Learn all aspects of taxidermy from one of the finest taxidermy artists in the country. With small class sizes, it enables you to have a more personalized taxidermy school experience.
Wild Trophies Taxidermy School is now Certified by the Missouri Board of Higher Education.
Now Approved for VA Benefits.
Now Approved for VA Benefits.
Don't worry about a taxidermy supply list, We will supply the basics for what you will need during your course!
Most of all Wild Trophies Taxidermy School makes this experience not only informative, but FUN!
Hi, I'm Bruce Owens of Wild Trophies Taxidermy School in Winfield, Missouri. The picture to the left is me and my Common Eider that won several awards: First Place Blue Ribbon, Best of Category, Best of State, Best of Show, Breakthrough Award (Judges Choice Best of Show) Missouri State Taxidermy Competition August 2, 2008
Taxidermy School Instructor Bruce Owens:
I was hooked from that point on and have been fascinated with wildlife art ever since. I used to collect squirrels and birds, and mount them on my kitchen table. I ordered those lessons from J.W. Elwood and in addition did mail order taxidermy lessons. Soon after at 14, I began my first job. I did a lot of moving around when I was just a boy. I have worked for numerous Taxidermists throughout the country and in Costa Rica, California, Washington, Montana, Colorado, Texas, and finally now in Missouri. I have made a lot of friends throughout the years and have gained techniques and acquired styles from them along the way that have made me the unique taxidermist I am today.
After years of studying, I then was introduced into competition in Denver, Colorado. My first judge was Bob Berry which unfortunately didn't grant me with a ribbon.
Soon after I was introduced to a man named Don Bowman. When I visited his taxidermy shop I was so amazed and astonished by his talent that I inquired on lessons from this talented Taxidermist. After I retained all the teachings I could from Don, I began submitting my taxidermy art into taxidermy competitions again. From that point on, taxidermy competition was my new found passion. Thanks to Don, I have won dozens of taxidermy awards throughout my career.
It has since been 10 years since my last competition entry. In 2003 I moved back to Montana to freshen up on my taxidermy skills and learned from a man named Chris Bashman. In 2007, I visited a Missouri show and achieved the highest scoring with Birds & in the Masters Division. My achievements have all been in recognition in birds.
Here in Winfield MO, I operate a full-time shop, 30 miles Northeast of Louis. I am currently residing in a small farm town centering 90 duck & goose clubs. This to me is a sanctuary. Throughout the years I have been a member of several associations & am actively a member of Missouri's Taxidermy Association, Ducks Unlimited, & Delta Waterfowl. In addition to this, I gladly donate a mount every year to D.U. to help with the caring of Waterfowl.
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