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Urban deer hunts provide meals for less fortunate

From the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission

-- Urban hunts in Arkansas have proved extremely successful in reducing deer numbers in urban settings and providing much needed meat for food banks. In the four urban hunts in Arkansas, a total of 220 deer have been donated to Arkansas Hunters Feeding the Hungry.

The highly successful program has been in place in Arkansas since 2000. “The success of the program depends upon the generosity of hunters to donate venison and other wild game, cooperation from meat processors throughout the state, support from local food distribution organizations and the financial contributions of businesses and other citizens,” said Ronnie Ritter, AHFA president.

Hunters can also donate one deer or a portion of a deer from the state’s deer season and help the state’s less fortunate. “There are about 50 meat processors statewide who accept and process venison and other wild game from hunters for the program,” Ritter said.

Four cities have utilized urban deer hunting to reduce deer numbers. Hot Springs Village recently concluded an urban hunt with a total of more than 4,000 pounds of venison donated to AHFH. Cherokee Village, Horseshoe Bend and Bull Shoals urban hunts will conclude in January, but they have already donated over 6,000 pounds of meat for needy families, Ritter said. “These are some very impressive totals so far. I expect these urban hunts to be a big part of our future,” he added.

For more information on Arkansas Hunters Feeding the Hungry, go to

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