Vince SPELLANE - Pennsylvania Taxidermist Association

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Vince SPELLANE - Pennsylvania Taxidermist Association
Vince
SPELLANE
Saltsburg, PA
• PTA Best of Show Taxidermy
• Breakthrough Award
• WASCO Award
• Taxidermist of the Year
• Taxidermy State
Champion Whitetail
• PA Game
Commission Award
• McKenzie Taxidermist
Choice Award Whitetail
• Al Holmes Habitat Award
PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE
2016-2017
President…
Jason Krause (’17)
236 Covered Bridge Road
Pine Grove, PA 17963
Shop (570) 345-3664
Cell (570) 691-7632
[email protected]
Vice-President…
Matt Zimmerman (’17)
805 S. Ridge Road
Denver, PA 17517
Cell (717) 629-5926
[email protected]
Secretary…
Jessica Simmons (’17)
1124 Kiester Road
Slippery Rock, PA 16057
Cell (724) 290-5159
[email protected]
Treasurer…
Patti Czerniakowski (’17)
PO Box 381
Reedsville, PA 17084
Cell (717) 437-5734
[email protected]
Immediate Past President:
Robert (Hutch) Hutchinson (’17)
129 Water Street
Mt. Pleasant, PA 15666
Shop (724) 547-6882
Cell (724) 331-6315
[email protected]
Hello one and all!
Many of us have recently returned
from the 2016 convention, hopefully
full of new ideas and new techniques
to try.
This year’s convention was a great
success. The competition room was full
of great mounts and the seminars
were very informative.
I must say thank you to the judges
for a job well done and to all the volunteers that make the show
go smoothly.
We also tried a couple new fundraising ideas. There was a
silent auction Thursday and Friday in the suppliers’ area and a
gun raffle that gave three chances to win a new gun. Both of
these efforts were highly successful, thanks in part once again to
dedicated volunteers, many generous donations and to the
membership for buying tickets and the auction items. Saturday
night’s live auction was also another great success, thanks again
to donations. We had an African safari, a Missouri whitetail hunt,
new products, a painting, two hand made quilts, a one on one
class, and wholesale work. I know I am missing many I apologize
and want to thank everyone. If these new fundraising ideas
continue to be a success we’ll be able to start giving back to the
membership in new ways.
We welcomed four new members onto the board at Sunday’s
meeting and we began making decisions to get a jump on the
2017 convention. Judges are being contracted and seminars are
being lined up.
The next big thing for our association will be the Cabela’s
Taxidermy Weekend (September 9,10 & 11). It’s a great way to
continue learning by getting mounts looked at and critiqued by
knowledgeable judges. Plus the public will get to view your
handiwork and pick up a business card. I hope to see you all
there.
As always the board is here for you. If you have a question or a
good idea please contact one of us.
Your friend,
Jason J. Krause
Copyright 2016
The Pennsylvania Taxidermist
Association Inc.
Directors…
Richard Nagle (’17)
Joe Simmons (’17)
Dan Swanson (’17)
Bill Ward (’17)
Ashley Barrett (’18)
Bob Evans (’18)
9668 Star Rt. 147
Sunbury, PA 17801
Cell (570) 809-5101
[email protected]
2 Overbrook Road
Ludlow, PA 16333
Home (814) 945-6267
Cell (814) 706-5167
danswansontaxidermy
@yahoo.com
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1124 Kiester Road
Slippery Rock, PA 16057
Cell (724) 290-9095
[email protected]
1571 Fair Road
Schuylkill Haven, PA 17972
Home (570) 754-3407
Shop (570) 449-5122
[email protected]
786 Lehman Road
Chambersburg, PA 17202
Shop (717) 263-8137
Cell (717) 816-9776
[email protected]
7408 Sterling Road
Harrisburg, PA 17112
Home (717) 657-1501
Cell (717) 350-0771
[email protected]
Benuel Lapp (’18)
489 Lambert Road
Narvon, PA 17555
Cell (717) 283-5616
[email protected]
Jeremiah Reddinger (’18)
Membership Secretary…
Dee Carley
628 North Fraley Street
Kane, PA 16735
Shop (814) 837-9309
Cell (814) 366-0424
[email protected]
127 Pete Shick Road
Mayport, PA 16240
Home (814) 253-3365
Cell (814) 952-8644
[email protected]
Deadline for the Fall issue is July 1, 2016
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Newsletter Editor &
Convention Coordinator…
Becky Snyder
71 Hughey Road
Greenville, PA 16125
Cell (724) 815-8142
[email protected]
Pennsylvania Taxidermist Association, INC.
General Membership Meeting - March 19, 2016 7Springs, PA
Bob Hutchinson opened the meeting asking if the members had any questions or suggestions.
• Member suggestion for a water splash effect seminar.
• Vince Spellane reviewed the process of how judges are selected. The BOD will come up with a list of potential judges for each
category (fish, birds, small mammal etc.) they are contacted starting at the top of the list and working our way down as
needed. Becky Snyder said that there were scheduling conflicts due to several shows close together and some on the same
weekend. (Indiana, Kansas, Virginia, Michigan, NTA, UTA, etc).
• A member asked if those other conventions impacted the PTA, they noticed a few vendors were not here. There was
minimum impact we didn’t have a driftwood vendor due to Indiana convention and some smaller vendors had to take their
budgets into consideration and decide to come to PTA convention or NTA, UTA or another state. Bob Hutchinson said that
our numbers held strong. He also explained that the BOD made several changes to benefit the membership as well as take
into consideration how the other conventions may impact the 2016 convention. This year vendor cash was given away to
members to replace the vendor food. Several different raffles were held in an effort to ensure the PTA continues to have a
strong convention for the members.
• A member had received questions from some vendors regarding the need to provide a Certificate of Insurance or
”additionally insured by” and include the PTA. Becky Snyder explained that was a requirement change that 7Springs initiated
and most convention facilitates have the same requirement when the renting association/entity is “reselling” the space.
