Antlerman618/Awards017.jpg)


There is a total of 12 of these.  6 Champion Awards for Masters and 6 Best of Category Awards for Professional.  All sponsored by Walnut Creek Hardwoods.   
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: antlerman on August 26, 2011, 02:50:13 PM
(http://i429.photobucket.com/albums/qq17/Antlerman618/mrtc.jpg)


These are the designs Jason came up with for T-shirts and decals.   Which one do you like BEST?  He's not done with the design yet as there will be more added to it. But the question is, solid white state or outlined state?

Also, who wants a T-shirt?   Cost will be aprox. 15.00 ea.  He's looking at Black, Copper, and Pink Camo for the shirt colors.
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Post by: Ross Vogler on August 26, 2011, 03:06:25 PM
Tim, if you want my opinion, I'll give it to ya.....I don't like the 1 state fits all idea, afterall it's the MIDWEST REGIONals . I would incorporate all surrounding states. If Jason complains about it, tell him to kiss mine.  ;)

I'll take 2 and COPPER please!!  ;D
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: antlerman on August 26, 2011, 03:11:38 PM
He had a design like that, and I do agree with you. How about a map of the WHOLE USA, with a star on Pocahontas?
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Post by: psycho on August 26, 2011, 03:12:02 PM
The awards sponsored by Walnut Creek are FREAKING AWESOME!  Thank you Walnut Creek for sponsoring some fabulous looking awards!   :o



As far as the logo, I like the all WHITE state of Illinois.  Illinois is where the show is although I understand why Ross is saying something about the whole midwest but you are going to have people come that aren't from the midwest too and besides it's just Ross being Ross.  LOL  ;D
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Post by: antlerman on August 26, 2011, 03:17:05 PM
(http://i429.photobucket.com/albums/qq17/Antlerman618/midwestregional.jpg)


This is what he sent me to start with. see anything you like? or have any other ideas?
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Post by: antlerman on August 26, 2011, 03:30:25 PM
(http://i429.photobucket.com/albums/qq17/Antlerman618/avatar_11525.jpg)

Remember these??  Wait till you see the ones Dennis and Lou are doing for this.  You guys are gonna love them. There are 12 of them also for the Best of Category winners!!  
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Post by: taxi_grl_ga on August 26, 2011, 04:16:37 PM
the top left one is my fave! but i'm not picky so whatever is fine.....and of course i'll HAVE to have a pink camo one....size L ;D 
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: Ross Vogler on August 26, 2011, 04:51:29 PM
I would keep animals off of it, personally..............oh yeah, and Illinois. ;D
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Post by: psycho on August 26, 2011, 05:10:25 PM
If animals are going to bat on it you have to have the reptiles on top!  LOL  Now Illinois isn't good enough for Ross since he already slayed a nice Illinois buck.  LOL  ;D
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Post by: Ross Vogler on August 26, 2011, 05:36:43 PM
If animals are going to bat on it you have to have the reptiles on top!  LOL  Now Illinois isn't good enough for Ross since he already slayed a nice Illinois buck.  LOL  ;D

Shut your face!


Sorry, not a graphics desiigner

Anywho, some more simple should be offered, IMO



 


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Post by: psycho on August 26, 2011, 06:02:40 PM
Stick with the copper Ross!  LOL   ;D
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Post by: Ross Vogler on August 26, 2011, 06:17:42 PM
Sick witht he copper Ross!  LOL   ;D

LOL...........I agree.

Jason should get the picture, if that's what ya'll agree upon. He is a cheeseface though, so it might not sink in.

Well, back to making lily pads. LOL

If I was to ever guess what I was going to be when I grow up, it sure as heck wasn't a lily pad maker. LMAO
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Post by: Whitetailart on August 26, 2011, 08:19:59 PM
Awards are Awesome looking Tim.

LOGO I like the top left and to not upset the reptile cry babies  :P  put one on it or leave all animals off.

