* ESTABLISHED 1983 *

Michigan Taxidermist Association

One of the Nations Largest Taxidermy Associations

 

THE ANNUAL MTA
STATE COMPETITION

2022 Competition Dates:
April 7th-10th
Soaring Eagle Casino and Resort
Mt. Pleasant MI.
 
  • Amazing Taxidermy
  • Informative Seminars
  • World Class Judges
  • Friday Night Social
  • Suppliers on Site
  • Auctions (Silent & Live)
  • Family Oriented
  • Saturday Awards Banquet

THE MICHIGAN TAXIDERMIST ASSOCIATION 
ANNUAL COMPETITION AND CONVENTION 
CELEBRATING 40 YEARS

APRIL 7th-10th
2022

6800 Soaring Eagle Blvd 
Mt. Pleasant, MI 
AT SOARING EAGLE CASINO AND RESORT! 
 
SHOW REGISTRANTS ARE NOT REQUIRED TO ENTER A MOUNT IN THE COMPETITION; HOWEVER, YOU MUST BE REGISTERED 
OR PURCHASE A DAY PASS TO 
ATTEND SEMINARS

YOUR MTA MEMBERSHIP GETS YOU INTO THE
SHOW FOR BROWSING MOUNTS AND SUPPLIERS ONLY
ALL ATTENDEES MUCT CHECK IN AT THE REGISTRATION DESK

PRE REGISTRATION IS HIGHLY APPRECIATED AND ENCOURAGED!

BANQUET TICKETS MUST BE PRE PURCHASED

NEW MOUNT CHECK IN & REGISTRATION TIMES!!

 
 The MTA competition reflects the beauty of nature and the exceptional talents of our members. Members may enter taxidermy, wildlife art and or fish carving. Each piece is judged by a master in their given field. Multiple ribbons are given in each division.
Members may enter their birds, reptiles, fish, mammals or game heads in the following divisions:
Youth -  Young and upcoming Taxidermist ages 18 and under 
Novice-  For the newer Taxidermist to get a feel for the taxidermy competition. Commercial-  judged for aesthetics, not mechanics.
Professional- The Professional Division is for the Taxidermist advancing in their art.
Accrues AOE points

Masters- The Masters Division is to show your skills above the Professional Division. You will be competing against the best of the best. Accrues AOE points.
Masters of Masters (AOE Required)- 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.
See competition rules for more information
*NEW Starting in 2021*
Open- We have reorganized and created the new open division along with some new categories
Mounts may be entered in Open Division Categories that do not adhere to other “division categories/rules”. Categories now in the open division: Habitat, Manikin, Skeletal Articulations, Collective Artists, Freeze Dry, Interpretive, Recreation and Interactive Group.

In addition to ribbons there is a long list of awards presented that provide trophies, plaques and or monetary prizes!
Photography of your mounts is included in your show registration fees for 2022

Here is a video from our 2019 MTA Competition at Devos