Welcome to West Virginia Taxidermy Association

Welcome to West Virginia Taxidermy Association

"ALMOST HEAVEN WEST VIRGINIA"

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  Welcome to the official site of the West Virginia Taxidermy Association
31st Annual Convention! June 8th - 11th 2017
 

BECOME A MEMBER
Our goal as an association ​is to provide the highest level of education for our members and promote our industry.
We also want to educate the public so that they realize what they should expect from their taxidermist.
It is only through constant education of both our members and our customer base
that we can ever hope to achieve our full potential.

Dues ​  

  • $35.00 Single
  • ​$45.00 Member and Family

Lifetime Membership  

  • ​$175.00 Two year option
  • ​$350.00 Full payment option

​         Lifetime memberships must be paid within a 2 year period.
If they are not paid off in 2 years, your membership account will be credited
with what you have paid and will go towards dues until exhausted.
Sorry, no refunds.

​Convention Fees  

  • ​$45.00 Single
  • ​$40.00 Member and Family ($50 after May 15, 2017)
  • ​$21.00 One day Single
  • $24.00 One day Family
  • ​Mount fees, banquet tickets and any additional information is located in the downloadable form.   


    From the President's Desk...
    I want to thank all of you that attended the 2016 show, it was a great convention and even though I was busy
    and didn’t get the time to talk to everyone, I had a great time. I also want to thank everyone who took the time
    to fill out our survey, because of your recommendations and suggestion there are many things being revised
    for next year. We have gotten a lot of positive feedback after the show and that has made my team very proud!
    We are all working hard to put together the 31st Annual Convention show which will be held in 2017 from
    June 8th through the 11th at the Days Hotel & Convention Center in Flatwoods, WV. We are lining up an award
    winning team of judges from your suggestions and look forward to their great seminars and insight to taxidermy.
    The President’s Award for the 2017 show will be the Most Artistic Blend of Mount with Habitat. So as you're
    working on you pieces for next year be thinking of ways to make it blend and transition together.
    As our convention is a few weeks after the World show, we will allow mounts from the World show as long as
    they didn’t win the top three major awards in each category to be entered at our competition.
    I and my team will be posting many updates on our Facebook page, website and Taxidermy.net about our
    upcoming show as we get things lined up. So make sure to mark us on your calendar as a must make show for
    next year to compete, learn, get supplies, and become part of our West Virginia family. We look forward to seeing
    everyone next year and having another great show.   

    God Bless,                 
    Bryan Barker  

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2017 CONVENTION

SHOW SCHEDULE / INFO

  31st Annual West Virginia Taxidermy Association Convention

Thursday, June 8th

1pm to 7pm – Show Set-Up
7pm to ??? – Round Table Discussion & Social Gathering

Friday, June 9th
9am to Noon – Registration Open
9am to Noon – Vendors Open
Noon to 1pm – Lunch (All areas closed)
1pm to 2pm – Judges Round Table Discussion
1pm to 5pm – Registration Open
2pm to 5pm – Vendors Open
2pm to 5pm – Rick Krane
2pm to 5pm – Kent Stryker
5pm to 6pm – Dinner (All areas closed)
6pm to 9:30pm – WVTA / PRO-1 Mount Off Competition
9:30pm to 10:30pm – Competition room open viewing
10:30pm to ??? – Social Gathering

Saturday, June 10th
9am to 11am – Final Registration Open (No Mounts after 11am)
10am to 1pm – Vendors Open
8am to 11am – Tommy Hall
8am to 11am – Brian Banbury
11am to Noon – WVTA Members Meeting (Please Attend)
Noon to 1pm – Lunch (All areas closed)
1pm to 2pm – Mike Weltz Oil Painting 101
1pm to 2pm – McKenzie Taxidermy Kids Seminar
2pm to 3:00pm – Public Viewing, People’s Choice,
Taxidermist Choice & UTA Artisan Award Voting
6pm to ??? – 31st Annual WVTA & OTS Banquet/Auction/Awards

Sunday, June 11th
9am to 11:30 – Judges Critiques

Judges
Tommy Hall – Whitetails
Kent Stryker – Mammals / Gameheads
Rick Krane – Fish
Brian Banbury – Birds  

  2017 WVTA Money Awards
Masters Division
(Top three highest scoring pieces. Eligibility only in five main categories of Whitetail, Mammals, Game Heads, Skin Fish & Life-size)
1st - $1,000
2nd - $500
3rd - $200

Professional Division
(Top three highest scoring pieces. Eligibility only in the five main categories of Whitetail, Mammals, Game Heads, Skin Fish & Life-size)
1st - $500
2nd - $200
 3rd - $100  

 
Mount Off Competition: Friday Night - "DON'T MISS THE FUN!"
(Judges will examine and decide top three pieces)
1st - $300
2nd - $200
3rd - $100
2017 WVTA / PRO-1 "Mount Off Rules"...
Skin and form can be prepped and ready but all material must be separate and nothing pre-installed. You must have all supplies needed for your mount; WVTA will not provide any supplies or equipment other than the time and space for the competition. If you enter a bird, the head or bill and legs can be pre-painted but not installed. If you enter a fish it can be ready to paint but no paint on it yet (we ask you have something like a 2 liter plastic bottle filled with cotton to clean air brushes to cut down on the fumes). You will have 3 hrs. 30 min. to complete your piece at which time you will not be allowed to touch until judging is done that night. The four judges will look over and determine which three pieces they feel in their opinions are the top three. Habitats will not be counted for any part of this competition. All rules and determination of entries and material will be at the WVTA leadership and judges' discretion.  

VENDORS

Ohio Taxidermy Supply
PRO-1 Performance Chemicals
Hilton Eppley Forms
Jordan's Bear Den & Turkey Coop
Benniger’s Taxidermy Stands
Youngblood's Skulls / Taxidermy  

EVENT SPONSORS

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OHIO TAXIDERMY SUPPLY
ohiotaxidermysupply.com

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PRO-1 PERFORMANCE CHEMICALS
pro1performancechemicals.com

MEMBERSHIP APPLICATION

Please click on download below for printable membership application.
Note: includes all applicable convention fees.

COMPETITION RULES

Revised and updated as of August 2011.

LOCATION INFO

Days Inn & Convention Center
300 Days Drive
Flatwoods, WV 26601Z
(304) 765-5055

DAYS INN

Contact Us

Officers & Board Members
President Bryan Barker (304) 834-2024
Vice President Jeff Ritchie (304) 863-3909
Treasurer Crystal Cutright (304) 335-2452
Secretary Chad See (304) 339-3303

Board of Directors:
Billy Robertson
Jerry Kessel
Farrell Smallridge
Lucinda Coll
Mike Weltz
Rick Dunlap
Paul Cales
Denny Cutright  

West Virginia Taxidermy Association

CONGRATULATIONS

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2015 "NATIONAL CHAMPION COLDWATER FISH"

by Chad See

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2015 "BEST IN WORLD WHITETAIL"

by Paul Cales

NEW RIVER GORGE BRIDGE

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WHITEWATER RAFTING

Internationally renowned location of "Bridge Day"...located appx. 1 hour from Flatwoods.

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"Come Join Us in the Beautiful Mountains of West Virginia"

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