Until I get to shoot a nice Illinois Buck   :'( leave it off the shirt


I will take 2 shirts in Copper Tim
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: Ross Vogler on August 26, 2011, 08:38:32 PM
Sick witht he copper Ross!  LOL   ;D

BTW, hope you don't ever consider a writing career.
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: Uncle Harley on August 29, 2011, 01:25:27 PM
I can't believe that nobody has orderd eyes  to be delivered for this event,  I have had several orders at full price, but  none of them are attending to recieve the special discount.    You have 2 days to get your money into me.   I take paypal @ uncleharleysantlerart and all major credit cards.    Remember it's only $10 per set of eyes pluss the advertised cost of the eye by Vandykes/McKenzie.   
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: Whitetailart on August 31, 2011, 06:23:47 PM
Hey Harley
Can you do this to True Eyes or only glass ones ?

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Post by: antlerman on September 01, 2011, 02:29:43 PM
The awards just keep coming in. Since I last updated, The StarFish award for best Replica Fish has arrived, as did the ART Rocks award. Both very nice. The StarFish is also accompanied with a gift Certificate.  Thank You ART Rocks and StarFish.

I was lacking a little something Special for you Gamehead and Lifesize Mammal guys and gals. That was until I spoke with S.C.I. today.  I am so excited about this I have to tell all of you about it.  They are unable to attend this year but have already committed to next years event where they will offer a class where you can become an Official S.C.I. scorer. Yes, I'm already planning next years event. But lets get back to this year. S.C.I. is sending not one, but TWO Acrylic Sculptures. These are fine Art pieces. Those of you who attended the NTA event got to see them. One is of a Buffalo Head and the other is of a Caribou. These are EXTREMELY NICE. One will go to the BEST GAMEHEAD ENTRY and the other to the BEST LIFESIZE MAMMAL ENTRY. Few organizations or associations can claim a larger award cache than we have gathered for this event. Currently we have over 50 awards up for grabs with a few more yet to be added. Please note that these awards must be earned and will only be awarded as deemed fit by our judges. So bring your A game. This is truly turning into a must come event.  More vendors are being added and the winery began this week expanding the bar and kitchen area's to help accommodate us. I will be posting some new winery pictures soon. This place is awesome.  You are going to love it.  Becky has a fire under her butt getting things together for you ladies. Talk about some serious pampering going on. Don't leave your lady behind guys. She'll be mad if you do.
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Post by: Bill Yox on September 01, 2011, 02:59:51 PM
I dont know the schedule yet, but I know Ill be mounting a head, altering a form I think, and doing a lot of judging in a short amount of time. Ill need to head out on Sunday, so lets cram a lot of info into those days and make this a great show!!!!
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Post by: antlerman on September 01, 2011, 06:12:35 PM
Slide show of recent winery pictures.  Click on slide show for best viewing.

http://s429.photobucket.com/albums/qq17/Antlerman618/Winery/Copper%20Dock%20Winery/
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Post by: psycho on September 01, 2011, 06:29:37 PM
Here is a picture Tim wanted me to post for you all today!  Tim said the bar and kitchen size is doubling in size and it will be done by the time Midwest Regionals gets here.  As an added bouns another outdoor patio bar is being constructed now as well!

(http://i252.photobucket.com/albums/hh2/originalpsycho/timsnewestpic.jpg)
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Post by: Whitetailart on September 01, 2011, 06:34:27 PM
That plank don't look OSHA APPROVED

But I do see the caution tape though.

The place looks great . They have came along way in a year .
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Post by: antlerman on September 01, 2011, 06:46:49 PM
More Awards now added.  Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever have joined us with their bronze sculptures.  Their representative will be in attendance to pick these award winners. Can't wait to see the mounts these awards bring in.
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Post by: antlerman on September 02, 2011, 04:24:55 PM
Taxidermy Today Magazine has sponsored their award called the "WOODY AWARD".

Lifetone/Hydromist Award for Best Fish using their paint has also come on-board.

And, the list of suppliers who are donating items for the auction is endless. I can not believe the generosity of these fine people and companies.

We are all set to rock and roll. The bands have been booked with music provided all 3 nights by some of the area's hottest bands.

Be sure to get your rooms booked by the 15th for our special rate of 71.99 at Sleep Inn and Suites  618-664-9700

And for you guys sitting on the fence, jump on over. We are gonna have one hell of a good time.

