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'Faith, family and fun'

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15 YEARS LATER: From left, Glenn, daughter Tabitha, wife Sheila, and son Josh Butcher stand outside of a building on their 172-acre property where they own and operate a hunting equipment store.
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2004: From left, Glenn,daughter Tabitha, wife Sheila, and son Josh Butcher stand outside Bass and Bucks when the store opened up at its new location in 2004. The family is now celebrating 20 years in business and 15 years at their new and improved location.

BY Kaitlin Gebby - kgebby@wabashplaindealer.com

The Butcher family didn’t expect to grow into the 172-acre property that they own and operate today. Instead, Glenn and Sheila Butcher started their business ventures together with a glass shop and fishing equipment store in Lagro.

The couple met and graduated from Southwood Jr./Sr High School. Starting in his sophomore year of high school, Glenn said he started selling smaller hunting items off the back porch of his parents house until he was old enough to acquire a license to sell more sophisticated equipment like the items seen in his shop today. Sheila, his wife of 34 years, said he’s always been ambitious and thrived on his love for hunting. One day, the family made the decision to move their location to a larger property in Wabash County in 2003. The location on Millcreek Pike opened up in 2004, and the business has grown since.

Glenn’s love for hunting and the outdoors was passed down to him, which he then passed on to his children, Josh and Tabitha. The two grew up around their parents business and officially joined after they each graduated high school. Now Josh can be found operating in the archery equipment while Tabitha manages the firearms.

Like their love for hunting, the store will soon be passed on to them as well.

“I can remember falling asleep under my mom’s desk when I was little,” Tabitha said. “I definitely think this business will stay in the family. That’s my hope at least.”

Sheila mentioned their new 17-month-old grandson keeps them busy, and that she’s excited for him to receive the same teachings that were handed to her and her children.

In addition to their growing family, there are also plans for the business to expand too. Bass and Bucks is celebrating 20 years of business in Wabash County, and talks of opening up a banquet hall is on their minds, according to Glenn.

Glenn and Tabitha explained the idea of adding a banquet hall that could fit more than 1,000 people onto the property for weddings and special events. Being in the county, they said they have plenty of parking and the natural scenery is an added feature.

Glenn said he hopes to retire in the next few years to take more time for hunting. He said he’s taken an out of state or out of country trip every year since he was in his teens, travelling as far as British Columbia to hunt moose and elk.

In their 20 years of business, Sheila said she “never expected” to grow like they have. The hunting supply store not only fills a great need in Wabash, she said, but also plays host to several teams in the county with their versatile indoor and outdoor ranges. She said their facility regularly hosts events for 4-H students, competitive shooting teams at Southwood and Northfield High School, and host statewide events for archery leagues.

“It’s a blessing to us,” she said. “We’re not just about faith, family and fun, but also God, guns and guts. You can’t leave any out.”

Glenn looked at a framed article published by the Plain Dealer in 2004 and explained that some businesses in the county are forgotten about, but he’s proud to have accomplished this level of growth and success through hard work and alongside his family.

“This really is the American dream,” he said. “It’s still possible that you can make it through hard work, and we’re living proof of that.”

Bass and Bucks is open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, Thursday and Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. The shop is closed Tuesday and Wednesday.