HESPERIA, Mich. (WZZM) -- It was a relatively warm opening day for firearm deer hunting season, and for hunters who were successful in killing a deer, that means getting the animal to a processor right away.
Often hunters just hang the animal in the cold for a day or two. But temperatures in the 50s had processors busy.
Business one processor in Newaygo County picked up around 10 a.m. Friday and continued throughout the day. However, owners say business started picking up for them several weeks ago.
"We have been busy since September-- since the youth hunt in the end of September. Maybe like 90 this year so far," said Mary Parks.
It takes about one hour to fully process a deer. Parks says she hopes to do 10 to 15 deer per day, working early mornings and late nights for the next few weeks.