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Congratulations Graduates!


In May of 2017, 6 students graduated from the Northwest Iowa School of Taxidermy.These students were instructed in several taxidermy techniques including:gameheads, fish, birds, mammals, habitats and much, much more! The wide variety of work produced by these individuals showed creativity, accuracy, and neatness and were some of the best pieces you could ask for from beginning taxidermists. Many impressive works of art returned home with them to fill their showrooms. These graduates will soon learn the rewards of working at a job they love! We hope to see you at your state taxidermy association competitions and conventions!

From all of us at the Northwest Iowa School of Taxidermy, we say congratulations and wish you the best of luck in your future endeavors!

Timber Wolf Hand Cleaner

Timber Wolf Hand Cleaner – America’s Most Powerful & Effective Hand Cleaner!

Timber Wolf is a citrus based, biodegradable, environmentally safe, waterless hand cleaner. This product contains no pumice, petroleum, or mineral solvents. Timber Wolf is pH balanced and contains the finest moisturizing agents plus aloe vera to help heal cuts and scratches and skin irritation. It cleans and moisturizes your skin.

It removes:

  • Residue after field dressing
  • Blood & odor
  • Fish oil & scales
  • Fish odor
  • Tree sap
  • Creosote & pine tar
  • Grease & oil
  • Fiber optic cable jelly
  • Silicone gel
  • C-cement
  • Copper bond
  • Pipe dope
  • Soil & grass stains
  • Paint
  • Adhesives
  • Ink
  • Asphalt & tar

Timber Wolf Hand Cleaner also prevents and relieves poison ivy symptoms. It dissolves and removes the poisonous sap. It also prevents skin rash and skin reactions caused by the sap of poison oak and ivy.

If you already have a rash from poison oak or ivy, apply Timber Wolf to relieve itching, reduce inflammation, dry up areas of irritation, and limit further spread of the rash.

Timber Wolf Hand Cleaner repels mosquitoes. Use as lotion on your skin, Timber Wolf has been tested as an effective repellent against mosquitoes.




New Reflective Eyes – Only US Distributor


We are thrilled to announce we are the only Reflective Eyes distributor in the United States.
These eyes give a reflective effect that is very true to life when coming in contact with light. The eyes feature acrylic lenses with hand painted irises and add realism to your mammal mounts. The light is reflected from the back of the eye similar to the effects of nature. These eyes will add realism to your mammal mounts. Give your mounts depth and clarity that your customers want.
Try our Reflective Eyes Today!
*Mammal Eyes Currently Available: Bear, Bobcat, Cougar, Coyote, Red Fox, Wolf, & Wolverine.

TruBond Tanning Products


Deer Eyes – Attitudes and Setting Guideline for Relaxed Eyes

Deer Eyes: Attitudes and Setting Guideline for Relaxed Eyes

Eye setting is a process that takes patience and use of quality tools. The modeling tools that are used can help you set eyes that are accurate in proportion and placement. For a relaxed eye, you will have a sharper angle or corner in the anterior as well as the posterior rim.


Corner number two will be a very soft change in direction. It is important to remember to take your time with this step to keep the true to life look you desire. This delicate process can impact the quality of your finished product. In our next blog, I will share tips on eye setting for semi-alert deer eyes. – Tom Matuska

Setting Eyes With Brian Olson @ The South Dakota Show

March 17-19, 2017, the South Dakota Taxidermy Association held it’s annual competition and convention in Watertown, SD. Matuska Taxidermy Supply Co. attended the show and had a great turn out of visitors at their booth. Brian Olson, Sculptor and Whitetail Judge – held a seminar on Whitetail Deer Eye Setting and Eyelid Sculpting.

Pictured above – Brian Olson showing how to drill out the eye sockets of a Whitetail Deer to prepare for proper eye setting.

Brian showing different Whitetail eye setting techniques.

Eye socket is now filled with Critter Clay and ready to accept the glass eyes.

