MADRID -- Brian A. Matthie of Nature's Vision Taxidermy, 65 Pollack Rd., won first place earlier this year at the NY State Convention and Competition for his waterfowl mount of a greater scaup.
The greater scaup mount was of the duck standing on a chunk of ice while drinking water. His waterfowl mount received a best of category: waterfowl in the professional division and the award for the best in show: profesional division all categories.
Matthie has competed in multiple taxidermy competitions this year including in New York, New England and Maine.
In June, at the New England Taxidermy Competition held in Enfield, Conneticut, Matthie decided to enter a pair of ring-neck pheasants fighting and a bufflehead duck swimming underwater. He was very successful winning three first place ribbons, two best of catergories: waterfowl and pheasant as well as the best of show: professional division.
He also took home top awards for best of show: upland bird, best of show: pheasant, and best of show: waterfowl. Matthie also received the Van Dyke's Award for his fighting pheasants which is given to the most creative and inspiring mount of the show. The fighting pheasants also received a third place people's choice award.
In August, Brian traveled to the Maine Taxidermy Association's Convention and Competition and decided to compete at a higher level by entering the Master's Division. His entry of a buff pheasant standing on a wagon wheel took Best of Category as well as the top award for Best of Show. He also received the Al Holmes Award for Best in Show.
This is Matthie's second year competing and he plans to attend the World's Taxidermy Competition next May, which is held in Springfield, Missouri.
Matthie also raises over 16 different species of waterfowl from canvasbacks and pintails, to widgeons and redheads that he uses for live reference. He also has several different species of pheasants.
He is expanding his business to a full service shop this fall to include all areas of taxidermy from game-heads and mammals to fish and birds.
At the conventions, competitors not only enter their pieces to earn awards but are also given a critique from the judges to pinpoint areas that need improvement. Judges discuss various tips and techniques to develop better skills in creating a more life-like mount. Competitors as also able to attend teaching seminars from national and world champion taxidermists in all areas of taxidermy from deer to making better habitats.