As a taxidermist you owe it to yourself, your business and your clients
to become a member of this great educational organization.

Our Mission
The South Dakota Taxidermist Association (SDTA) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the enhancing and promotion of better taxidermy
while uniting taxidermists in fellowship, learning and staying abreast of latest innovations, techniques and laws governing our industry.
Our proceeds go towards maintaining our annual convention/competition.

Welcome to the South Dakota Taxidermist Association website.
We are glad you are seeking more information regarding the SDTA.
If you are not already a member, we invite you to become a member.
If you are a beginner, hobbyist, part-time or full time taxidermist, you will be amazed
at how much you can learn from other members, seminars and the convention/competition.

Top Reasons To Join the SDTA If You Haven’t Already!!
  • A way to improve the quality of work by getting critiqued from the judges. Thus bringing in more business to your shop.
  • Learn new and better techniques on how to do things from judges and fellow taxidermists.
  • Get to see the new and improved materials that are available.
  • Hands on seminars.
  • Talk one-on-one with world class taxidermists.
  • Share business related concerns and get tips from other taxidermist using real life examples.
  • Attend all the informative seminars for the whole weekend for such a low cost (SDTA membership fees are very reasonable compared to other states). Seminars will improve your quality of mounts and knowledge. There is lots to learn!
  • A chance to show off your work and see how it compares to other taxidermist.
  • Win awards that can boost your business and self esteem.
  • Make lasting memories and friends throughout the weekend. The SDTA is a relaxed bunch that likes to have fun!

Plan to Attend

2016 Competition and Convention
March 18-20, 2016
Watertown Event Center, Watertown, SD

Species Challenge - Bobcat

Judges are:
Doug Roffers - Lifesize and Gameheads
Rick Krane - Fish
Brian Olson - Whitetails
Bret Kirk - Upland Birds

FREE Membership to New Members
$100 Cash Prize to winners of Combined Artist and Species Challenge
Chance for $100 Cash Prize to anyone bringing 4 or more entries

2016 SDTA Gun Calendars are under production and will be For Sale Soon.  Please check back for full details on how to purchase them.

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