There were no issues obtaining the information, the vendor insurance companies emailed the PTA the required information.
• The BOD asked if there were any concerns from the members with the elimination of the food that was provided in the
vendor area, no concerns were brought up.
• The BOD explained that the September BOD meeting, normally held at the Cabela’s show, will be moved to a location that is
centralized to the majority of BOD members. At the September 19, 2015 meeting the BOD made the change in an effort to
lower expenses (only gas, tolls and lunch will be reimbursed for BOD there will be minimal, if any at all, lodging expense).
Members of the BOD will still be present at the Cabela’s show. The
meeting is scheduled for September 17, 2016 (location to be
determined). The Cabela’s show dates are September 9th, 10th & 11th
2016. One member suggested we ask if Cabela’s could advertise the
777 Waterwheel Drive, Seven Springs, PA 15622
show through email and post it on their events calendar. Bill and Bridget
www.7springs.com / (800) 452-2223
Ward will follow up with Cabela’s on advertising.
• Tim Jordan would like the PTA to consider raising vendor fees. The
CONVENTION AND MEETING CENTER
vendors do very well at the convention, members purchase several boxes
PENNSYLVANIA TAXIDERMY ASSOCIATION
INVOICE C/L # 8AZ5TK 3/19/16 – 3/21/16
of supplies from the vendors at the state convention. Tim Jordan wanted
% BECKY SNYDER
to commend Becky Snyder for suggesting a change to the vendor fees
for this year’s convention. In the past the fee was $195 for the first table
CHARGES:
Entire Convention /Meeting Space
550.00
and $95 for each additional table purchase by the vendors. That was
A/V
1060.00
changed to a flat fee of $200 per table. We had 21 fewer tables sold but
Security
875.00
made $800 more than last year.
Exhibit Hall Tables
4261.20
• Operating cost for the state convention is approximately $37,000
Lodging
1339.91
Airport Transportation
660.00
(includes judges’ fees, room space, banquet and prize awards etc). An
Wednesday Warm Up Event
378.00
additional $10,000 is needed to run the association throughout the year
Coffee, Tea, Hot Chocolate (3 days)
1675.80
(includes mailings, printing the Review, board meetings, etc.)
Judge’s Water and Soda
60.00
Saturday Awards Banquet
6592.45
• The BOD explained that we are always looking for new raffle ideas, our
Saturday Kid’s Pizza & Movie Party
100.80
goal is to be able to invest back into our members. Please contact your
Sunday Board Meeting
283.50
local Board Member if you have any questions or concerns. All contact
SUBTOTAL:
$17,836.66
information is printed in the Review.
CREDITS:
• If anyone is would like to help with Camp Compass mounts, please
Deposit
-250.00
contact Bill & Bridget Ward at 570-754-3407.
TOTAL BALANCE DUE:
$17,586.66
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WELCOME ABOARD!
The PTA would like to give a hearty welcome to the following new members who have joined
this organization for the first time in 2016. As with any PTA member, your opinions are highly regarded.
Please feel free to contact any PTA Officer or Director if you have any questions or comments.
Brian Barker,
Tim Emerick
Dominic McClellen
Douglas Shawgo
Mark Benfield
Carmen Ferrara
Dustin McClellen
Tom Smith
Parkersburg, WV
Lincolnton, NC
Jason Carder
Ijamsville, MD
Mark Carter
Troy, PA
Weston Cline
Staunton, VA
Austin Davis
York Springs, PA
Bryce Davis
York Springs, PA
Mike Deskiewicz
New Tripoli, PA
Dustin Doyle
Everett, PA
Renovo, PA
Youngsville, PA
Clinton, PA
Youngsville, PA
Ashley Friendshuh
Alan Miller
Prior Lake, MN
Gettysburg, PA
Cody Gould
Eric Morgan
Hodgdon, ME
Collegeville, PA
Randy Gowton
Eric Perry
Mt. Pleasant, PA
Gold Hill, NC
Brian Kendall
Bradley Reitmeyer
Carlisle, PA
Titusville, PA
Jerry Kessell
Jamie Rice
So. Charleston, WV
Bloomingdale, OH
Nicholas Krivoniak
Lawrence Saccreccia
Bloomingdale, OH
Toronto, OH
Randy Life
Shane Salmon
Jane Lew, WV
Jackson Center, PA
Wartsboro, NY
Staci Steen
Hopwood, PA
Thomas Swiader
Fall River, MA
Dwayne Vaughn
Charleston, WV
Pete Waldenberger
Montrose, PA
Kyle Warren
Frederick, MD
Atlee Youngblood
Hedgesville, WV
Mercer, PA
We also want to welcome back any previous members who renewed in 2016. I’m sure I’ve missed someone
so I apologize now. If you have renewed and haven’t received your membership cards and certificate
or newsletters, give me a call. Please keep your addresses current to help avoid non-delivery problems.
~ Dee Carley, Membership Secretary
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Pennsylvania Taxidermist Association, Inc.
Board of Director Meeting - March 20, 2016 - 7Springs PA
Board Members Present – Jason Krause, Jessica Simmons, Joe Simmons, Patti Czerniakowski, Dan Swanson, Matt Zimmerman, Bill Ward, Rich Nagle, Ashley
Barrett, Jerry Reddinger, Benuel Lapp, Bob Evans, Bob Hutchinson (IPP)
Board Members Absent – None
Guests – Becky & Dan Snyder, Amy Hutchinson, Vince Spellane, John Czerniakowski, Dee Carley, Brian Claar, Tim Barnes, Tiffany Barrett, Renee Zimmerman,
Paul Czarnecki
The meeting was called to order at 9:33am.
