There will be an entrance fee of $25 per piece.
Youth entries (15 years of age and under) are $10 per piece.
There is no limit on the size or number of pieces entered.
All mounts on a single base are eligible for each of their categories
Competition Registration is $60
If you would like to attend the Annual CTA Conference please go to the JOIN page to learn how to become a member. For those not ready to enter the competition - you are still welcome to attend where you will find many useful seminars and hands-on demonstrations.
Crowne Plaza Toronto Airport
33 Carlson Court, Toronto ON
Call to make your room reservation by Feb 21st 2023
$149.00 - Modern Room; 2 Double, Queen/King rooms. 3 People - $169.00, 4 people -$145.00
$189.00 for Modern Suites; King Suite/living room, King Suite/pull-out sofa in living room.
**These rates are for CTA Members Only**
Complimentary High-Speed Internet Access in all guestrooms
Complimentary ½ price parking for all attendees – 15.00/day
15% off food in restaurant and lounge
Banquet Dinner – Saturday, March 18th - Cost $45 per person
Dress code will be in effect for the banquet, no blue jeans, hats or camo.
All members who are planning to attend the Banquet Dinner must contact Arnold or Patty at 613-924-1840 on or before March 5th, 2023. This is so we can order enough food through the Hotel.
Call to make your room reservation ASAP to guarantee a discounted rate. Let them know that you are with the CTA. Do not use a third party booking company or you will not receive the group discount.
YOU MUST BE A CTA MEMBER TO COMPETE
Rules and Regulations
To recognize and promote the high standards of excellence necessary to improve the image of taxidermy.
1 . The competition is open only to members of the Canadian Taxidermists Association, who are in good standing with the Association
2. All entries must be done with conventional techniques
3. Competitors must affirm with signature that all mounts entered by them were unassisted
4. Competitors must contact Arnold or Patty via phone or email on or before March 5, 2019 to qualify for standard entry fees. All fees, both standard and late will be paid at the door.
5. Each competitor’s form and fees must be received by the treasurer on or before 12:00 PM competition entry deadline day.
6. All mounts must be delivered to the competition area by 12:00 PM on the final registration day of the competition
There are four Divisions of competition.
Novice, Professional, Masters and Division of Excellence; in all species categories.
A competitor can compete in any Division, at any time except for Division of Excellence.
Once started, you cannot go back a level in that category for that species.
If you receive 3 “Best of Class” awards, you must move up to the next level in that species.
In order to move from Masters to Division of Excellence, you must have a minimum of 3 first and 1 ‘Best of Class’ in Masters for that species.
Awards and Scoring
Any competitor wishing to have a habitat scored will have it done on a separate score sheet.
This score will have no influence on the final score of any mount attached to or part of that habitat
Mixed groups will have their individual scores averaged and ribbons awarded on that basis.
Mixed groups are not eligible for the ‘All Round Taxidermist’ Award
‘All Around Taxidermist’ award is open only to Professional, Masters and Division of Excellence
National Taxidermy Association score sheets will be used.
Major award ties other than ribbons will be broken by the judges.
In voting for ‘People’s Choice’ awards, entries with multiple mounts will have votes for different mounts combined to arrive at a total.
Half mounts will be judged as heads.
A novice is defined as a competitor who has not won a First Place ribbon in any competition category.
There will be no fatal flaws in Novice or Youth levels.
Large mammals are defined as life size mounts of any mammal larger then a coyote.
This also includes the young of the species.
Small mammals are defined as life size mounts of any mammal coyote size and smaller.
Game heads are heads of any species other then Deer.
Questions or problems arising from the interpretation or application of rules should be directed to the
Competition Chairman of the CTA for resolution.
Judges may not compete in the division in which they are judging.
Reproductions must have proof of originality or authenticity of the molding process in Masters and Division of Excellence.
Novelty items are not accepted for judging,
Permits must accompany any protected species, including raptors.
Freeze dried and reproduced parts attached to conventional mounts are acceptable (Ex. Noses, Bills, Fins, etc.)
Mounts from previous CTA competitions are not eligible to be entered again in a CTA competition.
SHOULDER MOUNTS MAMMALS
Deer Heads Large Mammals
Game Heads Anything larger than a Coyote
Anything other than Deer Small Mammals
Rugs Anything Coyote sized and smaller
Upland Taxidermy Sculpture
Waterfowl (Taxidermy Forms) Must be anatomically correct.
Raptors (With Permit)
FISH Mixed Groups
Salmonoids Two or more species of different
Fresh water Trout, Char, Salmon and categories
All Other Fresh Water Fish Miscellaneous
All Saltwater Fish Any mount not covered under any other
Fish Reproductions category (Ex. Turtle, Snake, etc.)
Judged separately from conventional
mounts, includes all above subcategories Freeze Dried
Entered in the same category, but will be
Original Art judged separately from conventional mounts
Painting, Pencil, Pastel etc.
Wood or other carving material
(Any not Taxidermy)
All art is judged under one category.
Entries must be Wildlife related.
Artistic freedom is acceptable on all entries
(Entries may be stylized and are not
required to be totally anatomically correct)