All the instructors are excited and ready to get this underway.

If you need pickup and drop off at the airport, we will accommodate you. Just let me know.
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Post by: michael p. on September 02, 2011, 06:24:45 PM
Anybody flying in on Thursday and heading home Monday let me know, I got my rental car booked today and will gladly play Taxi Man!
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: Ross Vogler on September 02, 2011, 06:42:22 PM
Anybody flying in on Thursday and heading home Monday let me know, I got my rental car booked today and will gladly play Taxi Man!

Will you be my DD chauffeur?
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: michael p. on September 02, 2011, 06:46:30 PM
Of course......and that goes for anybody, if you celebrate too much at the winery I will gladly take you back to your hotel, let's have lots of fun but be safe doing it.  Would kinda suck having to use auction proceeds to bail one of our brothers or sisters out of jail :) LOL

I will be the official designated driver for anybody :)
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: Ross Vogler on September 02, 2011, 07:08:55 PM
I'm probably not going to drink. :'(
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: michael p. on September 02, 2011, 07:41:51 PM
I'm probably not going to drink. :'(

I got $20 says you will!
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: Ross Vogler on September 02, 2011, 10:17:19 PM
I got $50 I will have a few. ;)
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: Ittybit on September 04, 2011, 12:36:11 AM
Looked at the pictures...beautiful place. I was thinking where else could you sit on the deck sipping some wine, shoot a deer and drag it over for Bill to mount then shoot a couple of ducks for Kent to mount.  ;D
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: Ittybit on September 04, 2011, 12:48:40 AM
Well I just got done going back through the last couple of pages of post and was just wondering....what about the guys that come with the women taxidermists. There are plans for the woman who's men are off stuffing things, but not all the taxidermists are men. Don't think my husband is up to the nails and tan but then again he might be up to helping pamper the ladies...lol. Then again I better make sure that his bow is not in the car, that albino doe is kind of tempting.
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: taxi_grl_ga on September 04, 2011, 01:51:13 AM
same here for running shuttle, i'll be driving up so i'll have a vehicle :) Also, if anyone is on the way from Slidell to Pocahontas and needs a ride let me know. I'd love to be able to offset some of the fuel cost. I'll be traveling via I-55 north, Memphis is about the halfway point. 
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Post by: coonhollow on September 04, 2011, 11:03:44 AM
Ross I got $50 you will be having a few too!.................a few bottles! :P cant wait to get there!
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: Bob Evans on September 05, 2011, 10:06:36 PM
Wow Tim....I can't tell you how excited my wife and I are to get out there..!! Thanks for all your hard work on this, it is greatly appreciated..!!!


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Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: antlerman on September 08, 2011, 10:49:48 AM
Thanks Bob, Can't wait to meet all you folks in person. Just two weeks away, LOL  Hard to believe this has been a whole year in the making and now it's here.
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: Whitetailart on September 09, 2011, 09:33:49 PM
Hey Tim is Mike P. going to doing anything along with Ray's class
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: antlerman on September 10, 2011, 12:18:32 AM
If you want him to, I'm sure he will.
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: coonhollow on September 13, 2011, 09:01:03 PM
for those of  you that were there last year I will be bringing you those glass rods to take home..cant wait to see everyone!
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: Whitetailart on September 13, 2011, 09:09:56 PM
for those of  you that were there last year I will be bringing you those glass rods to take home..cant wait to see everyone!


Oh Hell I forgot about those Blaine. Those were the best .

 
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: Bill Yox on September 13, 2011, 09:23:41 PM
Tim, keep an eye out for a couple of boxes for my deer seminars from McKenzie.  8)
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: Damage on September 13, 2011, 10:45:56 PM
Be sure to give Taxigrlga whatever hazing would have been coming to me since I am staying home to work and watch critters =)
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: red oak on September 14, 2011, 01:47:29 AM
Tim just wondering what tools and stuff we need to bring to the bird seminar?
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Post by: antlerman on September 14, 2011, 01:50:34 AM
Tim just wondering what tools and stuff we need to bring to the bird seminar?

