ST. IGNATIUS – Hunting season is underway and Montana hunters need to have their game processed and packed. Hunters from across the country come to Montana to fill their tags but hauling their game out of the backcountry is only the beginning. D&J Meat Processing, Inc. is ready to help with the next steps. Located at 34408 Pierce Lane in St. Ignatius, D&J Meats is perfectly positioned to handle cutting, wrapping and storing for folks in Lake County, its surrounding areas and beyond.

“I think local production is the way it has to be. I hope we get back to the way it used to be when local agriculture producers filled the local needs,” said Donald Pierce, Ronan native and owner of D&J Meats. That is exactly what he had in mind when he turned his hobby of meat cutting into a brick-and-mortar business. His clientele is more than just regional hunters. Local livestock ranchers already rely on D&J Meats to butcher and pack their meat. 

Starting a new business during a global pandemic is no small task. With the help of a loan from nonprofit lender MoFi, Pierce’s vision to provide quality meat-processing and packing services became reality – just in time for the 2021 hunting season.

Pierce’s vision for his business was to create a state-of-the-art facility with easy access for ranchers, farmers and hunters in the region. With a particular focus on customer service and a passion for meat cutting, D&J Meats is well-positioned to meet the meat processing needs of western Montana.  

Pierce’s sense of community comes from growing up in a small Montana town and adds to his desire to provide a much-needed local service. He saw a need and was willing to put in the work to fulfill it.

Serving Lake, Flathead, Missoula and Sanders Counties, Pierce’s business hours are Monday – Friday from 8am – 5pm, and weekends by appointment. D&J Meats provides full livestock processing and meat packing services as well as processing and packaging services for deer, elk, bison, antelope, bighorn sheep and moose.

For more information about D&J Meats, contact Donald Pierce at 406-253-7949 or call the shop at 406-745-0643.

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