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Steamboat Meat and Seafood Company employees Rich Riele, left, and Paul Brassell pull an elk out of the refrigerator for processing. The butchers have stayed busy trying to clear the shop's freezers before the next load of harvested animals arrives

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Half the harvest

Through two of the fall's big game rifle seasons, hunters gauge success, eye early migrations

High-country hunting may have taken a brief break during this past week's five-day hiatus between the second and third deer and elk rifle seasons, but that's when the craziness began for the butchers at Steamboat Meat & Seafood Company.


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