1) dead bird

Not being a bird guy, you're asking the wrong guy. But as far as I know, one dead bird.
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: Jhawk on September 14, 2011, 03:04:36 AM
Hey Tim,
Are you taking orders for the shirts or are gonna have some there?
I called in for motel reservations and they are booked. That's what I get for waiting! I did find that the Super 8, right off 70 in Greenville, had rooms as of two days ago. They are right off I-70 at exit 45, turn right and go a mile. Right next to the Huddle House. If pictures don't lie the rooms looked decent.
See Ya!

Kendall
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: antlerman on September 14, 2011, 10:30:48 AM
Kendall, I just called Sleep Inn and they still have several rooms available in our BLOCK of rooms. You must not have said you were with the Midwest Convention.
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: Ittybit on September 14, 2011, 03:37:32 PM
Full amount for the waterfowl package sent out in the mail today. Going to call for a room now. Is there anyway I can ask Kent about the bird. I don't have a mallard right now but will call a couple of my friends and see if they have any. I do have a couple of goleneyes , a ring neck and redhead in the freezer. I am so excited now!!
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: Ittybit on September 14, 2011, 03:45:35 PM
Just called Sleep Inn and got my room booked...yes they still have rooms.
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: antlerman on September 14, 2011, 04:33:31 PM
Somebody asked about T-shirts.  YES!  Jason has got us covered. He and his wife are gonna personnally deliver them.  I ordered 50 shirts. If we sell out of those you will be able to place an order for more directly with Jason.


Kathy, welcome aboard.
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: Jhawk on September 15, 2011, 02:57:08 PM
I did mention the convention but the lady sounded a bit confused now that I think of it. Must have been housekeeping and they didn't want another room to take care of.  :) Sorry for the confusion. :-[
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: antlerman on September 15, 2011, 04:49:57 PM
Backboards built this morning for those of you who have been asking. Now I guess you want them painted too!!  LOL 

(http://i429.photobucket.com/albums/qq17/Antlerman618/backboards.jpg)
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: michael p. on September 15, 2011, 05:31:24 PM
I will be there a little later than I thought Thursday, I have a date with a certain pie place after I fly in :)
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: Brian Claar on September 15, 2011, 06:12:45 PM
I will be there a little later than I thought Thursday, I have a date with a certain pie place after I fly in :)

Plus you have to pick Bob and I up at the airport at 8.    We would like some pie too
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: michael p. on September 15, 2011, 06:49:13 PM
Bobs already got Shelly Pie.... to heck with him!
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: psycho on September 15, 2011, 06:50:07 PM
I will be there a little later than I thought Thursday, I have a date with a certain pie place after I fly in :)

Plus you have to pick Bob and I up at the airport at 8.    We would like some pie too

