Maryland entrepreneur Clint Summers finds success in wild game processing
Clint Summers, Natalie Elder and the rest of the Clint's Cuts crew at the NRA's Great American Hunting & Outdoor Show
This weekend, the Frederick E-ventplex’s main hall is home to a Mount Airy operation known as Clint’s Cuts
. In business for a little more than a year, Clint’s is the place to go for your Frederick County deer processing needs.
“We’re one of two deer processors in the county who work with the Farmers and Hunters Feeding the Hungry program,” said self-appointed spokesman Natalie Elder. “It creates a lot of traffic and helps the community — it’s pretty exciting.”
The man behind Clint’s (owner/operator Clint Summers) has been in the butchering business for almost twenty years. Going from the offer to opening his doors in a two-week period, it was a feat of fate that pushed the man into opening a shop of his own.
“I worked about seventeen years for a butchering shop that was going out of business,” said Summers “Originally I was helping him put up the shop for auction, but we agreed on a price and here I am today.”
Working with the Farmers and Hunters Feeding the Hungry program
Most new businesses fail within one year of opening their doors, but Clint has experienced an uptick in traffic. Some, Natalie for instance, suggest it’s their involvement in the Farmers and Hunters Feeding the Hungry program.
“We had close to 800 deer come through last year and we’re pushing for 1,000 in 2012,” said Summers. “That’ll mean even more food for the Feed the Hungry Program.”
“That’s right,” said Elder. “We donated more than a ton of meat (representing about 140 deers) to the Farmers and Hunters Feeding the Hungry program in 2011. We upped our original pledge, tried to help out the community and hopefully earned a little good will.”
For a first time attendee at the Great American Hunting & Outdoor Show, they definitely appear to starting off on the right hoof.