2017 Grand National Taxidermy Contest Results

Gobblers strut, big chests and beards puff out, attracting attention. Spring hens nest hidden in shadow-casting edge cover. Predators attack the wild turkeys we love, engaged in dramatic duels. Walk through the Grand National Wild Turkey and White-Tailed Deer Taxidermy Competition display at the NWTF's annual Convention and Sport Show, and you'll experience unrivaled artistic renditions, crafty design elements and supreme efforts to re-create moments from times afield like you've never seen before. After all, wildlife taxidermy aims at putting a memory on the wall you can return to whenever you want, just by looking up there. – Steve Hickoff, "Mounting Talent," Turkey Country

Congratulations to the following winners.

Wildlife Artist Supply Company (WASCO) Award

Most Artistic Entry:  Josh Lengacher

NTA Award

Winner:  Taylor Harrison

Master of Masters Standing Turkey

Winner:  Chip Hayes

Wild Turkey Masters Division

Best of Show:  Josh Lengacher

Best Strutting:  Jakes Phillips

Best Standing:  Jan George

Best Open Wing:  Ryan Scearce

Best Group: Josh Lengacher

Wild Turkey Professional Division

Best of Show:  Butch Irwin

Best Standing:  Eric Knowles

Best Strutting:  Butch Irwin

Best Group:  Jeremy Harrison

Master of Masters Open Mouth Deer

Winner:  Chip Hayes

White-tailed Deer Masters Division

Best of Show:  Dean Matthews

Best Open Mouth Deer:  Dean Matthews

Best Closed Mouth Deer:  Butch Irwin

White-tailed Deer Professional Division

Best of Show:  Jason Lamb

Best Open Mouth Deer: Jason Lamb

Best Closed Mouth Deer:  Terry Driver

White-tailed Deer Commercial Division

First Place:  Jason Lamb

Second Place:  Jordan Holsonback

White-tailed Deer Amateur and Youth Division

Amateur:  Cody Hodge

Youth (17 and under):  Landon Witt

For more information about the 2018 Taxidermy Contest, please contact Karen Cavendar at kcavendar@nwtf.net.