33rd Annual Wildlife Art & Taxidermy Competition Show
March 7, 8 & 9, 2019
Yolo County Fairgrounds – Home Arts Hall 1250 Gum Avenue, Woodland, CA
You must be a member to take part in the competition. CLICK HERE for membership information.
Please print the forms below, fill them out and mail them to Stacey Landreth, PO Box 41, Wilseyville, CA 95257 along with your payment.
2019 C.A.T. Show Judges
Bird Judge – Mike Nakielski, Iron Ridge, Wisconsin
Mike brings to us his 30 years of artistic bird taxidermy. As a youngster, Mike was mentored by his taxidermist father in his shop, back in the 70’s. He owns and operates Pro Taxidermy in Iron Ridge and has earned many awards in competition:
- Wisconsin State “WASCO” Award
- NTA “Award of Excellence”
- Minnesota State “WASCO” Award
- several Championship Bird Awards, and
- 7 UTA (United Taxidermists Assoc.) Master Champion Awards
We are privileged and honored to have Mike as our Bird Judge this year!
Mammal/Gamehead Judge – Doug Roffers, Oneida, Wisconsin
Doug brings to us his 20+ years of big game taxidermy experience. He specializes in museum-quality wildlife artistry taxidermy on game animals from around the world and has earned many awards:
- Wisconsin State “Best of Show”
- NTA “National Champion” Big Game
- NTA “Award of Excellence”
- The Carl Akeley Award at the World Championships and many more
We are privileged and honored to have Doug as our Mammal/Gamehead judge this year!
Fish and Reptiles Judge – Rick Krane, Hinsdale, New Hampshire
Rick Krane, of Anglers Artistry, has again agreed to travel to California to judge and teach at the annual California Association of Taxidermists show and competition. Rick is a world renowned instructor, a nationally accredited Fish Judge, a museum taxidermist, a full-time taxidermist, a sculptor and a wildlife artist.
In addition to museum projects and custom commission pieces of art, many of Rick’s displays have been featured on the front cover of taxidermy, carving and wildlife art magazines. Rick is a highly sought after veteran, nationally-certified judge and seminarian. Rick has judged and conducted seminars in numerous taxidermy, wildlife art, and wood carving competitions including sanctioned events of the National Taxidermy Association, International Guild of Taxidermists, United Taxidermy Association and the prestigious World Taxidermy Competitions. For two decades Rick had provided education and knowledge for the betterment of taxidermy in 20 states throughout the USA and Canada.
Here at the C.A.T., we can not thank enough our many sponsors, donors, and supporters for their continuous loyal support of our annual Wildlife Art & Taxidermy Show! Our award sponsors provide C.A.T. members the opportunity to be recognized for their amazing talents, while going “head to head” in friendly competition.
New awards to compete for this year:
“Best Horned Game Mammal” Award (sponsored by Wild Sheep Foundation, California chapter. Thanks to Beverly Valdez & crew)
“Best Blacktail Deer” Award + $100 cash (sponsored by L & T Towing, Willows, CA. Thanks to Zack Thornton & crew)
“Best Exotic Specie” Award (any non-native bird, fish, mammal, reptile) sponsored by Safari Club International, SF/Bay Area chapter. Thanks to Beverly Valdez & crew)
“Goldfish Award” (formally the Star*Fish award) Best fish replica entry. (sponsored by Mr. Jeff Davis)
“Best Interpretative Entry” Award (Limited to the “Interpretative” category of competition)
The Yolo County Pheasants Forever, chapter #566 is sponsoring our Jim Barrango Memorial Award for “Best Upland Bird”. (Thanks to Debbie Rynearson & Kevin Reagan)
L & T Towing, Willows, CA. is sponsoring the C.A.T. Vice President’s “Best Bird in Flight” Award. (Thanks to Zack Thornton & crew).
Matuska Competitor’s Award
To be eligible for this award, the competitor must submit 4 entries in the Professional or Masters category. All 4 entries must have a 1st or 2nd place ribbon with a combination score of 350 or greater.
Silver is for Professional and gold is Masters.
CAT Best of Show – $250
CAT Highest scoring master entry – $250
CAT Highest scoring professional entry – $250
WASCO award – $100
Research Mannikins Blacktail award – $200
L & T Towing Company of Willows, CA – VP Best Bird in Flight – $150
McKenzie Distinguished Service Award – $100 credit to McKenzie Supply