Taxidermy Seminars

See the Best Taxidermy Seminar Lineup Ever Assembled!

One of the major highlights of the World Taxidermy Championships is the seminar program. Through the years, many outstanding taxidermists have shared their techniques for the first time at the WTC Seminars. The world-class instructors for this year’s lineup represent some of the best seminar instructors ever assembled for one event, with some making their North American debut. There will be four separate seminar areas in the University Plaza Hotel, which will allow participants a choice during each seminar session.

2019 WTC Seminar Coordinator: Brenda Duvall

Tuesday Evening WTC Seminar
April 30, 2019


Seminar #1
5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. — Tuesday, April 30, Colorado Room, University Plaza Hotel
Jerry Huffaker: Altering Gamehead Forms
This opening seminar features a consistent winner for years with large mammal taxidermy, with a Best in World title in 2015 and Second in World in 2017. Jerry will show his methods for altering gamehead forms. His seminar will feature changing head size, turns, changes of attitudes, extending shoulders, and pedestal preparation and attachments. All of this with emphasis on maintaining correct anatomy for commercial and competition work.

Wednesday Morning WTC Seminars
May 1, 2019


Seminar #2
9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. — Wednesday, May 1, Colorado Room, University Plaza Hotel
Page Nethercutt: Mounting Flying Waterfowl
Page has been competing and winning taxidermy competitions for the past 25 years, including many Best of Show honors. More importantly, he has been a successful commercial taxidermist for even longer. Page will mount a duck in flight explaining his techniques for both commercial and competition waterfowl taxidermy. Page’s personality and experience makes for a very entertaining seminar.


Seminar #3
9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. — Wednesday, May 1, Illinois Room, University Plaza Hotel
Ken Walker: Mounting Custom Mammals
Ken will share techniques to improve your mammals, big and small. Ken’s reputation in mammal and recreation taxidermy is known worldwide, having traveled to several continents sharing his talents and experience. In this seminar, he will explain in detail many of his tricks for accurately mounting and recreating animals of the world. Ken is a master at making original mannikins out of a piece of foam.


Seminar #4
9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. — Wednesday, May 1, Oklahoma Room, University Plaza Hotel
Mickey Bowman: Water and Ice Effects
This award-winning taxidermist will show and demonstrate his techniques for making water splashes and water scenes for all phases of habitats we encounter in taxidermy. His years of experience with many different products will be discussed and how best to use them. He will give you product names and where you can get them. Whether its for fish, waterfowl or mammal taxidermy, Mickey has experience and valuable tips in adapting these products for water effects.

Wednesday Afternoon WTC Seminars
May 1, 2019


Seminar #5
1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. — Wednesday, May 1, Colorado Room, University Plaza Hotel
Rebecca Wilcher: Mounting a Mule Deer
This Arkansas lady has steadily climbed the ladder of top award winning taxidermists. She has produced top competition pieces at all levels, winning Second in World Med-Small Gameheads in 2015 and won Best in World with a pronghorn in 2017. In this seminar she will mount a mule deer.


Seminar #6
1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. — Wednesday, May 1, Illinois Room, University Plaza Hotel
Kurt Ainsworth: Producing Artistic Habitats
This innovative taxidermist has a lot of ways and processes of producing both realistic and artistic habitat. He will show you how he makes and uses his copper leaf castings along with many other useful and inexpensive processes for making artificial habitat. Kurt’s live demonstration and tips will give you first-hand knowledge and great ideas to offer your customers.


Seminar #7
1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. — Wednesday, May 1, Oklahoma Room, University Plaza Hotel
Tad E. Crawford: Bird Novelty Taxidermy*
*Innovative New Products Seminar. Tad is a retired pharmacist, professional taxidermist, sculptor, and taxidermist. He has created a brand new and innovative way to mount the wings of any medium to large bird, and then combine them with an exclusive sculpture called a War Bird. Using a turkey wing, Tad will demonstrate from start to finish his unique system of skinning, mounting, painting, and detailing of a War Bird mount. He calls it “Turning Trash into Cash.”


Seminar #8
3:15 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. — Wednesday, May 1, Oklahoma Room, University Plaza Hotel
Allan Zarach / Tom Kelly: International Receiving and Processing of Trophies.*
*Innovative New Products Seminar. Consultants from Trophy Shippers will be putting on a seminar with the USDA on how to make an international hunting trip go as smooth as possible. Topics they will be covering are: Knowing what information to give your hunters before they go on their trips, steps you can take to ensure a prompt process of clearing the trophies, and how Trophy Shippers can help keep your taxidermy operation up to date on regulations. Stop by and see them at the Trophy Shippers booth #101.

