Commercial meat cutters do a booming business during whitetail hunting seasons, when successful gun and bow hunters pay the pros to render deer and elk into venison. Smaller packing houses often get so busy that they must turn away business.
Most hunters still abide by the tradition of field dressing their game in the woods, mostly to lighten the effort of dragging the carcass to their vehicle, but many no longer butcher their own game. They drop off large game animals at a meat cutter’s back door, then walk in the front door to pick up neatly wrapped packages of ready-to-cook meat.
That’s not for me.