It is our great pleasure to announce that the most popular outdoor sportsman in the world, Jim Shockey, will attend and be a big part of the 2019 World Taxidermy and Fish Carving Championships®. Jim confirmed with us in early February that he will be available to meet and greet taxidermists on both Thursday and Friday (May 2 and 3). He will also be the guest host along with our Master of Ceremony Russell Knight at the World Show Award Presentation Friday night. A very big thank you goes to Ken Walker of Canada for making this happen. Shockey, who now lives in British Columbia, Canada, is the producer and host of Jim Shockey’s Hunting Adventures and Jim Shockey’s Uncharted on the Outdoor Channel and Jim Shockey's The Professionals on Outdoor Channel and Sportsman Channel. His hunting adventures have spanned six continents and 50 countries. Outdoor Life magazine said he is “the most influential celebrity in big-game hunting.” Jim Shockey has received numerous accolades for his work in the outdoors. From Safari Club International he won the Fourth Pinnacle of Achievement Award in 2008; the Zenith Award, Crowning Achievement Award, Professional Hunter Award, and the C.J. McElroy Award in 2009. He received the World Hunting Award in 2010, and was named International Hunter of the Year and received the World Conservation & Hunting Award in 2012. In 2016, he received the Conklin Award, which recognizes the world’s greatest active hunter who pursues game in the most difficult terrain and conditions while abiding by the highest standards of ethics and fair chase. Shockey was named winner of the 2018 Weatherby Hunting and Conservation Award, bestowed upon those that have ethically taken the most varied, difficult, and largest number of species in the world.