Utah Taxidermists

Board & Members
Jam Session
Utah Master Taxidermists

March 17-20, 2016
Best of the West Taxidermy Championship Info

ISE and the Utah Taxidermists Association are again hosting the
Best of the West Taxidermy Championship,
March 17-20, 2016, during the International Sportman's Expo
at South Towne Expo Center in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Check-In & Check-Out Instructions, Maps  (pdf)
The location has moved from
the South West Lobby
to the North West Lobby.

Schedule of Events  (pdf)

Competition Divisions  (pdf)

3-Hour Mule Deer, Pronghorn & Bird Challenge Rules  (pdf)

Avian Challenge  (pdf)

State Challenge  (pdf)

Awards and Prizes  (pdf)
The "Awards and Prizes" page was last updated February 20.

Competition Rules  (pdf)

Judges  (pdf)

Becoming A Sponsor  (pdf)

Delta Waterfowl, Willard Peak Chapter Banquet  (pdf)
Delta Waterfowl is one of our sponsors,
so this link is for anyone interested in attending their banquet on March 26.

International Sportman's Expo (ISE)


Pre-Registration has two steps:

Step 1: Click on "Register Entry" below to register your mount.
If entering more than one mount
you must click on and fill out this link for each mount you
enter in the competition, but you only have to fill in
the address info on the first mount.

Register Entry

Step 2:  Click on "Payment Form" below,
print and fill out the payment form,
then mail it to address on bottom of form.

Payment Form (pdf)

Although you can still register and pay at check-in,
Pre-Registration helps us prepare necessary paperwork early
and shortens the amount of time competitors stand in line at check-in.
Thank you!


Once you're at the PayPal website,
you fill in the amount to pay on the left side of the screen,
then click the update button.
Then log into your PayPal account on the right side of the screen
(you can still use PayPal even if you don't have an account,
just fill in the info needed on the right side of the screen,
you may need to select "Don't have a PayPal account?" option first).
 On the same screen you select your payment method
you can also add "Special Instructions",
please use this to specify your full name and that you are paying for
2016 Best of the West Taxidermy Championship Fees,
Banquet Tickets, etc.
Thank you!


Competition/Banquet Fees
Best of the West Taxidermy Championship
Registration Fee

          (Includes 1 Entry, All Seminars, UTA Membership and
          Competitor's Banquet Ticket)
Additional Entries $15.00
Youth Division, Kids Art & Kids Activities
State Challenge (per team)
Three Hour Mule Deer Challenge $15.00
Three Hour Pronghorn Challenge $15.00
Three Hour Bird Challenge
Non-Member - Single Seminar $35.00  each
Non-Member - All Seminars $80.00
Commercial Division Critique Fee
Avian Challenge
          (California quail mounted like photo provided)
UTA Membership (1 Year)
Additional Banquet Tickets
$40.00  each
Corporate Table (10 seats) at Banquet
Banquet Ticket deadline is March 14 (Monday),
all tickets must be reserved by that date!


The following hotels (in Sandy, Utah) have special group rate contracts with ISE.  However, the quantity of rooms is limited and it is first come, first serve.  Book by February 28 to secure special rates.  ISE does not contract with any housing service.

Hampton Inn (Sandy, Utah, 84070)
10690 S. Holiday Park Drive
Phone: 801-571-0800
Fax: 801-572-0708
Group Rate: $85 + tax
Rate Expires: Feb 28, 2016
Show Shuttle: Available
Pets: No
Reservations: Click here for reservations - or call 801-571-0800
Amenities: Show Shuttle, Free Breakfast, Local Restaurants,
Complimentary pass to Gold's Gym.

Courtyard by Marriott (Sandy, Utah, 84070)
10701 S. Holiday Park Drive
Sandy, UT 84070
Phone: 801-571-3600
Fax: 801-572-1383
Group Rate: $99 and up + tax
Rate Expires: Feb 28, 2016
Show Shuttle: Available
Pets: No
Reservations: Click here for reservations - or call 801-571-3600
Amenities: Show shuttle, Free breakfast, Bistro, Free High Speed Internet,
Fitness Center, Pool.

Residence Inn by Marriott (Sandy, Utah, 84070)
270 West 10000 South
Sandy, UT 84070
Phone: 801-561-5005
Fax: 801-561-9672
Group Rate: $99 and up + Tax
Rate Expires: Feb 28, 2016
Show Shuttle: Available
Pets: Yes, pet fee
Reservations: Click here for reservations - or call 801-561-5005
Amenities: Free breakfast, M-Th Evening Social, Free High Speed Internet,
Fitness Center.

Former 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."