Northwoods taxidermists experience aftereffects of low deer harvestSubmitted: 12/02/2019
Story By Ben Bokun

Northwoods taxidermists experience aftereffects of low deer harvest
HAZELHURST - A disappointing deer harvest doesn't just affect hunters.

"[Deer] used to be backed up out [of] the door," said North Country Taxidermy co-owner Balie Strasburg.

Strasburg's Hazelhurst taxidermy studio is just one business being negatively affected by this year's small deer harvest.

"You'd have deer on the floor all day long… and we're just not seeing that anymore," said Strasburg.

Strasburg believes the snow may have kept people from hunting deer during rifle season. But she'll still have a pretty busy winter.

"There's plenty of other stuff that's gonna be rolling in," said Strasburg. "Trapping season is going full force right now, so we'll see bobcat and coyote."

Strasburg stays optimistic deer carcasses will keep coming in.

"Some people don't bring in their deer this week," Strasburg said. "It might be next week after their getting them back from the butcher."

John Novitt is one of those butchers. His Lake Tomahawk Meat Market is seeing a heavy harvest intake after gun deer season.

"We've been getting venison in every day since the end of September," said Novitt.
Strasburg and other taxidermists haven't been as lucky this year.

"There's a lot of us out there that are relying on deer season to help the business," said Strasburg.

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