Hunters Donated 188 Deer During the First Collection Weekend
Generous Georgia hunters donated 188 harvested deer to the Hunters for the Hungry (HFTH) program during the first collection weekend (Oct. 30-31), according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife Resources Division (WRD). The venison from the deer will help provide warm, nutritious meals for hundreds of less fortunate Georgians. WRD would like to encourage all hunters to donate a deer (or two, or three . . .) during the next collection weekend (Nov. 27-28) at six drop-off locations around the state or bring a harvested deer to any of the four available processor sites that are collecting deer all month.
HFTH is an annual event where hunters can donate harvested deer at designated collection sites during specific times. The deer are processed into ground venison and then distributed to food banks statewide by the Atlanta Community Food Bank (representing the Georgia State Association of Food Banks). Hunters interested in participating should bring field-dressed deer to any of the designated drop-off locations. The following six locations will be open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Nov. 27-28:
· Social Circle – WRD Fish Hatchery on Hwy. 278 (1.5 miles north of Exit 101 off I-20).
· Lexington – Oglethorpe County Farmer’s Market on U.S. Hwy 78.
· Newnan – Ga. Hwy 34 bypass (north of Newnan, east of intersection with Ga. Hwy 16).
· Dallas – Paulding Forest Wildlife Management Area Check Station.
· Gainesville – Hall County Farmer’s Market/Jesse Jewel Parkway at I-985.