Follow-Up:
• The treasurer’s report was presented by John Czerniakowski on behalf of Patti Czerniakowski. John Czerniakowski asked that the board to
continue to look for additional CPA’s to conduct the election. The cost to tally the election results is near $900. Jessica Simmons made a motion
to approve the treasurers report - 2nd by Joe Simmons - motion carried unanimously
• Brian Claar suggested that when selecting judges the BOD take into consideration feedback from shows they previously judged. Brian Claar
would also like the BOD to look into new stanchions. The ones we currently have are beginning to show signs of wear, tops are falling off and the
inserts are falling out. Brian Claar asked if anyone could take over the raffles since he has assumed the Competition Chair position, Bob Evans
volunteered and Renee Zimmerman will be his Co-chair.
• Bob Hutchinson had a few complaints from members regarding the judges. There were also some scoresheets that had been misplaced (after the
scores were entered into the system and prior to the competitor picking them up). The sheets do stick together and if another member received
a scoresheet for another member’s mount the BOD asks that you return them to the competition chair. Dan Swanson brought up a concern
regarding offensive poses. The BOD discussed Competition Rules for all PTA Competitions VI. General Rule #11 that states: Any mount found to
be in poor taste, or demeaning to the public or any organization will be removed from the competition. Paul Czarnecki discussed when/where
that line is drawn with examples such as; a wolf over a dead animal, a bobcat with a pheasant etc. Tiffany Barrett suggested that examples are
added to the rule to clarify the rule – ex: no blood, traps, arrows or kill shots depicted.
• Brian Claar had received several complaints regarding a member who was not permitted to enter the competition room and look around prior to
the room opening to members on Thursday at 6 pm. The member approached Dan Swanson, Jason Krause and Paul Czarnecki about the issue.
The decision was made in 2014 convention to move back to closed judging at the request of the membership. The competition room schedule is
posted and must be followed to allow for the judges to judge the pieces.
• The BOD discussed how the raffles/silent auction did. The BOD discussed ideas for another raffle and the possibility of starting the raffle earlier.
The BOD will continue to obtain donations for the silent auction. This will be discussed in more detail at the June 11, 2016 BOD meeting at 8 am.
The meeting will be held at 7Springs (The NTA has given us a room to conduct the meeting in).
• There was one item stolen from the registration area, a gift certificate donated by Heather Mallory for a turkey mount.
• The BOD discussed moving the hands on seminars to Wednesday night. Several members brought up a concern that they needed to decide
which seminars to attend. Moving the hands on seminar to Wednesday would eliminate some scheduling conflicts. Ashley Barrett and Matt
Zimmerman will be working on seminar ideas and schedules for the 2017 convention.
• The BOD discussed judges for 2017 convention. The list of potential judges are: Whitetail: Vincent Fleming, Vince Spellane, Cary Cochran, Brian
Eppley and Jack Emery; Lg mammal/gamehead: Ray Hatfield, Bill Neuman, Marcus Zimmerman, Kent Stryker, Josh Hunt; Small mammal/game
head: Ken Walker, Lance VanDusen, Brenda Duvall, Marcus Detring, Josh Hunt; Birds: Dale Manning, Page Nethercutt, Cory Caruthers, Dennis
Wessner, Mike Orthober; Fish: Jeff Mourning, Mike Orthober, Terry Weick, Brian Noody; Photography: John Helm and Art: Tom Duran; Habitat:
Vince Spellane, Bob Hutchinson; Commercial Division: Matt Zimmerman, Paul Czarnecki. Dan Swanson made a motion to approve the judges
list as discussed - 2nd by Joe Simmons - motion carried unanimously.
• The BOD discussed reinstating the commercial division. Several other associations have a commercial division and it may encourage taxidermists
to compete in Amateur or Professional divisions the following year. The pieces are judged from a distance of 4-6 feet, there would be no
scoresheets and it would be a group critique. The BOD discussed the commercial division being displayed separately from the other divisions.
The exact location will be worked out at the 2017 convention where the number of entries would be determined. Dan Swanson made a motion
to re-instate the commercial division with an entry fee of $25, judging to be done from a distance of 4-6 feet, no scoresheets, not eligible for any
awards determined by score or any special awards and a group critique - 2nd by Joe Simmons - motion carried unanimously. Dan Swanson made
a motion to compensate the judge for the commercial division with a $100 7Springs gift card - 2nd by Joe Simmons - motion (11 votes for and
Matt Zimmerman abstained).
• Dee Carley discussed the figures from the raffles. The vendors turned in $950 from the $1000 vendor cash give away. There was approximately
$1,400 from public viewing, $1,183 from the gun raffle, $861 from the 50/50s, $68 Shear the Beard and $1,400 silent auction. Dee explained that
when we are turning in monies for events it needs to be clearly marked what that money is for - that will allow her to enter it into the system and
give us an accurate figure sooner.
• Becky Snyder discussed that our numbers were only slightly off this year from last year. In 2015 Memberships 323, competition pieces 197 and
for banquet 232. In 2016 Memberships 330, competition pieces 187 and 205 for banquet.
• The BOD discussed the fees for Becky Snyder $2,500 convention coordinator and $600 per issue News Letter editor; for Dee Carley $1000 as
membership secretary and $2500 for convention registration; $0.25 per letter for mailings (split between whoever does them); for
Photographer $500 and a $100 7Springs gift card. Jessica Simmons made a motion to approve the compensation as discussed for Becky Snyder,
Dee Carley and Photographer - 2nd by Matt Zimmerman - motion carried unanimously.
• The BOD discussed compensation for the judges and seminars and determined to leave the compensation the same and re-evaluate in June.
• Jason Krause appointed committee chairs: Cabelas Show - Bill & Bridget Ward; Backboards - Bob Hutchinson; Competition Room - Chair Brian
Claar, Co-Chairs Frank Kotula & Cathy Popp; Elections - Chair Ray Kowalski, Co-Chair Rod Connelly; Legislative Change - Dan Snyder, John
Czerniakowski, Jason Krause, Rod Connelly, Paul Czarnecki; Raffles - Chair Bob Evans, Co-Chair Renee Zimmerman; Security - Vince Spellane;
Seminars - Ashley Barrett (Matt Zimmerman assisting); Media/Promotion - Brian Claar & Bob Hutchinson; Web Site - A.J Stehling; Convention
Balloting - Amy Hutchinson & Ella Connelly; Parliamentarians - Dan Snyder Paul Czarnecki & John Czerniakowski.
