Deer hunters encouraged to participate in Hunters Helping the Hungry

 

Tonia Copeland

Tonia Copeland/Western Nebraska Observer Two white tail deer check out the environment last spring. The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission urges hunters to consider donating unwanted venison to the Hunters Helping the Hungry.

Hunters are invited to donate deer to the Hunters Helping the Hungry (HHH) program this fall so ground venison may be provided to Nebraskans in need. Hunters pay no processing costs for this donation-driven program.

There will be 21 processors around the state accepting donated deer during the Nov. 12-20 firearm deer season. Eighteen are currently available for archery hunters.

The HHH program is funded solely by tax-deductible contributions. Hunters should first talk with processors but may keep antlers, head and cape and donate the rest of the deer. Processors accept only whole deer in good condition to ensure a good yield of pure ground venison.

HHH, now in its fifth year, has provided 23,000 pounds of venison to those in need. From 2012 to 2015, the number of participating hunters has grown from 188 to 437, and the number of donated deer has risen from 213 to 501.

Learn more about the program and how to support it at OutdoorNebraska.org/HHH or contact program coordinator Teresa Lombard at 402-471-5430 or teresa.lombard@nebraska.gov.

The participating meat processors are: Amherst – Belschner Custom Meats Inc.; Bayard – WyoBraska Wild Game Processors Inc.; Blair – KB Quality Meats (starting Nov. 12); Cozad – Busy Bones Butcher; Elwood – SteakMaster Inc.; Franklin – Franklin Locker; Humphrey – Country Butcher (starting Nov. 12); Johnson – Pelican's Meat Processing; Lindsay – Melcher's Locker; North Bend – Bob's Custom Meats LLC; North Platte – Kelley's Custom Pack LLC; Oakland – Oakland Processing; Omaha – B.I.G. Meats Inc., Stoysich House of Sausage; Orleans – Harlan County Meat Processors; Oxford – Oxford Locker Inc.; Panama – Panama Locker; Table Rock – Den's Country Meats; Ulysses – The Butchery; Valparaiso – Nelson's Butcher Shop (starting Nov. 12); Wahoo – Wahoo Locker.

 

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