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These are our 4 week taxidermy courses

Whether you interested in the Deer and Antelope shoulder mounts and the small life size mount offered in our Standard Course, or the Larger Elk and Moose Game heads and large life size mounts offered in our Expanded Course, our 4 week full courses have something for everyone. Both courses include Birds and Fish for a complete introduction to taxidermy.

Choose the course below that best suits your needs!

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Bobcat on a Limb Mount

Student Kevin Norman from Utah mounted this nice life size Bobcat

 

 

The above video explains how to choose poses, turns and custom display options for Whitetail Deer.
Click the icons in the screen to play and enlarge the video screen. Enjoy!

      

Missoula has a population of nearly 70,000 and is home to the University of Montana. Hunting and Fishing opportunities are only minutes away with many other activities to fill your leisure time. Hiking, Rafting, Snowmobiling, Skiing, Local Outdoor Rifle Range and Video Archery Shoots.

Deer, Elk, Bear, Trout, Bass, Pike, the Missoula area has it all, and is home to the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and the Boone and Crockett club headquarters.

Imagine fishing the Blackfoot River during your lunch hour or after school, fishing at Seeley Lake or Flathead Lake on weekends. Missoula has something for everyone.

4 Week Full Courses

We offer three 4 week full courses.

  • The four week standard course
  • The four week expanded course
  • The four week fish course
  • Each 4 week full course is 160 hours


    Classes fill up fast and are booked on a first come first served basis.

    Reserve your spot early!

    Signing up several months prior to the class you want to attend is recommended, however, enrollment reservations are accepted at any time prior to the first day of class, as long as there are openings available.

    Job Placement:

    Since our courses are geared for students who plan to open their own businesses, our graduates do not often need job placement services. However, we periodically receive calls from taxidermists looking for new employees. We keep a current file of these openings and pass them on to interested students.

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    Get your 4 Week Course Application Form HERE

    PAYMENT POLICIES

    We require a $500.00 deposit with your application. The remaining balance is due on the first day of school.

    Standard Four Week Full Course

    If you plan on doing mostly Deer and small life size mammals, this course is for you. In our standard 4 week course you will mount TWO of everything. This course offers students the most economical option while getting a choice in specimens. The course also goes into realistic habitat creation plus our business and marketing seminar.

    By mounting two of everything:

    • You gain invaluable experience and confidence through repetition
    • You leave school with twice as many mounts for your showroom
    • You can mount the species that your customers will be bringing to your studio

    Two Game Heads

    Two Life Size

    Choose any two from the following : Choose any two from the following :
    Whitetail Deer
    Mule Deer
    Antelope
    Raccoon
    Badger
    Grey Fox
    Bobcat

    Two Birds

    Two Reproduction Fish

    Pheasants and/or Ducks
    Our choice depending on availability
    One Largemouth Bass
    One Rainbow Trout
       
    The complete cost for the four week course is $8500.00

    This price includes all specimens, antlers, forms, books, supplies, and materials needed for habitat construction. You will also receive your own set of taxidermy tools that are yours to keep.


    Expanded Four Week Full Course

    If you plan on doing large mammals such as Elk, Moose, Wolves, Mountain Lions and Bears, then this is the course for you. In our 4 week expanded course you will mount TWO of everything. One large and one small.

    The course also goes into more advanced habitat creation plus our business and marketing seminar.

    TWO shoulder mounts. One large and one small.
    Choose one of each.

    LARGE GAME HEAD

    SMALL GAME HEAD

    Moose
    Elk
    Whitetail Deer
    Mule Deer
    Pronghorn Antelope

    TWO Life size mounts. One large and one small.
    Choose one of each.

    LARGE LIFE SIZE

    SMALL LIFE SIZE

    Wolf
    Mountain Lion
    Black Bear
    Deer/Antelope
    Raccoon
    Badger
    Grey Fox
    Bobcat

    TWO BIRD MOUNTS

    TWO REPRODUCTION FISH

    Pheasants and/or Ducks
    Our choice depending on availability
    One Rainbow Trout
    One Largemouth Bass
       
    The complete cost for the four week course is $12,500.00

    This price includes all specimens, antlers, forms, books, supplies, and materials for advanced habitat construction. You will also receive your own set of taxidermy tools that are yours to keep.


    Four week fish course

    Did you know that Fish Taxidermy is one of the most profitable parts of a taxidermists business? When you take into consideration the price of the supplies needed to mount a fish, and what the average taxidermist charges for fish mounts, you’ll see that it can be something you might want to specialize in. Good quality fish mounts and reproduction fish are in high demand. Learn the advanced techniques that will put your fish mounts ahead of the competition.

    In the four week fish course you will complete 10 fish

    Two skin mounted Rainbow Trout
    All five species of Pacific Salmon
    One large Steelhead Trout (36”)
    One Large Walleye Pike
    One large, Largemouth Bass

    Subjects covered include:

    Skin mounted fish: measuring, skinning, carving bodies and mounting with artificial heads
    Choosing the right reproduction fish blank
    Prepping blanks for painting
    Using fish reference material
    The use of fish coloring mediums including airbrush paint, watercolor pencils, powder paints, and more..
    Airbrush paints. water based vs. lacquer – the pros and cons of each
    Airbrushing techniques
    The difference between opaque and transparent airbrush paints
    Scale tipping
    Deluxe fish habitat creation
    Vendors and products
    Business and marketing



    The complete cost for the four week course is $12,500.00

    Students taking the four week fish course will be supplied with an airbrush and a selection of paints which are yours to keep


     
    OUR 2018 4 WEEK COURSE SCHEDULE
    Jan 15- Feb 9
    April 9 - May 4
    July 16 - Aug 10
     
     
    OUR 2019 4 WEEK COURSE SCHEDULE
    Jan 7 - Feb 1
    March 4 - March 29
    May 13 - June 7
    July 22 - Aug 16

    Classes will be held on holidays during our scheduled courses.

     

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