My name is Jamie Cameron and I am the owner and operator of Cameron’s Taxidermy out of Bolivar, PA. I work full time as a mechanical technician at Halliburton and do my taxidermy work on the side during my off days. I have always been an avid hunter and fisherman. In 2010 I went on a hunt in Penn Run and decided to have my trophy buck mounted and thus began my love of taxidermy.
I started dabbling in the art of taxidermy in 2011 as a hobby. I officially opened my shop out of my garage in 2012. The 2013 PTA show at Seven Springs was the first time entering any of my pieces to be judged. I got third place with my deer and second place with my rainbow trout in the professional division . The deer was only the third deer that I have ever mounted in my career and the fish was the fifth. Since that first show, I have competed in many competitions including the associations yearly one in Ohio . I am proud to say that my fish mounts have earned me “Best in Show” in Pennsylvania and Ohio in the professional division . I have also won many other awards including the “Starfish Award” and the “Polytranspar Award” . Unlike many other taxidermists, I have not attended any official schooling for my skills . The majority of my fish talent comes from instructional works produced by Rick Krane. I have also taken private workshops with some of the PTA’s own “World Show Winning” artists, who have become some of my closest friends.
I knew as soon as I opened my shop that I wanted to become a certified member of the PTA. It is important to me to stay registered with them as well for the life of my career in this art. The PTA is a wonderful organization that has taught me many useful pieces of knowledge, tips and tricks that I use in my own business. Being affiliated with the organization has put me ahead of the game with staying up to date during this ever changing trade. The most important thing i tell all new potential clients, whether they choose me as there taxidermists or not, is to please go with someone who is a licensed taxidermist and registered member of the PTA. Anybody off the street can open a taxidermy shop. However, it takes a dedicated artist to put themselves out there by taking there pieces to be judged by professionals. These are the types of artists who care about the quality of the work they’er putting out to there customers and these are the types of artists that should be supported.
My ultimate dream and goal is to be able to do my taxidermy work as my only job. However, I have to put that on hold so that my beautiful wife, Adrien, may be a stay at home mom to our spunky 18-month old daughter, Alyssa, and our nine year old beagle/weimaraner mix, Snickers. My wife is also the brains behind the money and paperwork aspect of my business and I have no idea what I would do without her. I would like to thank everyone who has, and continues to support me and my family during this journey.