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Nebraska hunters have access to deer exchange

From Nebraska Game and Parks Commission

-- Deer hunters may provide venison to anyone willing to accept it though the Game and Parks Commission's Deer Exchange program.

With an abundant deer population, many hunting opportunities, the Deer Exchange accommodates the additional harvest of deer. Hunters who have filled their freezers may still bag a deer and have somewhere to take the meat.

Deer Exchange participants may register online at http://outdoornebraska.ne.gov/hunting/programs/deerexchange/.

Previous participants must reregister to remain in the program.

The free program, which runs through March 1, 2012, allows donors and recipients of deer meat register, search a database for participants in their area, and then make contact by telephone or e-mail to set up the transfer of deer meat. Deer meat may not be sold.

The recipient may accept field dressed deer, skinned and boned deer, or wrapped and frozen deer meat.

The donor is responsible for properly field dressing and checking the deer before transfer. However, Game and Parks is not responsible for the quality of the meat or failure of the donor or recipient to follow through with the transfer. The agency provides the necessary transfer cards online.

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