• John Czerniakowski asked if the BOD would be interested in purchasing an Excalibur 380 crossbow for $318 plus tax to be used for a raffle at the
2017 convention. Dan Swanson made a motion to have John purchase the crossbow - 2nd by Rich Nagle - motion carried unanimously.
• Becky Snyder asked the BOD to consider potentially changing the awards specifically the requirement for the piece to use specific company's
material (forms/paint etc).
• Jessica Simmons made a motion to adjourn, the meeting was adjourned at 1:00 pm.
Respectfully Submitted,
Jessica Simmons
Board Secretary
Additional Updates:
• The remaining $50 in vendor cash was turned in the week after the convention for reimbursement.
• 3/25/2016 - Ashley Barrett made a motion to approve signing any judge from our list that was discussed at the March meeting, for our 2018 show,
in the order that we chose them – 2nd by Rich Nagle – motion carried unanimously.
• 4/21/2016 - Dan Swanson made a motion that on behalf of the PTA and its membership, we make a memorial donation to the Cary Cochran
family to help alleviate some of the financial burden they have incurred in the amount of $500.00 – 2nd by Joe Simmons – motion carried
unanimously.
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The PTA would like to thank the following vendors
for their participation at our recent event.
• Calloway’s Custom Woodworks
• East Coast Tannery
• Eberly’s Bugworks LLC
• H & H Fur Dressing, Inc.
• Head Quarters Taxidermy Supply
• Jim Allred Taxidermy Supply
• Jordan’s Bear Den & Turkey Coop
• McKenzie Supply
• Noonie’s Taxidermy
Supply & Freeze Dry
• Northern Pines Wholesale Rugs
• NTA
• Ohio Taxidermy Supply
• Outlaw Skulls
• Payer Eyes
• Pine Acres Tannery
• Pro-1 Performance Chemicals
• Research Mannikins
• Rinehart Taxidermy, Inc./
Wholesale Warehouse
TH
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K
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• Robin’s Nest Animal Rugs
• Ruozzi & Sons Supply
• Sivko Fur, Inc.
• Taxidermy Toolshed LLC
• Tohickon Corporation
• Walnut Creek Hardwood
• Whitetail Woodcrafters
• Wildlife Gallery, Inc.
• Youngbloods Taxidermy
& Skull Cleaning
The Competitors Award CASH prizes were made possible by the PTA & . . .
Diamond Level - $1,000
• McKenzie Taxidermy Supply
• Tohickon Corporation
699 Bridle Path Ln.
Boyertown, PA
484-942-7378
Bronze Level - $250
• Payer Eyes
• Wildlife Gallery, Inc.
Supporting Level - < $250
• Pro-1 Performance
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APRIL • MAY • JUNE 2016
Danelle Harrison
Hi! My name is Danelle Harrison. I own and operate
Harrison’s Taxidermy in Leesport, Pa. I run a full-time,
full-service taxidermy studio, which I started ten years
ago. I am very proud of how far I’ve come in the past ten
years. I have established a great customer base, and I
am always improving my work.
My love of taxidermy actually started fifteen years
ago, in high school. I had to do a senior project in order
to graduate, the whole class did. The project needed to
include a fifteen-page paper, a twenty-minute speech,
and we had to spend twenty hours in the field of our
choice.
Most girls did their reports
on nursing or teaching, but my
mother gave me a different
idea. She suggested that I do
my report on taxidermy, since
my father has been taking me
hunting since I was a child,
and I had my first buck at a
taxidermist. So I called the
taxidermist
and asked if I could spend twenty hours just watching the
process. Those twenty hours turned into every day after
school, a part time job, and then a full time job right out
of high school.
I competed in my first PTA competition when I was
sixteen. I was ecstatic when I won the Rising Star Award.
Winning that award completely fixed my love for
taxidermy and competing.
Fifteen years later, I still look forward to the
convention every year. I love going to the seminars to
learn the latest and easiest ways of the taxidermy
process. However, I feel that
competing is by far the best way to
better your work. The judges can tell
you how to master the skills you have.
Even this past year, I learned so much
about the pieces I brought to the
show. The PTA constantly pushes
their taxidermists to be the best, and I
am a better taxidermist because of
them.
The PTA constantly
pushes their taxidermists
to be the best, and I am a
better taxidermist
because of them.
