Michigan Taxidermist Association

One of the Nations Largest Taxidermy Associations


What's New!

Click on the Cover Photo below to veiw "MTA TODAY". The Pre Show Edition will be the only publicly posted edition each year.  All other editions will be member exclusive.

March 2022: We're one month out from the convention, and hopefully you have your competition pieces ready. I'm doing mine this week...hopefully. We have a great line up of judges, and some really nice new awards. But remember, even if your just starting out or want to expand your knowledge, it's a great opportunity to learn. There's a great line up of seminars and days in the shop that we'll be auctioning.
And, the vendor room is going to be awesome this year. Some of the suppliers will do preorders with a discount, so it's a great opportunity to stock up and save on shipping. Get those preregistrations in, and I hope to see everyone there!
President:Rob Benson

November 2021:
Greetings Valued Michigan Taxidermist Association Member!

Can you believe it has already been three months since the convention? Your current Board was elected in March of 2021. They immediately dove into planning your 2021 convention & competition and five months later, wow, did they deliver! After two canceled events, it was a huge project that everyone was excited to be a part of. They pulled together, learned a LOT and guess what? They are doing it again! With an eight month turnaround, 2022 Convention & Competition will be held April 8-10 at Soaring Eagle Resort & Casino in Mount Pleasant, Michigan. 

If you haven’t seen the financial report for the 2021 convention, you can find it on the Facebook Member page in the “Files” tab. We were very pleased to announce that all receipts collected specifically for the convention (registration fees, competition entry fees, banquet tickets, auction, photos, donations, etc.) fully covered the expenses of the event. Membership fee receipts for 2021 are not shown on this convention specific financial report. 


Our next General Membership Meeting is scheduled for January 8, 2022 from 11am – 3pm. It will be held at: Lee Township Hall 1485 W. Olson Rd Midland, MI 48640 This gathering will be potluck with a chili cook-off for the chefs in our membership. Bring a pot of chili or a dish to share. We will provide bowls & plates, plastic utensils, napkins, cups, coffee and water.

Mini-competition is muskrat, beaver, mink (no articulation.)


You asked, and we’re delivering! In addition to the April 2022 Convention & Competition, a seminars & workshop event is in the early planning stages for 2022. This is being considered for possibly late summer. Early discussion suggests a two-day event offering informative seminars and educational workshops in the style of the convention, but without the competition. If you would like to participate in the planning and implementation of this exciting event, please reach out to any board member.


We are excited to keep the momentum for 2022, and with that, are asking for your Membership Renewal to be completed and returned by the end of December 2021. Your Board is asking for your renewal with our promise of an exciting 2022, filled with new ideas, learning opportunities and comradery. We welcome you back for another exciting year of growth, and can’t wait to see what 2022 brings. Enclosed are a renewal form, an invoice for your choice of easy payment with return envelope for your convenience, a new personalized Membership Certificate and Membership Cards for your family. Once again, we offer one family membership which includes your “much more than a significant other,” and children under age 19. Kind Regards, Elaine Unrath, Treasurer-Membership Coordinator

April 18th 2021: Dawn Hartmann Derenski: Its with the saddest of hearts that I let all those who know him that one of our former board members & also our former Vice President, Doug Veldhuis has passed away. If there are any arrangements made by the family that they wish to share, I will include them here. Godspeed Doug - Heaven needed some great music my friend...........