I have been in the Taxidermy world for almost 4 years now. I have attended several state shows, one national, and the last worlds. I wanted to open a discussion about what you, as a competitor want from the judge? A few of us discussed this last weekend, a positive discussion, and it was very interesting to me how different each one that was involved in it saw it. I stated that I wanted a critique geared towards improving my Customer mounts. Not that I don't want to eventually apply certain competition techniques into my customer mounts, but at this point, being so new, I really just want to make solid mounts that are correct. I have only entered Waterfowl, birds and life-sized mammals. Two of the guys in our discussion were deer guys. One said he wanted ideas on improving his customers mounts, and the other was strictly looking to improve his competition pieces. The discussion rolled on, yes there was alcohol, and then we got to talking about different levels of judging. State vs Regional vs National vs Worlds, and weather there should be "rules" as to how in-depth the judges should get. Of course we all talked about the difference in how many points each "infraction" should cost. And last but not least the dreaded "reference vs preference" came out. So, I would love to hear different opinions. I would like for the thread to stay positive.....not getting into "well he got this and I got that that". Basically if there were NO RIBBONS or AWARDS and you took a piece to a show, what information would you like for the judge to give to you?