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2016 PENNSYLVANIA STATE TAXIDERMY & WILDLIFE ART CHAMPIONSHIPS
~ 7Springs, PA ~
PTA Best of Show $1500 - Taxidermy
Vince Spellane – Saltsburg, PA – Whitetail
Breakthrough Best of Show – Taxidermy
Vince Spellane – Saltsburg, PA – Whitetail
Taxidermy Today Woody Award
Eric Perry – Gold Hill, NC – Harlequin Drake
WASCO Award
Vince Spellane - Saltsburg, PA - Whitetail
Competitor’s Best of Show Artisan Award Sponsored by the UTA
Jason Krause – Pine Grove, PA - Wolf
Taxidermist of the Year Sponsored by the NTA
Vince Spellane – Saltsburg, PA - Whitetail
Taxidermy State Champions:
• Turkey – Kevin Yeager – Millersburg, PA – Eastern
• Waterfowl – Mark Benfield – Lincolnton, NC - Greenwing Teal
• Fish (Repro) – Frank Kotula – Wilkes Barre, PA - Puffer
• Small Gamehead – Jeremiah Reddinger – Mayport, PA – Raccoon
• Small Mammal – Kent Stryker – New Alexandria, PA – Coyote
• Large Mammal – Kent Stryker – New Alexandria, PA - Marco Polo
• Reptile (Skin) – Matt Zimmerman – Denver, PA - Timber Rattler
• Whitetail – Vince Spellane – Saltsburg, PA - Whitetail
Best of Show Wildlife Art (Ned Smith Memorial Award)
Isaac Jones – Beaver Falls, PA – Monkey Pencil Drawing
Wildlife Artist of the Year
Isaac Jones – Beaver Falls, PA – Monkey Pencil Drawing
Wildlife Art State Champions:
(Master Division Best of Category Winners)
• 3-D Art – Jeff Crawford - St. Mary’s, PA – Tree
• Flat Art – Isaac Jones - Beaver Falls, PA – Monkey Pencil Drawing
• Photography – Jason Confer - Aaronsburg, PA – Butterfly
Competitors $$$ Awards - Sponsored by McKenzie, Tohickon Glass Eyes,
Wildlife Gallery, Payer Eyes, Pro-1 & PTA
Master Division:
• First Place - $2000 – Kent Stryker – New Alexandria, PA
• Second Place - $1000 – Mark Benfield – Lincolnton, NC
• Third Place - $500 – Matt Zimmerman - Denver, PA
Professional Division:
• First Place - $1000 – Eric Perry - Gold Hill, NC
• Second Place – $500 – Benuel Lapp– Narvon, PA
• Third Place - $250 – Jodi Ricketts – Danville, OH
Best All-Around Taxidermist Sponsored by Tohickon Glass Eyes
Jason Krause - Pine Grove, PA
Best Professional Entry Sponsored by Tohickon Glass Eyes
Eric Perry - Gold Hill, NC - Harlequin Drake
Best of Category
Professional Division Winners:
• Whitetail – Justin Clemmer – Pitmon, PA - Whitetail
• Large Mammal – Benuel Lapp – Narvon, PA – Mountain Lion
• Small Mammal – Cathy Popp – Bainbridge, PA – Nutria
• Small Gamehead – Jeff Crawford – St. Mary’s, PA – Beaver
• Fish (Repro) – Jamie Cameron – Bolivar, PA - Bluegill
• Fish (Skin) CW 3-D – Jason Martin – Mifflinburg, PA – Brown Trout
• Fish (Skin) CW 1-Sided – Scott Winkler – Kunkletown, PA – Brown Trout
• Waterfowl – Eric Perry – Gold Hill, NC – Harlequin Drake
• Bird – Jodi Ricketts – Danville, OH – Ringneck Pheasant Hen
• Wildlife Art (Flat) – Dan Swanson – Ludlow, PA – Gyutaku
• Wildlife Art (3-D) – Jason Murphy – Littlestown, PA– Moose Antler
Best Amateur Entry – Sponsored by Research Mannikins
• Brian Wise – Robesonia, PA - Black Bear
Best of Category
Amateur Division:
• Whitetail – Kyle Warren – Frederick, MD – Whitetail
• Large Mammal – Brian Wise – Robesonia, PA – Black Bear
• Waterfowl – Brian Kendall – Carlisle, PA – Gadwall Drake
• Bird – Ashley Friendshuh – Prior Lake, MN – Ringneck Pheasant
Rising Star Award - Best Jr. Amateur Entry
Morgan Lorenzo – Kane, PA - Coyote
Best of Category –
Jr. Amateur Division Winners:
• Whitetail – Shane Zimmerman –
Denver, PA - Whitetail
• Small Mammal – Morgan Lorenzo –
Kane, PA - Coyote
PTA Taxidermist Choice Award
Kent Stryker – New Alexandria, PA Marco Polo
People’s Choice Award:
• First Place – Jason Krause –
Pine Grove, PA - Wolf
• Second Place – Jodi Ricketts –
Danville, OH - Whitetails
• Third Place – Benuel Lapp –
Narvon, PA - Mountain Lion
Collective Artists Awards:
• First Place
(Perry Klein Memorial Award) –
Matt & Shane Zimmerman Western Diamondback
• Second Place –
Dan Swanson, Jamie Cameron
& Clark Green Brown Trout
• Third Place – Dan Swanson,
Rod Connelly & Clark Green
- Snowshoe & Fisher
PA Game Commission Award
Vince Spellane – Saltsburg, PA –
Whitetail
PA Fish & Boat Commission Award
Frank Kotula – Wilkes Barre, PA –
Puffer
Jack Wilson Memorial Award
Jodi Ricketts – Danville, OH –
Ringneck Pheasant Hen
Eric Perry Gold Hill, NC
$1000 - 1st Place Professional Division
Competitors’ Award
Taxidermy Today Woody Award
Best Professional Entry • DU Award
Best of Category - Professional Waterfowl
Jason Krause Pine Grove, PA
Competitors’ Best of Show Artisan Award ~ Sponsored by the UTA
Best All-Around Taxidermist ~ Sponsored by Tohickon Glass Eyes
1st Place People's Choice Award • The ”Mounted In Alaska” Award
Walnut Creek Hardwoods Choice Award - Master Division
~ 10 ~
2016 PENNSYLVANIA STATE TAXIDERMY & WILDLIFE ART CHAMPIONSHIPS
