There are 5 competing Divisions (or Levels):
Novice Division: This division is for beginning taxidermists. It is intended to give the first time competitor a taste of competition without too much pressure. If you have never competed before it is not necessary for you to enter the novice division, especially if you are an experienced taxidermist. Once you receive a first place ribbon in this division or once you receive your taxidermy license you will need to compete in the Professional Division thereafter.
Youth Division: For kids 16 and under.
Professional Division: This division is for experienced taxidermists. If you are a licensed taxidermist you will have to compete in this division.
Masters Division: It is for experienced competitors. Those who win two first place ribbons in the professional division are expected to compete in the Masters Division for that 'category' thereafter.
Division of Excellence: This is the most challenging division and is geared for the taxidermist that is striving for total perfection. Any competitor who has won two 1st place masters ribbons in that category are excepted to compete in the D.O.E.
Youth: All youth compete for First, Second, and Third Place Award, no separation of categories.
Novice: There are several First, Second, and Third place ribbons available, no separation of categories. One Best of Novice will be given to the Novice piece with the highest score.
Professional: In this division the categories are as follows: Mammal, Bird, Game head, Whitetail deer head, Fish skin mount and Fish reproduction. Fish skin mount and reproduction fish are judged separately in all categories. The highest scoring first place entry in each category will win the Best of Category ribbon. (There is a Reptile category highest scoring first place entry will win a Best of Category ribbon.)
Masters: In this division the categories are as follows: Bird, Game head, Whitetail deer head, Fish skin mount and Fish reproduction. The highest scoring first place entry in each category will win the Best of Category ribbon. (There is a Reptile category highest scoring first place entry will win a Best of Category ribbon.)
Original Art Entries: This is for those entries that do not fit into a category. This may include skeletons, skulls, horn/antler plaques, manikin sculptures, bronze sculptures, drawn or painted artwork, mythical creatures, rugs, etc. The highest scoring original art entry will win the Best Original Art ribbon.
Team Entries: Any group of 2 or more people can enter a team entry in the show. The team entry may have one or multiple mounts/artwork to it. Each mount/artwork in the team entry will be judged separately and the team with the highest average score will win the Best Team Entry ribbon and award. There are also several awards that ALL competitors are eligible to compete for:
Best Habitat: Awarded for the best habitat base at the show.
Best All Around Taxidermist: Awarded to the taxidermist who has the best average combined score of a game head, life-size mammal, bird, and fish/reptile/amphibian. All of the mounts entered must have earned a first place ribbon to be eligible.
WASCO Award: Chosen by the judges to be the most artistic taxidermy entry of the show.
McKenzie's Distinguished Service Award: Voted on by the members for distinguished service to the association. Voting for this will take place at the membership meeting.
McKenzie's Taxidermists Choice: Best bird, fish, mammal, and whitetail of the show voted on by your fellow taxidermists.
Best Of Show: The highest scoring first place entry in each division.
Breakthrough Award (Judges Choice Best of Show): Voted on by all judges as Judges Choice Best of Show
There may be other awards available sponsored by organizations from our community.
We really appreciate all your help in making our show a success. Here is a brief break down of how our competition levels work and list of award categories.
Good luck to all and enjoy the show!