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Does anyone know of a place near the Newberry/Paradise area for bear processing or butchering? Google only turns up a butcher shop in Rudyard that doesn't appear to deal with wild game but I plan to call I was just wondering if anyone knew of any that might not be listed.

Worst case scenario does anyone know of someplace that might have cold storage for a bear in this area? We found a place south of the bridge in Mackinaw City but I am hoping for something closer

Thanks in advance, and good luck to everyone.
 

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The two guys I know of aren't processing game anymore. Seems to me there is a third. Let me check around. The two grocery stores in Newberry might do cold storage for you. IGA 906-293-5141. Mac's Mkt. 906-293-5158.
 

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The two guys I know of aren't processing game anymore. Seems to me there is a third. Let me check around. The two grocery stores in Newberry might do cold storage for you. IGA 906-293-5141. Mac's Mkt. 906-293-5158.

Thanks! Any help is appreciated. I'll check with the stores and see if they would be able to. We've asked the IGA in Paradise during deer season last year when it got warm but they wouldn't or couldn't for some reason.
 

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The cold storage is out. I highly doubt it'd be legal for them to do.
I could be wrong

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Just a idea. If anyone knows of people in the U.P. that do process bear maybe that could put the contact info here along with hours open. Last year my dad took his bear all the way to Soderman's in Gladstone. We have had out last few bear done with him, he's a great guy but sure is a ways to travel especially after you've hunted all day.... But he did stay open longer as he knew we were driving a distance to bring the bear!!! :)
 

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I would think that anyone who sets bear baits would know where their clients can get a bear processed.

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There isnt anyone around the Newberry area that cuts up bears anymore I know 2 guys that take care of deer and they wont touch a bear and both are personal friends of mine. As for the cold storage I think the earlier post of Gould city is correct. I would count on your worst case scenario or have some big salmon coolers and skin and quarter it out your self, that is what we do. Good Luck hunting this year.
 

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I had good results using JT's Taxidermy in Engadine (SW of Newberry). He did meat processing and kept it frozen until I went home.


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Pretty sure that is who did mine in 2001. I have a hat with his phone number on it, but it must be at my cabin. No problems 12 years ago. :)

EDIT: Just did a Google search. He processes deer and bear. Did about 100 bear mounts so his prices must be pretty good.

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sorry i forgot to attach the phone # i have for jt's
906-477-6116

He did a shoulder mount of my bear, and it looks great.
 

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JT is getting out of the business. He's now working full time at the same place I work. I think his son did most of the work last year but I wouldn't count on him. Unless he's changed his mind. His shift rotation starts tomorrow so I'll see him early next week and find out what his plans are.
 

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Thanks everyone for the info. I guess I have options, and hopefully will have to make a decision on what to do here in a few days.

Good Luck to everyone.
 

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Just spoke to John (JT) and he is not processing any game and won't have cold storage. He said McNeil's Bar in Gould City has cold storage. 906-477-9915. Good luck to all you bear hunters.
 

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There are 2 stores near the lower Taq. Falls--one on each side of the road. The store on the West side might have cold storage available although I can't remember the owner's name--but I think his last name is Knox. Check with him as he may have cold storage services.
 
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