Welcome to the North American Taxidermy Championship—Raleigh | NC




In keeping with tradition, this year’s North American Taxidermy Championship features four days of competition and seminars for taxidermists. Happening alongside the Big Rock Sports East Show and headlined by renowned taxidermy professionals from across the US as judges, the competition will offer $25,000 in cash, prizes and awards.


“The North American Taxidermy Championship caters to all levels of taxidermy enthusiasts. It offers an impressive array of mounts for competition and viewing pleasure from upcoming amateurs as well as world renowned taxidermists. It also offers the latest techniques, seminars, and the best manikins the taxidermy industry has to offer.”

— Rick Morgan
President
Head Quarters Taxidermy Supply

IMG_42532015 Retailers' Choice Winner
Grover Beardon

Show Schedule



Thursday, January 5th


1:00 pm – 6:00 pm.....................Show Registration

3:00 pm – 6:00 pm.....................Seminar: Tommy Hall, "Whitetail Finish Work"


Friday, January 6th


8:00 am – 6:00 pm.....................................Big Rock Sports East Show, Floor Open (Registered taxidermists are free to browse, no one under age 16 allowed.)

8:00 am – 5:00 pm....................North American Taxidermy Championship registration open (Final mount submission deadline: 3:00 pm)

9:00 am – 11:30 am......................Seminar: Gene Smith,"Whitetail taxidermy, common issues and problem area with Q and A"

11:30 am – 1:30 pm...............................Catered Lunch served in upstairs ballroom

1:00 pm – 3:00 pm.............................Seminar: Aaron Connelly, "Becoming an Accomplished Taxidermist Part 1 - History Lesson in the Study of Anatomy and Sculpture"

3:00 pm – 5:00 pm............................Seminar: Jeff Mourning, "Fish, reptiles, and more....Painting techniques: blending, bleeding, and more"

5:00 pm – 7:00 pm.......................Competition viewing

6:30 pm – 8:00 pm.......................Social with complimentary appetizers and drinks



Saturday, January 7


8:00 am – 5:00 pm........................North American Taxidermy Championship registration open (Final mount submission deadline: Friday January 8 at 3:00 pm)

8:00 am – 6:00 pm........................Big Rock Sports East Show, Floor Open (Registered taxidermists are free to browse, no one under age 16 allowed.)

9:00 am – 12:00 pm......................Hands-on Seminar: Brenda Duvall and Jim Kimball,"Bobcat eyes and ears" (Must register online at taxidermychampionship.bigrocksports.com or call 866-365-0130 to attend seminar. This class has limited openings, spots will fill up. There is a $25 cost to cover materials.)

10:00 am – 12:00 pm......................Vic Heincker, “Tanned Skin Measurements and Fitting Tanned Skins to Forms with Minor Alterations”

11:30 am – 1:30 pm........................Competition Viewing

11:30 am – 1:30 pm.......................Catered Lunch served upstairs in ballroom

1:30 pm – 3:30 pm.......................Seminar: Aaron Connelly, "Becoming an Accomplished Taxidermist Part 2 - Basic Form Alterations"

3:30 pm – 5:30 pm.......................Seminar: Page Nethercutt, "Mounting a Duck with Emphasis on Reference"

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm.......................Awards Ceremony and Banquet (Critique time with judges following the awards presentation)


Sunday, January 8


8:00 am – 1:00 pm.........................Big Rock Sports East Show, Floor Open (Registered taxidermists are free to browse, no one under age 16 allowed.)

8:00 am – 10:00 am......................Final Judge Critique, removal of mounts




Show Highlights


Be sure to check out the LARGE DISPLAY of the HOTTEST TAXIDERMY SUPPLIES of 2016 from Head Quarters

15% OFF ALL Head Quarters orders placed at the show and pre-orders brought to the show!

Visit hqtaxidermy.com

Show Registration


To register, simply enter the number of attendees your will have in your party in the quantity box below and click register.

Mount entries increase to $45 if not per-registered by December 11.

Non-Competiting Taxidermist and Taxidermist's Guest Entry will remain $35

Hotel Information


Download the list of recommended hotels offering discounts for Big Rock customers.

For hotel information click here.

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