SCOTT TOWNSHIP– When the sun sets at the Gensemer Meat Company, the lights come on, and the hunters come out of the woods.
“This is like being in Times Square on New Years Eve for us,” said owner John Gensemer.
Trucks line up, antlers come off, and the deer head into the butcher shop.
When the deer hunting season starts, it’s all hands on deck, with generations of Gensemers pitching in. The guy in the Santa hat directs traffic, keeping things moving.
Every trophy has a story.
Mike Freese has been hunting in Columbia County for 25 years. This is the first time he’s ever bagged a deer.
“I’ve been waiting 25 years and I got my first deer, the first year, first time out I shot one but it got away, so I have been waiting for the right one to come along, and it did.”
The shop processes meat all year round, but the deer season represents about a third of the year’s business, so good weather really helps.
“It’s pretty good weather, not too hot, not too cold, it should be a pretty good harvest,” said Gensemer.