Contact: Joanna Wilson, DNREC Public Affairs, 302-739-9902.
DNREC Fish & Wildlife encourages successful deer hunters
to donate venison to Sportsmen Against Hunger
DOVER (Jan. 2, 2015) – With Delaware’s archery deer season continuing until Jan. 31 plus three more weeks of various firearm deer seasons coming up in January, DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife reminds hunters that the state’s Sportsmen Against Hunger Program gratefully accepts donated venison for processing and distribution to participating charitable groups who provide meals for hungry Delawareans.
“So far, our donations to Sportsmen Against Hunger are down for this season,” said Kent County Regional Wildlife Manager Bill Jones. “We would like to encourage successful hunters who have more venison than they can use to support this program and help those in need. With the January deer seasons still ahead, we have hopes of Delaware hunters matching – or maybe even surpassing – last year’s total of more than 21,000 pounds of donated venison.”
The 2014-2015 Delaware deer hunting seasons will conclude with seasons open on the following dates in January:
· Archery/crossbow – open through Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015
· Handgun – Saturday, Jan. 3 through Saturday, Jan. 10
· Shotgun – Saturday, Jan. 17 through Saturday, Jan. 24
· Muzzleloader – Monday, Jan. 26 through Saturday, Jan. 31
After the donated venison is processed, the Division of Fish & Wildlife distributes the meat to the program’s partner organizations in all three counties. Last year, 21,223 pounds of venison from 645 deer donated by hunters was divided among 31 food pantries and shelters statewide, providing more than 100,000 meals. Since the program began in 1992, Sportsmen Against Hunger has provided more than 1.7 million meals for needy Delawareans.
To make a donation to Sportsmen Against Hunger, successful hunters can take their deer directly to any of the participating private butcher shops found throughout the state, or they may drop off their deer at any of the DNREC-maintained walk-in coolers, both listed below.
Cooperating Butcher Shops
Johnson’s Custom Cutting
21404 Burton Road
Milton, DE 19968
Mark’s Meats & More
24910 Hollyville Road
Millsboro, DE 19966
Dave’s Cut ‘Em Up
6854 Delmar Road
Delmar, DE 19940
Miller’s Butcher Shop
577 Morgans Choice Road
Wyoming, DE 19934
D&J Custom Cutting
89 Myers Drive
Hartly, DE 19953
New Castle County
Cedar Hill Custom Deer Cutting
738 Paddock Road
Smyrna, DE 19977
Bobby’s Deer Butcher Shop
1084 Bethel Church Road
Middletown, DE 19709
Townsend Deer Butchering
1300 Dexter Corner Road
Townsend, DE 19734
Marks Butcher Shop
7296 Grantham Lane (River Road Ind. Park)
New Castle, DE 19720
DNREC-maintained coolers for donated deer
Assawoman Wildlife Area, Frankford
Gumboro Community Center, Millsboro
Redden State Forest Headquarters, Georgetown
Trap Pond State Park, Laurel
Woodland Beach Wildlife Area, Smyrna
Norman G. Wilder Wildlife Area, Viola
Mosquito Control Office, Milford
The DNREC 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 at a walk-in cooler, the Division of Fish & Wildlife requests that the hunter please call 302-735-3600, so that the deer is transported for processing in a timely manner. This phone number is also posted on each cooler door.
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.
All deer taken in Delaware must be registered through the Division of Fish & Wildlife’s Hunter and Trapper Registration (HTR) system. Deer hunters are encouraged to access the system online using a smartphone, tablet, laptop or desktop computer at www.dnrec.delaware.gov/delhunt. Those who prefer to talk to a live customer service representative have the option to call 855-DELHUNT (855-335-4868). This year, 20 hunters or trappers who access the system online rather than making a phone call will be randomly selected throughout the season to receive a donated $50 gift card to Cabela’s.
For more information on hunting in Delaware, click 2014-2015 Delaware Hunting and Trapping Guide. For information about the HTR system and gift card lottery, see page 20. The guide also is available in printed form at DNREC’s Dover licensing desk in the Richardson & Robbins Building, 89 Kings Highway, Dover, and from license agents throughout the state.
For more information on the Sportsmen Against Hunger Program, including a list of the organizations that distribute the venison, please visit Sportsmen Against Hunger, or contact Bill Jones, Kent County Regional Wildlife Manager, 302-284-4795. For deer information, please contact Joe Rogerson, Fish and Wildlife Game Mammal Biologist, at 302-735-3600.
Vol. 45, No. 1