Faculty and Key Staff

Jason Bynum, Owner/Operator

Central Texas School of Taxidermy is owned and operated by Jason Bynum, an award-winning taxidermist and a former taxidermy business owner. The school was founded in 1988 by Kelly Leifeste, a Certified Taxidermist and Instructor, and was/is the first licensed taxidermy school in the State of Texas. Jason, a former student of Kelly's, became owner in 2008.

Nathan Cook, Instructor

Nathan Cook is a 2010 graduate of Central Texas School of Taxidermy. Through competing and seminars Nathan has continued to grow as a taxidermist and has achieved the following:

  • 2018 Texas Taxidermy Association Best of Category whitetail deer in the Professional Division.
  • 2019 he won Oklahoma Best of Category whitetail deer in the professional division as well as best Professional Division mount.
  • 2019 he won Texas Best of Category Game head in Professional Division with a mule deer and won the Mule Deer Foundation Award.

Personal Attention

We offer a very personal approach to teaching which we feel is very important in learning taxidermy techniques. We keep our classes small so that we may give you this personal attention. One of our most important values is that we are here to help you — even after you leave our school. All of our ex-students may contact us any time they need technical advice.


The cost of our six-week taxidermy class is $7200.00.
The cost of our two-week taxidermy class is $2500.00.

A 10% deposit is required with all enrollment applications. Applications received without a deposit will not be processed.

These costs will include all specimens, supplies, tools, chemicals, forms and equipment necessary to complete this course. All mounts will be the property of the student for display in their new business. There are no hidden costs.


Class hours are Monday through Friday 8:00 AM to 5:30 PM with 2 fifteen minute breaks during the day and a one hour lunch. Classes will not be held on National Holidays which include New Years Day, Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas.


A Student should have either a High School Diploma or a GED Certificate; however if one is not available, then the student can take an ability to benefits test (Enrollment Exam) and score a minimum of 70 to be admitted into the school. If a retake is necessary, the student will need to wait a minimum of 5 calendar days prior to retaking the test. In addition to these admission requirements, the student must also be able to distinguish colors.


Enrollments are accepted up to one week prior to the 1st day of class, unless the class enrollment limitation is reached prior to that date. A signed Enrollment Agreement must be sent to the school with a 10% deposit of the tuition before a student is considered enrolled in the school.


Housing while attending classes will be the students responsibility. Every possible effort will be made to assure a comfortable stay while attending the Central Texas School of Taxidermy. We will have limited housing on site available on a first come, first serve basis. Please contact us for more information.