Rules and Regulations of OKTA Competitions
Please read all competition rules before signing the registration form. By signing, you agree to the rules governing OKTA competitions.
Failure to comply with the rules and regulations of competition may result in the denial of your registration for future conventions.
All individuals must pay OKTA membership to attend any portion of the convention and competition.
All entries must remain in the room until 12:00 p.m. on the final day of the convention. Competitors who cannot fulfill this obligation either
need to make arrangements for pick-up or do not enter the mount.
Master’s Division: Highest standard of judging
Professional Division: Quality standard of judging
Commercial Division: See criteria listed in rules.
Youth Division: Judge’s Discretion
Multiple ribbons are awarded for 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and honorable mention in the youth, commercial, and professional categories. Honorable
mention is eliminated in the Master’s division.
Professional and Master’s divisions will use the standard scoring scale used by most taxidermy competitions.
1st place = 90-100 (blue)
2nd place = 80-89 (red)
3rd place = 70-79 (white)
Honorable Mention = 60-69 (green)
Score sheets will reflect the division of the competitor and be known to the judge. Youth score sheets will reflect the age of the competitor.
Youth participants must be 14 or younger.
Strict competition criteria do not apply in the commercial division. Judges are instructed to judge the commercial division against their
collective knowledge of the commercial work they have viewed in their careers. Judges are not required to formulate a numerical score.
Judges will complete a special critique sheet and award a small ribbon based upon the following criteria:
Blue = “Excellent Commercial Work”
Red = “Good Commercial Work”
White = “Average Commercial Work”
Green = “Below Average Commercial Work”
There are no categories in the commercial division, but the category judges from the Professional and Master’s Division will each critique
their fields of expertise, respectfully. Specimens must fit into one of the OKTA categories to be entered. Novelty mounts such as crayfish,
spiders, and horn mounts are not allowed. There are no special awards for this division.
In the original art category, competitors are not scored. Judges determine ribbon color and choose category winners.
Once a professional competitor has earned two blue ribbons in a particular division and category, he or she is asked to move into the next
higher division. A competitor may not enter multiple divisions within one category. Amateurs must move out of this division after three
competitions or one blue ribbon.
Best of Category will be awarded to each category within the professional division. A minimum of a red ribbon is required to be eligible for
best of category in the professional division. State champion titles will be awarded to the best of category winners in each of the master’s
categories. Only master’s earning a blue ribbon are eligible for the state champion title.
Judges will choose a Best Youth Mount, Best Professional Mount, Master of Masters, Judge’s Choice, Breakthrough and the WASCO
Challenges: $50.00 fee for each entry to be re-judged. Decisions of alternate judge(s) will be final. Identity of alternative judge(s) is known
only to the competition committee and not revealed until after the challenge. Challenges must be made and fees paid within two hours of
the competition room opening.
Competition committee reserves the right to refuse acceptance of inappropriate mounts.
Protected species must include necessary permits/papers.
Entries must be accessible to the judges. An entry may be declared ineligible if too many of the judging criteria are hidden from view or
inaccessible to the judge, or are not included in the mount.
Be prepared for the removal of glass cases at the judge’s discretion.
No mount may be entered more than once in this competition. If a participant desires a critique from a subsequent judge, he/she may pay
the designated entry fee and receive a critique from the judge. The mount will not be eligible for additional awards or ribbons due to the
Competition area is CLOSED during judging. Permission to be in the room will be determined by the President, Vice-President, &
Chairman of the Competition Committee. Only officers of the OKTA and the Competition Committee will be allowed in the competition
room during closed hours. Competitors may be allowed to place their mounts early during the registration. Competitors will not be
allowed to place their mounts if a judge is present in the competition room. Mounts may be moved from their original position to
accommodate the mounts in the competition room.
Competition Committee members must sign a code of ethics form to work in the competition room. Failure to comply with these governing
codes will result in permanent dismissal of
The OKTA will request facility security and be as careful as possible with all mounts: however, by act of entry into the competition,
participants release the OKTA, its officers, board, competition committee members, and judges from any liability or responsibility for any
mount in competition, under any circumstances.
Any question arising from the competition shall be resolved by the competition committee. Its decision will be final.
Any infraction of any competition rule shall disqualify the entry. Disqualified entries shall not be eligible for any award(s). Registration and
entry fees will not be refunded.
Absolutely NO ALCOHOL in the competition room, seminar rooms, and supply rooms.
You must pay registration to attend any portion of the convention. This includes purchasing items from vendors in the hotel parking lot.
European (skull) mounts and horn mounts are only eligible to compete in the youth division. Half or full skeletal articulations are permitted
as 3D art.
Name badges must be worn to enter seminar, competition, and supply rooms.
All entries must be completed by the individual competitor. Pieces completed during workshops or classes may not be entered in
competition. Artificial turkey heads may be mounted and freeze-dried by a supplier or other individual, but the competitor must complete the
actual painting of the head.
Entries completed by multiple taxidermists must be entered in the Collective Artist Division.
The Collective Artist Division will be eligible for two awards: Judge’s Choice/Collective Artists and People’s Choice/Collective Artist.
Individual ribbons are not awarded.
Half life-size mounts will be treated as a gamehead or whitetail respectively.
A reproduction is defined as actual animal that has been molded and casted. Commercial reproductions are allowed in the reproduction
category, but are not eligible for Judge’s Choice. All normal finish work and painting must be done by the competitor. Pre-finished/painted
pieces are prohibited for entry.
All names or logos that may reveal the identity of the competitor must be omitted or concealed during competition.
After judging is completed, business cards may be placed next to entries.
Any conduct by the competitor that is deemed unsportsmanlike could result in disqualification and forfeiture of any and all awards. Unruly
or disruptive behavior towards judges, show officials, or other competitors will not be tolerated, and the individual will be asked to leave
Banquet tickets may be purchased and received at registration. Tickets will be taken up at the entry into the banquet. You do not have to
pay banquet fees to attend the auction after the banquet.
The OKTA is no longer affiliated with the National Taxidermists Association. OKTA Score sheets will replace the NTA score sheet for this
competition. Points cannot be earned in for NTA certification.
Competitor’s Challenge Award rules: Any competitor bringing 4 or more mounts to competition is eligible. There is no extra entry fee. The
four highest scoring pieces will be used to figure a cumulative point total based on division and ribbon color. Point determinations are
figured on the same scale as the certification program. The competitor with the highest point total is the Competitor’s Challenge Award
recipient. Competitors may enter any combination of categories. Collective Artist and Original Art are not eligible categories because there
are no points awarded. Judges are tie breakers.
There is no guarantee that all major awards will be available for presentation at the awards banquet.