Classes

Two full, 7-week courses are offered each winter and summer. Unless otherwise noted in the schedule of class dates, the winter class begins the first Monday of each January, and the summer class begins the second Monday of each June. We offer a complete 7-week course, as well as weekend mini-classes for specific animals. Students may tape record or videotape classes for future reference, if they wish, but are responsible for bringing their own equipment to do so.

COMPLETE 7-WEEK COURSE:

Classes run 8 am to 5 pm weekdays, or until the day’s task is completed. Learn to mount 2 deerheads, 2 mammals, 2 birds, 1 full-size turkey, 3 fish, 1 reproduction fish, and 1 rug, as well as tan several hides. Tuition includes manuals, a tool kit, and an air brush. Mounts are the students to keep and display in their studio. Students also learn tanning, base-making and habitat, antler repair and other repair work, law compliance, and business management.

MINI-CLASSES:

Deerheads/Gameheads
             
Complete Cost: $1,600 with $100 enrollment deposit required.

Classes begin 9 AM. Mount a deerhead/gamehead: skin, measure, order forms & supplies; scrape; turn ears, eyes & lips; salt; re-hydrate; pickle; tan; shave the cape; drum & prep the cape for mounting; prepare the form; mount; finish; and paint. Some steps pre-prepared, but students will learn the full process, including antler repair.


Birds/Turkey
      
Complete Cost: $800 with $100 enrollment deposit required.

Classes begin 9 AM. Mount a pheasant: skin, flesh, wash & degrease, size the body, wire the legs & wings, set eyes, mount, finish, and paint. Notify us in advance if you wish to mount a bird of your own and we’ll furnish the body and eyes.


Fish

Complete Cost: $1,000 with $100 enrollment deposit required.

Classes begin 9 AM. Skin, flesh, pattern and carve a body, mount, set eyes, fill shrinkage, prepare fins, prep for painting, practice with airbrush, paint and finish three (3) fish.


Mammals

Complete Cost: $1,700 with $100 enrollment deposit required.

Classes begin 9 AM. Mount a full-size fox: skin, flesh, shave, measure, order forms & supplies, tan, set eyes, mount, finish, and paint – the entire process. Fox are one of the hardest mammals to mount, so students will be well prepared to mount just about any full-size mammal after this class.


SCHEDULED ON-DEMAND CLASSES - CONTACT THE SCHOOL TO SCHEDULE A CLASS

Advanced:
Complete Cost: $300.

One-on-one or small group for specific needs in any aspect of taxidermy for as many days as needed to fulfill your needs. May be scheduled any time other than when regular classes are in session. Contact the school for more details.


Tanning:
Complete Cost: $1,000 with $100 enrollment deposit required.

Maximum 7 students accepted for this class. Prepare skins for tanning, including hair-on soft tanning for deer capes: degreasing, re-hydrating dried skins, pickling – the entire process. Learn the proper equipment and chemicals for several methods of tanning. Tanned skins are the students’ to take home.


Turkey:
Complete Cost: $1,700 with $100 enrollment deposit required.

Mount a full-size wild turkey: skin, flesh, wash & degrease, size the body, wire legs & wings, set eyes, mount, finish, and paint.


Conceal to Carry:
Complete Cost: $60.

4-hour class on laws and safety as required to obtain a conceal carry permit is taught by an NRA certified instructor. Students will learn to identify types and calibers of handguns, to identify bullets for the proper handgun, to load and unload a handgun, and to aim and fire a variety of handguns. Handguns and ammo provided. Minimum three and maximum 10 students accepted for this class. Contact the school to arrange for a class.

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