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 three or four separate seminar areas within the Crowne Plaza Convention Center, which will allow participants a choice during each seminar session.

Tuesday Evening WTC Seminars
May 7, 2013

Seminar #1
6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. -- Area 4
Vincent Fleming – Mounting a Whitetail Deer Shoulder Mount
Who could be better for a start-off seminar than the 2011 World Champion for Whitetail Deer? Vincent will show his proven methods for mounting a world-class commercial whitetail, as well as discuss the extra steps need to complete a competition winner.

Seminar #2
6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. -- Area 2
Billy Ollie – Mounting Flying Waterfowl
Billy's bird taxidermy, both commercial and competition, is as good as it gets. This 2007 World Champion will show his entire process for mounting anatomically correct flying waterfowl.

Special Wednesday All Day Seminar
May 8, 2013

Wednesday 8:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. -- Area 4
Special Seminar: $125
All Day Hands-on Fish Painting with 3 World Champions:
Paul Borkowski, Clark Schreibeis, and Josh Guge

Note: This is a special hands-on seminar that is offered for an additional fee. To register for this seminar you must contact send a $50 deposit at least 30 days prior to the show to Josh Guge at: The Guge Institute of Wildlife Art, 130 Galligan Road, Gilberts, IL 60136. The workshop fee is $125 with a deposit of $50 due when registering and the remainder due at the beginning of class. The seminar will be held Wednesday, May 8, from 8:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. with a break for lunch. Three World Champions will be conducting the seminar: Paul Borkowski, Clark Schreibeis, and Josh Guge.

Paul Borkowski is a World Champion fish taxidermist, Badger Airbrush Company representative, and a master with an airbrush.

Clark Schreibeis and Josh Guge are multiple World Champion fish carvers and both accomplished carving and airbrush painting instructors.

This seminar will teach airbrush fish painting and the nuances of painting trout. It will be held Wednesday, May 8 from 8:00 a.m. &endash; 6:30 p.m. with a one-hour break for lunch. The species for this seminar will be a beautiful brown trout, a personal favorite of both Paul and Clark. They and Josh will be sharing the unique techniques that made these men masters in their field.

The class will begin with instruction on the basic use, cleaning, and maintenance of a double-action airbrush. Each student will receive a brown trout blank to paint (which is his or hers to keep for a small fee). Compressed air will be supplied. Acrylic airbrush paint (Woods & Water) will also be supplied by Badger Airbrush Company.

You are encouraged to bring your own airbrush and/or Badger will be providing free paints and airbrushes to use with special buys on both airbrushes and paint. You will paint your own fish as these professionals mentor your every stroke. The latest innovations in airbrushing will be explained and demonstrated. Please bring reference to help you paint the best fish in the class. After receiving your registration fee you will be sent a list of supplies and suggested tools list by email.

To register for this early seminar you must contact Josh Guge at or call him at (224) 629-0581. You must register at least 30 days prior to the show. A deposit of $50.00 is required and the total workshop fee is $125.00. The balance will be due at the beginning of class May 8. Contact Josh Guge at: The Guge Institute of Wildlife Art, 130 Galligan Road, Gilberts, Illinois 60136.

Wednesday Morning WTC Seminars
May 8, 2013

Seminar #3
9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. -- Area 1
Brett DeFreitas – Mounting a Standing Eastern Turkey
This two-time World Champion will mount a standing turkey showing his proven methods. Bret has many tips and procedures that he will share to help you master one of taxidermy's most difficult species to mount.

Seminar #4
9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. -- Area 2
Mark Gonnering – Mounting a Whitetail Deer Shoulder Mount
Mark will show how to mount a whitetail deer shoulder mount, including hide prep, setting the eyes, installing earliners, skin placement, and finishing techniques. Sponsored by Matuska Supply.

Seminar #5
9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. -- Area 3
Erich Carter – Making Reproduction Antlers Part 1
Erich Carter will explain the fundamentals of antler molding and casting. Useful information is offered on dealing with the chemicals used and the mechanics of molding this difficult subject.

Wednesday Afternoon WTC Seminars
May 8, 2013

Seminar #6
1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. -- Area 3
Brian Hendricks – Mounting a Lifesize Small Mammal
Brian is one of taxidermy's leading authorities on mammal taxidermy. In this seminar Brian will cover the many detailed techniques necessary to mount a quality lifesize medium mammal. Sponsored by McKenzie Supply.

Seminar #7
1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. -- Area 2
Ken Walker – Habitat and Design
This three-time World Champion will show and discuss how to design habitat that will complement your taxidermy. Habitats have become big money generators for many shops on both small and large levels. Once your customers see the possibilities it will sell itself.

Seminar #8
1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. -- Area 1
Cory Caruthers – Mounting Waterfowl
Cory will show you his award-winning techniques for mounting competition quality waterfowl. He is a great instructor and will answer all questions you have for mounting one of taxidermy's most popular bird groups.

Wednesday Evening WTC Seminar
May 8, 2013

Seminar #9
7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. -- Area 2
Ken Walker – Applying Animal Behavior to Taxidermy
There is a reason this man has won three Best in World titles, a WTC Judges' Best of Show, and the 2009 Master of Masters Award. He understands animals and knows how to transfer that knowledge through taxidermy. Do not miss Ken's seminar!

Seminar #*
8:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. -- Area 1
Randy Kembel – Plant Life Preservative
Randy Kembel shows and explains how to use Plant Life Preservative to preserve living foliage for use in habitat displas as an economical alternative over artificial foliage.