They'll be closed by then any way Michael!  LOL
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: Ittybit on September 15, 2011, 11:10:23 PM
What time does the Friday bird seminar start? I have a 3 hour drive and need to know what time to leave home.
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: antlerman on September 15, 2011, 11:26:03 PM
It's not too late. 3 spots left in the birds with Kent, 3 spots left in mammals with Ray, 5 spots left in whitetails with Bill and Michael, several spots left in fish with Brian, and several left in turtles with Dan. Have received a ton of calls from people coming to compete. Vendors are being added almost daily, so we should have a tremendous trade show area, and the awards, OMG, the AWARDS!!  Bronzes, acrylics, sculptures, prints, plaques, and a host of gift certificates from all the major suppliers. I'll need a semi truck to haul all the raffle/auction items that have been sent in. I went up to the winery tonight and had a sampling of the meal entrees. Oh MY!!!  A feast fit for a king. The hall is ready, the pavilion is already set up, the projection screen is installed and drops down out of the ceiling. The bar is ready. What they have accomplished this week for US is amazing. I'm getting excited. I hope you are too. Call your taxidermy friends and come join us. This is really coming together bigger and better than I ever expected. Even if you can't attend the seminars, or have nothing to bring to compete with, still come and join us. The music lineup every night is some of the best around. It costs you nothing to come hang out with us and meet many of the people on here in person. The winery is a beautiful venue. I've been told my many it's the most beautiful winery anywhere, and without a doubt the prettiest place a taxidermy convention has ever been held. So make your plans to enjoy the weekend with us. It's gonna be a great time.
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: antlerman on September 15, 2011, 11:32:16 PM
Ittybit, all seminars will start at 9am Friday morning. All together under the pavilion. What that means is; you can moosy over and listen in on all the seminars. You are limited only in participation to the seminar you are signed up for, but you can observe any that's going on as your time permits.
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: antlerman on September 15, 2011, 11:49:51 PM
Want trees, stumps, burly cactus, and tumbled Texas cedar?  Hovies Habitats is coming all the way from Pennsylvania and bringing a truck load of cool stuff. I have been buying my big habitat stuff from these guys for several years now. You will like their stuff I assure you. Bring a truck or trailer. Your gonna want to take some of this stuff home with you. Ever wonder where guys get the stuff for BIG habitats? Right from these guys. They are coming to make deals, so expect some bottom dollar prices.
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: taxi_grl_ga on September 16, 2011, 11:37:19 AM
the more you talk about it the more excited I get!!! This will be my first time EVER competing....i'm sure the judges will tear my critter apart and make me cry....but there won't be anywhere else to go but up ;) Bring something people!! it's scary, but just jump in. I'm glad to see we're still adding new attendees and I look forward to meeting all of ya!
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: sarahdj on September 16, 2011, 02:48:08 PM
Janna- I can count on one hand how many critters I have competed with.  Art- more.  Judging is WAYYYYYYYY intimidating from me- but you can learn so incredibly much from a judges critique.  I'm bringing a critter, I think, that I've never mounted before!  The other is my first carcass cast.  So- I'll get torn apart right there with ya sweetie!!
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: michael p. on September 16, 2011, 03:36:55 PM
When I get off work today I'm headed to New Mexico till next Wednesday Antelope hunting and then Thursday morning I'll hop on a jetliner and head y'alls way.  Hope everything keeps going as good as it is.  I won't have Internet out where we're hunting so till I see y'all next week everybody be safe and I'll see you then.

Cannot wait, I don't know who all is in my 2 classes, but I promise it will be fun and very educational.

Please as I said, everybody be safe in your travels.  For those of you coming as participants and those still on the fence, this will be a fun, different kind of show.  As a seminar host I will do everything I can to assure you that you get more than your money's worth.  See ya next week!

Michael P. :)
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: coonhollow on September 16, 2011, 03:43:17 PM
I'm setting at the airport awaiting my flight I'm gonna go get in trouble with Dan for a few days But will see you all soon! Cant wait! :)
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: Whitetailart on September 16, 2011, 03:52:25 PM
Hey Coonhollow everything is ready on my end for Whensday . Is Hunter set ?
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: coonhollow on September 16, 2011, 03:54:16 PM
hes set we just need to see what exit number I-81 intersects the PA turnpike and pick a place for them to meet you!
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: Whitetailart on September 16, 2011, 03:58:15 PM
Sounds Good. I will give you a call Tommorow with some info for him.
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: coonhollow on September 16, 2011, 04:03:01 PM
Sounds Good. I will give you a call Tommorow with some info for him.

sounds good hes boxing stuff up over the weekend and filling those glass rods with Fused Silica so they should be pretty strong when hes done!
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: Whitetailart on September 16, 2011, 04:14:36 PM
When you guys going to be back from Fl. ?
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: coonhollow on September 16, 2011, 04:17:02 PM
When you guys going to be back from Fl. ?

