Hunters Sharing Their Harvest

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Last year Oklahoma hunters donated 33,227 pounds of venison, that’s more than 16 tons, to the Hunters Against Hunger program. That is enough meat to provide nutritious meals for nearly 133,000 people. The program facilitates the distribution of deer meat to hungry families in the state and is co-sponsored by the Oklahoma Station Chapter of the Safari Club International, Nature Works Inc. and the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation.

“For generations, hunters have shared their harvest with their friends and families and the Hunters Against Program is a great way for hunters to extend their generosity to needy families across the state," said Greg Duffy, director of the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation. “Oklahomans have been so generous in donating to victims of the tsunami in southeast Asia and Hurricane Katrina along the Gulf Coast and this program provides hunters an opportunity to help hungry families right here in Oklahoma.”

Sportsmen and women donated 747 deer to the program last year at 50 different meat-processing facilities around the state. The ground venison is distributed to the needy through the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma and the Community Food Bank of eastern Oklahoma and a network of qualified, charitable organizations.

Hunters who legally harvest a deer during this year's deer seasons can simply deliver the deer to the nearest participating meat processor after checking the deer at a hunter check station. To help with processing charges, each donor is requested to contribute a tax-deductible $10 to assist with the program.

To find out more about the Hunters Against Hunger Program, or for a list of cooperating meat processors, check out page 24 of the “2005-06 Oklahoma Hunting Guide."