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Taxidermy workshops are shorter in length (usually a few days), intense training sessions with world-class taxidermists and fish carvers. The training is excellent, with one-on-one supervision and attention. Some workshops will accept beginners, but most are primarily for experienced taxidermists wishing to learn more about a particular aspect of their art.

A Taxidermist (Michigan)
872 W Isabella Rd., Midland, MI 48640 -- (989) 430-0654
Kevin Roosa offers individual instruction or small groups, covering all phases of the art of taxidermy. Our classes will accommodate most schedules to customize your needs. Students may start at any time with financing available. E-mail us at [email protected] for more information.

Al's Taxidermy Studio (Wisconsin)
Navarino, Wisconsin -- 715-758-6106
I offer training in fish, deer (both open and closed-mouth), ducks, big game, habitats, etc. These workshops are generally a couple of days in length, usually on the weekends. The workshops are fun and very informative. When you leave here, you definitely will get your money's worth. I have been trained by some of the best taxidermists throughout the U.S. Please check my website from time to time or send me an e-mail or call me and I will be happy to send you information on upcoming seminars.

Acampora Studios (Connecticut)
4 Docker Drive, Wallingford CT 06492 -- 203.294.0172
Hello, and thank you for your interest in the art of taxidermy. Acampora Studios is located in the Heart of New England and minutes from the shoreline. We offer a wide variety of techniques for the modern artist. Our goal is to teach you the art of sculpting and fish molding. Artist and instructor Pete Acampora offers his sculpting students the possibilities of artistic expression, while learning the principles of proportion. Learning to mold fish will open a whole new world in fish taxidermy, saving you time and money. Find out more info by going to or emailing us at [email protected]. We look forward to hearing from you soon. --Pete Acampora

Angler's Artistry (New England)
312 Chesterfield Road, Hinsdale, NH 03451 -- (603) 336-7296
Fish Taxidermy and Fish reproductions 1 on 1 workshops! From National to World Champion Fish taxidermists alike the most serious taxidermists and fish carver’s have come to New Hampshire to learn and study with Rick Krane at Anglers Artistry For over 20 years. Rick Krane has been advancing and raising the standard of fish work for the dedicated artist. From the full time Taxidermist to hobbyist who enjoys the art of fish taxidermy Ricks teaching methods will greatly improve your skill level regardless of experience! Please visit our website for additional information! Let me take years off your journey to great fish work! Our VIP services set us part! Complete airport transportation at no charge, the accommodations and food are legendary, all you need to bring is your fish or reproductions and everything else is included during your custom 1 on 1 workshop! Please take the time to call us at 603-336-7296 email us at [email protected] or visit our website here for additional information.

Artistic Taxidermy (Indiana)
411 George St., Aurora, IN 47001 -- (812) 926-HUNT
Our taxidermy classes can accommodate most schedules for those wanting to learn the art of taxidermy. Joe Boggs of Artistic Taxidermy won 1997 Best In World Re-Creation with a Snowy Owl. E-mail us for more information or click here to visit our web site.

Authentic Taxidermy (Minnesota)
1904 So. Riverfront Dr., Mankato, MN 56001 -- (507) 625-4443
Bird taxidermy classes. 2 1/2 day classes for the beginner. Learn the latest techniques to produce a top quality mount. Limited class size to provde individual hands-on training. Classes start Fall 1996. Deposit required to hold spot in class.

Birds Only Wildlife Studio (British Columbia)
British Columbia, Canada -- Fax: (604) 541-8821
At Birds Only Wildlife Studio we want to teach you more than technical and creative skills. We want to teach you the art of taxidermy. Artist/instructor Glen Browning offers personalized, one on one courses, encouraging students to produce quality rather than quantity. Visit our web site for more information.

Bob Berry Fish Carving (California)
2261 Runabout Place, El Cajon, CA 92019 -- (619) 588-7141
Bob Berry offers one-on-one fish carving instruction in his or your studio and multi-day classes for clubs and groups.

Bruch's Fish Taxidermy (Pennsylvania)
635 Dellville Road, Duncannon, PA 17020 -- (717) 834-6501
National Champion, Gary Bruch, offers hands on training workshops in all aspects of fish taxidermy. Classes are suited for the novice through the advanced taxidermist. A commitment to students is what allows so many of them to excel nationally. It is stated that knowledge, along with repetition of procedures, is what consistent quality is developed from. Based on his students' accomplishments, it is obvious that classes at Bruch's Fish Taxidermy will provide that knowledge. Please visit for more information.

