Membership=$50.00 includes all seminars, and spouse and immediate family are admitted for viewing. Does not include competition entry.
For those of you who would like a little help in deciding which division is right for you, the following is a Membership:
General guideline: after receiving more than two Best of Category awards you must move up to the next division for that category.
Youth Novice: Pertains to novice competitors who are 17 years and younger. This division allows the judges to separate the Adult Novice from the Youth Novice competitors and tailor their score sheets accordingly.
Adult Novice: Pertains to someone who is over the age of 17 and is a beginner taxidermist and considers himself or herself to be in the early stages of learning.
Professional: Pertains to someone who is a practiced taxidermist and is capable of performing taxidermy at a business or professional level.
Master: Pertains to someone who has achieved a high level of expertise in his/her field and has the ability to consistently produce award winning work.
Collective Artist Category:
This category is for multiple artists who have worked on a single piece. Entry fee for this category is as follows: Individual membership & registration entry fee for first artist is $170 + collective artist entry fee $10 per artist. (Only one artist needs to fill out registration for collective artist piece.) Note that only one individual will be allowed into the seminars with this registration and all others must pay a membership fee. If there are other mounts being entered in the competition then those persons must register individually. An additional $10 mount fee applies if this entry makes the overall entry number greater than three.
Montana Best All Around:
Only Master and Professional may enter. Competitors must compete with four individual entries in three or four of the five following categories: fish, bird, life size mammal, game head, and reptile. Two entries may be of the same category; however these must be different species. You must receive at least one blue ribbon. The winner of this category will be determined by the highest accumulated score. In case of a tie the judges will make the final decision.
Only Master and Professional may enter. Competitors must compete with four individual entries in any of the five following categories: fish, bird, life size mammal, game head, and reptile. (i.e. two birds, two fish or four birds or four fish.) You must receive at least one blue ribbon. The winner of this category will be determined by the highest accumulated score. In case of a tie the judges will make the final decision.
This is a special entry category that is a Montana specimen only, chosen annually by a blind draw of the board, using the guidelines established by the MTA.
**The number of entries allowed is unlimited**
Montana Taxidermists Association