~ 7Springs, PA ~
Jodi Ricketts Danville, OH
Benuel Lapp Narvon, PA
$250 - 3rd Place Professional Division Competitors’ Award
Best of Category - Professional Bird
2nd Place People's Choice Award • Jack Wilson Memorial Award
Most Creative Professional Award ~ Sponsored By Maryland Taxidermist Association
$500 - 2nd Place Professional Division Competitors Award
Best of Category - Professional Large Mammal
3rd Place People's Choice Award • Van Dyke's Most Original & Creative Award
Ducks Unlimited Award
Eric Perry – Gold Hill, NC –Harlequin Drake
National Wild Turkey Federation Award
Kevin Yeager – Millersburg, PA – Eastern
Safari Club International Award
Kent Stryker – New Alexandria, PA – Marco Polo
PA Trappers Association Award
Cathy Popp – Bainbridge, PA – Nutria
Ruffed Grouse Society Award
Carl Wurm – Pittsburgh, PA – Ruffed Grouse
North American Bear Foundation Award
Ashley Hertz – Gettysburg, PA – Black Bear
The “Mounted In Alaska” Award
Jason Krause – Pine Grove, PA – Wolf
PGC Commissioner’s Award Ray Kowalski – New Kensington, PA – Cottontail
Best Gamehead Sponsored by Research Mannikins
Jeff Crawford – St. Mary’s, PA – Beaver
Best Wildlife Photograph
Jason Confer – Aaronsburg, PA – Butterfly
Best Skin Mounted Reptile/Amphibian Award
Matt Zimmerman – Denver, PA – Timber Rattler
Van Dyke’s Most Original & Creative Award
Benuel Lapp – Narvon, PA – Mountain Lion
Ozark Woods Brian Harness Memorial Award
Kevin Yeager – Millersburg, PA – Lynx
Star Fish Award
Jamie Cameron – Bolivar, PA – Bluegill
Head Quarters Lifesize Mammal Award
Kent Stryker – New Alexandria, PA – Coyote
Head Quarters Whitetail/Gamehead Award
Jeremiah Reddinger – Mayport, PA – Raccoon
Polytranspar Award
Frank Kotula – Wilkes Barre, PA – Puffer
McKenzie Taxidermist Choice Awards:
• Whitetail Deer –
Vince Spellane – Saltsburg, PA - Whitetail
• Life-size Mammals
Kevin Yeager – Millersburg, PA – Lynx
• Bird – Kevin Yeager – Millersburg, PA – Eastern Turkey
• Fish – Frank Kotula – Wilkes Barre, PA – Puffer
Kent Stryker New Alexandria, PA
Most Creative Professional Award
Sponsored by Maryland Taxidermist Association
Jodi Ricketts – Danville, OH - Whitetails
Al Holmes’ Habitat Award
Vince Spellane – Saltsburg, PA - Whitetail
Walnut Creek Hardwoods Choice Awards:
• Master – Jason Krause – Pine Grove, PA –
Ringneck Pheasant
• Professional – Jen Reddinger – Mayport, PA –
Coyote
Pro-1 Performance Chemicals Award
Kent Stryker – New Alexandria, PA – Marco Polo
President’s Challenge Cup - “Dinner Time”
Cameron Ream – Middletown, PA – Fox Squirrel
McKenzie Distinguished Service Award
Connie Jordan – Northpoint, PA
Pre-Registered Gun Winner
James Deardorf – Fayetteville, PA
Mark Benfield Lincolnton, NC
$2000 - 1st Place Master Division Competitors’ Award
Taxidermy State Champion - Small Mammal • Taxidermy State Champion - Large Mammal
PTA Taxidermist Choice Award • SCI Award
HQ Lifesize Mammal Award • Pro-1 Performance Chemicals Award
$1000 - 2nd Place Master Division Competitors’ Award
Taxidermy State Champion - Waterfowl
~ 11 ~
2016 PENNSYLVANIA STATE TAXIDERMY & WILDLIFE ART CHAMPIONSHIPS
~ 7Springs, PA ~
Whitetail
A M AT E U R D I V I S I O N
Kyle Warren- MD
Bird
Whitetail
Ashley Friendshuh - MN
Alex Emlet - PA
Ringneck Pheasant
Whitetail
Austin Brewer - PA
Suzette Mack - PA
Ringneck Pheasant (Hen)
Whitetail
Fish (Skin) CW 1-S
Douglas Shawgo - PA
Austin Brewer - PA
Whitetail Deer Head
Steelhead
Landon W. Martin - PA
Fish (Skin) WW 1-S
Whitetail
Ashley Friendshuh - MN
Curtis Baker - MD
Smallmouth Bass
Whitetail
Habitat
Brian Wise - PA
Brian Wise - PA
Whitetail Deer
Black Bear
Robert Nicklow - PA
Brian Kendall - PA
Whitetail
Greenwing Teal
Austin Brewer - PA
Mammal (Large)
Whitetail
Brian Wise - PA
Wildlife Art (Photography)
Black Bear
Peter J. Waldenberger - PA
Mammal (Small)
Frog
Ashley Friendshuh - MN
Coyote
JUNIOR AMATEUR
Turkey
DIVISION
Austin Brewer - PA
Gamehead (Small)
Turkey
Bella LaRosa - PA
Waterfowl
Raccoon
Brian Kendall - PA
Mammal (Small)
Gadwall Drake
Morgan Lorenzo - PA
Chad Horst - PA
Coyote
Widgeon
Malachi Krause - PA
Mike Franek - PA
Grey Squirrel
Ringneck Duck
Whitetail
Chad Horst - PA
Shane Zimmerman - PA
Barrows Goldeneye
Whitetail
Brian Kendall - PA
Greenwing Teal Drake
Matt Zimmerman Denver, PA
$500 - 3rd Place Master Division Competitors’ Award
Taxidermy State Champion - Reptile (Skin)
Best Skin Mounted Reptile/Amphibian Award
~ 12 ~
Morgan Lorenzo
Kane, PA
Rising Star Award • Best Jr. Amateur Entry
Best of Category Jr. Amateur Small Mammal
MASTER DIVISION
Bird
Jason Krause - PA
Ringneck Pheasant
Jason Krause - PA
Ringneck Pheasant
Fish (Repro)
Frank E. Kotula - PA
Puffer
Gamehead (Large)
Matt Zimmerman - PA
Zebra
Gamehead (Small)
Jeremiah Reddinger - PA
Raccoon
Habitat
Vince Spellane - PA
