* ESTABLISHED 1983 *

Michigan Taxidermist Association

One of the Nations Largest Taxidermy Associations

MICHIGAN TAXIDERMIST ASSOCIATION
AWARD OF EXCELLENCE

Once a member has earned their Award of Excellence, they are eligible to compete in the Masters of Masters Division in the category that earned them their Award of Excellence. This division is the most prestigious one in the MTA. It is mandatory that all body work, bird bill casts and parts be done by the participant. Nothing should be bought except eyes.

JUDGING - Judging in this division will be very demanding. Mounts must be technically correct as well as artistically oriented and creative. Multi Ribbons will be awarded with 1, 2, 3. The judges will choose the best first place entry and the winner will receive a trophy as well as a $500.00 cash prize. The winner’s name will also be placed on the traveling trophy.

Point Values

Master Division
 1st Place = 5 points 
2nd Place = 4 points
3rd Place = 3 points 

Professional Division
 1st Place = 2 points 
2nd Place = 1 point 
3rd Place = none

  

     

AWARD OF EXCELLENCE CATEGORIES:
    WHITETAIL DEER & GAME HEADS * MAMMALS * BIRDS * FISH * AMPHIBIANS, REPTILES, & INVERTEBRATES

  • All points must be earned at the Michigan Competition/Convention. 
  • 10 points must come from Masters Division with 2 blue ribbons
  • 20 points remaining can come from Masters Division or Professional Division or a combination of the two. 
  •  The competition chairman and the president, combined shall use their discretion as to if and where any mount in question shall be applied. Their decision shall be final.
  • Only Professional division and Masters division entries shall be applied towards the Award of Excellence.

Retroactive Points: From 1983-1985 there were no divisions. They will be counted as Professional Division. 1985 ribbon winners were the introduction of the Masters Division and will be counted as first place Master ribbons. 1986-Present – mounts shall be awarded the appropriate points as per division and ribbons.

2021: Accruals for Amphibians, Reptiles and Invertebrates, start with the addition. No retroactive points.

Earning your Award Of Excellence makes you eligible to compete in the highest level of competition: The Masters of Masters Division.


MASTERS OF MASTERS DIVISION CRITERIA

Once a member has earned their Award of Excellence, they are eligible to compete in the Masters of Masters Division in the category that earned them their Award of Excellence. This division is the most prestigious one in the M.T.A. It is mandatory that all body work, bird bill casts and parts be done by the participant. Nothing should be bought except eyes. Judging in this division will be very demanding. Mounts must be technically correct as well as artistically oriented and creative. Multi Ribbons will be awarded with 1, 2, 3. The judges will choose the best first place entry and the winner will receive a trophy as well as a $500.00 cash prize. The winner's name will also be placed on the traveling trophy.

Masters of Masters entries are not eligible for other divisional awards.

Members that have earned their Award of Excellence:

Kurt Ainsworth: Deer and Gameheads
Billy Brandenburg: Birds
Dan Catlin: Deer and Gameheads
Randy Desormeau: Fish 
Carolin Dolny: Mammals
Owen Eldred: Deer and Gameheads
Ann Euler: Mammals
Larry Fitch: Birds
Mike Guest: Birds
Brian Hendricks: Mammals
Travis McLeod: Birds
Tim McMullin: Deer and Gameheads
Robert Nieilsen: Birds
Duncan Price: Birds
Frank Schmidt: Geer and Gameheads
Dave Sherwood: Birds
Les Thomas: Deer and Gameheads
Randy Waites: Fish
Johnathan Wright: Birds

Paul Brokowski: Fish
Randy Budzynski: Fish
Dale  Cornetet: Fish
Matt Deimer: Mammals
Mike Doyle: Mammals
George Elekes: Mammals
Charlie Fanta: Birds
Keith Goodrow: Deer and Gameheads
Jim Hicks: Deer and Gameheads, Mammals
Calvin McLeod: Birds, Mammals
Frank Newmeyer: Birds
Ken Onken: Deer and Gameheads
Jean Roll: Deer and Gameheads, Mammals
Joe Segler: Birds
Voidure Smith: Birds
Jan Vanhoesen: Mammals
Terry Weick: Birds, Fish
Mike Zank: Deer and Gameheads
Chris Carls: Deer and Gameheads

Point Standings as of the 2019 Show