Recently Tom and Vicki traveled to Gillette, Wyoming to represent the Matuska Taxidermy Supply Company at the Western Regionals. This show hosted taxidermist from 9 states and some really impressive work. Exceptional large life-size and gameheads made up the majority of the over 200 entries in addition to some fine fish and bird entries. The highlight of our booth seemed to be the new “Sage Brush Series” mulie manikins as well as the “Great American Bear” forms. Vicki hosted the children’s seminar and several budding wildlife artists made some really fancy artificial wood duck head key chains. Although plenty of reference was available, most leaned to a more abstract version.
The winners of the Matuska Taxidermy “Golden Eagle Competitors’ Award” was Todd Kranau from Nebraska in the Masters Division and Ross Richards from Utah in the Professional Division. This award goes to the competitor with the highest combined score with 4 mounts. Congratulations to both of these fine taxidermists.
A special thank you to all who participated in the Western Regionals and the warm hospitality we received. We cant wait to come back!
Vicki instructing the children’s seminar.
Ross Richard’s lions and a zebra winning entry.
Todd Kranau with his spectacular winning warthog.
New for 2015, our two new additions to the Matuska Taxidermy Supply Company are Quinn McKenna born to Mandy and Brent Swart in December and Madden Thomas born to Marc and Emily Matuska in January. Tom says they are happy and healthy, squirmy and smelly. They are truly little gifts from God and it will be very fun to watch them grow. What more can a grandma and grandpa ask for?