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By Dena Martin

Tom Schirm Takes Third Place in World Fish Carving Competition

Local habitat biologists takes pride in honing his craft


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Tom Schirm's westslope cutthroat trout carving took third place in the world in the Decorative Lifesize Open Level at the World Taxidermy and Fish Carving Championships in Springfield, Missouri last month.

DAYTON-For most people, the dream of achiev- ing Best in World status in their art is simply that – a dream. But for Tom Schirm, of Dayton, that dream is well within reach. In fact, Schirm currently holds third place Best in World Overall honors for his realis- tic fish carvings.

In early May, Schirm traveled to Springfield, Mis- souri where the competed in the World Taxidermy and Fish Carving Championships. Schirm entered his 13-inch, westslope cutthroat trout carving in the Trout/Salmon/Char category. He placed well enough to advance and compete against all life-size pieces in all categ...

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