Contact: Joanna Wilson, DNREC Public Affairs, 302-739-9902.
DNREC Fish and Wildlife announces Sportsmen Against Hunger
deer donation sites for 2012-2013 season
DOVER (Oct. 12, 2012) – The DNREC Division of Fish and Wildlife again will participate in the Sportsmen Against Hunger Program during the 2012-2013 Delaware deer hunting season. 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, 23,762 pounds of venison from 707 deer donated by hunters was divided among 24 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 all donated deer are taken to the Sussex Correctional Institution 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 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. 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 www.dehip.com/deer/default.asp 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
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 Marks Butcher Shop
1210 Dutch Neck Road 7296 Grantham Lane (River Road Ind. Park)
Middletown, DE 19709 New Castle, DE 19720
Townsend Deer Butchering
1300 Dexter Corner Road
Townsend, DE 19734
Miller’s Custom Butcher Shop D&J Custom Cutting
577 Morgans Choice Road 89 Myers Drive
Wyoming, DE 19934 Hartly, DE 19953
Johnson’s Custom Cutting JAKOR Enterprises
21404 Burton Road 18740 Whaleys Corner Road
Milton, DE 19968 Georgetown, DE 19947
Mark’s Meats & More Dave’s Cut ‘Em Up
24910 Hollyville Road 6854 Delmar Road
Millsboro, DE 19966 Delmar, DE 19940
For more information on the Sportsmen Against Hunger Program, please visit the Division of Fish & Wildlife’s website at www.fw.delaware.gov/Hunting/Pages/SportsmenAgainstHunger.aspx or contact Joe Rogerson, Fish and Wildlife Game Mammal Biologist, at 302-735-3600.
Vol. 42, No. 399