MANSFIELD, OH - Ohio taxidermists are reporting an upswing in orders for mounts this year. The Ohio Taxidermists Association membership and participation in its annual show and competition has also experienced steady growth for the last several years, so the 2012 show and competition is expected to be an outstanding event.
The Ohio Taxidermy Championships and Wildlife Display, hosted by the Ohio Taxidermy Association (OTA), is scheduled for March 30, 31, and April 1, 2012, at the Mid-Ohio Conference Center in Mansfield, Ohio. Not only for taxidermists, the display of several hundred mounts will catch the interests of all outdoorsmen and wildlife enthusiasts alike and the kids will love it!
The Wildlife Display is open to the public one day only, March 31, 2012 from 1 to 3 p.m. So mark your calendar. More details below.
Ohio Valley Outdoors– Photo courtesy of OTA
Darrick Bantley of PA won top honors in the Gamehead Division (mule deer).
The OTA is inviting taxidermists of all skill levels, including amateurs and youth. Individuals that have never tried taxidermy, but have an interest and may be considering it as a hobby, as a part time job or as a possible career will benefit greatly by joining OTA and attending the show. The show will feature a wide variety of seminars including several on whitetails and great discounts at the trade show. Members can compete in various divisions, or can choose not to compete. Those in the Masters division will have the opportunity to compete for the prestigious Ohio State Champion Medallions.
"It's all about learning, improving skills and making Ohio the best taxidermy state in the nation," says OTA member Ed Piaskowski.
Taxidermists must register and can do so online or at the show. Registration at the show will begin on March 30 at noon to 7 p.m. and again on March 31 from 8-11 a.m.
The public is not required to register to attend the Wildlife Display. A collection of close to 300 of the most artistically crafted wildlife mounts in Ohio are expected, including whitetails, game heads, mammals, birds, waterfowl, fish, African and reptiles. Admission is $3.
The MID-OHIO CONFERENCE CENTER is located at 890 W 4th St, Mansfield OH 44906. For information about the show, joining OTA and registration, log on to www.ohiotaxidermists.com or call David, 419-692-7528 or Jim, 330- 878-7405.