2018 Texas TTAI Award Winners

If there was a Best in World award for the most outstanding state taxidermy convention, Texas would surely take the gold medallion. It is amazing how a show this good continues to improve year after year, but it does! The 2018 TTAI convention was the biggest and the best so far, with over 200 superb entries and probably well over 500 enthusiastic attendees. The Board of Directors works tirelessly to make everyone feel welcome and keep everything running smoothly. The Killeen Civic Center and adjacent Shilo Inn and Suites Hotel are a perfect venue, and with several years of experience at this location, the logistics of the show went smoothly without a hitch.

For the fourth year in a row, I was honored to be asked to be the show photographer. As the mounts rolled in, it became clear to me that this was to be a stellar year for the competition. The judges, Brenda Duvall, Jack Emery, Ron Kelly, Jim Kimball and Bill Neuman, definitely had their work cut out for them in choosing the top winners from such a talented pool.

During the awards banquet, Brian Fees projected a Powerpoint presentation which included the photos of the winning entries as the winners were announced. I am pleased to present the major award winners below in reverse order as they were announced at the awards banquet on Saturday night, June 23, 2018.

Texas Taxidermy Association Inc. 2018 Major Awards


Judges’ Best of Show – Breakthrough Award
Sponsored by Breakthrough
JERRY HUFFAKER Abilene, TX 0078 Aoudad


Best of Masters Division
Chosen by the Judges
MICKEY BOWMAN Lawton, OK 1268 Brook Trout


Best of Professional Division
Chosen by the Judges
MARK HERNANDEZ Pearsall, TX 2287 Bufflehead


Texas Best All-Around Award
Highest combined scores of four entries in each Bird, Mammal, Whitetail or Gamehead, and Fish or Reptile category
JAMES NEWPORT Pearsall, TX Largemouth Bass, Surf Scoter, Pig, Whitetail


Competitors’ Award (Two Winners)
Highest combined scores of four entries
Winner #1: KYLE LANDRY Grand Isle, LA Emperor Goose, Mallard, Redhead, Common Eider


Competitors’ Award (Two Winners)
Highest combined scores of four entries
Winner #2: PAUL KLAR Broadus, MT Pronghorn Antelope, Pronghorn Antelope, Mule Deer, Mule Deer


Masters Bird Challenge
Live speed-mounting competition
BRANDON ZAHN Boling, TX Pintail


Masters Gamehead Challenge
Live speed-mounting competition
MARK HERNANDEZ Pearsall, TX Whitetail Deer

McKenzie Taxidermists’ Choice Awards


McKenzie Taxidermists’ Choice Best Lifesize Mammal
Sponsored by McKenzie
STEVE ROLAN Durham, NC 0083 Alaskan Wolf


McKenzie Taxidermists’ Choice Best Gamehead
Sponsored by McKenzie
JAMES NEWPORT Pearsall, TX 1250 Whitetail Deer


McKenzie Taxidermists’ Choice Best Fish
Sponsored by McKenzie
MICKEY BOWMAN Lawton, OK 1268 Brook Trout


McKenzie Taxidermists’ Choice Best Bird
Sponsored by McKenzie
KYLE LANDRY Grand Isle, LA 1271 Emperor Goose

TTAI People’s Choice Awards


People’ Choice Best of Show
Chosen by the Competitors
MARK COUTURE Granbury, TX 0046 Bobcat


Studio Division First Place
Chosen by the Competitors
SAFARI STUDIOS, JIMMY FONTENOT San Angelo, TX 5005 Tiger and Axis Deer


Studio Division Second Place
Chosen by the Competitors
DAMUTH TAXIDERMY, GARY DAMUTH Granbury, TX 5013 Rhinoceros


Studio Division Third Place
Chosen by the Competitors
HUFFAKER TAXIDERMY, JERRY HUFFAKER Abilene, TX 5010 Leopard


Best of Masters Division
Chosen by the Competitors
STEVE ROLAN Durham, NC 0083 Alaskan Wolf


Best of Professional Division
Chosen by the Competitors
JACEY BROUSSARD Moss Bluff, LA 2297 Whitetail Deer


Best of Amatuer Division
Chosen by the Competitors
COREY VEACH Gonzales, TX 4029 Hog


