From Delaware Dept. of Natural Resources & Environmental Control
-- Delaware hunters can participate in the Sportsmen Against Hunger Program during the deer hunting season with all donated deer processed to be distributed to charitable groups participating in the program.
Last year, 28,244 pounds of venison from the 867 deer donated by hunters was divided among 24 food pantries and shelters statewide, providing more than 100,000 meals.
Participating hunters can drop off their deer at any of the eight walk-in coolers maintained by the Division of Fish and Wildlife. 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 he or she 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. The number on the field tag allows the Division to verify a deer has been registered.
All deer taken in Delaware must be registered online at www.dehip.com/deer/default.asp or by calling toll-free (855)335-4868.
Successful hunters may also take their deer to any participating private butcher shop in the state.
For more information on the Sportsmen Against Hunger Program, contact Joe Rogerson, mammal biologist, at (302)735-3600 or the Division website at www.fw.delaware.gov/Hunting/Pages/SportsmenAgainstHunger.aspx.