Brian Olson does some modeling on the eyelids.The clay that is applied in the lid area replaces the missing flesh and water removed by the tanning and fleshing process.

Eyelids are modeled into place before the cape is pulled over.

Eye after skin is placed over the mannikin.

Eyes are set and eyelids are properly sculpted.

Compete for the Matuska Competitor’s Award!

Compete for the
Matuska Competitor’s Award
at a Taxidermy Competition near YOU!

The Matuska Competitor’s Award will be awarded to the competitors with 4 of the highest scoring entries in the Masters or Professional Divisions.All entries must have a 1st or 2nd place ribbon with a combination score of 350 or greater.


Upcoming Shows:
  • North DakotaTaxidermist Association’s Annual ExpoMarch 3th-7th, 2017 Mandan, ND
  • llinois Taxidermist Association’s ConventionMarch 16th-19th,2017 Bloomington, IL
  • South Dakota Taxidermist Convention & CompetitionMarch 17-19, 2017Watertown, SD
  • Iowa Annual Convention & Competition March 23 – 27, 2017 Marshalltown, IA
  • Kansas Annual Convention & Competition March 24 – 26, 2017 Manhattan, KS
  • Western Regional Convention & CompetitionApril 6-8, 2017 Lusk, WY
  • Minnesota Taxidermy Guild Convention & CompetitionMarch 30, 2017 – April 2, 2017 Rochester, MN
  • Montana Annual Convention & Competition April 27 – 30, 2017 Great Falls, MT
  • Nebraska Annual Convention & Competition June 9 – 11, 2017Columbus, NE
  • Missouri Taxidermist Convention & Competition August 4 – 6, 2017 Lake Ozark, MO

It’s show season!

As spring approaches, we are looking forward to warmer weather and reconnecting with fellow taxidermists as we travel to our taxidermy shows. Our first opportunity is coming up February 23 – 25 at the Wisconsin Taxidermist Show in Steven’s Point. We enjoy sharing our new products and latest techniques to increase the skill levels in the taxidermy field. We also provide our Wisconsin customers with the opportunity to pre-order items and save on expensive shipping costs and offer a discount on orders taken at the show. We thank our customers and welcome new customers to contact us for their taxidermy needs. Give us a call if you are interested in having supplies delivered to the taxidermy show. Taxidermy season never stops! Check out our website and stock up on some good deals or try out new products. You can use our online system to order anytime or give us a call during business hours. If you are at the Wisconsin show, stop by our booth and tell us what you think about our products. We love meeting our customers and look forward to hearing taxidermy stories.

Tom Matuska


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Product Spotlight! Semi-Upright Black Bear Form!

Check out our NEW Semi-Upright Bear Form! This form comes in an attractive semi-upright pose that boasts excellent detail and intricate anatomical features. This attractive Semi-Upright Bear Form is interchangeable with selected Great American Bear Change-Out Heads! Our Great American Bear Snarling Line Fit Both Detailed MOHR Mouthcups & MOHR Slimline Jawsets.

A Word from Tom Matuska

I started my taxidermy business out of my home in 1973, because of my love of nature and the art of taxidermy. It was my lifelong dream to be a taxidermist and perfect the finished product for my customers. In 1984, I founded the Northwest Iowa School of Taxidermy, beginning with two students. Through this course, students have learned a broad spectrum of mounting techniques covering birds, fish, game heads, large and small life-size mammals and rugs. Students also learn about the business of taxidermy including pricing, record keeping, and successful marketing. I am proud of the nine-week training program where students are offered broad range of experiences. The school is connected to our studio and live pens, which allow our students to learn in various settings. The training is intense, but we allow our students to have firsthand experiences to become successful taxidermists. If you are considering taxidermy, take time to look at our site and the quality products produced through our studio. I have produced award winning products and have passed the knowledge to my students to continue the tradition of excellence in taxidermy. If you are in Spirit Lake, Iowa, stop by our studio and visit our family run business. – Tom Matuska