Contact: Joanna Wilson, DNREC Public Affairs, 302-739-9902.
DNREC Fish and Wildlife announces butcher shops processing Sportsmen Against Hunger donations during 2013-2014 season
DOVER (Sept. 17, 2013) – DNREC’s Division of Fish and Wildlife today announced the list of private butcher shops accepting donated deer for processing for the state’s Sportsmen Against Hunger Program during the 2013-2014 Delaware deer hunting season. All donated deer meat will be distributed to charitable groups participating in the program, with full funding for the season provided by 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. Since it began in 1992 with support from the Division of Fish and Wildlife, the state’s Sportsmen Against Hunger program has provided more than 1.7 million meals for needy Delawareans.
Participating hunters may drop off their deer at any of the eight DNREC-maintained walk-in coolers listed below. 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.
Successful hunters may also take their deer directly to any of these participating private butcher shops found throughout the state:
COOPERATING BUTCHER SHOPS
New Castle County
Dutch Neck 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 Cedar Hill Custom Deer Cutting
300 Dexter Corner Road 738 Paddock Road
Townsend, DE 19734 Smyrna, DE 19977
Miller’s Butcher Shop D&J Custom Cutting
577 Morgans Choice Road 89 Myers Drive
Wyoming, DE 19934 Hartly, DE 19953
Johnson’s Custom Cutting Dave’s Cut ‘Em Up
21404 Burton Road 6854 Delmar Road
Milton, DE 19968 Delmar, DE 19940
Mark’s Meats & More
24910 Hollyville Road
Millsboro, DE 19966
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
Any deer dropped off at a cooler 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).
For more information on the Sportsmen Against Hunger Program, please visit Sportsmen Against Hunger, or contact Wayne Lehman, Kent County Regional Wildlife Manager, 302-284-1077. For deer information, please contact Joe Rogerson, Fish and Wildlife Game Mammal Biologist, at 302-735-3600.
Vol. 43, No. 362