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A message from World Show Chairman Larry Blomquist: World Taxidermy and Fish Carving Championships® Rescheduled for August 24-28, 2021

If there is one thing we have learned from the Corona virus pandemic, it is that drastic changes in our lives have and will continue to occur. For how long who knows, but the writing was on the wall last March and April that 12 months minimum and 18 months probable were likely before normalcy would return. I researched all the sites available that I thought were honest and unbiased and it looked more and more like April 2021 was a gamble that I did not want to take. I put on hold my planning, and the more time passed I could see a change from April to August was necessary and much safer for all of us. I did not at all want a show that mandated masks and social distancing with our attendees, which have numbered over 1,000. I still held out hope April would work, but in reality it was time to make the decision, which I did in early October but could not make an official announcement until all dates and contracts for the venue were in hand. We can now announce that the World Taxidermy and Fish Carving Championships® will be held August 24-28, 2021, in Springfield, Missouri, with the University Plaza Hotel and Springfield Expo Center as our hosts and venue. We will begin contacting vendors for the trade show as soon as this issue goes to press, and show registrations and hotel reservations will begin around February or early March 2021. We have all experienced a long spring and summer without the shows and competitions we were accustomed too. We pray that the future is brighter and healthier than 2020 for you and all of our taxidermy associations and invite you to attend the World Show next August.

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Live Sculpting from 2019 WTC World Show

Live Sculpting from 2019 WTC World Show

Springfield, Missouri

One of the most telling and educational events at the World Taxidermy Championships® is the Live Sculpting Competition. It demonstrates a quick understanding of how accurate taxidermy “mounts” evolve. I say “telling” because this art form is an important foundation of the mounting process: not “stuffing,” as so many laymen describe our process. This competition is one of the first places I will take media people when I am asked for an interview. It is called taxidermy sculpture because the finished product is crafted for exclusive use by the taxidermists. Contestants for 2019 were David Ferguson–Harrisville, UT; Bill Neuman–Bismarck, ND; Jim Beenken–Eagle River, WI; Terry Van Loenen–Queen Creek, AZ; Daniel Meng–Bismarck, ND; Dave Pearson–Savannah, MO.

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Pre-Sculpted Division:  2019 World Show

Pre-Sculpted Division: 2019 World Show

by Larry Blomquist

The Pre-Sculpted Division had a record number of excellent entries at the 2019 World Taxidermy Championships®. Ohio Taxidermy Supply, who donated $5,000.00 to the WTC cash award fund in 2019, asked that a portion of this donation go toward the winners in the Live Sculpting ($1,000.00) and Pre-Sculpted ($1,000.00) Divisions. The Best of Category for Gameheads went to Wendi Johnson of Sanford, Michigan, and Best of Category for Lifesize was won by Ma Hongyu from Yantai City, China. They each won $500.00 for their winning entries.

This photo review includes all 16 entries, six in the Gameheads category and ten in the Lifesize Mammals category. This is now a multiple ribbon division so each entry is scored on its own merit by a team of 3 judges. Rules and regulations can be found on page 24 of the World Show booklet at the Breakthrough website.

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Part 4: Professional Standards for Taxidermy Loading and Securing Mounts for Delivery

Part 4: Professional Standards for Taxidermy Loading and Securing Mounts for Delivery

by World Champion Bill Neuman

Finally, the moment you’ve patiently been waiting for: the “loading and securing” part, the final part of this long segment. I apologize if it seemed drawn out, but like I said from the beginning: if you want your trophies to arrive properly to their final destination, you have to look at the big picture and that starts with the foundation.

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Waterfowl Photo Reference Study Northern Pintails

Waterfowl Photo Reference Study Northern Pintails

by Larry Blomquist

Pintails are one of the most popular ducks sportsmen bring to taxidermists. Not only because of their wide distribution, but also the beauty of the drakes in winter plumage. During my search for photo references, I was amazed at how many good sharp photos were available of pintails in flight. Pintails or northern pintails (Anas acuta) are ducks with a wide geographic distribution that breed in the northern areas of Europe and across all of Eurasia north of the foothills of the Himalayas, and North Africa. Unusual for a bird with such a large range, it has no geographical subspecies.

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