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PAINTING A PEACOCK BASS

PAINTING A PEACOCK BASS

by Ron Kelly

Ron Kelly suggested I research and write some information on this popular gamefish, so I went to Wikipedia and several other sites offering information. I was indeed surprised how complicated this information became because of the many species, their origins, distribution by man, and hybridization of the species. There are five species that appear as dominate species and sixteen that are recognized. All of this presented quite a task to explain.

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THE 2022 WTC AUCTION

THE 2022 WTC AUCTION

by Larry Blomquist

After pulling together Don Frank’s story about how Fishmaster started (see page 18),  I thought this was the perfect time to tell about a super fishing trip he was a part of. It all began at the 2022 World Fish Carving and Taxidermy Championships®. We added a Thursday night auction to supplement the Awards Fund for the 2022 show. We also announced some of the major award winners for the World Show competition. This auction brought in a whopping $22,000.00 to help offset the cost of award plaques ($7,000.00), gold-plated, silver, and bronze medallions ($4,000.00), ribbons ($3,000.00), and cash awards ($32,000.00), which totaled $46,000.00 in total show awards. There were many generous donors for the auction and generous purchasers to make this a very successful auction. We cannot forget the very generous vendors who offer cash award donations which we feature on a special ad page showing their generosity. These vendors and this auction made the World Shows not only an ultimate achievement, but also a financial rewarding achievement for the competitors.

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Enjoy It to the Fullest

Enjoy It to the Fullest

by Larry Blomquist

From the first day I tried my hand at taxidermy, I was hooked for the rest of my life. I was 11 years old and the night before I had read my first lesson, Booklet Number 1, of the correspondence course from the Northwestern School of Taxidermy in Omaha, Nebraska. To be honest, I studied the procedure drawings more than the text. I still remember this first attempt at mounting a bird; I had no idea what I was doing, but I liked it and that made me want more. I was having fun!

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Mounting an American Alligator, Part 3

Mounting an American Alligator, Part 3

The third part of our series on alligators will feature the procedures Houma, Louisiana, taxidermist Carl Tregre uses for finishing an alligator head. Part 2 featured David Spiess’s professional process for cleaning and curing a gator head. Carl and David, who both own successful studios, have combined their knowledge and experience for years, helping each other find the best way to handle America’s largest reptile.

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Whitetail Noses: Reference, Painting, and Finishing

Whitetail Noses: Reference, Painting, and Finishing

by Larry Blomquist

In the taxidermy profession, whitetail deer have been the king of all mammal species in North America for full-service shops. Literally tens of thousands are mounted each year for hunters taking North America’s number-one game animal and trophy. With a recent article submission from Carolin Brak-Dolny and one in our files from Vincent Fleming, we felt it was fitting to do both articles together, offering two different processes from two World Champions for finishing whitetail nose pads and nostrils. Vincent originally wrote his article for the Texas Taxidermy Association for their 2014 magazine, and the TTA and Vincent both gave us permission to republish. We received Carolin’s article this spring and were astonished how much that finished nose looked like a live deer! Reference is a taxidermist’s best friend for replicating realistic animals.

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