What kind of students are we looking for?
Simply put, the best students are those who are serious about learning taxidermy the right way, and are not afraid to put in the time and effort to do so. Some of our students have had a long standing desire to learn taxidermy, while others are just realizing what a rewarding profession it can be. Some may want to change careers, while others want to improve taxidermy skills they may already have. All of these situations are valid, as long as you have the desire to learn the correct way, and are eager to put in the effort. Your reward is that after learning our methods, you will be able to go home, charge a fair price for your work, and guarantee every mount for life.
How much does your taxidermy course cost?
Tuition for our Six Week Training Course in 2015 is $5,495. Tuition for our Three Week Mini Course is $2,995.
For both courses, tuition includes everything, from specimens & tools, down to notebooks and pens for taking notes! Your only extra expenses will be for travel, meals, and housing. You get to keep everything you mount, giving you a great showroom from the start! If you add up what it would cost to have all of your class projects mounted by your local taxidermist, factor in the cost of the hides and skins, then add the fact that you're getting a great education on top of it, you'll see that our tuition price is extremely reasonable! Please see our Tuition page for more details.
What is covered in your taxidermy course?
Those who take our six week course will complete 9 projects, including gameheads, lifesize, birds, fish, rugs, and will also learn habitat, and business setup. If you opt for the three week course you still get to do everything (5 projects), just not in the same quantities as the six week course. Please see our Taxidermy Courses page for a more in-depth descriptions of these two courses.
When are classes offered at your taxidermy school?
Our full six week taxidermy course is offered in the winter, spring, and summer. Our three week mini course is offered in September. Please see our Schedule page for exact dates.
Why should I choose ATTC over all the other taxidermy schools?
This is a very common question, and we always have the same response....In order to honestly critique another school's curriculum and instructors, we would need to attend their program first hand. We are conscientious professionals, who put our effort in providing you with an education that will prepare you for your new taxidermy career.....period! We are not in the business of making assumptions about the training programs of other schools. What we can say, is that we have been teaching for over 20 years, our training is up to date & very detailed, and our graduates are very successful. In fact, four of our graduates even have their own schools now! So please take the time to research our site, check our references, and feel free to contact us with any questions you may have!
Where will I stay while I'm attending school in Montana?
Various well equipped motels and cabins are available, and prices vary according to season. Please see our Housing page for a detailed chart of availabilities.
Where is your school located?
ATTC is located in the NW corner of Montana, in the small town of Thompson Falls. Please see our Location page for more info about our area, and our Map page for driving directions.
What can I do in my off time?
A local real estate office in our area has an awesome site, with tons of photos on places to explore and things to do in the immediate area. Click HERE to open their site (in a new browser window).
What other information will be of benefit to me as I research your taxidermy school?
The above questions are the initial ones that most prospective students have as they begin their research. We suggest you browse the links throughout this page, for more information on the topics that you wish to research. And finally, our FAQ's page answers questions you may have after browsing through some of our key pages. Enjoy browsing our website, and please feel free to contact us with any questions you may have!
In addition to teaching, do you also run a commercial taxidermy shop?
Yes, we run Something Wild Taxidermy, and it is operated from the same location as our taxidermy school.