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2020 Convention & Competition Information

April 2–5, 2020

Holiday Inn Auburn-Finger Lakes Region
75 North Street
Auburn, New York 13021
Call 315-253-4531 with code UTN for a discounted room rate of $90 up to two weeks before the show.


Schedule of Events

Click to expand the schedule below. Access to seminars (except the all-day turkey seminar with Tim Jordan) are included in your convention registration. You can visit this page for general information and FAQs related to UTNY’s annual convention and competition.

9 a.m.–4 p.m.Featured Seminar: Hands-on turkey mounting with Tim Jordan; pre-registration is required
4–4:30 p.m.Board of Directors meeting
4:30 p.m.Set up competition and supply areas—everyone's help is appreciated!
6–9 p.m.Registration and competition pieces received

8 a.m.–12 p.m.

Walk in and board member registration and competition pieces received

*All board members’ pieces and those not pre-registered MUST be received by noon

8 a.m.–4:30 p.m.Pre-registered competition pieces received
9–11 a.m.Seminar #1: TBD
Seminar #2: TBD
10 a.m.Supply area opens
12–12:20 p.m.Orientation meeting with information about the competition and convention
12:30 p.m.Judges' meeting; judging begins
1–3:30 p.m.Seminar #3: TBD
Seminar #4: TBD
5–6 p.m.Competition room open for viewing; voting for member-chosen awards
6–7 p.m.Warm-up party! Food and drink provided.
7–8:30 p.m.Seminar #5: TBD

8–9 a.m.Competition area open for viewing; closes promptly at 9 for ribbon placement
8 a.m.–3 p.m.Supply area open
8:30–11 a.m.Seminar #6: TBD
Seminar #7: TBD
11 a.m.–4 p.m.Competition room open for ribbon viewing and judges' critiques
1–3 p.m.Kids Seminar: TBD
1:30–3:30 p.m.Seminar #8: TBD
3–4 p.m.Supply area breakdown
6–6:30 p.m.Cocktail hour, cash bar
6:30 p.m.UTNY banquet, auction, and awards ceremony; competition room re-opens after the banquet

9:30 a.m. UTNY membership meeting with voting for vacant board positions; all members should attend
Following the membership meeting, you may remove your competition pieces. Please bring your mount tickets! We'll break down the competition area—everyone's help is appreciated.

At the conclusion of the convention, the UTNY Board of Directors meeting will take place.

Featured Seminar: Turkey Mounting with Tim Jordan
Thursday, April 2, 2020

We’re pleased to welcome Tim Jordan to the 2020 convention for a full-day, hands-on turkey seminar. Tim is an award-winning taxidermist and author of the instructional DVD, Mounting a Strutting Turkey A to Z. A national champion and well-known turkey expert, Tim designs turkey bodies that are both user-friendly and anatomically correct—saving you time as you mount a better looking bird.

Walk through mounting your turkey with Tim as you kick off the 2020 UTNY convention and competition. Tim will be available all weekend for one-on-one consultation and discussion. His DVD will also be available for $30 (regularly priced at $50).

  • Registration includes a freeze-dried head, a form, and all mounting supplies.
  • You are responsible for supplying your turkey’s cleaned and prepped skin, a base, and a painted head. Tim will provide an unpainted head, which will be mailed to you after registration. If you’d like Tim to paint the head for you, or if you are interested in purchasing one of a limited number of turkey skins, please indicate this when registering.

Full-day seminar registration information

You must register for this seminar in addition to your convention registration. There is limited seating available, so register early! At the time of registration, you will need to include your name and address, the size of your turkey, the pose for its head (full strut, standing, half strut, gobbling, etc.), and a $200 deposit.

Cost: $400 per person; a $200 deposit is required at the time of registration
Deadline: March 14, 2020
To register: Contact Jerry St. Pierre at 607-761-9709 or gtstpierre@gmail.com

Taxidermy Turkey
UTNY member Kevin Flaherty's 2019 turkey

Information for 2020 Convention Attendees

  • Supplier Show
  • UTNY Banquet
  • Auction

Our suppliers are generous supporters of the United Taxidermists of New York—they help make our show a success every year! As part of your convention registration you'll have access to our friendly, expert supplier. Talk taxidermy and pick up some great discounts.

Check back to see which vendors are expected at the 2020 show.


You may purchase banquet tickets for yourself and your guests when you register for the convention. Special awards are presented at the banquet. We hope you can join us on Saturday night for a delicious buffet and a good time!

The 2020 buffet menu will be posted when it's available.


Thanks to the donations of our suppliers, the community, and several individuals, we're able to host a lively auction each year. Proceeds benefit the United Taxidermists of New York and help to fund future conventions. Several items and experiences will be up for auction on Saturday night. 

More information and auction items will be posted soon.

2020 Competition Information

If you wish to enter a piece—or several pieces—in the 2020 competition, which occurs concurrently with the convention, be sure to review the rules and requirements so you can select the proper division and category of entry. Note that competition entires must be submitted IN ADDITION to your convention registration. Additional fees apply.

President's Challenge

The president’s challenge for the 2020 competition is any lynx mount. The winner for this special award will be chosen by the president of the United Taxidermists of New York, Mark Visneski. To be considered for this award, an additional entry fee of $10 is required.

Competition Judges

Learn more about the four judges who will score your pieces at the 2020 competition.

