Michigan Taxidermist Association

One of the Nations Largest Taxidermy Associations



*** We are still working towards the 2021 Competition  ***
Please watch the website, the Facebook groups and your email for updates.

The 39th Annual Michigan Taxidermist Association State Taxidermy Competition
will be held on March 17-21, 2021 at the DeVos Place,
303 Monroe Ave. NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503.
  • Amazing Taxidermy
  • Informative Seminars
  • World Class Judges
  • Friday Night Fun/Dinner
  • Suppliers on Site
  • Auctions (Silent & Live)
  • Family Oriented
  • Saturday Awards Banquet
Held every year in mid March in conjunction with the Ultimate Sport Show in Grand Rapids. 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
Masters- The Masters Division is to show your skills above the Professional Division. You will be competing against the best of the best.
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
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