I have no clue I'm leaving everything up to Dan I'm sure we will be back when you get there
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: taxi_grl_ga on September 16, 2011, 04:57:25 PM
Janna- I can count on one hand how many critters I have competed with.  Art- more.  Judging is WAYYYYYYYY intimidating from me- but you can learn so incredibly much from a judges critique.  I'm bringing a critter, I think, that I've never mounted before!  The other is my first carcass cast.  So- I'll get torn apart right there with ya sweetie!!


the one i'm bringing #1 was roadkill, it was never meant for competition, it was meant for practice....but it's the only one I had a form laying around for so, it's what i've got to work with! #2 it's also the first time i've ever mounted this species solo (hence why the skin was for practice heehee). I'm sure i'll learn a LOT from the critique, that's what i'm looking forward to! I could care less about the ribbons n stuff, some people get into that sort of thing, i'm not really one of those people. At any rate, when the waterworks stop we'll have to grab a glass of wine or two and wash it all away LOL, but overall i'm sure everything will be fine!
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: sarahdj on September 16, 2011, 05:07:33 PM
Mikey- travel safe!!

Janna- it'll be better than fine, you'll do awesome.  I don't drink, so I'll be your dd or d walker/shoulder or what ever;)  I'm no ribbon hound either- just like the advice to improve myself.  I'm still too green to be a hounder! 
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: taxi_grl_ga on September 16, 2011, 05:28:02 PM
DD works lol, you'll love driving my car ;) heehee it's fast...and it's comfy! Same here with being green (i started learning in '03), i'll get to all that ribbon-flashing stuff in a few years...like ten lol. Right now i just want to absorb EVERYTHING so I can offer a broader range of services once I learn where all the customers are at down here!
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: Bill Yox on September 16, 2011, 08:11:08 PM
Hey make sure Dan doesnt forget to pick me up in St Louis !!!!!
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: psycho on September 17, 2011, 12:12:07 AM
Hey make sure Dan doesnt forget to pick me up in St Louis !!!!!

LOL  If I'm not back in time we'll have Timmy pick ya up and then we'll slide by his house and steal you and bring you back here!  Will let you know where we are on the trip and will keep in touch.  Until then we are in the hands of Perry and Bubba!  Only the people that know them really appreciate that!  LOL
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: coonhollow on September 17, 2011, 12:23:28 AM
Hey make sure Dan doesnt forget to pick me up in St Louis !!!!!

Dan knows his way around the airport he had to make 3 laps waitin on my arse! lol
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: Whitetailart on September 17, 2011, 08:41:53 AM
Hey make sure Dan doesnt forget to pick me up in St Louis !!!!!

Dan knows his way around the airport he had to make 3 laps waitin on my arse! lol

You two have a good trip. See yall in a few days.



Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: Bill Yox on September 17, 2011, 11:39:12 AM
Thanks Bob, see ya then. Dan r you bringing Perry with you?
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: antlerman on September 17, 2011, 12:23:28 PM
Here's a link for yet another vendor who will be here. This is Backwood's Barbie. You saw her at the World Show earlier this year. Now she's bringing her driftwood art display's to us. Welcome aboard. Glad to have you.

http://www.backwoodsbarbiedriftwoodart.com/index.html
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: antlerman on September 17, 2011, 12:36:51 PM
Guys and Gals, it's almost show time. I recieved a phone call today that I think bears passing on. People are coming in caravan's. The turn out is apparently going to be stronger than I expected. So here's what I am asking, just so I can be prepared.

I had to place my order with the winery for the number of banquet meals yesterday. I ordered 75 meals. After this mornings phone calls, that may not be enough. So, if you plan to attend as a competitor and/or wish to attend the banquet PLEASE either call me at 618-669-2518, pm me here, or e-mail me at [email protected] PLEASE

I don't want to leave anybody out, nor do I want to be unprepared.

I can tell you this, the competition is going to be a strong one. Lots of folks are coming.
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: sarahdj on September 17, 2011, 03:30:02 PM
Everybody travel safe and get here!  Can't wait to see everyone again.  See ya soon!
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: Brian Claar on September 17, 2011, 04:03:39 PM
Tim, watch for a package coming to your place.  (( Box of paint.))   Paul B. must have forgot about us so I went ahead and ordered paints for us to use.  Hopefully Paul gets our messages, I really wanted every to try his paints.

