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

2017 Competition and Convention
March 17-19, 2017
Watertown Event Center, Watertown, SD

Saturday, March 18th  9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Sunday, March 19th 9:00 am to Noon  
Display Room is located in Glacial Lakes Ballroom


Reservations need to be made on or before March 1, 2017 in order to receive the SDTA group rate.       Call today at 605-886-8011, Best Western Ramkota Hotel, Watertown, SD.

Species Challenge - Bluegill

Judges are:
TO BE ANNOUNCED - Lifesize and Mammals
Jeff Mourning - Fish
Brian Olson - Whitetails
Bret Kirk - 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 Gun Calendar Winners

If your name is listed below you should receive an official letter in the mail with directions on how to claim your gun at Scheels in Sioux Falls, SD.  If you do not receive your letter within the second week of the month, please call our Secretary/Treasurer, Glenda McNutt 605-460-2133.
Date Gun Retail Price Stub # Customer
5th Ruger SR22 $320.00   1389   ROBERT ADERMANN
7th Stoeger M3000 12g $450.00   543   SHAWN ENGELMEYER
12th Ruger American 30-06 $350.00   633   THOMAS HANSON
14th Tikka T3 lite 300 win mag $515.00   623   SHAUN VANDERPAL
19th Browning Xbolt 270 win $665.00   1559   PAUL JUBERIEN
21st Benelli Nova 12g $350.00   1207   CHAD BYNES
26th Ruger American 270 win $350.00   1118   MARILYN HOYT
28th DPMS Oracle 223 $500.00   1649   DARIN ABEL
2nd Stoeger M3000 12g $450.00   474   TIM BAYAK
4th Henry H001 .22lr $275.00   614   RITCHIE LOCKWOOD
9th Tikka T3 lite 243 $515.00   166   ADAM MYERS
11th Stoeger Condor O/U 12g $370.00   1164   SCOTT KLUVER
16th Ruger American 243 $350.00   2   JASON KATH
18th Ruger SR22 $320.00   573   PATRICK ROGERS
23rd Savage BMAG 17WSM $290.00   1448   DARREL SWANSON
25th Savage Axis II 25-06 w/scope $360.00   380   DAVID RUE
1st Henry H001 .22lr $275.00   728   JAY WEMHOFT
3rd Savage 93R17 BLK .17HMR $205.00   1343   JUSTIN PURINTAN
8th Tikka T3 Lite 22-250 $515.00   59   DANNY CARTER
10th Benelli Nova 12g $350.00   1106   ALLEN HENNINGSEN
15th Browning Xbolt 30-06 $665.00   1113   FRANK JOHNKE
17th Ruger SR22 $320.00   1541   BRIAN PEERY
22nd Savage Axis II 243 w/scope $360.00   143   KEVIN WITKOP
24th Tikka T3 Lite 30-06 $515.00   753   MARTIN, FRED
29th DPMS Oracle $500.00   151   STUART VICK
31st Savage BAG 17 WSM $290.00   646   JIM NELSON
5th Browning Xbolt 270 win $665.00   1003   ROLLIE HARTMAN
7th Henry Goldenboy .22lr $415.00   1345   BRENT RICHTER
12th Franchi Affinity 12g $625.00   643   KEVIN SILBERNAGEL
14th Stoeger Condor O/U 12g $370.00   1063   MARC JOLLEY
19th Savage Axis II 270 w/scope $360.00   862   GARY BYER
21st Henry H001 .22lr $275.00   160   TRAVIS BRAMER
26th Benelli Nova 12g $350.00   974   COREY O'DEA
28th Ruger SR22 $320.00   1160   SCOTT PARRY
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