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The Daily Register - Harrisburg, IL
  • Fewer deer brought to Eldorado Processing

  • Meat processor Tinker Stevens at Eldorado Processing said the seasons should be extended in order to cull the herd of deer in Southern Illinois.
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  • Meat processor Tinker Stevens at Eldorado Processing said the seasons should be extended in order to cull the herd of deer in Southern Illinois.
    "The deer are overpopulating. I have seen small bucks with five to six does. That usually doesn't happen," he said.
    Since bow season began on Oct. 1 the deer dressing shop has been busy, but not like prior years.
    "Our bow season has gone down terribly," said processor Gary Malone.
    Tinker agreed. "Yeah, I don't know if it is the economy or what," he said.
    The deer coming in are in good shape.
    "The deer all have plenty of meat and are healthy this year," he said.
    Owner Bob Steinbrook said he bought the processing plant located at 1211 U.S. Route 45 in Eldorado in 1988.
    "It's a good business," he said.
    "We started doing deer, beef and pork but we gave up on the beef and pork because of government regulations. I just got tired of dealing with it."
    Steinbrook retired from a career in elementary education in 1988. That year he bought his current business.
    "I was a quail hunter. I have never shot a deer," he said.
    "We open at 8 a.m. and during season I often don't leave until 8 p.m. We can process up to 50 deer a day with a good crew."
    Steinbrook said he does not worry about competition. His business is seasonal and lasts from Oct. 1 and Jan. 31.
    Archery deer season began Oct. 1 and runs through Jan. 19, 2014, except for shotgun deer seasons. A youth firearm season was Oct. 12 and Oct. 13. The firearm seasons are Nov. 22 through Nov. 24 and Dec. 5 through Dec. 8. Muzzleloader only season is Dec. 13 through Dec. 15.
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