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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 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

Kent County

            Woodland Beach Wildlife Area, Smyrna

Norman G. Wilder Wildlife Area, Viola

Division of Fish & Wildlife Mosquito Control Office, Milford

Sussex County

            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.   


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
302-562-3651                                      302-229-0897

Townsend Deer Butchering
1300 Dexter Corner Road
Townsend, DE 19734

Kent County 

Miller’s Custom Butcher Shop                        D&J Custom Cutting
577 Morgans Choice Road                             89 Myers Drive
Wyoming, DE 19934                                      Hartly, DE 19953
302-697-8278                                                  302-492-0323

Sussex County 

Johnson’s Custom Cutting                              JAKOR Enterprises
21404 Burton Road                                         18740 Whaleys Corner Road
Milton, DE  19968                                           Georgetown, DE 19947
302-684-1790                                                  302-236-6801


Mark’s Meats & More                                     Dave’s Cut ‘Em Up
24910 Hollyville Road                                     6854 Delmar Road
Millsboro, DE  19966                                      Delmar, DE 19940
302-933-0307                                                  302-381-7257

For more information on the Sportsmen Against Hunger Program, please visit the Division of Fish & Wildlife’s website at or contact Joe Rogerson, Fish and Wildlife Game Mammal Biologist, at 302-735-3600.

Vol. 42, No. 399

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