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Taxidermy

SIC now offers a class for hunting enthusiasts! Learn taxidermy as a hobby (to save you money) or for earning extra income!

Instructor Tony English and his wife Sandy work in their shop, English's Taxidermy, in Paducah.
Taxidermy Instructors

As a taxidermist, you become a wildlife artist who works in a 3-dimensional world creating specimens as close to the actual living animal as possible. The taxidermy courses are designed to provide you with the necessary professional education, knowledge, tools, and above all, the confidence in your own taxidermist abilities.

This first taxidermy course – Game Head Mount – will cover all aspects of mounting including:

  • Specimen handling and care
  • Measurements
  • Skinning and fleshing
  • Base-making design and composition
  • Form selection, preparation and alteration: learn time efficient methods to add muscle, or change size, bulk, girth, pose or position
  • Mounting
  • Airbrush coloration: various techniques, proper paint mixing/viscosity, disassembly/ cleaning/ assembly/ care of the airbrush
  • Finishing
  • Displaying

When

The class will run on Tuesday nights, 5:30-9:20 p.m. starting Jan. 8, 2018. We recommend you bring your own mount so you can take home your hard work at the end of the 16-week course!

Cost

You will finish the class with not only your first mount, but also your taxidermy tool kit and the knowledge and confidence to create more mounts. Tuition is $318 and fees are $72 plus about $325 for the taxidermy toolkit. Participants aged 65 and older enjoy free tuition.

More Taxidermy Classes

With the anticipated success of the Game Head Mount Taxidermy class, SIC hopes to offer more courses on taxidermy in the future with the option of earning a certificate to become a professional taxidermist. These courses will include:

  • Taxidermy regulations
  • Full body mounts
  • Bird mounts
  • Fish mounts
  • Habitats and bases

You can also earn free assistance with business plan writing, promotion and funding information from the WISBDC to open your own taxidermy business upon completion!

Register

To register for the taxidermy class, call (618) 252-5400, ext. 4120. For more information about the class, contact Alli Armstrong at (618) 252-5400, ext. 2104 or alli.armstrong@sic.edu.