From the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control
-- The Delaware Division of Fish and Wildlife again will participate in the Sportsmen Against Hunger Program during the 2009-2010 Delaware deer hunting season.
All donated deer will be processed with the meat distributed to charitable groups participating in the program. Initially, there was some concern that the Sportsmen Against Hunter program might not be funded because of statewide budget cuts, but the Division was able to maintain full funding for the upcoming season.
The Division of Fish and Wildlife recently finalized deer donation locations for participating hunters, who may drop off their deer at any of the eight walk-in coolers maintained by the division. These coolers are checked periodically, and all donated deer are taken to the Sussex Correctional Institution where they are processed. If a hunter donates a deer, the division requests that the hunter call the phone number posted on the cooler, so that the deer is transported to the correctional institution for processing in a timely manner.
Any deer dropped off at a cooler also must be field dressed and registered, with the registration number written on the field tag attached to the animal. All deer taken in Delaware this year must be registered online, by going to http://www.dehip.com/deer/default.asp, or by calling (866)511-3337. The number on the field tag will allow the Division of Fish and Wildlife to verify that a deer has been registered.
Locations of coolers for donated deer:
New Castle County: Augustine Wildlife Area, Port Penn; Kent County: Woodland Beach Wildlife Area, Smyrna, and Norman G. Wilder Wildlife Area, Viola (New location); Sussex County: Assawoman Wildlife Area, Frankford Fish & Wildlife's Milford Mosquito Control Office, Milford (New location); Gumboro Community Center, Millsboro (New location); Redden State Forest Headquarters, Georgetown Trap Pond State Park, Laurel.
Successful hunters may also take their deer to any of the participating private butcher shops found throughout the state.
Cooperating butcher shops: New Castle County: Bill’s Deer Butchering, 1210 Dutch Neck Road, Middletown, (302) 836-3299; Mark’s Butcher Shop, 7296 Grantham Lane (River Road Industrial Park), New Castle, (302)299-0897; Townsend Deer Butchering, 1300 Dexter Corner Road, Townsend, (302)378-3268;
Kent County: Miller’s Custom Butcher Shop, 577 Morgans Choice Road, Wyoming, (302) 697-8278; D&J Custom Cutting, 89 Meyers Drive, Hartley, (302) 492, 0323; Sussex County: Double K Deer Cutter, 282 Windsong Lane, Georgtown, (302) 249-0240; Johnson’s Custom Cutting, 21404 Burton Road, Milton, (302)684-1790; Mark’s Meats & More, 24910 Hollyville Road, Millsboro, (302)933-0307; JAKOR Enterprises,18740 Whaleys Corner Road, (302)236-6801.
For more information on the Sportsmen Against Hunger Program, please visit the Division of Fish & Wildlife’s web site at or contact Joe Rogerson, Fish and Wildlife Game Mammal Biologist at (302)735-3600.