Hunters for the Hungry is gearing up as deer season is but weeks away.
Hunters who tag a deer with no place to store it can donate the carcass to the Hunters for the Hungry at the Detroit Deer Processing, 101 Main St. in Detroit.
“It’s a great way to help those in need, and use some of the tags that are on the Texas hunting license,” Hunters for the Hungry Secretary/Treasurer Brent Sharrock said.
The deer donated to the organization will help:
- New Hope Shelter
- Salvation Army
- The Dream Center
- Clarksville Food Pantry
- Food Pantry at Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church
Hunters for the Hungry pays for processing “if the hunter didn’t already donate that part as well. We then take the meat to one of a few locations to be distributed to those in need.”
Once the processed meats are picked up, Sharrock said it is dropped off at the organizations. He said donated deer vary from each season from as few as 35 to 65.
“A deer will average around 30 (pounds) of ground meat each, so it will make approximately 120 meals,” he said. “We provide around five to six thousand meals per year.”
Sharrock said buyers from FFA sales have occasionally donated a few show pigs.
“We had those made into breakfast sausage,” he said. “A good show pig will yield close to 175 (pounds) of sausage.”
Those who donate deer or money to Hunters for the Hungry will be entered into a drawing for guns, bows and several other items.
“We accept deer year-round as long as it’s legally tagged and documented,” he said. “There are some ranches that have tags for after regular season for deer management. Other states have different dates and rules for their hunting seasons.”
The drawing will take place during the organization’s appreciation chili supper, typically held in February.