Hi! My name is Danelle Harrison. I own and operate
Harrison’s Taxidermy in Leesport, Pa. I run a full-time,
full-service taxidermy studio, which I started ten years
ago. I am very proud of how far I’ve come in the past ten
years. I have established a great customer base, and I
am always improving my work.
My love of taxidermy actually started fifteen years
ago, in high school. I had to do a senior project in order
to graduate, the whole class did. The project needed to
include a fifteen-page paper, a twenty-minute speech,
and we had to spend twenty hours in the field of our
choice.
Most girls did their reports
on nursing or teaching, but my
mother gave me a different
idea. She suggested that I do
my report on taxidermy, since
my father has been taking me
hunting since I was a child,
and I had my first buck at a
taxidermist. So I called the

The PTA constantly
pushes their taxidermists
to be the best, and I am a
better taxidermist
because of them.

and asked if I could spend twenty hours just watching the
process. Those twenty hours turned into every day after
school, a part time job, and then a full time job right out
of high school.
I competed in my first PTA competition when I was
sixteen. I was ecstatic when I won the Rising Star Award.
Winning that award completely fixed my love for
taxidermy and competing.
Fifteen years later, I still look forward to the
convention every year. I love going to the seminars to
learn the latest and easiest ways of the taxidermy
process. However, I feel that
competing is by far the best way to
better your work. The judges can tell
you how to master the skills you have.
Even this past year, I learned so much
about the pieces I brought to the
show. The PTA constantly pushes
their taxidermists to be the best, and I
am a better taxidermist because of
them.