Whitetail
Mammal (Large)
Kent E. Stryker - PA
Marco Polo
Kent E. Stryker - PA
Wolf
Marcus Zimmerman - PA
Big Horn Sheep
Jason Krause - PA
Wolf
Jason Krause - PA
Wolf
Kent E. Stryker - PA
Lesser Kudu
2016 PENNSYLVANIA STATE TAXIDERMY & WILDLIFE ART CHAMPIONSHIPS
Matt & Shane
Zimmerman
~ 7Springs, PA ~
Collective Artists’ Awards:
1st Place ~ Perry Klein Memorial Award
Mammal (Small)
Kent E. Stryker - PA
Coyote
Raymond A. Kowalski - PA
Cottontail
Jeff Crawford - PA
Coyote
Reptile (Skin)
Matt Zimmerman - PA
Timber Rattler
Matt Zimmerman - PA
Western Diamond Back
Jason Krause - PA
Timber Rattler
Matt Zimmerman - PA
AZ Black Tail Rattle Snake
Jason Krause - PA
Timber Rattler
Turkey
Kevin Yeager - PA
Eastern
Heather Mallory - PA
Turkey
Heather Mallory - PA
Turkey
Waterfowl
Mark Benfield - NC
Greenwing Teal
Mark Benfield - NC
Canvasback
Daniel Parmer - PA
Mandarin
Whitetail
Elmer W. Stoltfus - PA
Bufflehead
Elmer W. Stoltfus - PA
Blue Snow Goose
Mark Benfield - NC
Pintail
Daniel Parmer - PA
Ruddy Duck
Elmer W. Stoltfus - PA
Snow Goose
Mark Benfield - NC
Shoveler
Elmer W. Stoltfus - PA
Bufflehead
Elmer W. Stoltfus - PA
Juvenile Snow Goose
Daniel Parmer - PA
Canvasback
Daniel Parmer - PA
Redhead
Corey R. Logo - PA
Mallard
Corey R. Logo - PA
White Fronted Goose
Vince Spellane - PA
Whitetail
Robert Schmouder- PA
Whitetail
Ken Devivi - VA
Whitetail
Ken Devivi - VA
Whitetail
Jason Carder - MD
Whitetaill
Wildlife Art (3-D)
Jeff Crawford - PA
Tree
Wildlife Art (Flat)
Isaac Jones - PA
Monkey/Pencil Drawing
Wildlife Art (Photography)
Jason Confer - PA
Butterfly
Jason Confer - PA
Cedar Waxwing
PROFESSIONAL
DIVISION
Bird
Jodi Ricketts - OH
Ringneck Pheasant Hen
Jodi Ricketts - OH
Ringneck Pheasant
~ 13 ~
Thomas Smith - NY
RN Pheasant
Brian Claar - PA
Ringneck
Carl Wurm - PA
Ruffed Grouse
Fish (Repro)
Jamie L. Cameron - PA
Bluegill
Fish (Skin) CW 1-S
Scott Winkler - PA
Brown Trout
Brian Nealen - PA
Brook Trout
Fish (Skin) CW 3-D
Jason Martin - PA
Brown Trout
Fish (Skin) WW 1-S
Harold C. Statler, Jr. - PA
Smallmouth Bass
Gamehead (Large)
Ashley Hertz - PA
Black Bear
Danelle Harrison - PA
Mule Deer
Danelle Harrison - PA
Antelope
Gamehead (Small)
Jeff Crawford - PA
Beaver
Jason Krause - PA
Raccoon
Schaun P. Mack - PA
Raccoon
Schaun P. Mack - PA
Raccoon
Jen Reddinger - PA
Coyote
Shane M. Salmon - PA
Coyote
Schaun P. Mack - PA
Red Fox
Schaun P. Mack - PA
Red Fox
Habitat
Daniel O’Donnel - PA
Corsican Ram
Landon W. Martin- PA
Common Eider
Benuel Z. Lapp - PA
Gray Fox
Benuel Z. Lapp - PA
Mtn. Lion/Wolf
2016 PENNSYLVANIA STATE TAXIDERMY & WILDLIFE ART CHAMPIONSHIPS
~ 7Springs, PA ~
Suzette Mack - PA
Raccoon
Benuel Z. Lapp - PA
Turkey
Schaun P. Mack - PA
Red Fox
Chad Houseworth- PA
Whitetail
Mammal (Large)
Benuel Z. Lapp- PA
Mountain Lion
Benuel Z. Lapp
Wolf
Daniel O'Donnel - PA
Corsican Ram
Brian Nealen - PA
Black Bear
Mammal (Small)
Cathy J. Popp - PA
Nutria
Heather Miller - PA
Raccoon
Kevin Yeager- PA
Lynx
Cameron Ream - PA
Fox Squirrel
Jason Krause - PA
Fisher
Brian Wise
Robesonia, PA
Turkey
• Best Amateur Entry
- Sponsored by Research Mannikins
• Best of Category Amateur Large Mammal
Jodi Ricketts - OH
Whitetail Fawn
Michael Gross - PA
Fisher
Daniel O’Donnel - PA
Squirrel
Joseph P. Simmons - PA
Armidillo
Cameron Ream- PA
Squirrel
Benuel Z. Lapp - PA
Gray Fox
Carl Wurm - PA
Fox Squirrel
Jason Confer - PA
Bobcat
Jason Confer - PA
Red Fox
Jennifer LaRosa - PA
Coyote
Jason Confer - PA
Coyote
Carmen M. Ferrara - PA
Bobcat
Landon W. Martin - PA
Red Fox
Jeff Owens - PA
Bobcat
Brian Nealen - PA
Showshoe
Thomas Smith - NY
Bobcat
Joseph P. Simmons - PA
Gray Fox
Benuel Z. Lapp - PA
Turkey
Austin Davis - PA
Turkey
Cameron Ream - PA
Turkey
Timothy M. Barnes - PA
Eastern Wild Turkey
Waterfowl
Eric Perry - NC
Harlequin Drake
Eric Perry - NC
Mallard Hen
Eric Perry - NC
Bluewinged Teal
Eric Perry - NC
Mallard Drake
Austin Davis - PA
Harlequin Duck
~ 14 ~
Whitetail
Kolbi Hertz- PA
Woodduck
Austin Davis - PA
Old Squaw
Martin Homan, Jr. - PA
Woodduck Drake
Daniel O’Donnel -PA
Surf Scooter
Martin Homan, Jr. - PA
Woodduck Hen
Cameron Ream - PA
Buffle Head
Cameron Ream - PA
Buffle Head
Landon W. Martin - PA
Common Eider
Justin Clemmer - PA
Whitetail
Kevin Yeager - PA
Whitetail
Jeremiah Reddinger - PA
Whitetail
Jeremiah Reddinger - PA
Whitetail
Justin Clemmer - PA
Whitetail
Danelle Harrison - PA
Whitetail
Clair Weaver - PA
Whitetail
Kevin A. Crowe - PA
Whitetail
Scott A. Wilshire - PA
Whitetail
Jeremiah Reddinger - PA
Whitetail
Jason Confer - PA
Whitetail
Jeremiah Reddinger - PA
Whitetail
Justin Clemmer - PA
Whitetail
Danelle Harrison - PA
Whitetail
Jason Martin- PA
Whitetail
Nicholas Krivoniak - OH
Whitetail
Jodi Ricketts - OH
Whitetail
Kevin A. Crowe - PA
Whitetail
2016 PENNSYLVANIA STATE TAXIDERMY & WILDLIFE ART CHAMPIONSHIPS
