|Breakthrough Award - Judges' Choice Best of Show
Mitch Sanchotena began preserving memories for outdoor men and women in 1965. Since then
he has created numerous awarding winning trophy mounts throughout the Northwest. Mitch owns and operates Imperial
Taxidermy, and as a Nationally Certified and Award winning artist with over 40 years of experience, he has mentored
many an aspiring young taxidermist.
Today, Imperial Taxidermy is a Full Line Professional
Studio. Staffed with experienced taxidermists, Imperial Taxidermy boasts one the fastest turnaround
times in the industry. Imperial Taxidermy has won numerous national, regional, and state taxidermy
awards over the years. We pride ourselves in creating realistic mounts, whether it be fin, feather, or fur, we make sure that
your mount will be something you can take pride in for a life-time. In our shop we use the highest grade materials and equipment
by using national award winning suppliers in the production of your trophy mount. Our knowledgeable staff will assist you
in choosing the right mount action for your trophy or prized animal, regardless of size, large or small. With over 50 years
of combined experience, we know how to protect, prepare, preserve, and portray your most important memories.
United Taxidermy Association's Annual Convention and
Mitch Sanchotena won Judges Choice Best of Show Award.
This award is given to the best mount as determined by all of the judges. The award is sponsored by Larry and Kathy Bloomquist,
publishers of Breakthrough Magazine...the premiere taxidermy magazine recognized world-wide.
This is what Breakthrough Magazine says about this award; "The Breakthrough Award for Judges' Choice
Best of Show signifies the highest achievement a competitor can reach for a single entry in competition. Breakthrough
Magazine is proud to be the sponsor of this award. and the winner is to be congratulated for reaching this pinnacle in taxidermy.
Untold hours in study, research, and experience are needed to reach this point, but it also takes a special talent to put
it all together. We applaud you for winning this highest of honors". LARRY AND KATHY BLOOMQUIST, PUBLISHERS
OF BREAKTHROUGH MAGAZINE.
Mitch Sanchotena was recently awarded
the National Taxidermists Associations highest certification program for mammal and bird taxidermy. Less than 200 taxidermists
nationwide have been admitted into this program.
2nd World Competition with
two mountain lions
3rd in Game Heads for a mule deer
3rd in Game Heads for a mule deer
Oregon Association of Taxidermist Convention and Competition
Won the prestigious "Breakthrough Award" for Judges Choice Best of Show, (Mountain Lion)
The Best "Kick Ass Mount Award"
Taxidermist choice, (Mountain Lion)
Best Open Category Mount (mountain Lion)
Best Life-size Mount (taxidermist choice) (mountain Lion)
Peoples Choice, (Black Bear)
Best of Category Large Life-Size Mammal, (mountain Lion)
Best of Category Small Life-Size Mammal, (Bobcat)
Spouses Choice, (black Bear)
Other National Awards
(2006 and before)
Best of Show
Mule Deer Foundation
Wild Turkey Federation
Oregon Fish & Wildlife
Oregon Taxidermist Association
– Best of Show, Buffalo Bill History Museum
Two Time Winner Rayline – Award for Excellence in Large
Van Dykes/Cabelas Most Organizational &
Peoples Choice Awards –
Idaho, Oregon - National Taxidermy Association
Award – Idaho, Oregon - National Taxidermy Association
Governor’s Award – Wyoming - National Taxidermy Association
from left to right)
Mitch Sanchotena - National
Award Winning Taxidermist
Shirley Sanchotena - Administrator/Accounting
– Specializing in Big Game Mounts
Nathan DeNardi is one of our most experienced taxidermist, and has already demonstrated his skills by
winning a "Best of Show" in Oregon for a Large Mammal Mount.