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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.
2012 Awards
United Taxidermy Association's Annual Convention and Competition.
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.
For more information on the United Taxidermy Association's Annual Convention and Competition go to: http://www.utataxidermy.com/2012_uta_expo.htm
2007 Awards
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. 
World Competition 
Mitch Sanchotena
2nd World Competition with two mountain lions
3rd in Game Heads for a mule deer
Nathan DeNardi
3rd in Game Heads for a mule deer
Oregon Association of Taxidermist Convention and Competition
Mitch Sanchotena
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
National Wild Turkey Federation
Oregon Fish & Wildlife
Oregon Taxidermist Association

Curator – Best of Show, Buffalo Bill History Museum

Two Time Winner Rayline – Award for Excellence in Large Mammal Taxidermy

Van Dykes/Cabelas Most Organizational & Creative Award
Peoples Choice Awards – Idaho, Oregon - National Taxidermy Association

Mayor’s Award – Idaho, Oregon - National Taxidermy Association

Governor’s Award – Wyoming - National Taxidermy Association

Our Staff
(pictured from left to right) 
Mitch Sanchotena - National Award Winning Taxidermist
Shirley Sanchotena - Administrator/Accounting
General Manager
Nathan DeNardi – Specializing in Big Game Mounts
Steve Bandas
Steve Eccard

Nathan DeNardi


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.

National Award Winning Taxidermist