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History of the school

In the summer of 1993, taxidermist Bill Dishman started Second Nature School of Taxidermy in its current location on the Blackfoot River.  Second Nature has become the number one taxidermy school in the country, and has trained hundreds of taxidermists.  Many whom have become leaders in the industry.  After 25 years, Bill and his wife, Terry, decided to retire from teaching as of May 1, 2019 and sold the school to former student, and current owner, Chris Cotten. 



Chris Cotten: Owner, and Instructor

Chris, a Marine Corps Veteran, is a native Montanan whose passion for hunting and fishing grew into an interest in taxidermy.

He attended Second Nature School of Taxidermy three times, before opening his own taxidermy business, Woods N Water Taxidermy.

Chris went on to become an instructor for the school where he continued to grow his experience in teaching the latest taxidermy techniques.

In May of 2019, Chris purchased the school from Bill and Terry Dishman, and continues to bring his unique style and eye for perfection into the classroom.
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