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Competition Rules

1. More than one entry per person in a category is allowed.

2. Membership in the K.A.T. must be valid before entering K.A.T. competitions. No memberships received after close of final registration will be eligible for Kansas Awards at that convention. (If out of state, you must be a member of your state association).

3. Protected species will need written proof or proper permits to be entered.

4. Any vulgar mount or mount done in poor taste will be taken out of competition.

5. Soliciting by suppliers or members in competition area will be allowed after awards are affixed.

6. Entry of mounts, which have been entered in previous competitions:

a. Mounts winning World, national or regional levels will be permitted to enter at state levels.

Any points earned will not be honored by the N.T.A.

b. Mounts winning at the state level may be entered in Regional or National competitions.

c. No mount can be entered that has been in previous K.A.T. Competition where judges were used.

7. Professional taxidermist shall be a person who receives money for his or her work.

8. Amateur taxidermist shall be a person who receives NO MONEY for ANY of his or her work.

9. All competitors must sign this form stating they will obey all rules and releasing the K.A.T., its Officers, or Board of Directors from any liability for mounts entered in competition. While the K.A.T. will be as careful as possible with all mounts, everyone is advised that accidents or thefts are possible and that competitors should purchase insurance on their competition entries through their local insurance agent.

10. Judges’ decision shall be final unless an appeal is made to the Competition Committee (Board of Directors). A $25 fee must be paid to have an entry re-judged.

11. If a member is suspected of not mounting a specimen entered in his or her name in the competition, he or she may be required to mount the same mount in question for the judges and judges committee.

12. A member violating a competition rule on any entry will be subject to loss of any and all awards. Entry fees will not be reimbursed.  Also no disrespectful words or actions towards a judge will be tolerated.

13. No member can be in the judging area while judging is in progress, (other than the Competition Committee) or try to influence the judges in any way.

14. Entries worked on by combined artists must be entered under all names or shop name using the artist with the highest level of competition completed as the judging criteria.

15. Anybody out of state whether they are a KAT member or not is eligible for best out of state award.

16. Any Kansas member regardless if they are a resident or nonresident competing in a professional category is eligible for the “Best of Kansas” professional plaque and will go to the highest scoring mount in that category. Anyone competing in a master category is eligible for the "State Champion" plaque awarded to highest score in that category.

17. Masters that enter a reproduction MUST make your own reproduction.

18. Any mount entered in competition that is “wet” or “buggy” will NOT be eligible for ribbons or awards; but will receive a judge’s critique.

19. Two blue ribbons in a single category in the last four years from any state competition OR one blue ribbon and best of Kansas professional plaque will automatically move you to the next highest completion level (Masters) in the category of which the plaque and blue ribbon was won.

20. All Around consists of four different species in four different categories: (Shoulder mount-Whitetail or Gamehead, Fish, Reptile, Bird, Lifesize) an average total score of 80 must be obtained to be eligible to win.

21. Competitor award consists of a minimum of 4 mounts of any category except habitat or original art.  Award ribbon will be given to 2nd and 3rd place with 1st place receiving a plaque.

22. Any mount completed under instruction/school can compete in professional or masters categories and receive a score sheet and a critique but will NOT receive any ribbons or awards.

23. All grooming of your mount will take place outside the competition room and in the grooming room. Once you bring your mount into the competition room to be placed, you will have 5 minutes to do final touch up grooming with “hands” only, no tools.  After your 5 minutes, you are required to leave the competition room.

24.  Richard H. Schmidt Award of Excellence will go to the highest scoring Masters mount of a KAT member in the competition.

.  We do not have an interpretive category.  If a mount is brought & deemed to be interpretive by the judges, the mount will not be scored.

I have read the competition rules and do agree that the mount or mounts that I have entered are in accordance with K.A.T. competition rules.

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