What does Competition taxidermist do to benefit you the hunter ???
I have heard that guys that compete are waisting time while they should be mounting customers mounts , Or that they do not put that kind of quality into their every day customer mounts. This just makes me laugh. LOL
I would like to go over just a few benefits that your mounts can recieve , just be cause the guy competes & wins.
First off Being an NTA Certified Judge of taxidermy have seen the VERY BEST that the taxidermy industry has to offer & Some of the worst also.
The guys that compete & steadily win, Ribbons, Trophies, or other Major awards are showing that they have what it takes to keep up with the ever changing quality & standards that have transpired through the years.
If you have ever looked at a piece that was mounted in 1960 versus 2012 you should notice a great change right off.
We have better , more anitomical correct forms than we did.
We have better knowledge for correct shapes of Eyes, Ears, Nasal passages & propper alignment of skin. All of the atributes that make QUALITY Taxidermy
We have better schools, classes & seminars to help us understand the differences between just an average piece as compaired to a replication of the true species.
With Wildlife studies & all of the reference material that we have now days , there is no reason to have mounts that look like they were mounted in the early ages of taxidermy.
A competition taxidermist shows that they are willing to learn, & try to keep up with the times as they say.
This all carrys over to their customer mounts, whether they do actually spend more time on show pieces or not.
You can look at their mounts & see that there is somethng a little different in their taxidermy, Whether it is Full septums in every mount, Very nice custom alterations that do not come dirrect from the supply companies,or just the softness & nice presentation of the species.
Yes there are a lot of competition taxidermists that do better in one area or anouther, Same as any other job.
you can ask any serious competition taxidermists, why we compete & I can guarantee that all of them say, so they can learn & do better on their mounts.
We compete against our selves & strive to do better than the last time. The trophies , Awards, Ribbons & money are nice but pride in doing a great job trumps it all.
It is compasion & in some cases a deep burning desire that keeps going their whole lives, & in most cases it shows.
check out some real competitions some time & you will be amaised what you will see.