2018 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: Steven Reynolds

Wild Turkey Master of Masters Division

Winner: Chip Hayes

Wild Turkey Masters Division

Best of Show:  Ryan Scearce
Best Strutting:  Ryan Scearce
Best Standing:  Ryan Scearce
Best Open Wing:  Butch Irwin
Best Group: Troy Piotrowski

Wild Turkey Professional Division

Best of Show:  Danny Holderman
Best Strutting:  Danny Holderman
Best Open Wing: Gary Jones

Wild Turkey Commercial Division

1st Place: Katrina Holderman
2nd Place: Russell Coble

Wild Turkey Youth and Amateur Division

Amateur: Cody Hodge

White-tailed Deer Master of Masters Division

Winner: Dean Matthews

Masters Division

Best of Show: Butch Irwin
Best Open Mouth Deer: Butch Irwin
Best Closed Mouth Deer:  Ferrell Cosby

White-tailed Deer Professional Division

Best of Show: Mark Barbour
Best Open Mouth Deer: Terry Driver
Best Closed Mouth Deer: Mark Barbour 

White-tailed Deer Commercial Division

First Place: Faron Hembree
Second Place: Sarah Hope

White-tailed Deer Amateur and Youth Division

Amateur: Brandon Elmore
Youth (17 and under): Landon Witt

For more information about the 2019 Taxidermy Contest, please contact Karen Cavender at kcavender@nwtf.net.