Hunters may begin donating their deer to the Hunters Helping the Hungry program Sept. 15. The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission has contracted with meat processors that may accept the donated deer.
Hunters Helping the Hungry combines cash donations and donated deer to produce ground venison that is distributed to Nebraskans in need. Game and Parks, not hunters, pays processing costs. Processors will accept only the deer that can yield a good volume of pure ground venison.
Hunters Helping the Hungry funds will pay to process up to 300 deer this year. Participating processor quotas may be increased if additional cash and/or deer donations are received.
Hunters and nonhunters may make cash donations to help fund the program, which uses no permit or tax dollars. They may make a donation while purchasing a deer permit over the counter at a Game and Parks permitting office or at OutdoorNebraska.org. They also may mail a check made out to the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, with Hunters Helping the Hungry in the memo field. The checks should be sent to: Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, P.O. Box 30370, Lincoln, NE 68503-0370.
The participating Hunters Helping the Hungry meat processors, subject to change, are: Amherst – Belschner Custom Meats Inc.; Bayard – Bayard Processing; Bridgeport – KDK Meats, LLC; Broken Bow – Broken Bow Pack; Diller – C & C Processing; Elwood – SteakMaster Inc.; Humphrey – Country Butcher; Johnson – Pelican’s Meat Processing; Lindsay – Melcher’s Locker; North Bend – Bob’s Custom Meats LLC; North Platte – Kelley’s Custom Pack; Oakland – Oakland Processing; Omaha – B. I. G. Meats Inc., Stoysich House of Sausage; Orleans – Harlan County Meat Processors; Oxford – Oxford Locker, Inc.; Panama – Panama Locker; Ralston – Van Fleet Meats; Table Rock – Den’s Country Meats; Ulysses – Butchery; Wahoo – Wahoo Locker.
Learn more about the program at OutdoorNebraska.org/HHH.
Logo courtesy Nebraska Game and Parks Commission