Deer hunters can donate venison to charity

Deer hunters have been invited to donate processed venison to various Central Missouri charities when the deer firearms season opens on Nov. 10.

The Share the Harvest Program in Central Missouri is operated each year by the Central Missouri Chapter of Safari Club International. Last year 28,300 pounds of venison were donated through the Share the Harvest Program.

To participate, hunters can have their deer processed at one of the Central Missouri meat processors participating in the program.

Hunters can donate from one pound up to a whole deer.

Those who donate the whole deer will have all costs paid by the program. The Conservation Federation of Missouri will pay $60 per deer and the Safari Club International pay the remainder of the cost until a cap at each processing plant is reached and funds are depleted.

Callaway County processors participating in the Share the Harvest program are: Horn’s Meat Processing, Fulton; Hartman’s Custom Meat Processing, New Bloomfield; R & R Processing, Auxvasse; and Hanson Hills Campground, Kingdom City.

Other Central Missouri meat processors participating in the Share the Harvest program are Russellville Locker, Russellville; Crane’s Meat Processing, Ashland; Swiss Meat & Sausage Co., Hermann; and Mexico Meat & Produce LLC, Mexico.

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