United Taxidermist Association Home

May 11, 2013  |  Artisan

competitor to the sense of accomplishment that comes with trying to, as correctly as possible, recreate what God has given us in nature.

Steve Tugwell - Member Spotlight

              ​United Taxidermist Association

a concept of Chris’ and entered it under all three names into the collective artist division and won. A proud moment for all. Steve has also had a UTA Artisan Award winning piece featured on the cover of Taxidermy Today Magazine that was inspired by his late friend.

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. 

United Taxidermist Association Facebook Page

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

The South East region of the US is well populated with taxidermists and has its fair share of National and World Champions current and from the past. I would like to introduce our membership to one that I have come to know as a friend over the past few years which, to me, reveals the importance of traveling to as many conventions as possible and building relationships which can benefit all involved in business and most importantly in life.

This article settles in Farmville, North Carolina. The home of one Mr. Steve Tugwell and his family, wife Susan and two daughters Lacey and Macey.


Steve, aka Tuggy, owns and operates Kittrell Hill Taxidermy. His efforts in taxidermy began around 1991 as an apprentice for Mr. Charles Justice of Greenville, NC and grew from there over about an eleven year period. Drawn to the trade by his love of nature and the outdoors and hunting, Steve attributes his success as an artist and 

United Taxidermist Association YouTube Channel

Steve opened Kittrell Hill Taxidermy in 2001 and became a full time operation in 2005. The love of the trade and hunting doesn’t stop with Tuggy though. The entire family are hunters. Susan has successfully hunted whitetail deer. Lacey and Macey, of which I have affectionately dubbed “The Tuggettes”, are quite the hunters. Lacey has taken 3 wild boar, 2 rams, a bear and a whitetail deer. Macey has taken 4 wild boar, 1 ram, 1 catalina goat and 2 whitetail deer. Not a bad resume at their young age. The girls also have worked on mounts with their Dad from time to time and competed as collective artists.


One of Steve’s greatest influences in taxidermy began with the meeting of and becoming close friends with Chris Barnhardt about ten years ago. This friendship led to Steve traveling to Chris’ shop on many occasions. This began a sharing of information about the aspects of competing and how to properly read reference. Ideas were shared and tentative plans were made for certain projects. The untimely passing of Chris did not deter Steve from fulfilling goals they had set. This year at the North Carolina Convention Steve and Scott Harlow completed a piece (grey fox escaping its base) that was 

All of Tuggy’s hard work and effort over his career to date and the influences of great friends and relationships built throughout and his strong faith and love of God and family have culminated into the operating a successful business, made him a great competitor and the winning of “Five” United Taxidermist Association Artisan Awards in “Five” different states. Quite the accomplishments with more to come in the future.

Steve is currently the Vice-President of NCTA and is always active in the association. He is a strong believer in the educational benefits of all taxidermy associations from the seminars to the competitions but most of all…the relationships built and the fellowship shared at every show he attends. The United Taxidermist Association is very proud to have Steve Tugwell as a member.