We hash this over and over again... I have no problem with the number of judges or how they do their job. We are all different and as much as we try we ARE human and our preferences "WILL" effect us. It's not about the JUDGES FAULT it's about the SCORE SHEET The Whole damn thing is wrong. Not what the sheet covers it's HOW ITS COVERED I have yet in this business had ANYONE tell me what the deduction is for a rough junction from the body to the tail if you can only feel it, not see it, or how many points are deducted for a left upper eyelash not being angled down enough, or the McKenzie cast lips on their systems not being plump enough or the fact that the back corner of one is lower than the other, ( I DIDN'T MAKE IT ) and that the cast lip and nose system from them doesn't have the nose deep enough? ( I didn't make that either ) How many points are deducted for an ear being a scoesh off the set of the other, ( what the h*ll is a scoesh and how far is it?? ). And now we come to my biggest b*itch, PAINT, A lip should be darker? ( MORE GRAY ? What the h*ll is MORE GRAY???) It needs more paint in the nose? And I'm sorry my cat had a cowlick on his head, and you didn't like the grooming or hair patterns because of it. But he is what he is, God didn't make you you perfect either. Co mon, you have 20 different deer eyes on the market all are slightly different in color. Colors on animals and all living things have a RANGE, and if your withing that RANGE what are you being deducted for?? THE JUDGES PERSONAL PREFERENCE THATS" ALL, and how much? You want competitors to NOT BITCH, give them a number for the screw ups, they can't argue that. Some Judges fixate on certain things, others different area's, cut you slack here but are Nazi's on other things. PUT A VALUE THINGS AND GIVE CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE for doing some unique things , If you want to see more people involved in Taxidermy. Next time I'll mount an elk out of the box just standing there, stiff and lifeless. So I can spend more time getting that one eyelash better or the junction smoother and I already called McKenzie and told them their noses aren't deep enough and the lips aren't plump enough. And next time I'll make the lips on the cat " MORE GRAY" if I can find that color ;D Oh yeah , and Plumper ;D ;D I was very happy with my Bongo and Kudu and Waterbuck scores at the NTA They got exactly what I knew they were worth, point wise and ribbon They went from low 90's at 2 state shoes to 86 to 88 at the NTA, 3 to 5 points off what they had done before. Exactly what they should have done. I am on cloud nine for the Awards the Elk / Cougar won. THANK YOU ALL ! I hope it INSPIRES PEOPLE to do MORE work like this. This is what will bring this industry into the public eye and make us truly looked at as ARTISTS. Now I don't know what MR JUDGE had for lunch, or if he woke up on the wrong side of the bed when he scored my Elk and Cougar But to go from 88's and 89's to 70 and 72 still has me scratching my head. I have three score sheet from three shows on each of these mounts, the same thing is pretty much on all three sheets I fixed some things from the first show that the judge had noted, they each scored 2 points higher the second show, fixed some more from the second show. Now judge number three comes up with a whole NEW set of problems and a score that went down 17 and 18 points. I deserved NO BLUE RIBBONS THIS TIME , I DIDN"T EXPECT ONE ON ANY MOUNT IN THIS SHOW this was just my everyday commercial work. Somebody thinks I'm whining, you are WAY OFF. I had at least 2 dozen taxidermists tell me at the show, "If you only got thirds for these I can't enter my mounts." I'm here to inspire TAXIDERMISTS, and this National stage was WHY I CAME to the NTA COMP to grow this business and industry. Mr Judge,You blew it, you didn't hurt my ego, I've spent the last three years banging my head against the way you use the score sheet so it ain't nothing new. You just slapped me in the face in front of those that I try to INSPIRE , you slapped them also into not even wanting to put a mount of theirs in front of YOU. I've said my piece after holding my words for a few days. Some JUDGES wouldn't ever want me to judge. I don't want to and have no aspiration to do it at all. I'd NEVER give away a blue, I know what a Blue mount is. But I know what kinda blood sweat and tears go into a mount, and I'm not talking about MINE here. Mr Judge , Your not helping bring new competitors in, your just making competitions the who's who anymore. Guess this will not make me anymore new FRIENDS , but I had to get it off my chest ;D I have no gripe with the NTA and I'll support them in their causes. Now the Score Sheet and this JUDGE, well like Paul Harvey would say, " now you know the rest of the story"