~ 7Springs, PA ~
Jamie Cameron, Clark Green
& Dan Swanson
Collective Artists’ Awards: 2nd Place
Martin Homan - PA
Whitetail
Peter J. Waldenberger - PA
Whitetail
Justin Clemmer - PA
Whitetail
Schaun P. Mack - PA
Whitetail
Shane Salmon- PA
Whitetail
Timothy M. Barnes - PA
Whitetail
Douglas Osborn - PA
Whitetail
Keith K. Flicker - PA
Whitetail
Richard Perrine - PA
Whitetail
John J. Czerniakowski - PA
Whitetail
Keith K. Flicker - PA
Whitetail
Peter J. Waldenberger - PA
Whitetail
Andrew Hawkins - PA
Whitetail
Thomas Smith - NY
Whitetail
Joshua Silfee - PA
Whitetail
Ryan Moats - PA
Whitetail
Chad Housworth - PA
Whitetail
Brian Nealen - PA
Whitetail
Ryan Moats - PA
Whitetail
Dustin A. Doyle - PA
Whitetail
Wildlife Art (3-D )
Jason Murphy - PA
Moose Antler
Jason Murphy - PA
Moose Antler
Cameron Ream - PA
Fox Squirrel Mannikin
Wildlife Art (Flat)
Danial P. Swanson - PA
Gyutaku
Wildlife Art (Photography)
Nancy Nosko - PA
Mountain Lion
Rod Connelly, Clark Green
& Dan Swanson
Connie Jordan
Northpoint, PA
McKenzie Distinguished Service Award
Collective Artists’ Awards: 3rd Place
~ 15 ~
~ 16 ~
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~ 18 ~
JULY • AUGUST • SEPT. 2016
Vince Spellane
My name is Vince Spellane, I currently reside in
Westmoreland County and have been practicing taxidermy for
over 25 years. My story is a little different than most.
Growing up I always had a love for nature and the
outdoors. I spent most of my time exploring the woods around
my parents home. During this time my intrigue with animals
continued to grow. I would collect various skulls, and bones
and began to study animals. I always had an interest in art and
science, two things that usually don’t go together, until I
discovered taxidermy. While looking through a Field and
Stream magazine, I found an ad for a taxidermy catalog and
started making squirrel skin rugs
for my friends, and preserving
animal tails from the products I
had found.
As time went on I tried larger
projects and taught myself
through trial and error as well as
VHS tapes. In 2006 while looking
for outdoor shows to attend to
bridge the time after hunting
season, I ran across an ad for the Pennsylvania Taxidermy
Association and a show they were having at the Altoona
Convention Center. I remember calling the President at the
time, Ray Kowalski, and asking what I had to do to attend the
show.
Needless to say, I was amazed by what I saw at the show.
I remember feeling that I was finally with my people. Most
people I knew thought taxidermy was a little weird and had no
understanding of what it entailed. I not only stumbled onto
people that had similar interests, I found
hundreds of them in one place. This one
experience changed my life.
The following year I decided to not only
attend the show but to bring a piece and
compete. I can sincerely say that becoming a
member of this organization and competing, has changed
my life in many ways. I have made numerous friends, been
inspired to better myself and my work, as well as gained an
unmeasurable amount of taxidermy knowledge.
I have been a member of the Pennsylvania Taxidermy
Association for the past 10 years and an active board member
of our association for the past five years. As far as the
competition end of things I recently dismantled the mount that
I took to Altoona the first year I competed and remounted it.
This was a special project for me and was a reflection of the
past 10 years. I chose a pose similar to the pose that I had
won my first blue ribbon with in the
professional division. I used the antlers
from my first competition piece and from
one of my most memorable archery hunts
of all time. The head was from my first
sculpture I ever made. The apple on the
base was off of my last world show entry
and the rock was from a mold that I made
a while back for the first seminar I gave
for the organization.
Things came full circle for me in March 2016 when I was
completely surprised and honored to win the Breakthrough
Award with this mount. To say that that night was special
would be an understatement. To win is an amazing feeling but
to be able to do it with a piece that had so much meaning and
reflection of my journey to this point was very special to me. I
hope my story may inspire someone just starting out as I was
several years ago. Your greatest limiting factor is you,
yourself. Believe in yourself, work hard, never give up, and
you will accomplish your dreams.
In closing, I again want to say thank you to
everyone who has continued to make this
organization grow and thrive and those who
have shared their knowledge and have
inspired me.
I can sincerely say that
becoming a member of
this organization and
competing, has changed
my life in many ways.
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