I decided to do a little extra.  I will be showing them how to paint Jeff's eyes.       
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: Bill Yox on September 17, 2011, 08:41:12 PM
Brian, isnt Paul in bear camp?
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: Ittybit on September 17, 2011, 10:35:10 PM
Ok this is a totally female thing, I am trying to pack and was wanting to know if the banquet is dressy. I don't want to show up in jeans and a t-shirt and find most everyone dressed up or be dressed up and find most in jeans and t-shirts. Like I said... a female thing but would kind of like to know since I have never stayed at any of the other conventions banquets. Tim..I am going to be at the banquet but my husband is still unsure if he can make it.
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: Ross Vogler on September 18, 2011, 11:03:58 AM
Ok this is a totally female thing, I am trying to pack and was wanting to know if the banquet is dressy. I don't want to show up in jeans and a t-shirt and find most everyone dressed up or be dressed up and find most in jeans and t-shirts. Like I said... a female thing but would kind of like to know since I have never stayed at any of the other conventions banquets. Tim..I am going to be at the banquet but my husband is still unsure if he can make it.

It's a touchy subject, Ittybit. It is a banquet, and not a summer picnic. That being said, you have your right to wear what you want, and most people do.
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: Whitetailart on September 18, 2011, 02:49:18 PM
I will be going to the Banquet Tim
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: Brian Claar on September 18, 2011, 05:54:41 PM
Brian, isnt Paul in bear camp?

Yeah I think he is.
  He talked with Tim and was to send paint for the guys in the class and possibly an airbrush to auction off.   I don't think Tim has received anything or heard from him yet.   :-\  So I bought some paint and had it shipped to Tim to cover our butt.  LOL   
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: Bill Yox on September 18, 2011, 09:25:07 PM
Ah ok. Paul owes you big now.
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: TheDriftwoodHunter on September 18, 2011, 10:05:20 PM
  Im bringing some really neat pcs to this event for sale.  Should have about 150 to choose from  All sizes, up to 5-6ft long, down to less than a foot.  Root wads, couple of stumps and alot of bent and cypress wood!  Cant wait!!!
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: montana art on September 19, 2011, 07:57:49 AM
To all attending! best wishes for the event and competition,hate to miss it. Really wanted to be there,but 5:30 am Tues. tomorrow, having both knees replaced. Been waiting seven years for this and want it over with, anyway best of luck to all Tim hope you keep your sanity through all this. Please everyone drive safe,and study up on fourway stop signs,theres up there. I guess we can't afford but two at an intersection down here.  Waiting for pictures!
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: antlerman on September 19, 2011, 08:55:16 AM
On your mark, get set, .................................we are about ready to go.  LOL

Brian, I have you covered on everything in your pm supply wise. Paul is hunting "bares".
Bill, your boxes are here.
Ittybit, doll up darling. It's not a female thing. It's really a male thing. Guys appreciate a lady in dressup.
Carlton, I lost my sanity years ago. This just proves how much. GL with the knee job. We'll miss you and be thinking of you. Dennis Smith said you'll need new knees anyway for not coming. "He said, what the hell? It's a reunion".  You are suppose to be here!!
Sarah, 10-4 on the room.
Driftwood Hunter, glad you can make it. Hope you sell lots.
Forecast is looking to be great weather. Nights are cool. Bring jackets.
Still a few spots open. Call your friends and make the trip. We are gonna have a blast. See ya here.
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: sarahdj on September 19, 2011, 11:19:22 AM
Thanks Tim!
ittybit- pm sent.
Woohoo!!!
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: antlerman on September 19, 2011, 11:30:00 AM
Attention students.....Bring your tools.

