We Stand Together
The United Taxidermist Association is an international organization with thousands of members worldwide. We have no boundaries. Our vision is to unite, promote, and champion the needs of taxidermists and those that support and strengthen us where ever we are.
Convention and after visiting with old friends, Bill and Michelle saw how happy and successful others were in their own taxidermy businesses. This is when they were convinced that they too should try one final time with a full time Taxidermy Business. After all, Bill was not content to do construction work for the rest of his life, he really wanted to do taxidermy.
On the way home from that trip Bill and Michelle decided that they would start looking for a place to rent so they could move the Taxidermy shop from their home back into Albuquerque, NM and make it a thriving business again. Within the next week, they had located a perfect location right next door to Green Valley Meats (one of Albuquerque’s largest Game Meat Processors) and thought it must be too good to be true. By April 1, 2012, they had signed the lease and shortly after made the move for the 2012 hunting season. The 2012 hunting season was their most successful year to date.
Bill always looks forward to learning and teaching new and innovative taxidermy techniques and passing on his passion for the art of taxidermy to his own two boys, who also love the outdoors and wildlife as much as he does. They both enjoy working in the shop and working with dad to learn taxidermy along with their other hobbies. Nathan is 18 and is a Senior in High School. He enjoys riding his 4 wheeler, playing video games and wants to join the military after high school. Ryan is 14 and a Freshman in High School. Ryan also loves to play video games and shoot his air-soft guns every chance he gets. Ryan is interested in shooting and designing guns and wants to become a weapons engineer when he grows up. As a Family the Bowen’s love to escape to the NASCAR races whenever possible. You can almost always count them in for the fall Phoenix and the spring Las Vegas races.
Bill has been a long time member of the N.T.A. and of his state association, the NMTA. He recently joined the U.T.A. during the 2012 NMTA Convention. Bill is a proud 2-time recipient of the U.T.A. Artisan Award and proudly displays his membership certificate and his Artisan Awards in his studio. Bill joined the U.T.A. because he strongly believes in their mission: To Unite, To Gather and Share Knowledge, To Educate, and To Promote Awareness. Bill encourages other taxidermist to join the U.T.A. because “United We “Taxidermist” MUST Stand”!
world levels, Bill was thrilled to become a Judge and judged his 1st show at the 2009 National Taxidermy Convention.
May 12, 2013 | Michelle Bowen
Bill Bowen was born and raised in Albuquerque NM. From the time he was a small child, he enjoyed the outdoors and wildlife. As a teenager he developed an interest in bird taxidermy. In the following years, his interest in taxidermy blossomed from just a hobby into a full time career.
He enjoys competing at taxidermy conventions and attended his 1st National Taxidermy Association Competition many years ago in Las Vegas, NV. When he walked into that competition room, and saw the quality of work compared to his, he nearly turned around with his “masterpiece” and walked away. Bill remembers being embarrassed to even set his bird on the table. But again, he didn’t give in, and followed through with the challenge.
Needless to say, he did not win a ribbon that weekend and, in fact, he won’t even mention the score. But that was just the beginning of his competition journey, a journey that still continues to this day.
Nearly 25 years later he is still competing and is now proud to say that he is judging some of those same competitions that he nearly walked away from as a teenager.
After many years of competing at the state, regional, national and
The UTA grew from the need for unity and professionalism within the taxidermy industry. In art, unity occurs when all of the elements combine to make a balanced, harmonious, complete whole. The UTA creates that unity, a place for all individuals to come together for the betterment of the industry and those that support it.
It’s no coincidence that the UTA starts with You! Be a part of the most positive new force in taxidermy. Join the United Taxidermist Association today. www.unitedtaxidermyassociation.com
Bill started out with a small shop in Albuquerque, NM. In the year 2000 (in a joint venture with his father) he moved his business 40 miles west of Albuquerque, to a small town named Moriarty, NM. Together they built a Sporting Goods store with an archery range and pro shop which went along great with his taxidermy and a wildlife museum.
Unfortunately, after a Family Feud in 2005, the joint venture was closed and the taxidermy business was put on the back burner while Bill worked construction jobs. Bill’s passion for taxidermy was always strong so he continued to work on taxidermy part-time, but mostly just as a hobby. He didn’t compete much during this time. He just judged a few shows until he attended the NMTA convention in March 2012.
That show changed everything. After attending the New Mexico Taxidermy
He is qualified to judge Birds, Gameheads and Lifesize. He has had the pleasure of judging at the state level: NM, CA, CO, TX, and UT and most recently judged at the 2013 National Taxidermy Convention in Baton Rouge, LA. Bill truly enjoys sharing his knowledge with fellow taxidermists.
Bill’s wife Michelle did not come from a hunting family, and really didn’t care for the whole taxidermy idea at first. However, after much coaxing and begging for sewing assistance by Bill, she soon learned to enjoy the art of taxidermy as well. Now working, learning, and competing together, taxidermy has become one of their shared joys in life. Both Bill and Michelle have earned their N.T.A. Award of Excellence.
Bill has enjoyed doing taxidermy for the past 22 years. He worked for Roy Cogburn (Albuquerque, NM) in the 90’s and learned many of his best skills from Roy. Bill has had the pleasure and privilege of creating custom wildlife displays for individuals, schools, museums, the NM Department of Game & Fish and Bass Pro Shops.