Central Florida Taxidermy Studio (Florida)
13970 SE 82nd Lane, Dunnellon, FL 34431 -- (386) 717-9384 or (386) 717-2184
Offering several 4 to 6 day workshop sessions, these are intensive, full hands-on study sessions limited to 1-3 persons per class for better individualized attention. We welcome students from beginners to the experienced. Click here to visit our website or E-mail [email protected] for more information.

Creative Whitetails Taxidermy (Maryland)
2904 Crestview Court Waldorf, MD 20603 -- (301) 392-1615
Learn whitetail one-on-one with award-winning whitetail taxidermist, Dean Ursitti. Intensive classes which are geared specifically to the individual. All areas of whitetail taxidermy are covered: the basics, tanning, alterations, reference collection, open mouth, competition or improving commercial work. For more info call 301-932-7259 or E-mail [email protected].

Custom Wildlife Art (Washington)
N3221 Monroe, Spokane, WA 99205 -- (509) 327-2182
Scott Brewer and Garry Blew are now offering three, five and ten day personalized workshops for whitetail deer game heads, or fish, or both! Improve your commercial or competition work with proven techniques.

Davidsons Sierra School of Taxidermy (Louisiana)
18195 Hwy. 79, Minden, LA 71055 -- 760-938-3218
Custom designed classes 3 days – 2 weeks. All levels, beginners through advanced competition techniques. One on one attention for a quality learning experience. Taught by N.T.A. certified taxidermist with over 35 years experience, Tony Davidson. Email or visit our website for more information.

John David Ellzey, Sr. "The Squirrel Man" (Louisiana)
505 East Oak Street, Amite, LA 70422 -- (985) 748-5309
1 day, 2 day, or 3 day sessions available. All sessions will include learning to measure, size, skin, flesh, and mount a squirrel from start to finish. Lodging available locally. Call and speak to John David about your individual needs and set up your one on one seminar with the squirrel specialist. Weekdays 8:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m. Central Time. Click here for more information.

Fortman's Taxidermy and Tanning (Ohio)
14496 Co. Rd. 66A, St. Marys, Ohio 45885 -- (419) 394-4188
We offer schooling for those wanting to get started in the tanning business. Click here for more information.

Ronnie Gaillard (South Carolina)
302 Rosemary Lane, Greenville, SC 29615 -- (864) 292-5023
1992 World Champion whitetail taxidermist offers 3 day to 3 weeks work shops for the beginner to the master. All workshops are tailored to the individual. The individual gets a complete set of my reference photos, 4/6 and 8/10"s with a week shop or more. Please inquire either by e-mail or phone.

John Griffith (Kentucky)
532 Highway 1567, Stearns, KY 42647-6235 -- (606) 376-4380
World and National Award winner John Griffith is offering in-depth Whitetail Deer and Game Head Mounting. We offer weekend; 2-day; 5-day and 2-week classes all depending upon your skill level. We work with your schedule. Click here to find more:

Kevin Hynes (Louisiana)
Pearl River, LA -- 985-863-0040 or 985-640-2321
1999 World Champion Kevin Hynes is now offering bird taxidermy courses. Learn from a master who some say brought waterfowl taxidermy to another level with his incredible Wood Duck mounts. All workshops are tailored to the individual student. Whether it's commercial or competition, these comprehensive seminars will help you succeed. For more information please call or email at [email protected].

Bret Kirk Wildlife Arts (Maryland)
207 Sharon St., Rising Sun, MD 21911 -- (410) 658-4019
One-on-one bird and waterfowl workshop with Master Bird Taxidermist Bret Kirk. Bret offers a fulfilling workshop where you will learn anatomy, movement and composition, and valuable techniques in specimen preparation and use of artificial parts. Each workshop is tailored to the individual's needs. Bret will guide you through mounting your first bird to honing your skills for winning competition entries. Lodging and home cooking is included. Please call (410) 658-4019.

Lasting Impressions Taxidermy Studio (New Mexico)
P.O. Box 51, Tijeras, NM 87059 -- 505-401-5929
Bill Bowen offers workshops for the new taxidermist who wants to learn taxidermy, and for the professional taxidermist who wants to polish up on their skills. All workshops are $150 per day (8 hrs). Your choice of birds, gameheads, mammals or habitat. Includes complete instruction, in shop tools and basic supplies, meals and drinks during workshop hours, and parking space & electricity is available for your RV/Travel Trailer. Please visit for more information.