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Kent StrykerKent Stryker is the owner of World Class Animal Artistry. He is an artist, taxidermist, sculptor, educator, and recipient of more than 150 state, national, and world show awards. Kent constantly strives to not only improve his own work, but also the work of those in the taxidermy industry looking to improve their own. He believes education through experience is the key to success!

Special Awards

Each mount you enter in the competition will be scored based on the category and division for which it was entered. All entrants who score within certain point values will earn a ribbon. Special awards are sponsored by suppliers, organizations, taxidermists, and more, and winners are selected in a variety of ways—high scores, community voting, judges vote, etc. Your competition entry will automatically be considered for all special awards with the exception of those that require additional registration or entry fees. Be sure to check the registration table upon arrival, as we may have added more special awards that you are eligible for. Award winners are announced at the Saturday banquet.

The awards listed below are subject to change.

Judges' Choice Awards

  • Al Holmes Habitat Award 
    Best habitat among all entries
  • Blue Ribbon Game Birds Award
    Best pheasant in the Professional or Masters divisions
  • Breakthrough Award
    Overall best of show
  • Brian Harness Mammal Award
    Best small mammal in any division; a mount that Brian would award himself
  • Ducks Unlimited Award
    Best waterfowl habitat
  • Mounted in Alaska Award
    Best large species life-size or gamehead
  • National Wild Turkey Federation Award
    Best turkey in the Professional or Masters division
  • Research Manikins Best Small Mammal Award (2)
    One Professional division winner and one Amateur division winner
  • Tru Bond Trappers Award
    Best indigenous New York small mammal
  • Sivko Fur Best of Show, Commercial Division
    Winner chosen from Commercial division blue ribbon awardees
  • UTNY Best of Show, Youth Division
    Winner chosen from Best of Category awardees across the Youth division
  • UTNY Best of Show, Amateur Division
    Winner chosen from Best of Category awardees across the Amateur division
  • UTNY Best of Show, Professional Division
    Winner chosen from Best of Category awardees across the Professional Division
  • UTNY Best of Show, Masters Division
    Winner chosen from Best of Category awardees across the Masters division
  • UTNY Joseph Bruchac Memorial Award
    Best whitetail deer in the Masters division
  • Van Dyke Award
    Most creative entry in the Professional or Master divisions
  • Warren Hardendorf Memorial Award
    Best small mammal in the Masters division
  • WASCO Award
    Most artistic entry
  • Woody Award for Excellence in Taxidermy
    All pieces considered

Awards for Highest-Scoring Mounts

  • Best All Around Taxidermist ($25 entry fee)
    Highest total score of mammal, bird, fish, and gamehead in all divisions
  • Buckshot Tannery Pro Life-Size Mammal Award
    Highest score for a life-size mammal
  • Jack Wilson Award
    Highest-scoring waterfowl in the Masters division
  • Larry Clingerman Award
    Highest-scoring waterfowl in the Professional division
  • Safari Club Adirondack – Catskill Chapter Non-North American Award
    Highest-scoring non-North American big game mount in the professional or masters divisions
  • Safari Club Adirondack – Catskill Chapter North American Award
    Highest-scoring North American big game mount in the professional or masters divisions
  • West Wind Taxidermy Gamehead Award
    Highest-scoring gamehead in the Amateur division
  • West Wind Taxidermy Life-Size Award
    Highest-scoring small or large mammal in the Amateur division
  • UTNY Best Non-Gamebird Award
    Highest score for non-gamebirds in the Professional or Masters divisions
  • UTNY Distinguished Taxidermist Award, Amateur or Professional Division ($25 entry fee)
    Highest total score of three pieces in the Amateur or Professional divisions
  • UTNY Distinguished Taxidermist Award, Masters Division ($25 entry fee)
    Highest total score of three pieces in the Masters division
  • Walnut Hollow Country Awards
    Five awards total; one for each of the highest-scoring mounts among birds, fish, turkeys, mammals, and whitetails
  • Whitetails Unlimited Awards
    Three awards total; one for each of the highest-scoring whitetail mounts across the Youth, Amateur, and Professional divisions
  • The Wildlife Gallery Best Gamehead Award
    Highest score among all gamehead entries

Taxidermists' Choice Awards

The following special awards are determined by taxidermists’ votes during the convention weekend.

  • McKenzie Bird Award
  • McKenzie Fish Award
  • McKenzie Mammal Award
  • McKenzie Whitetail Award
  • UTNY Gamehead Award
  • Gunner’s Turkey Award
  • UTA Artisan Award
    Most artistic entry

UTNY Board and President's Choice

The following special awards are voted on by the UTNY board or selected by the president.

  • McKenzie Distinguished Service Award
    As voted on by the UTNY board
  • UTNY Mike Rudzinis Memorial Award
    President’s choice
  • UTNY Dennis Mortenson’s President’s Challenge Award ($10 entry fee)
    Skin-mounted trout

Product-Based Awards

To be eligible for these special awards, you must note product use at the time of registration.

  • LifeTone Award
    Judges’ choice from fish painted with LifeTone Hydromist products
  • PRO-1 Award
    Judges’ choice best entry for any mount using PRO-1 hide paste or tan
  • Polytranspar Award
    Judges’ choice for fish painted with Polytranspar paints
  • Walnut Creek Endearing Award
    Owner’s choice from all mounts using Walnut Creek products