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Wyoming Association of Taxidermy Artists Convention 2009

Discussion in 'Convention Information' started by Ken Edwards, Feb 24, 2009.

  1. Ken Edwards

    Ken Edwards Taxidermy.Net Administrator Staff Member

    April 16th through 18th, 2009
    The Wyoming Association of Taxidermy Artists 20th Annual Convention & Competition [​IMG]
    Headwater Convention Center, Dubois, WY
    Contact Dale Locken at 307-687-7033 or Riley Weber at (307) 383-6142.
  2. bone_painter

    bone_painter "Your life is yours alone. Rise up and live it."

    This will be held at the Headwater Convention Center.


    12:00 pm - 2:00 pm: Competition area set up
    2:00 pm - 6:00 pm: Registration & set up entries
    7:00 pm: Judging (competition area closed) & Social time for participants @ Rustic Pine Tavern

    **Display area closed until after the banquet & auction**
    8:00 am - 12:00 am (? Says 12am in the packet, but I wonder if it's a typeo?): WATA business meeting
    Also 8:00 am - 12:00 pm: vendor set up
    12:00 pm - 5:00 pm: vendor area open
    1:00 pm - 4:30 pm: Judges seminar- Gary Bruch: Molding a fish
    4:30 pm - 6:00 pm: same as above
    6:00 pm: Cocktail party, headwaters convention center
    7:00 pm: WATA Awards Banquet & auction- NO HATS, NO CAPS. Photos of awards winners will be taken following the banquet.

    8:00 am - 10:00 am: Seminar- Todd Kranau: Researching & understanding anatomy
    9:00 am - 7:00 pm: Display area & vendor area open to participants & public
    10:00 am - 12:00 pm: Seminar- Clint Weber: Test fit, test fit, test fit!
    1:00 pm - 3:00 pm: Seminar- Joe Kaiser: (No description of what the seminar will be about?)
    3:00 pm - 5:00pm: Seminar continued if needed.
    7:00 pm: Peoples Choice award announced. Display area take down. Help Needed.

    8:00 am - 2:00 pm: Seminar- Dawayne Dewey: This seminar will cover mounting a life size wild sheep. The fee is $25, and includes lunch.

    You must be a member of the WATA to enter the WY competition. Yealrly membership fee is $25, a lifetime membership is $300

    If you register for the comp. before April 10, $125 will cover WATA membership, ALL seminars ans ALL entries. After April 10, the cost of registration goes up to $150.

    The WY challenge entry fee is $10. This is for Mnt. lions only.

    Best all around taxidermist entry fee is $10.

    Competitor's Award (50% return to winner) is $10

    The seminar fees for people who are NOT competing (no WATA membership required) is $30 per seminar or $60 for all seminars (NOT including the "Super Seminar")

    Youth/Spouse entry fee per entry is $15 (seminars)

    Sunday Super Seminar is $25

    Awards Banquet- adults, $25/plate, Kids $10/plate

    Game Heads- all shoulder mounts including 1/2 lifesize. No rugs.
    Pronghorn game head- shoulder & 1/2 lifesize
    Small Mammals- Coyote size & smaller
    Large mammals- l/s hoofed mammals & large predators
    Bird- single birds
    Bird group- two or more birds
    Fish- Skin mounted fish
    Fish group- Any combo of skin mounted fish
    Reproduction- of any fish or reptile
    Sculpting/Original artwork- Any medium

    Trails End Motel- 888-455-6660 Standard room, 1 bed- $54/night. 2 beds- $69/night, River view starting at $89/night

    Stagecoach 307-455-2303 $55/night

    Branding Iron 307-455-2893 $40-single/night, $50-double/night

    1. All competitors must be WATA members
    2. All entries cannot have ever been previously entered in a WY show
    3. No freeze dried mounts (turkey heads & velvet racks OK)
    4. All entries must be done by the competitor without any assistance
    5. The competition area will be closed during judging
    6. Protected species must have proper paperwork accompanying them
    7. Distasteful entries will not be allowed
    8. Ribbons will be awarded on a point system
    9. There will be security, but the WATA will not be held responsible for damaged mounts.
    10. The decisions of the judges are final. Discourteous behavior towards judges will not be tolerated.
    11. Entries in cases must have removable tops & sides for judging
    12. After judging is completed, competitors may place their business cards next to their mounts.
    13. When judging mounts, extra credit may be given for the use of an original form.
    14. No frills added to the back boards.


    The WATA will be using NTA score sheets for our competition. The competition entries will be scored on their mechanical soundness, craftsmanship, and anatomical accuracy, with bonus points given for difficulty and originality. At the time of registration, the participant can decide if they want the habitat scored with the mount. A good habitat score can improve an all around score, and a low habitat score can lower an all around score. Having the habitat scored is up to the competitor. Points earned by NTA members will go towards their NTA Award of Excellence.


    Masters, Professional & Novice
    Scoring breakdown- Masters: 92-100=1st, 86-91=2nd, 76-85=3rd
    Professional: 90-100=1st, 80-89=2nd, 70-79=3rd
    Novice: 85-100=1st, 75-84=2nd, 65-74=3rd