Montana School of
Taxidermy and Tanning
Commercial Taxidermy, Tanning, and Advanced Habitat
and tanning class
openings for aspiring taxidermists starting
January, 2017 in Helena, Montana.
Register now for our full, 8-week winter course for only $4,700
with an initial deposit of just $500.
Please call us at (406) 443-0022
to learn more and save your place today!
Learn more about our class schedule
and admissions policies
The oldest commercial taxidermy
school in the Northwest
The cornerstones of success start with sound training
in three major areas: taxidermy (big game, birds,
fish), tanning, and advanced habitat. Mastering all
three of these disciplines in today's modern era of taxidermy
are the keys to success.
The business of taxidermy has many pitfalls and misconceptions. Most taxidermists think the key to offsetting
the increased cost of high priced forms, tanning,
and shipping is to simply raise prices. But this philosophy rarely
works, except to further separate you from your customers.
Becoming a more proficient business is the answer.
Learning to tan is a huge step in the right direction.
Tanning in-house not only saves you money on shipping
and turnaround time, but enables you to do custom
tanning on your clients' skins.
"I would highly recommend it to anyone who is interested in the tanning industry."
George Wasser, Stevensville, MT
We also teach form making because it can save you
hundreds of thousands of dollars over the course of your career
as a professional taxidermist. Basic form making is easy, and
is something you should start in the early stages
of your taxidermy career. By the time your business
is up and going you will have made several molds
and can start pouring in-house, saving thousands
With these steps, you will have laid the groundwork to become
a lasting taxidermy business, independent of expensive
tanneries and form companies.
"Jeff covers all aspects of tanning and the business side of operating a tannery in great detail. The school gave me the knowledge and confidence to open and operate my own successful tannery."
Troy Kinailuk, Kettle Falls, WA
Overall, the taxidermy industry is healthy and growing,
but in the past fifteen years there have been significant
changes. The quality and diversity of commercial
taxidermy is better than ever and the demand on wildlife
has never been greater.
Today's sportman travels further and hunts a diversity
of big game throughout North America, Canada, Alaska,
and Africa. That same sportsman no longer asks his
local taxidermist to do the same old mount with no
but instead demands wildlife art, with lifelike dioramas,
and a beautiful habitat.
"I was able to return home and immediately begin my new business with skills that otherwise would have taken me years to learn."
Fred Penasa, Montrose, CO
The Montana School of Taxidermy and Tanning teaches the three
cornerstones of modern taxidermy better than anyone
else. Our taxidermy class is complete; we leave nothing
out. Students are encouraged to do as many mounts
as possible. One particular student did seven shoulder
mounts, ten fish, ten birds, two lifesize mounts,
and one rug. Many students in each class mount five
shoulder mounts and numerous fish and birds.
Our innovative tanning course, taught during the
big game course and in a separate tanning class in
March, teaches the most advanced tanning methods ever
developed, and provides students with the independence
of doing their own in-house tanning.
"Attending Montana School of Taxidermy and Tanning gave me all that I needed to become a successful wildlife artist."
Jim Berna, Ronan, MT
The new Advanced Habitat
class added during our 2003 curriculum is taught
by Jeff Welch. Jeff has over 30 years experience
doing advanced habitat from North America to African
dioramas. This new innovative block of instruction
is without doubt the most advanced, complete habitat
course ever offered.
If you need any more reasons to decide which taxidermy
school to pick from, consider our small class size
(5-8) and attending school in the beautiful state
of Montana. Plus, each class is taken on a fishing
trip on one of the many rivers near Helena.
Our courses are difficult and challenging, but in
the long run, if you aspire to become a competent
taxidermist, a cut above the rest, one that offers
your clients better, more realistic mounts with custom
habitat, then this is the course for you.