Contact: Joanna Wilson, DNREC Public Affairs, 302-739-9902
DNREC Fish and Wildlife announces Sportsmen Against Hunger
deer donation coolers ready for 2013-2014 season
DOVER (Aug. 21, 2013) – DNREC’s Division of Fish and Wildlife again will lead the state’s Sportsmen Against Hunger Program during the 2013-2014 Delaware deer hunting season, and DNREC’s deer coolers are ready to receive donations. All donated deer will be processed, and the meat distributed to charitable groups participating in the program, with full funding for the season through the Delaware General Assembly.
Last year, 19,961 pounds of venison from 699 deer donated by hunters were divided among 31 food pantries and shelters statewide, providing more than 100,000 meals for hungry Delawareans.
Participating hunters may drop off their deer at any of the eight walk-in coolers maintained by DNREC. These coolers are checked periodically, and donated deer are taken to the Sussex Correctional Institution’s deer butchering program, or to participating private butcher shops, where they are processed. If a hunter donates a deer, the Division of Fish and Wildlife requests that the hunter please call the phone number posted on the cooler, so that the deer is transported 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. The number on the field tag will allow the Division to verify that a deer has been registered. NOTE: All deer taken in Delaware must be registered online at http://www.dnrec.delaware.gov/delhunt or by calling toll-free 1-855-DEL-HUNT (1-855-335-4868).
DNREC-maintained coolers for donated deer are located at:
New Castle County
Augustine Wildlife Area, Port Penn
Woodland Beach Wildlife Area, Smyrna
Norman G. Wilder Wildlife Area, Viola
Division of Fish & Wildlife Mosquito Control Office, Milford
Assawoman Wildlife Area, Frankford
Gumboro Community Center, Millsboro
Redden State Forest Headquarters, Georgetown
Trap Pond State Park, Laurel
For more information on the Sportsmen Against Hunger Program, please visit Sportsmen Against Hunger, or contact Joe Rogerson, Fish and Wildlife Game Mammal Biologist, at 302-735-3600.
Vol. 43, No. 322