First off, let me say that I am by no means an expert on freeze drying animals ! Recently, a state assn. changed their rules on freeze drying specimens. All freeze dried specimens will be put in the same category as a coventionally mounted specimen " This will eliminate any possible prejustices some judges have concerning freeze dried specimens". There will no longer be a freeze dried catagory in their competitions! I have a few questions and opinions on freeze drying. I do know with freeze drying,(I am going to use birds as an example, as birds are all I mount) you would not have to invert the wings and clean away the tissue. You would not have to inject the feet for shrinkage. I do know that most of the fat would need to be removed, and a manikin would be used for the body, and wired as as usual. Shrinkage is all but eliminated in a freeze dryer, what you put in the machine you take out ! No feather adjustment needs to be made, as an air dried bird would need . It seems to me that alot of shortcuts can be bought by freeze drying a bird. leaving the real work up to the person air drying their specimen. I do not own a freeze drier,(way to expensive) and if I did, I dont believe I would use it for a competition ! Ive have been told its only a drying tool, and I would totally disagree. In my opinion(and I am far from an expert on this subject) freeze drying has to many advatages over conventionally mounted birds, and they should remain in their own catagory for competitions! I beleive this is a bad rule , and needs to be changed back to the way it was ! I am just curious on other taxidermists opinions on this matter !