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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 is the state association contact information and the
2023 taxidermy show dates that we are aware of at this time.

Alabama: June 22-25, Sheffield, AL


California: April 13-15 Colusa, CA

Colorado: June 1-3, Gunnison, CO

Connecticut: June 2-4, Windsor Locks, CT (N.E.A.T)

Delaware: June 2-4, Windsor Locks, CT (N.E.A.T)

Florida: February 2-4, Gainesville, FL

Georgia February 23-25, Macon, GA


Idaho: May 18-20, Blackfoot, ID

Illinois: March 16-19, Springfield, IL

Indiana: June 1-4, Indianapolis, IN

Iowa: March 16-19, Tama, IA

Kansas:  March 24-26, Topeka, KS

Kentucky:  May 11-14, Mammoth Cave, KY

Louisiana:  May 11-14, Alexandria, LA

Maine: August 4-5, Newry, ME 

Maryland: March 9-11, Frederick, MD

Massachusetts: June 2-4, Windsor Locks, CT (N.E.A.T)

Michigan: April 13-16, Mt. Pleasant, MI

Minnesota: March 23-26, Alexandria, MN


Missouri:  August 3-6, 

Montana: March 23-25, Missoula, MT


New England: June 2-4, Windsor Locks, CT (N.E.A.T)

New Hampshire

New Jersey: July 14-16, Edison NJ

New Mexico: May 25-28, Taos, NM

New York:  March 30-April 2, Auburn, NY

North Carolina: July 27-29

North Dakota: February 10th (location unknown at this time)

NTA: July 20-22, Sioux Falls, South Dakota

Ohio: March 31- April 2, Mansfield, OH

Oklahoma:  June 1-3, Midwest City, OK


Pennsylvania: March 29 - April 2, Indiana, PA

Rhode Island

South Carolina: June 8-10, Columbia, SC

South Dakota: March 16-19

Tennessee:  August 3-5, Burns, TN

Texas:  June 21-25, Killeen, TX

Utah: March 15-18, Sandy, UT

UTA: United Taxidermy Association Expo, April 18-23, Wichita, KS


Virginia: March 24-25, Waynesboro, VA

West Virginia 

Wisconsin: Feb 16-19

Wyoming:  April 27-29, Bar Nunn, WY

Below is a list of National and International Associations:

National Taxidermists Association (July 21-23) L'association de Taxidermie du Québec Association of Commercial Taxidermists and Game Skin Tanners
Finnish Taxidermy Association Swedish Taxidermy Association United Taxidermist Association
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 (September 25-26) 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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