Ben Mears (Mississippi)
P.O. Box 131, 223 Lake Road, Mantachie, MS 38855 -- (662) 282-4594 -- Fax: (662) 282-4708
Whitetail Workshops with Award-Winning Taxidermist & Sculptor Ben Mears. Mounting Workshop -- Ben will complete a shoulder mount with step-by-step instruction along the way. Fleshing & Finishing Workshop -- In the fleshing workshop Ben will demonstrate his cape preparation techniques from start to finish. In the finishing workshop Ben will share his award winning finishing techniques using oil paints as wall as the airbrush. These one day workshops are designed with the beginner as well as the master in mind. E-mail: [email protected]

Joe Meder Game Head School Instructional Courses (Iowa)
2737 Lakeview Drive, N.E., Solon, IA 52333-9564 -- (319) 644-2261
  • Intensive hands on taxidermy instruction by World Champion Joe Meder personally
  • Daily contact with live imprinted deer
  • Class size is limited to 2–3 people
  • Certificate of completion given at end of course
  • Conveniently scheduled January through September
At Joe Meder's game head taxidermy school, we take your natural ability and help you to reach your full potential, whether you are a beginner, and advanced competitor, or just wanting to improve your commercial taxidermy skills. During the school, you will learn our proven world champion taxidermy techniques used in mounting, coupled with highest quality anatomical references, and our philosophy on how to properly use those references. You'll have daily contact in our on-site research facility with the live specimen that are so crucial to producing the "live animal" look in a finished taxidermy mount. During the class, you will cover all phases of game head taxidermy from A to Z. Contact information at

Monumount Taxidermy LLC (Michigan)
9035 N Holland Road, Six Lakes, MI 48886 -- (989) 287-3067
You can learn to mount your own deer heads. Taxidermist Brett Wise offers a very affordable, professional mount your own program. Having mounted well over 500 deer, I can show you how easy it is to do it yourself and have a professional mount on your wall that you did yourself, featuring all the best supplies and most modern procedures available. E-mail: [email protected]

Murphy's Wildlife Art (Illinois)
18380 E. 2400 Street, Bushnell, IL 61422 -- (309) 772-9523
Gamehead training with Locie Murphy. Three and five day courses. Click here to visit our website.

Frank Newmyer (Michigan)
8880 Matthews Road, Gladwin, MI 48624 -- (989) 426-2213
Check out anyone else's webpage; you'll probably find pieces that try to imitate Frank Newmyer's signature approach to taxidermy. They all love his results and you'll see his designs in their work, wherever you look. What makes his work so lifelike? Newmyer leads the way as a student of the live bird. During his 50 years of taxidermy experience, he has spent 40 years raising and researching live birds. As the "Father of Habitat", we've been seeing his concepts for splashing, plexiglass-swimming, portholed and encased dioramas in the media since 1976. Newmyer introduced the first complete commercial bird mannikin line in 1986, and also that same year, innovated the use of mounting with silicone, for its superior sculpting beneath the skin. His work has been selected by the world's top carvers, painters and photographers since the 1970's and his students have won on every competition level. Newmyer's knowledge is what every instructor emulates today. You can begin having the finest results in your own work by reserving your private seminar for an intense training with the "winning-est" man in taxidermy.

Northwood School of Taxidermy (Pennsylvania)
P.O. Box 575-BT, Stoystown, PA 15563 -- (814) 893-5386 -- Fax: (814) 893-5992
Beginners' weekend seminars upon request. Experience the finest taxidermy instructions at a residential school nestled in the best hunting and fishing grounds in Somerset County. Master instructor. Take home a lifetime of experience and memories. Click here fore more information.

Randy Nelson, Total Enviro Design (Minnesota)
RR2, Box 183, Madelia, MN 56062 -- (507) 642-8905
Molding: This one-on-one course includes the following: uses of silicones and urethanes, use of separators, use of and applications for reinforcements and fillers, glove molds and their construction, building backers. Two (2) day minimum, 16 hour course. Materials extra.
Habitat: This one-on-one course includes the following: Innovative products and their uses, breakthrough ideas and their applications and techniques, explanation and tutoring for base building, plant reproduction and preservation, water and ripple re-creation, ice and snow techniques, and much, much more. Five (5) day minimum, 40 hour course. Materials extra.
Also Available: Master bird taxidermy classes.

