Montana School of Taxidermy and Tanning 3280 Green Meadow Drive, Helena, MT 59601 - (406) 443-0022
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Montana School of Taxidermy and Tanning

About Us

JEFF WELCH, Owner/Instructor

Jeff Welch grew up in Arkansas in the fifties and sixties in a family that planned their entire lives around hunting and fishing. He attended Arkansas Tech University on a football scholarship and four years later received a Bachelor of Science degree in Forestry and a commission in the United States Army. After a brief tryout for the Washington Redskins and a three year tour in the United States Army, Jeff ended up in graduate school at Washington State University pursuing a master's degree in Forestry.

In 1975, Jeff changed direction in his career pursuit and went to work as an apprentice taxidermist for an old established taxidermy studio in Lewiston, Idaho. Two years later, he moved to Helena, Montana, and started his own business, Trails West Taxidermy. That business is still growing and is one of the largest studios in the West. Jeff's wife of twelve years, Jody, and several of her employees now run Trails West Taxidermy.

In 1988, Jeff started the Montana School of Taxidermy and Tanning and several hundred students later he still stays in touch with many of his past successful graduates. Jeff's true passion is teaching taxidermy and mule deer hunting through the West.

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