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Mark's Meats keeping busy during deer season

Posted 12/6/2018

Deer season is in full swing and Mark’s Meats is a popular destination for successful hunters. They process around twenty deer a day, seven days a week, in order to keep up with customer orders.Deer season is in full swing and Mark’s Meats is a popular destination for successful hunters. They process around twenty deer a day, seven days a week, in order to keep up with customer orders.By Bill Bush

HALSTEAD—For Mark’s Meats, this is one of the busiest times of the year, and it has nothing to do with the holidays.

Deer hunting season is at its peak, and according to employee Halle Post, they can receive as many as 35 deer in a day to process.

Firearms season runs from Nov. 28 through Dec. 9, but Post said they’ve been busy since September.

“We started taking deer in on Sept. 8, which is the start of youth deer season,” Post said. “And then, we’ll take deer up until January or February of next year.”

According to the Kansas Wildlife, Parks and Tourism website, archery season for hunting deer ends on Dec. 31, but some specific extended hunting is allowed into January.

Post said their goal is to process about 20 deer a day.

“Mark and two other guys skin the deer at night. The deer that came in the day before, we work on the next day,” she said.

She said it takes about 35 minutes from the time they start skinning the deer until they throw it on the freezer, but that can depend on the types of cut the customer wants. And that doesn’t take into account the time helping customers, receiving and tagging the deer and loading up the meat for pickup.

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