Thursday Morning WTC Seminars
May 2, 2019


Seminar #9
8:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. — Thursday, May 2, Colorado Room, University Plaza Hotel
Cally Morris: Mounting A Strutting Turkey Part 1
This past World Champion is happy to be back as a featured seminar instructor. Cally has prepared a special seminar showing new techniques he has developed that will save you time in the mounting process and make you more money. His seminars are always packed so arrive early. One of the most difficult mounts in bird taxidermy is a strutting turkey and you will see how it is done by one of the best in our business.


Seminar #10
8:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. — Thursday, May 2, Illinois Room, University Plaza Hotel
Paul Cales: Finishing Work on a Whitetail Deer
Paul is a two-time winner of Best in World Whitetail. The focus of his seminar will be on fisnhing work for whitetail deer and other gameheads. His knowledge of tanning is well known and we are sure he will answer any questions you have on that phase of taxidermy also.


Seminar #11
8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. — Thursday, May 2, Oklahoma Room, University Plaza Hotel
Tony Psaila: Demonstration of the Taxidermy Positioning Systems*
*Innovative New Products Seminar. ony is a professional taxidermist from South Africa and has developed some very innovative products that will have an immediate impact on both commercial and competition taxidermy and all taxidermy enthusiasts. The Taxidermy Positioning System (TPS) includes hanging attachments of several types for use on stands and walls, pedestal insert attachments of several sizes, and new electric-automated stands that can handle the heaviest jobs. His demonstration will cover all categories of taxidermy.


Seminar #12
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. — Thursday, May 2, Oklahoma Room, University Plaza Hotel
Dave Hakola: The Sym-Right™ Window – Measuring System*
*Innovative New Products Seminar. David will demonstrate The Sym-Right Window Measuring System, which is for any artist, at any level, wanting to sharpen and train his “artist’s eye” for a keener sense of symmetry, proportion, balance, and angles of his subjects. Dave is a taxidermist, and his emphasis will be directed at how the system is useful in taxidermy. Dave will show how your unaided judgement can be adjusted to achieve a higher degree of detail and accuracy in all of your taxidermy.

Thursday Afternoon WTC Seminars
May 2, 2019


Seminar #13
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. — Thursday, May 2, Colorado Room, University Plaza Hotel
Cally Morris: Mounting A Strutting Turkey Part 2
This past World Champion is happy to be back as a featured seminar instructor. Cally will continue with his World Show special seminar showing new techniques he has developed that will save you time in the mounting process and make you more money. His seminars are always packed so arrive early. Cally will finish mounting the strutting turkey he started with in his morning seminar, and you will see how a World Champion completes a strutting turkey.


Seminar #14
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. — Thursday, May 2, Oklahoma Room, University Plaza Hotel
Hutch Hutchinson: Habitat with Static Applied Fibers
Discover the unbelievably realistic look of static-applied fibers. Using a simple tool, see how easy it is to create natural looking grasses, mosses, and fiber textures. Presenters “Hutch” Hutchinson and Jim Elster from Scenic Express will begin by discussing the theory of static application and how it can apply to the taxidermy craft. Later they will demonstrate several of the am=azing techniques that can be applied and adapted to virtually every habitat. At the end of the presentation a hands-on period will give a limited number of attendees the ability to create these incredibly detailed components.


Seminar #15
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. — Thursday, May 2, Illinois Room, University Plaza Hotel
Clint Rickey: Mounting a Whitetail Deer Shoulder Mount
SClint is an award winning taxidermist from Wisconsin and best know for his whitetail taxidermy. He will be mounting a whitetail in this seminar showing his techniques for commercial and competition taxidermy. He says the big difference between commercial and competition work is the time spent in doing it. Also, incorporating difficulty factors such as original open mouth work in competition mounts will be discussed.

Friday Morning WTC Seminars
May 3, 2019


Seminar #16
8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. — Friday, May 3, Colorado Room, University Plaza Hotel
Josh Guge: Artistry, Design and Composition
What is good design? Where does it come from? How can I incorporate it into my taxidermy or carving work on a consistent basis? If these are questions you aren’t confident in answering, then this is the seminar for you. Whether you are doing taxidermy, wood sculpture or any other form of three D art, you need to have a process to develop good design. Josh will take you through his process and explain how he incorporates essential design principles. He will also critique individual works of art in a slide show based on the implementation of these principles.


