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4 Central Texas Outdoors 

Friday, November 3, 2017

Family-owned business processes deer a variety of ways By Autumn Owens

JT’s Deer Processing price list

aowens@empiretribune.com

Slightly hidden away just outside downtown Stephenville is a familyowned business that can take care of all your deer and other game processing needs. JT’s Deer Processing is owned by Jesse and Amanda Vann who inherited it from Jesse’s father after he passed. “This is our 12th year in business,” Amanda said. “It was actually (Jesse’s) dad’s business and he had done it for years and we grew up doing it with him and when his dad passed away we just kind of kept it going.” The business is located at 2931 E. Washington St. across from Hay & Feed Ranch and makes everything from sausage to jerky, burgers and cuts. “We offer pretty much any type of exotic large game — white-tailed deer, elk, mule deer, wild pigs — anything you can go hunting for like that and any type of processing,” Amanda said. “We can make jerky, deer snacks, breakfast sausage, chorizo, smoked link sausage, summer sausage and all kinds of good stuff.” People can bring their deer or other game up to JT’s and get whatever kind

Deer: • Straight cut (includes steak & hamburger) - $80 • Bacon wrapping backstrap - $10 per backstrap • Fajita slicing - $20 • Tenderizing - $10 • Stew meat - $10 • Chili meat - $5 • Jerky - $30 per pound • Deer snacks - $15 per pound • Bacon burger - $2 per pound • Breakfast sausage - $2 per pound • Chorizo - $3 per pound • Smoked sausage - $4 per pound • Summer sausage - $4 per pound Ice Chest Deer: • Parts of the deer weighed and charged at $1.50 per pound

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Amanda and Jesse Vann are the owners of JT’s Deer Processing located at 2931 E. Washington St. in Stephenville.

of cut they would like. Orders are typically ready to pick up within two weeks unless getting a straight cut. “Generally they come in as a full animal, sometimes it doesn’t. Some

people who hunt out of town bring it to us quartered up in an ice chest, but they can receive the same services that the SEE PROCESSING, 10

Wild Pig: • Processed by weight after skinned - $1 per pound • Breakfast sausage - $1 per pound Exotic Large Game: • Processed by weight after skinned and field dressed - $1 per pound Field dressing - $30; Caping - $25

Information courtesy JT’s Deer Processing.

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