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Why Join Your Local Taxidermy Association?

Whether you are new to the taxidermy trade or a long term veteran of the industry your local association has much to offer. Probably the biggest incentive is to attend a trade show which nearly every association offers. The ability to network with other taxidermists would be worth attending on its own. Sharing stories, experiences and helpful hints can reenergize you in your studio.

Trade shows also offer seminars designed to expand your knowledge, show the latest techniques and to make you more efficient in your work. Seeing the products vendors offer, up close and personal, will add a new dimension into understanding what you see in their catalogs. McKenzie Supply and most vendors offer a substantial discount on their products at a trade show. You have a chance to develop a personal relationship with the vendors and their staff as well.

Finally, you can enter a piece of taxidermy work into competition. Learn from the judges your strengths and weaknesses and ways to improve your work. The bottom line is your association can help you become a better taxidermist and professional, which will make your customers happier and more appreciative of your efforts. If you aren’t a member, consider joining your state association today.

Below are the State Association Listings and 2020 Show Dates
that You May Find Useful

Alabama: June 24-25



Arkansas: February 28-March 1

California: April 2-4

Colorado: June 4-6



Florida: February 6-8

Georgia: February 27-29


Idaho: June 4-6

Illinois: March 5-8

Indiana: May 28-31

Iowa: March 26-29

Kansas: March 20-22

Kentucky: July 16-19

Louisiana: April 30-May 3

Maine: August 6-9


Michigan: March 18-22

Minnesota: April 2-5

Mississippi: March 12-15

Missouri: July 30 - August 2


Nebraska: June 11-14


New England: June 4-6

New Hampshire

New Jersey

New Mexico: April 30 - May 2

New York: April 2-5

North Carolina: July 30 - August 2

North Dakota: February 28 - March 1

Ohio: March 26-29

Oklahoma: June 4-6

Oregon: June 18-20

Pennsylvania: March 12-14

Rhode Island

South Carolina: June 18-20

South Dakota (hosting NTA July 22-26)

Tennessee: May 28-30

Texas: June 25-27

Utah: March 19-22


Virginia: March 5-7


West Virginia: March 5-7

Wisconsin: February 27-March 1

Wyoming: April 23-26

Below is a list of National and International Associations:

National Taxidermists Association (July 22-26) L'association de Taxidermie du Québec Association of Commercial Taxidermists and Game Skin Tanners
Finnish Taxidermy Association Swedish Taxidermy Association United Taxidermist Association (May 13-17)
Eupropean Taxidermy Federation The Taxidermy Association of South Africa French Taxidermists Syndicate
Belgian Association of Taxidermists Canadian Taxidermists Association The UK Guild of Taxidermists
New Zealand Taxidermy Association German Taxidermists Association Italian Taxidermists Association
British Columbia Taxidermy Artistry Association British Historical Taxidermy Society Japan Taxidermy Association
Spanish National Taxidermy Association Taxidermists Association of Switzerland  

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