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February 2011 UTA Competition Info

The UTA 2011 Competition is February 2-6, and will be held at the Western Hunting & Conservation Expo at the Salt Palace in Salt Lake City.


UTA President's 2011 Competition Newsletter  (pdf)

UTA 2011 Competition Schedule of Events  (pdf)

UTA 2011 Awards Banquet   (pdf)

UTA 2011 Competition Judges  (pdf)

UTA Competition Rules  (pdf)

Western Hunting & Conservation Expo


Competition/Banquet Fees
UTA Membership Dues
$35
Registration Fee (All seminars and 1 entry)
$60
Registration Fee (No seminars and 1 entry)
$40
All seminars only (No entries)
$30
Additional entries
$15 each
Three Hour Pintail Challenge
$10
Three Hour Mule Deer Challenge
$10
Awards Banquet
$22 per plate
Each competitor will receive a free pass to the whole Hunt Expo.  Family members and friends are required to pay to enter the Expo which is $20/day for Adults, $10/day for Youth 11-17 years, and Kids 10 and under get in free.  $10 Off Admission Coupons available at Cabela's and Toyota Dealers.


UTA President Darin Gardner's message about Competing

"Every year I get calls from folks who have never competed and are a little worried or scared to put their best work forward only to have it get beat up by the judge. These feelings are very normal and I donít think anyone that has competed has done so without a certain level of anxiety. Iíve even had folks not want to compete for fear that their work will look bad next to someone elseís and it would hurt their business. We all compete for different reasons. Some want to showcase their talent to the public, others might want to see how they stack up against other taxidermists doing similar work, while others yet might just want to come have fun. Whatever the reason, one thing always stands true; Every time we compete, we learn.  When you win, you learn about taxidermy and all that goes into making a piece come alive and stand out from the rest. When you donít do so well, you learn about yourself and how your character holds up to criticism. Either way, your attitude will be the deciding factor on whether you walk away with renewed enthusiasm or a bitter heart. We all know someone who wants to compete but is scared to for one reason or another. Try to encourage them to come out and give it a shot. Maybe share your story about your first time with them. By opening our minds to new things and taking helpful criticism from others we can all improve our work, make more money, and help bring taxidermy to the forefront as a recognized and respected art form."