Schedule: Our 2019 Taxidermy Class Dates & Hours are as follows:
2019 Class Schedule
(Our 2020 Schedule is coming soon)
Winter 2019 Six Week Full Course (Class Completed)
1/21/19 – 3/1/19
Spring 2019 Six Week Full Course (Class FULL. Waiting List Only)
3/25/19 – 5/3/19
Summer 2019 Six Week Full Course (Class FULL. Waiting List Only)
6/3/19 – 7/12/19
Late Summer Six Week Full Course (Two openings left)
8/5/19 – 9/13/19
Please call before sending in your deposit, to make sure a spot is available in the class of your choice!!
Class hours are weekdays from 8:00-5:00, with 30 minute lunch breaks. (A refrigerator and microwave is available for lunch time.) You will have 40 – 45 clock hours per week, with a minimum of 240 total clock hours for the Six Week Course, and minimum of 90 total clock hours for each of the Two Week Courses. If overtime is necessary, we may work an hour or two extra per day throughout the week, rather than ruin your weekend by having you come in on Saturday!
We try to arrange our schedule so that no major holidays occur during classes. In the event a holiday does occur during class, (4th of July & Labor Day, etc.) no time will be taken off and class will take place as scheduled.
About our Class Schedule:
Please call before sending in your deposit and enrollment application, to make sure there are openings in the class you wish to attend. This is especially important for classes that show only one or two spots available. It may be that other deposits for those spots are already on their way. We do not update the site until the enrollment application and deposit actually arrive. When you send in your deposit, we will put a temporary hold on your spot for you. The hold becomes permanent when we receive your enrollment.
Classes are scheduled during the following seasons:
Late Winter Course: Students sometimes wonder about Montana winters. Rest assured, Montana is not the frigid climate that some folks imagine it to be. We are located west of the continental divide, where the winters are milder. We are also on a school bus route, so roads are always in great condition. Our Winter Course is great for those with seasonal jobs, as well as those looking for off season housing rates. Plus, you can enjoy ice fishing, show shoeing, & daily views of spectacular snow-capped mountains!
Spring Course: Spring in Montana is a wonderful time to enjoy the fresh pine scented air, and rushing streams from winter snow-melt. Weather is milder, and spring bear & turkey hunting is in full swing. If you would like to combine your schooling with some springtime hunting, please visit http://fwp.mt.gov/hunting/, then click on “Seasons” and “Licenses & Permits’ for information on exact dates and license fees/deadlines.
Summer Course: For those of you considering our summer course, please try to decide as early as possible. Once you enroll, you will need to arrange your housing right away. Every summer, tourists flock to our little community and motels book up quickly. If you cannot find housing at any of the listed motels, please let us know and we will assist you! Summer is a wonderful time to visit Montana. Days are long (it stays light till past 10 pm), so you will have plenty of time after class for hiking, fishing, and sightseeing.
Late Summer Course: August-September is a beautiful time of year in Montana. Days are mostly sunny and dry, and the air is crisp and clean! It is a great time of year to enjoy all of the same outdoor activities mentioned above during the summer months. Consider staying on longer to get some fall hunting in after class is over!
Extra Class Time
Many of our students ask about spending extra time after class for additional training. Although we admire this type of enthusiasm, our school does not offer extended training in the evenings, unless we feel it is absolutely necessary. Our taxidermy teaching experience has taught us that it is necessary for students to have their evenings free in order to allow information to sink in, and also to avoid taxidermy ‘overload’. Our curriculum is very well balanced, and combines intense hands-on training, with just the right amount of off-time!