POCONO TOWNSHIP — One deer processing business in the Poconos has closed its doors temporarily, just before the busiest time of hunting season.
Now hunters have one less place to get their deer butchered.
Dan Martinell showed Newswatch 16 some of his deer steaks that he freshly butchered and vacuumed-sealed for one of his customers.
At Martinell’s Deer Processing and Taxidermy in Tannersville, hunters will drop of their game to get it cut up.
But his processing place will soon get more customers, after Klingel’s Deer Processing outside Stroudsburg is closing temporarily after the owners sold their property.
Now there’s one less place for hunters to take their game this hunting season.
“We did put a sign up down there with our number on it and hopefully through the media, they can find their way to a reputable shop and get their deer done,” said Martinell.
Now, there are only three commercial deer processing businesses left in Monroe County.
Martinell’s Deer Processing in Tannersville, Wacky Worm outside Brodheadsville, and Haydt’s Meat Market in Kunkletown.
“It’s a good thing that they have them and they’re neat people, so why not go there,” said Donald Zacharias of Kresgeville.
But hunters say it’s also upsetting seeing these businesses closing up.
“It’s a shame. A lot of people don’t know how to process their own meat. Pretty soon, if (those) guys are gone, guys are going to shoot deer and leave them lay because they don’t know how to process them,” said Donald Zacharias, Jr. of Kresgeville.
While there are not many deer processing businesses, commercially, in the Poconos region, Shawn Lamparter’s Wildlife Design, a taxidermy shop, is helping hunters. Basically, hunters can bring their game to the shop, drop it off, and then pick up their game later, after it’s been processed.
Workers at this shop in Gouldsboro then take the deer to Martinell’s Deer Processing in Tannersville.
“We’ll take it to Dan as a convenience to the customers. Anyone in the local area can bring a deer over also who wants to have it done down there,” said Joe Waskovich, a taxidermist.
And while Newswatch 16 was at the taxidermy shop, Dan Martinell stopped by to deliver deer he finished butchering for a hunter who dropped of his game days ago.