Original Arts First Place
Chosen by the Competitors
SIERRA GUIDRY BRYAN, TX 3019 Texas Rat Snake

Texas State Champion Awards – Masters Division


Texas State Champion, Reptile
Highest Scoring Masters Entry
ROBERT ROWE Stillwater, OK 0076 Snapping Turtle


Texas State Champion, Fish (Skin Mount)
Highest Scoring Masters Entry
MICKEY BOWMAN Lawton, OK 1268 Brook Trout


Texas State Champion, Upland Game Bird
Highest Scoring Masters Entry
MARK PONTIUS Coweta, OK 0066 Rio Grande Turkey


Texas State Champion, Waterfowl and Shorebirds
Highest Scoring Masters Entry
KEN HOWARD Fort Worth, TX 1259 Green-Winged Teal


Texas State Champion, Small Mammal
Highest Scoring Masters Entry
BEN CROMEENS Houston, TX 0086 Ocelot


Texas State Champion, Large Mammal
Highest Scoring Masters Entry
JAMES NEWPORT Pearsall, TX 1251 Pig


Texas State Champion, Whitetail
Highest Scoring Masters Entry
JAMES NEWPORT Pearsall, TX 1250 Whitetail


Texas State Champion, Gameheads
Highest Scoring Masters Entry
JERRY HUFFAKER Abilene, TX 0078 Aoudad

Best of Category Awards – Professional Division


Best of Category Upland Game Bird
Highest Scoring Professional Entry
JOHN PAUL BARBER Kerrville, TX 2278 Bronzed Wing Cow Bird


Best of Category Waterfowl
Highest Scoring Professional Entry
MARK HERNANDEZ Pearsall, TX 2287 Bufflehead


Best of Category Small Mammal
Highest Scoring Professional Entry
K. D. GRAHAM Sallisaw, OK 2293 Bobcat


Best of Category Whitetail Deer
Highest Scoring Professional Entry
NATHANIEL COOK Graham, TX 2238 Whitetail Deer


Best of Category Gameheads
Highest Scoring Professional Entry
JAKE PIKE Spicewood, TX 2225 Coues Deer

TTAI Sonsored Awards


Mule Deer Foundation Award–Masters
Highest Scoring Mule Deer in Masters Division
JAMES YARBOROUGH Cedar Park, TX 1276 Mule Deer


Mule Deer Foundation Award–Professional
Highest Scoring Mule Deer in Professional Division
JOSH GUENTHER Marion, TX 2303 Mule Deer


Amateur Division Horizon Award
Sponsored by Research Mannikins
MICHA STEVENS Sweeny, TX 4014 Gadwall


Second 2 Nature Award
Sponsored by Second 2 Nature
ANTHONY YANTA Beeville, TX 2241 Bobcat


Polytranspar Award
Sponsored by McKenzie
TERRY JOHNSON Mesa, AZ 1258 Brook Trout


Lifetone Award
Sponsored by ChemOddities
WAYNE STANFORD Copperas Cove, TX 2269 Bluegill


Pro 1 Award
Sponsored by Pro 1 Hide Paste
JERRY HUFFAKER Abilene, TX 0078 Aoudad


Brian Harness Award
Sponsored by the TTAI
SCOTT BURTON Amarillo, TX 2239 Coyote


Carlos Adams Award
Sponsored by Kim And Danny Owens
KEN HOWARD Fort Worth, TX 1259 Green-Winged Teal


TTAI Akeley Award
Sponsored by James Newport
ROBERT MAJOR Las Cruces, NM 1261 Bighorn Sheep


Van Dyke’s Award
Most Original and Creative Presentation
SHANE DAVENPORT Gilmer, TX 1256 Otter


Taxidermy Today Woody Award
Sponsored by Taxidermy Today
JAMES NEWPORT Pearsall, TX 1251 Pig


Research Mannikins Award
Sponsored by Research Mannikins
STEVE ROLAN Durham, NC 0083 Alaskan Wolf


WASCO Award
Most Artistic Entry
KEN HOWARD Fort Worth, TX 1259 Green-Winged Teal

Youth Awards


BeetleShack Judges’ Choice – Youth
Chosen by the Youth Judges
SHANNON TRAVIS Springtown, TX 6045 Whitetail Deer

