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ND hunters encouraged to donate deer to hunger program

From North Dakota Game and Fish Department

-- With the special antlerless deer season in southwestern North Dakota opening Sept. 23, the Game and Fish Department is encouraging deer hunters to consider donating a deer to the Sportsman Against Hunger program.

The charitable program raises money for processing donated deer, and coordinates distribution of ground venison to food pantries in North Dakota. It is administered by the North Dakota Community Action Partnership, a nonprofit agency that serves low-income families across the state.

This year, in addition to archery season opening Sept. 2, an early antlerless deer gun season runs Sept. 23 - Oct. 7 in units 3E1, 3E2, 3F1, 3F2 and 4F. "We strongly support the donation program and hope deer hunters will do the same, not only during the early seasons, but the regular deer gun, archery and muzzleloader seasons," said Terry Steinwand, Game and Fish director.

"We have enough funding for the program to grow this year," according to Ann Pollert, NDCAP executive director, "and our food pantries tell us they have a demand for all the venison we can provide them."

A current statewide list of participating SAH venison donation processing sites is available at

As of Sept. 19, all units are open during the early season, except 3E2 which still had antlerless licenses available.

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