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Terry Dishman

Bill & Terry Dishman
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 have become leaders in the industry.

After 25 years, Bill and his wife Terry have decided to retire from teaching as of May 1st, 2019.

We are planning on opening a new reproduction fish taxidermy business, Montana Fish Works, as soon as we get a new shop built on our property” This is something that Bill has always wanted to specialize in.

We also plan to spend a good portion of our retirement working on our new home and property, and spending more time enjoying the outdoors.

We’re going to miss the fun and camaraderie that we have enjoyed with the students we’ve had over the past 25 years. There are a lot of fond memories to look back on.

We have sold the school to former student and current instructor, Chris Cotten.

Chris has been working with us for several years and we are confident that he has the qualifications, talent and experience to run the school as we have in the past.

We would like to extend a heart felt thank you to all of our students, vendors, suppliers and friends.

All of you have shared a part in our success.

Chris Cotten

Chris Cotten, 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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