Yukon Moose in New Zealand

Yukon Moose in New Zealand

by Mark Walker

Four years  ago a good friend and client, Davey Hughes, asked me if I wanted to mount a life-size moose for him. Davey partly owns Swazi Apparel, an outdoor and hunting clothing brand where everything is made in a factory here in New Zealand. He told me that he was about to go on a moose hunt in the Yukon and had the idea of having a life-size moose mount in his shop at his Swazi Apparel factory. The idea was that a moose mount would be a great draw-card for people driving past to call into the shop. I was keen to take on the project and we talked over a few ideas and how I wanted it skinned, etc. Once I received the cape and lay it out on the floor to rehydrate, I first started to realize just what a big job I had taken on! I had mounted lifesize grizzly bears, fallow and sika deer, and a lion, etc., but this was just huge, and I knew that although the basic principles apply for any mount when it comes to alterations, antler setting, and eye placement, etc., the logistics of mounting such a big animal had to be thought through.

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Part 2: Breakthrough Award Winners

Part 2: Breakthrough Award Winners

Winners from 2019

THE HIGHEST AWARD AN ENTRY CAN receive is Judges’ Choice Best of Show. Breakthrough is honoring this top achievement with the Breakthrough Award for Judges’ Choice Best of Show. Each winner receives a handsome plaque and a gift certificate from Breakthrough worth $50 in subscription renewals and merchandise. This is our way of thanking and perhaps giving additional motivation for the many artists of our profession. Here are the remaining winners from 2019.


  • National Associations
  • NTA       Clint Rickey
  • New Zealand      Louise Pearson
  • Australia      Ben Carillo
  • Canada Georgie Elekes
  • State/regional Associations
  • Alabama      Ryan Searce
  • Arizona Terry Johnson
  • California     Seth Lane
  • Colorado      Doug Barnes
  • Florida   Mike Mizelle
  • Illinois   Bruce Owens
  • Indiana  Chip Wendt
  • Kansas  Cory Foth
  • Kentucky      Butch Irwin
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