Do you want to learn how to become a taxidermist? Join us at the Northwest Iowa School of Taxidermy, one of the top taxidermy schools in the nation. We offer a comprehensive nine-week residential taxidermy course, with the award-winning instructors and high quality to ensure you one of the finest training experiences of any taxidermy school. We invite you to review our literature to discover how our taxidermy school can guide you to a successful, rewarding and profitable career!

Nine-Week Residential School

Our taxidermy school offers two, nine-week courses (winter and spring) each year. Professionally trained instructors dedicated to the success of each student provide the foundation necessary for you to learn taxidermy. You’ll be surprised at the wealth of information you will learn in just nine weeks to give you the experience, encouragement and confidence you need to begin a successful career in taxidermy.

*NEW* 2019 Speciality Courses

We now offer Specialty Courses including: 2 Week Gamehead Course and 1 Week Fish Reproduction Course

The 2 Week Gamehead Course is a residential, two week course focused on Gamehead Taxidermy. Students will learn anatomy, along with Tom Matuska’s mounting methods, which put them far ahead of the competition in speed, realism, and durability.

The 1 Week Fish Reproduction Course is a residential, one week course focused on Fish fiberglass reproductions. Students will learn innovative and creative methods for making and finishing ultra realistic fiberglass fish reproductions. Focus will be on finishing and painting technique’s for today’s commercial reproduction blanks. *For those students who attend 2 specialty classes, a 10% discount will apply if both courses are taken in the same year.

Why Choose the Northwest Iowa School of Taxidermy?

The philosophy of our taxidermy school is centered around the vocational education of each student. Our objective is to help students learn taxidermy, including the art and business of it, in preparation for a productive taxidermy career. We are committed to make available all the information and personal attention necessary so that every student will acquire a firm foundation in commercial taxidermy.

Our taxidermy school boasts of award-winning instructors in state, national and world competitions.

Hands-on demonstrations with excellent personal attention ensures top notch education, so you learn professional taxidermy from the best.

Experience first hand the Matuska Taxidermy Studio and see an actual taxidermy business in action.

There are many taxidermy schools out there, but none offer the experience, high quality, exemplary instructors, and comprehensive taxidermy education of The Northwest Iowa School of Taxidermy. Come learn taxidermy among the best, and prepare for a successful career in taxidermy.


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Dorado - Mounted by Al Baken
Challenge of the Art
Starfish Award
Wasco Award
New Wave Award
Taxidermists Choices
McKenzie Best Fish
People's Choice