Kent Reedy (Iowa)
31872 57th Avenue, Dixon, IA 52745 -- (563) 320-1738
Experience the finest Taxidermy instruction on Waterfowl and Upland Birds. World Champion Kent Reedy offers in depth one on one Bird Classes including new techniques designed to make it easier for the Taxidermist to acquire a softer life-like result. Enjoy mounting birds while viewing live birds in their outside Aviary. Classes are designed for novice to advanced level artists. Visit our website at for more information.

River Run Taxidermy (Pennsylvania)
2326 Hawk Rd., Hallstead, PA 18822 -- 570 967 2121
Master Taxidermist Dave Tuttle is offering one on one training workshops for birds, gameheads, and small mammals. Courses are designed for the begining taxidermist as well as the intermediate, with vey flexible schedules. With 26 years of taxidermy experience, and many awards to his credit, Dave wants to teach "the art of taxidermy" to his students. Please email [email protected], call at 570 967 2121, or visit our website at for more information.

Patrick J. Rummans (Montana)
223 1/2 West Main Street, Lewiston, MT 59457 -- (406) 538-2288
One-on-One intensive training with Master Bird Taxidermist Patrick Rummans. We offer individuals the opportunity to learn bird taxidermy in its simplest, most effective form. Students are taught from the ground up - anatomy, movement and composition being key aspects of training. Learn how to make manikins work for you. Come discover the potential of an extraordinary, proven method of bird taxidermy taught by no one else in the industry! Click here for more information.

Stefan Savides (California)
13722 Ridge Lane, Tennant/Macdoel, CA 96058 -- (541) 885-2912
Bird Taxidermy Master Skills Workshops. A packed, hands-on workshop where you'll learn anatomy concepts, use of reproduction parts, winning design and composition, skin preparation, specimen assesment, client communication and much more. Click here for more information.

Ron Schaefer (Texas)
2716 FM 708, Clifton, Texas 76634 -- (254) 675-3237
Heads Above the Rest: Strictly African & Exotics. Learn shoulder mounting, lifesize mounting, form alterations, solutions to problems with skins and wrinkles, sculpting, finishing techniques, and competition mounting. Collect safari park reference. New 2100 square-foot workshop.

Clark Schreibeis Wildlife Art (Montana)
5626 Danforth Road, Billings, MT 59106 -- (406) 656-9151
Clark Schreibeis is now offering three to five day intensive study, fish taxidermy, or fish carving workshops. Click here for more information.

Timberland Taxidermy (Montana)
608 14th. St. N., Great Falls, MT 59401 -- (406) 452-8500
Offering 5 day and 10 day one-on-one whitetail, gamehead and mammal taxidermy. Beginner and advanced instruction by Shawn Dawson. E-mail for further information or Click here to visit our web site.

UK Taxidermy Training (United Kingdom)
Hollydean Cottage, Padmans Lane, Boston Spa, West Yorkshire LS23 6BR, UK -- +44 (0)1937 844580
UK Taxidermy Training, specialising in Bird or Small Mammal Training Cause's. Mike Gadd runs a three day solid foundation cause, designed to get you doing taxidermy by yourself, also option for a custom build intermediate or advanced cause. Click here to visit our web site.

Jan Van Hoesen (Michigan)
4703 M-68 Highway, Rogers City, MI 49779 -- (989) 734-2707
Make your mammals come alive. State, National, International and World Champion taxidermist Jan Van Hoesen offers personalized one-on-one lessons in her Michigan studio. These workshops in mammal taxidermy and carcass casting are tailor made according to the needs and abilities of the student. Jan genuinely loves sharing her knowledge and enthusiasm for excellence. Room and board included. E-mail for further information or Click here to visit our web site.

Bill Yox Taxidermy (New York)
5554 Redman Rd., Brockport, NY 14420 -- (585) 637-2450
Whitetail specialist Bill Yox is offering detailed commercial and competition instruction one on one with intermediate and advanced students, 1 to 5 days and weekends. Tanning options, anatomy, form alterations and finish work are outlined along with the mounting procedure. Hand-raised whitetail deer are used for up close study and reference photos. Winner of Joseph Bruchac Memorial Award, NTA's Taxidermist of the Year, and Second Best in World Whitetail. E-mail for further information.

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