Hey everyone! Just thought I'd let everybody know that I just finished the 8 week fall course at Academy of Realistic Taxidermy in Havre, Montana. It was a learning experience I will never forget... I'd done a ton of homework on taxidermy courses and schools, and decided that if I was going to do it, I was gonna do it right, and so I went to A.R.T. for their full 8 week course, as opposed to a shorter length course somewhere else. The owners, Steve and Kim Faechner made the entire course enjoyable, a perfect example of home away from home. I didn't want to leave. Seriously. My classmates were awesome! I couldn't have asked for a better group of people to live with for 2 months ;D. And to think, I was worried. Haha. We all got along great, and had an absolute blast through the entire class! An awesome group of people I will never forget! The instructors were incredible, cramming our heads with as many different techniques and tricks imaginable. I'm still coming down from it all. We were taught by Steve Faechner, Joe Kaiser, Clay Wagner, and Danny Owens. Four super talented people in the taxidermy business. I'm still remembering little tid-bits of information I didn't write down. And now I'm back here in California, ordering a ton of equipment, and getting my business started. By the way, the fishing in Montana is great! (Thanks Steve & Joe!) So...In closing, if anyone is looking to go to a taxidermy school where you learn more then you ever thought possible, I highly recommend A.R.T. I promise you, it will be an experience you'll be glad you participated in!