Local businesses booming as deer season nears end

Hollidaysburg, Blair County, Pa. - This time of year gets pretty busy for McCready's Deer Processing in Hollidaysburg.

The business has been cutting around 40-50 deer a day as people bring them in after hunting.

"There are mornings that we start here at 7 a.m., like Saturday, and we leave here a little after 2 a.m. Sunday morning," Jason McCready, the owner of McCready's Deer Processing, said.

We caught up with Pat Ott as he was picking up his buck.

When he was out Monday he said he saw more than a dozen deer and that's comparable to what he has seen in the past.

"I've seen about the same amount as I did last year," Ott told us. "I shot one about the same size and around the same time as last year. It pretty much mirrored last year."

Although the PA Game Commission said they won't have an official number of how many deer were hunted until the end of the year, those who've already headed out said there have been plenty of them this season.

The owner of McCready's Deer Processing has also seen his share of deer this rifle season.

The first day they were just shy of 100 deer. Now they're up to about 200 and that number will keep growing until rifle season ends this coming Saturday.

"This year is the busiest out of all the previous deer seasons," McCready said. "I think the deer herds are a little bit better than it has been in the past previous years."

McCready's Deer Processing also participates in "hunters sharing the harvest."

Last year they helped provide up to 2,800 meals for a local food pantry.


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