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Local Business Processing Deer for Pure Michigan Venison

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There will soon be an influx of locally grown deer meat on the market. This is a very rare sight just before hunting season.

Kelly's Processing south of Big Rapids is handling 150 deer culled from a nearby deer ranch.

They will sell the Pure Michigan Venison to restaurants and people across the country.

For the next week, Colin Kelly and his workers will process nearly 8,000 pounds of venison.

The deer will then be sold to local restaurants and butcher shops.

Kelly says he has seen the push to serve more local foods in Michigan restaurants.

There's also a trend to feature game meats like venison as opposed to the traditional beef or pork.

Kelly says this is usually the time of year when venison supply is low until hunting season picks up in a couple weeks.