First Place Age 15–17 Category
Chosen by the Judges
SHANNON TRAVIS 6045 Whitetail Deer


People’s Choice–Youth
Chosen by the Competitors
NOLA LANDRY North Zulch, TX 6039 Raccoon

Second Place Age 9–14 Category
Chosen by the Judges
NOLA LANDRY North Zulch, TX 6039 Raccoon


Second Place Age 15–17 Category
Chosen by the Judges
GREGORY LANDRY North Zulch, TX 6041 Bobcat


First Place Age 9–14 Category
Chosen by the Judges
ANNALESIA FARLEY Canyon Lake, TX 6044 Redfish Reproduction


First Place Age 8 and Under Category
Chosen by the Judges
ISABELLA BAILEY Wylie, TX 6035 Bufflehead


Second Place Age 8 and Under Category
Chosen by the Judges
TAEGAN (TAC) CRISP Lamesa, TX 6049 Coral Snake

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2018 UTA and OKTA Winners

I just returned from the 2018 United Taxidermist Association bi-annual Expo which was held in conjunction with the Oklahoma Taxidermy Association’s annual convention. I had always heard about what a great show the OKTA puts on, but this was the first one I had ever attended. I do believe the board members of the OKTA are among the hardest working crew in the industry, as they worked tirelessly to accommodate all the attendees and put on an excellent show. The Reed Conference Center was a teriffic venue, and the attached Sheraton hotel was very convenient.

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The 2017 WASCO Award Winners

The 2017 convention season has come to a close, and for the 25th consecutive year, the judges have chosen the WASCO Award winners. I think that the most compelling part of each competition is when all of the judges get together collectively pick what they feel is the most artistic entry in the entire show. I have been in on many of these lively discussions and the judges always make it a point to give a great deal of thought and consideration to fairly choose the entry they feel is most deserving of this prestigious award.

The WASCO Most Artistic Entry Award is presented to the most artistic piece in a taxidermy competition. The winner is chosen collectively by all of the judges from the entire competition. WASCO Award winners receive a polished acrylic award and a gift certificate from WASCO (Wildlife Artist Supply Company).

The winning entries were chosen by the following criteria:

1. Exhibition of Taxidermy. The entry should tastefully display both the subject as well as the taxidermy profession in a favorable light. The taxidermy should be of good competition caliber, without any obvious flaws to the casual observer. The close scrutiny of a judge’s flashlight should not be as important as the overall impression of the piece from a normal viewing distance. The main requirement is that the animal portrayed looks “alive” to the viewer. Read the rest of this entry »

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The Legacy of Jan Van Hoesen

It is indeed sad to see the great artists of our industry pass. On the first of December, one of my biggest taxidermy heroes left the world of the living and, in that instant, became a legend of our industry, to be remembered for years to come for her enormous influence.

I had been friends with Jan Van Hoesen for over twenty years. I feel blessed that I got to spend time with Jan at the World Show in 2017 and I am even more grateful for the extended visits we had at the 2016 UTA convention. Jan was so many things to so many people; a compassionate friend, a teacher, a judge, an active force for advancing the art of taxidermy and improving the politics of our profession. Sweet, but strong. Shy, but fearless. Soft spoken, but powerful. And amazingly generous with her knowledge and her friendship. But when I think of Jan, I will always remember her most as a great artist; one who almost singlehandedly brought mammal taxidermy from the level it was at before her to the level it is at now. Read the rest of this entry »

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NTA 2017 Major Award Winners

At first, I was a little bit skeptical when I heard the The National Taxidermists Association decided to call their 46th annual convention the NTA Rocky Mountain Taxidermy Extravaganza, but after attending last week, I realize that they could not have picked a better name. It was indeed an extravaganza of fantastic displays of taxidermy, informative seminars and the west’s biggest trade show in many years!

Last week, I was privileged again to return as the show photographer, and as the amazing mounts kept rolling in during the registration period, I realized that this would be a spectacular competition. Well over half of the entries were large floor pedestals with artistic representations of lifesize mammals, bird groups, and fantastic fish. The spacious competition room quickly filled up with over a hundred large floor displays, which were cleverly arranged to spell out the initials NTA. Read the rest of this entry »

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