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Breakthrough Award Winners 2020

Breakthrough Award Winners 2020

The highest award an entry can receive is Judges’ Choice Best of Show. Breakthrough honors 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 winners from 2020.

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Refurbishing Old Fish Mounts

Refurbishing Old Fish Mounts

by Don Ryno

Having started in taxidermy with my grandfather in 1954, I still enjoy looking at the old mounts. I love redoing old fish mounts to allow them to once again hang proudly on the wall rather than find their way to a Dumpster. A few products that I use are Zip-Strip for stripping, 3006 White Lightening Caulk for hide glue, Zinsser Clear Spray Shellac for sealing, and Ultra Soft for relaxing.

    When relaxing old fish skins, you can get them pliable again, but you won’t get the stretch back. The skins have a lot of memory and want to stay as they were mounted. Clear spray shellac is great, as lacquer will not cut it. You can go over the other colors with spray shellac, then detail with white and not have bleeding.

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Waterfowl Reference Study: Gadwalls

Waterfowl Reference Study: Gadwalls

by Larry Blomquist

Gadwalls (Mareca strepera) are common and widespread dabbling ducks in the family Anatidae. Gadwalls were first described by Carl Linnaeus in his landmark 1758 10th edition of Systema Naturae. DNA studies have shown that it is a sister species with falcated ducks; the two are closely related to the three species of wigeons, and all of them have been assigned to the genus Mareca.

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A message from World Show Chairman Larry Blomquist: World Taxidermy and Fish Carving Championships® Rescheduled for August 24-28, 2021

If there is one thing we have learned from the Corona virus pandemic, it is that drastic changes in our lives have and will continue to occur. For how long who knows, but the writing was on the wall last March and April that 12 months minimum and 18 months probable were likely before normalcy would return. I researched all the sites available that I thought were honest and unbiased and it looked more and more like April 2021 was a gamble that I did not want to take. I put on hold my planning, and the more time passed I could see a change from April to August was necessary and much safer for all of us. I did not at all want a show that mandated masks and social distancing with our attendees, which have numbered over 1,000. I still held out hope April would work, but in reality it was time to make the decision, which I did in early October but could not make an official announcement until all dates and contracts for the venue were in hand. We can now announce that the World Taxidermy and Fish Carving Championships® will be held August 24-28, 2021, in Springfield, Missouri, with the University Plaza Hotel and Springfield Expo Center as our hosts and venue. We will begin contacting vendors for the trade show as soon as this issue goes to press, and show registrations and hotel reservations will begin around February or early March 2021. We have all experienced a long spring and summer without the shows and competitions we were accustomed too. We pray that the future is brighter and healthier than 2020 for you and all of our taxidermy associations and invite you to attend the World Show next August.

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Live Sculpting from 2019 WTC World Show

Live Sculpting from 2019 WTC World Show

Springfield, Missouri

One of the most telling and educational events at the World Taxidermy Championships® is the Live Sculpting Competition. It demonstrates a quick understanding of how accurate taxidermy “mounts” evolve. I say “telling” because this art form is an important foundation of the mounting process: not “stuffing,” as so many laymen describe our process. This competition is one of the first places I will take media people when I am asked for an interview. It is called taxidermy sculpture because the finished product is crafted for exclusive use by the taxidermists. Contestants for 2019 were David Ferguson–Harrisville, UT; Bill Neuman–Bismarck, ND; Jim Beenken–Eagle River, WI; Terry Van Loenen–Queen Creek, AZ; Daniel Meng–Bismarck, ND; Dave Pearson–Savannah, MO.

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