Fish guys........bring dremel tool and bits, air brush
Bird guys.........bring a hair dryer
Mammal guys........ bring needle and thread
Whitetail guys.......bring an apron or old clothes
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: antlerman on September 19, 2011, 11:33:40 AM
Kent Reedy is bringing 6 glass display boxes. All leaded and on oak bases for sale. 250.00 ea.  Very nice cases. If anybody wants to speak up for one now let me know.
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: Whitetailart on September 19, 2011, 03:42:54 PM
Starting to pack the trailer up tonight.
I will be on the road by 3pm on Wednesday. Anything else we need to bring Tim ? Or anything extra you think we might need ?
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: Wildspirits Taxidermy on September 19, 2011, 08:51:19 PM
I'm sitting out this one. Had a great time last year. I hope everyone has a good time this year! ;D  Sher
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: sarahdj on September 19, 2011, 11:00:41 PM
Aw- we will miss you sweetie!
Take care
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: antlerman on September 20, 2011, 07:10:23 PM
Can't attend a seminar, don't care to compete or don't have anything ready?  That's ok. Come see us anyway. Music Friday and Saturday nights as well as Sunday afternoon. Fine dining and over 100 labels of wine. PLUS, a chance to see many of your friends. Vendors will be available to everyone. No special pass to buy.
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: sarahdj on September 20, 2011, 09:59:15 PM
Well said Timmy!
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: Damage on September 21, 2011, 10:07:54 AM
Janna's on the road! I'm in a quiet house :P
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: antlerman on September 21, 2011, 11:42:06 AM
Sad day at the winery today. One of our young servers was  killed last night. Head-on with a semi truck. Please remember him, his family, and friends today. His name is Steven Willy. He was 19 years old. Steven is the young man in the white shirt.

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Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: sarahdj on September 21, 2011, 12:15:15 PM
That's terrible!  Having kids in that age range, that is my biggest fear for both my family and those close to me.  The lady I care for in the mornings has lost 2 children- both sons.  Time heals but it's never quite the same.  My thoughts, heart and prayers go out to his bio and work families.
May God bless and comfort them in their hours of mourning.  Thanks for the heads up Timmy!
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: sarahdj on September 21, 2011, 03:08:52 PM
Any girlies looking for a roomie at the hotel?  My plans ran into a snag.  I don't smoke, I'm potty trained and I'm easy to get along with.;)
I'm flying solo as my older daughter is working all weekend and my husband is staying home. 
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: antlerman on September 21, 2011, 03:12:44 PM
Janna's on the road! I'm in a quiet house :P

Holy Crap!! That means she will be here raising hell soon. Enjoy your peace while you can, Kyle.
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: antlerman on September 21, 2011, 03:59:39 PM
I wish I could tell you how many awards are here and up for grabs, but I can't because they just keep coming in. This is just a sampling, as many are coming to present their awards in person, but you get the idea. I sure hope you're coming cause this is some NICE STUFF.

(http://i429.photobucket.com/albums/qq17/Antlerman618/Awards069.jpg)

(http://i429.photobucket.com/albums/qq17/Antlerman618/Awards075.jpg)

(http://i429.photobucket.com/albums/qq17/Antlerman618/Awards068.jpg)

(http://i429.photobucket.com/albums/qq17/Antlerman618/Awards067.jpg)
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: antlerman on September 21, 2011, 04:39:28 PM
Any girlies looking for a roomie at the hotel?  My plans ran into a snag.  I don't smoke, I'm potty trained and I'm easy to get along with.;)
I'm flying solo as my older daughter is working all weekend and my husband is staying home. 


Help her out girls. Sarah is a sweetie and will be a pleasure to room with. You will like her a bunch.
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: antlerman on September 21, 2011, 06:02:25 PM
If anyone has a back drop for photo work, Please bring it.  Thank You.
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: Bill Yox on September 22, 2011, 12:41:21 AM
On my way tomorrow early, see everyone soon. My condolences to the Willy family.
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: backwoodsbarbiedriftwood on September 22, 2011, 10:31:20 AM
Thanks Tim, for mentioning we will be at the convention. We will have some "really good deals", so save room for driftwood! We have lowered most of our prices from the World Show (up to 50%) and we still have a great selection.
If theres someone who can't make it to the convention and you want us to stop by your shop with our driftwood,
(if you are between Pocahantas and Springfield, Mo.) give me a call 417-559-0363.Mark and I would be happy to stop by with our trailer of driftwood on Monday. Backwoods Barbie/ Chrissie  :D
Title: Re: NEW Reunion UPDATES = Turtle Fest & MORE 2011 Sept. 23, 24, & 25
Post by: aspenangler (Shane) on September 24, 2011, 12:05:40 AM
Pictures??  ::) I am so bummed that I am not there!