43rd Annual Missouri Taxidermist Competition and Convention
August 3rd - 6th, 2023
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The Lodge of Four Seasons
Meet Our Judges
Brian Olson- WhitetailsM
Brian Olson - Whitetails World Champion taxidermist Brian Olson hails from Platteville, WI and has been a full time taxidermist for 35 years. Brian has competed throughout his career for “continuing education” and to keep in touch with the vast number of great people he has met over the years. He feels strongly that there is always something new to learn, and as techniques and materials advance, so must the taxidermists’ skills. His interest in deer anatomy has led to a role in manikin sculpting for Matuska Taxidermy Supply. In addition to his Best in World Title, Brian has also been awarded National Champion, North American Champion, Best of show three times, and State Champion in WI, IA, and MN. Artistry has always been an important aspect of his work, and has resulted in 5 WASCO awards. We are pleased to welcome back Senator Olson and look forward to having him share some of his knowledge.
Brenda DuVall - Gameheads/Mammals
Jimmy Lawrence - Fish/Reptiles
Fish/Reptiles Jimmy Lawrence owns and operates Lawrence Taxidermy, a fish-only studio in Blockton IA, where he has done taxidermy for the past 17 years. When Jimmy competes he is a force to be reckoned with in the competition room. To his credit he has several blue ribbons, Polytranspar Awards, McKenzie Awards, State Champions, Best of State, Pro-1 Award, Woody Award for Best of Show – runner up, and many others. Beyond being a solid competitor, Jimmy is also a fantastic teacher. His seminars are interesting and engaging, his critiques precise, and his ability to convey information in a way that is easy to understand is a real credit to his ability to judge. This ability to teach is likely why his “Painting a Largemouth Bass”, and “Mounting a Fish 101” DVDs from Taxidermy University have been such a big success. Though he has judged other shows, such as NE, MI, and OK, it’s a privilege to have him join us this year for the first time as a judge at the MTA.
Dave Bartlett - Amateur Division
Hi, I’m Dave Bartlett. I live in Rich Fountain, MO with my wife of 32 years. I have 3 grown children (which grew up WAY too fast), and we have 3 grandchildren. I own and operate Image Taxidermy Studio and have been a taxidermist for 30 years. I started mounting my own deer one time, then someone says “oh, you can do mine”, then again and again…you know how it goes. Being self employed as a taxidermist for the past 25 years has been a blessing in our lives.
Directions from Jefferson City, MO:
38 miles on US 54 West, Right on Bagnel Dam Blvd. (US Bus.54W) go 2.5 miles, Right on Horseshoe Bend Pkwy, Lodge 3 miles ahead on left.
Directions from Kansas City, MO:
100 miles on I70 East, Turn right at exit 101 on MO 5 South go 39 miles, Turn left MO 52 East go 33 miles, Turn right on US 54 W go 7.6 miles, Right on Bagnel Dam Blvd. (US Bus.54W) go 2.5 miles, Right on Horseshoe Bend Pkwy 3 miles, then on left.
Directions from Springfield, MO:
45 miles on I-44 East to Lebanon, Turn left at exit 129 Jefferson St. (MO-5 North) go 1.7 miles, Turn right on MO-5 North go 23.7 miles to Camdenton, Turn right on US - 54 east go 13 miles, Turn right onto Osage Beach Pkwy South go 2 miles, Turn left onto Bagnell Dam Blvd (US Bus.54W) go 2.5 miles, Right on Horseshoe Bend Pkwy 3 miles, then on left.
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