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competing with "store bought" plants

Discussion in 'Habitat and Exhibit' started by fish stuffer, Jul 27, 2018.

  1. fish stuffer

    fish stuffer Active Member

    If someone does an excellent job on a mount, say, a bass for example, everything is blue ribbon perfect, can the habitat being of poor quality hurt the final score? I'm talking about pads, leaves, flowers, do they have to be exact, just like in nature? I see alot of really nice mounts and the plants look like ordered from Mckenzie and added to the mount.
  2. Alot of competition s say if bases and habitat has a bearing on the score ,most times they do not ,unless you cover your work up with it.
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  3. KatieC

    KatieC Active Member

    I don't think the judges are examining if the plants are an exact match to native species or perfectly accurate plants, unless it's something really obvious. If you wanted them perfect, you'd have to make your own copying references. Some people do a better or worse job arranging the "store bought" plants and the plants themselves vary in quality so much! I like a nice habitat but I'm not a judge, lol. And I'd love to make my own fake plants but who has time for that?
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  4. JL

    JL Taxidermist for 64 years

    I believe the habitat should complement the fish mount, but the judge should only judge the fish.
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  5. rogerswildlife

    rogerswildlife Rogers Wildlife Taxidermy Tommy Rogers

    Exactly what JL said . It's best to keep it simple,natural looking and make it flow from my experience.
  6. Steven Klee

    Steven Klee Steven Klee Studios

    Just judging the subject sounds all good and well until there is serious competition in the room.... It works in most cases at the professional level, and in some state shows. But at the higher levels, Master divisions at certain state shows, Regionals, Nationals and the World level it simple doesn't get it done. If there are two or more first place mounts ( and there usually is ) within a point or so of each other, or even tied in some cases, best of category or best of show will come down to the habitat or "display" to settle the difference. Those who do as much "original" art as they possibly can "accurately" in the total piece have a better chance of winning. As they should.. Half measures are measured as such when along side full measures.... I say "compete like you mean it"!
    Last edited: Sep 14, 2018
  7. Dave York

    Dave York Well-Known Member

    I was told by a judge that a nice habiatat would not affect the mounts score but a bad habitat could indeed have a negative impact.
    I imagine it depends on the judge and at what level you’re competition you are competing at.
  8. JL

    JL Taxidermist for 64 years

    Appearance is important. Walk into the competition room and look around. What catches your eye? Remember, the judge is really only judging your mount from the scorecard but if your mount is an eye-catcher it will help. Like the difference between a good-looking woman and a so-so-looker. At this point who cares who is the better cook?
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