(WTVA) - Wilson's Deer Processing sits about five miles outside of Pheba, attracting crowds from throughout northeast Mississippi.
Wilson's owner, Christi Wilson said she saw business double during the pandemic.
“We peaked the first week of December and it never stopped,” she said.
Wilson and her husband have owned the processing store for 10 years.
She said this year's deer season is unlike anything she has seen before, as customers continued to flow into her store late after the holiday season.
The owner said on average, the business processes around 1,000 deer during the season; however, this year, Wilson's is well over that number with two weeks still remaining to hunt.
“People have more time on their hands and are looking for a safe recreational activity," said Wilson. "Being outside is safe. You can social distance.”
In order to keep up with the increased intake of deer, Wilson said the business began processing meat six days a week instead of their usual five-day workweek.
“We don’t like to be above the two-week point with anything that comes in," said the owner, "That is one reason why we have to turn away people. If we get too many in, we can’t handle the workload, and then we’ve got poor quality and we don’t want that.”
Wilson said the business shut down at least four weekends just to make sure all the meat could be processed in a timely manner.
The processing owner said all their hard work is worth it in the end.
“I’m thankful that we’re able to provide for both the people that work for us and ourselves," she said, " and the hunters that come in, they’re providing for themselves too so it’s a win-win.”
Wilson said they will continue to take in meat during the post-season and will process until the coolers are empty.