Thursday Morning WTC Seminars
May 9, 2013

Seminar #10
9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. -- Area 3
Charlie Fanta – Game Birds
This past World Champion for birds will focus on medium-size game birds like pheasants and grouse. Charlie's seminars are extremely informative and he is a super instructor. He will use live demonstrations and cover all aspects of both commercial and competition bird taxidermy.

Seminar #11
8:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. -- Area 1
Aaron Connelly – Shoulder Mount Mule Deer
This gifted taxidermist/sculptor will share his entire process for mounting a mule deer shoulder mount. Aaron will cover skin preparation as well as his finishing techniques for one of North America's most sought-after game animals. Sponsored by Head Quarters Supply.

Seminar #12
8:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. -- Area 2
Bret Wingfield – Competition Fish
This past World Champion has proven his skills many times over in fish taxidermy competitions. Brett will cover many of the special techniques he has developed for both commercial work and the necessary procedures to mount competition quality fish. Brett is an excellent instructor and if you are wanting to learn, this is the seminar to attend. Sponsored by Matuska Supply.

Thursday Afternoon WTC Seminars
May 9, 2013

Seminar #13
1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. -- Area 2
Lowell Shapley – Composition and Design in Taxidermy
This 2011 Best in World/Best of Show winner not only is blessed with natural talents but has a formal education in art he want to share. Lowell said the planning stage is of the upmost importance. His seminar will focus on developing balance of the elements of a composition such as colors, placement, shapes, direction, and flow.

Seminar #14
1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. -- Area 1
Joe Meder – Whitetail Deer
This past World Champion is one of the most respected mammal taxidermists in the world. His hands-on workshops given in his Iowa studio have been instrumental in producing many award-winning taxidermists, including several other World Champions. Arrive early because his seminars are always packed!

Seminar #15
1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. -- Area 3
Kerby Ross - Mounting a Rattlesnake
Kerby will cover everything you would ever want to know about snakes and reptile taxidermy. He is full of knowledge, one of the country's best, and a great instructor. He will cover all the steps and procedures needed to produce a quality snake mount.

Thursday Evening WTC Seminars
May 9, 2013

Seminar #16
7:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. -- Area 3
Erich Carter – Staining Artificial Antlers Part 2
The antler molding and casting procedure was completed on Wednesday, so this last part will deal with applying color, using dark undertones, and variation in color, an important part of making the artificial antlers appear to be real.

World Challenge Division Competition
7:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. -- Area 2
Live Bird Challenge Judging with Glen Browning, Jack Fishwick and Stefan Savides

World Challenge Division Competition
7:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. -- Area 1
Live Fish Challenge Judging with Jeff Mourning, Clark Schreibeis and Garry Senk

Friday Morning WTC Seminars
May 10, 2013

Seminar #17
8:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. -- Area 4
Kenneth Bauman – Painting a Reproduction Largemouth Bass
This Oklahoma taxidermist broke the ice and won the first Best in World Largemouth Bass title given since it was reinstated in 2005. His talents have also won many national awards and his painting skill will be shared in this seminar. He will demonstrate his detailed step-by-step process for painting a largemouth bass.

Seminar #18
8:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. -- Area 2
Tim Jordan – Mounting a Strutting Wild Turkey
Tim is one of North America's top turkey taxidermists, winning many national awards. He will show you his complete process for mounting what most taxidermists consider as bird taxidermy's most difficult pose, a strutting wild turkey. This expert will make this task easier for you.

Seminar #19
8:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. -- Area 3
Travis DeVilliers – Casting Custom Open-Mouths for Mammals
This talented South African taxidermist has learned from necessity, but also possesses super talent. He will demonstrate how to cast a custom jaw set with silicon caulk, casting it using different pigmentations, and the final finishing. This is a common practice in Africa, and is required here to compete in the Master Division with an open-mouth mount.

Seminar #20
8:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. -- Area 1
Dale Manning – Everything About Artificial Rocks
Dale knows the importance of realistic habitat and will show you how to design and construct small and large rock formations. He will cover seaming and finishing while a building rock habitat for a large lifesize mount.

Friday Afternoon WTC Seminars
May 11, 2013

Seminar #21
2:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. -- Area 3
Joe Kish – A Taxidermy Revue: A New Look at Old Stuff
Joe has established himself as one of the foremost taxidermists of our times. He is an entertaining and motivational speaker. Many credit him with changing the direction of this industry with his highly respected magazine of the 1970s and 1980s, Taxidermy Review. His emphasis will be mammal taxidermy.

Seminar #22
2:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. -- Area 2
Mike Orthober – Painting a Coldwater Fish
Mike has earned the reputation as one of the greatest fish taxidermists of our times and has won World Titles for both cold- and warm-water fish! This seminar will feature his painting techniques for a species of cold-water fish.

Seminar #23
2:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. -- Area 1
Tom Weickum – Mounting a Pronghorn Antelope
om won his world title as Best in World Gamehead with a pronghorn in 1997. Since then he has established himself as one of America's top taxidermist/sculptors. He will share his years of experience while mounting a pronghorn antelope.

Saturday Morning Children's Seminar
May 11, 2013

Seminar #24
9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. -- Area 3
Erich Carter & Sascha Smith – Don't Scrap the Scraps: Hands-On Re-Creations for Children
Erich Carter and Australia's Sascha Smith team up to present this hand-on fun project featuring Erich's lighthearted "Road-Kill" re-creation mounts using commonly discarded fur scraps. There is no charge for this seminar which is limited to the first 20 kids age 12 and under only who sign up at the WTC registration desk. Materials donated by Research Mannikins.

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