Michigan Taxidermist Association

One of the Nations Largest Taxidermy Associations



The 2021 MTA Competition is fast approaching!
*UPDATED* Convention & Competition Dates to remember:
Monday Aug 2: postmarked pre-entries deadline
Monday Aug 9: emailed pre-entries deadline
Monday Aug 9: last day to purchase banquet ticket
Friday Aug 13: last minute register at the door
8am to 12noon and 5pm to 7pm
Not a member? Membership $45
Convention Registration $50
Mount Entry for preregistered $20
Mount Entry for preregistered Enter 2 get 3rd free
At the Door Aug 13, 8am to noon & 5pm to 7pm
Registration $50
Mount entry at door if not preregistered $30
(no free 3rd entry)
Awards Banquet ticket $35 (chicken or fish choice)
(Pre-purchase by August 9th only)
Friday only or Saturday only pass $25
U.S. Mail to:
Elaine Unrath
3721 Sunrise LN NW
Grand Rapids, MI 48534
Email to:
Call me, text me to tell me you emailed me:
Elaine (616) 284-7123
Questions regarding entry categories, etc.
Kelly Agren (989) 370-3806
(Not available days immediately prior to show)
All forms and packet can be found here on the website under the competition tab!
The 39th Annual Michigan Taxidermist Association State Taxidermy Competition
will be held on August 13th-15th, 2021 at the Soaring Eagle Casino and Resort,
6800 Soaring Eagle Blvd, Mt. Pleasant, MI 48858.
  • Amazing Taxidermy
  • Informative Seminars
  • World Class Judges
  • Friday Night Social
  • Suppliers on Site (limited in 2021)
  • Auctions (Silent & Live)
  • Family Oriented
  • Saturday Awards Banquet
Normally held every year in mid March in conjunction with the Ultimate Sport Show in Grand Rapids. This year we have changed venues! 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 FOR 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, and Interactive Group.

In addition to ribbons there is a long list of awards presented that provide trophies, plaques and or monetary prizes!
Professional Photography Available at the show for a small fee.

Here is a video from our very successful 2019 MTA Competition


George Elekes
Best of Show

Justine Dillenbeck
Wildlife Art
Best of Show
Dave Arndt
Fish Carving
Best of Show