Delaware's Sportsmen Against Hunger Program for 2009-10

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DNREC's Division of Fish and Wildlife has announced that it will again participate in the Sportsmen Against Hunger program during the 2009-2010 Delaware deer hunting season. All donated deer will be processed, with the meat distributed to charitable groups participating in the program. Initially, there was some concern that the Sportsmen Against Hunter program might not be funded due to statewide budget cuts, but Fish & Wildlife managed to obtain full funding for the upcoming season.

The Division of Fish and Wildlife recently finalized deer donation locations for participating hunters, who may drop off their deer at any of the eight walk-in coolers maintained by the division. These coolers are checked periodically, and all donated deer are taken to the Sussex Correctional Institution where they are processed. If a hunter donates a deer, the division requests that he or she please call the phone number posted on the cooler, so that the deer is transported to the correctional institution for processing in a timely manner.

Any deer dropped off at a cooler also must be field dressed and registered, with the registration number written on the field tag attached to the animal. (NOTE: All deer taken in Delaware this year must be registered online, by going to http://www.dehip.com/deer/default.asp, or by phone at 1-866-511-DEER [3337].) The number on the field tag will allow the Division of Fish and Wildlife to verify that a deer has been registered.

The coolers for donated deer are located at:

New Castle County

  • * Augustine Wildlife Area, Port Penn

Kent County

  • * Woodland Beach Wildlife Area, Smyrna
  • * Norman G. Wilder Wildlife Area, Viola (New location)
  • * Fish & Wildlife Mosquito Control Office, Milford (New location)

Sussex County

  • * Assawoman Wildlife Area, Frankford
  • * Gumboro Community Center, Millsboro (New location)
  • * Redden State Forest Headquarters, Georgetown
  • * Trap Pond State Park, Laurel

Successful hunters may also take their deer to any of the participating private butcher shops found throughout the state.

COOPERATING BUTCHER SHOPS

New Castle County

Bill's Deer Butchering
1210 Dutch Neck Road
Middletown DE 19709
302-836-3299

Marks Butcher Shop
7296 Grantham Lane (River Road Ind. Park)
New Castle, DE 19720
302-229-0897

Townsend Deer Butchering
1300 Dexter Corner Road
Townsend, DE 19734
302-378-3268

Kent County

Miller’s Custom Butcher Shop
577 Morgans Choice Road
Wyoming, DE 19934
302-697-8278

D&J Custom Cutting
89 Meyers Drive
Hartly, DE 19953
302-492-0323

Sussex County

Double "K" Deer Cutters
28241 Windsong Lane
Georgetown, DE 19947
302-249-0240

Johnson's Custom Cutting
21404 Burton Road
Milton, DE 19968
302-684-1790

Mark's Meats & More
24910 Hollyville Road
Millsboro, DE 19966
302-933-0307

JAKOR Enterprises
18740 Whaleys Corner Road
Georgetown, DE 19947
302-236-6801

For more information on the Sportsmen Against Hunger Program, please visit the Division of Fish & Wildlife's web site at www.fw.delaware.gov/Hunting/Pages/SportsmenAgainstHunger.aspx or contact Joe Rogerson, Fish and Wildlife Game Mammal Biologist, at 302-735-3600.