There is no greater honor than to be emulated by your peers or family members. It probably becomes even closer than that, when it’s your sons-in-law. They represent a new chapter in your life that will forever change both yours and theirs.

These relationships started long before they were married to my daughters Deb and Pam. They were courting Ron and Randy (brothers), and instead of whispering sweet nothings in their ear, they must have whispered a secret about their Dad’s knowledge about meat processing.

That was about 30 years ago, and the brothers have done nothing but get bigger and more sophisticated in their meat processing skills. It intrigued their younger brother so much that he went on to study at a certified meat processing school, and is now the boss of the operation — Kinneman Bros. Deer Processing.

I thought our good father/son relationship was all about me, but it didn’t take long to find out it was more about what I could teach them about deer processing.

The boys are serious, passionate deer hunters, so any skills I could bring to the table were welcomed with open arms. Again, I thought it was just a warm embrace, little did I know they were grabbing for a knife with their other hand, not just any knife, for they were soon to learn the value of sharp and presentation.

Their business continues to grow every year, with nothing more than word of mouth advertising from satisfied customers. Rather than opening a package of a hacked up, unidentifiable mess, they are pleasantly surprised to see cuts that are beautifully presented with a look of professionalism. Once you experience the difference yourself you’ll never go back to the hackers.

There is so little known about how to properly process venison, that most of it ends up being a total waste. If you aren’t willing to pay a little extra to make your hunt worth the time and expense, then it must just be about the hunting experience. But it could be about so much more. Just experience the satiety value of Kinneman processed venison.


For it is written:  Ecclesiastes 2:10 “For my heart rejoiced in all my labor; and this was my reward from my labor.”

"PONY TALES by" Ponty is written by Ken E. Knight, the author of the “Knightro Report”, a nationally syndicated livestock-marketing column, which is featured in the "Farm And Livestock Directory" every month.