Seminar #17
8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. — Friday, May 3, Oklahoma Room, University Plaza Hotel
Cory Caruthers: Mounting a Standing Waterfowl
We are very pleased to have this award winning taxidermists on our team of seminar instructors. Cory’s waterfowl taxidermy has received high recognition for accuracy and his very artistic presentations for over two decades. He will show you his proven techniques for mounting standing waterfowl. He will show you his full mounting procedure and discuss all aspects of mounting both commercial and competition birds.


Seminar #18
8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. — Friday, May 3, Illinois Room, University Plaza Hotel
Owen Eldred: Mounting African Gamehead Shoulder Mounts
This 2017 Best in World Large Gameheads winner will share his experience, methods, and knowledge for mounting African game. Owen will mount one of the popular species of African gameheads in this live presentation. Owen has been a top award winner for many years and this is your chance to ask the questions you have on mounting exotic game.

Friday Afternoon WTC Seminars
May 13, 2019


Seminar #19
2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. — Friday, May 3, Oklahoma Room, University Plaza Hotel
Michael Coppersmith: Laws and Methods of Importing and Exporting Wildlife Trophies*
*Innovative New Products Seminar. Michael is a professional consultant on importing and exporting wildlife trophies to and from the United States. Knowing how to consult your clients who are hunting abroad for the first time or shipping your foreign clients trophies back to them is something all professional taxidermist should know. Michael will discuss and answer your questions about this often difficult process. Michael and his company specializes in assisting hunters and taxidermist with international shipping.
Coppersmith is a major sponsor of the World Taxidermy Championships®, donating $1,000 this year.


Seminar #20
2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. — Friday, May 3, Illinois Room, University Plaza Hotel
Allis Markham: 3D Printing Technology & Taxidermy
Imagine modifying forms digitally. Or printing molds as you need them. Imagine scanning specimens and sharing files all over the world. Allis will explain and demonstrate the technology of 3D printing, scanning and sculpting. This tech is being used extensively in movies and television, but could have a huge impact in our industry. Come see her presentation detailing her projects, basics of digital sculpting and a 3D printer in action.


Seminar #21
2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. — Friday, May 3, Colorado Room, University Plaza Hotel
Brett Wingfield and Tom Matuska: Techniques for Mounting Commercial and Competition Fish
Brett is the winner of many major competition titles in taxidermy including Best in World Largemouth Bass in 2017. He and Tom have put together a special seminar on painting fish with a special focus on highlights and special effects. The seminar will demonstrate several alternative methods of coloring your fish to achieve award winning results.

Friday Night Awards Banquet
May 3, 2019


Special Event
6:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. — Friday, May 3, University Plaza Hotel Convention Center
2019 World Taxidermy & Fish Carving Championships® Awards Banquet and Presentation
Be there to witness over $32,250 in cash awarded to winning taxidermists and fish carvers from all over the world! A unique musical presentation of taxidermy in film clips will keep you entertained during dinner as the excitement “mounts” to see who will win the big cash awards this year. We are very happy to announce the Master of Ceremony for the 2019 award program will again be Alaskan taxidermist Russell Knight, star of the History Channel series “Mounted in Alaska.” Russell’s quick wit and savvy will make for a very entertaining evening. Jim Shockey will also guest host
along with Russell Knight.

It is also our pleasure to announce that the sixth World Show Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to taxidermist, artist, and sculptor Frank Newmyer of Gladwin, Michigan. Frank’s contributions to the taxidermy industry are many and far-reaching. Our award presentation will highlight his story.

This is the most prestigious awards ceremony in the world for the taxidermy industry. Proper attire is strongly recommended.

Banquet Seating: There will be ten seats to each table, each at $45.00. We will place you at the first available table. You will not be able to choose the table, however, you CAN choose who sits with you — IF you buy those people’s seats when you buy yours. Your tickets will be all numbered to correspond with a table number and will be in your packet to give out. Tables will have prominent numbers and we will have the banquet staff ready to help you find your table and take up the tickets. Feel free to call us if you have any questions: 800-783-7266.

Friday evening, May 3, 2019 • University Plaza Hotel Convention Center
Cocktails 6:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m. • Dinner 7:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m. • Awards Show 8:00p.m.–11:00p.m.
Tickets $45.00 available at the WTC registration desk.