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Hunters Donate 240 Deer During 1st Hunters for the Hungry
SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (11/15/2005) Generous Georgia hunters donated 240 deer to the
Hunters for the Hungry (HFTH) program during the first collection weekend, Oct.
30-31, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife
Resources Division (WRD). The venison from the deer will help provide warm,
nutritious meals for hundreds of less fortunate Georgians. WRD would like to
encourage all hunters to donate a deer (or two, or three . . .) during the next
collection weekend, Nov. 26-27, at seven drop-off locations around the state or
to bring a harvested deer to any of the five available processor sites that are
collecting deer all month.
HFTH is an annual event where hunters can donate harvested deer at designated
collection sites during specific times. The deer are processed into ground
venison and then distributed to food banks statewide by the Atlanta Community
Food Bank (representing the Georgia State Association of Food Banks). Hunters
interested in participating should bring field-dressed deer to any of the
designated drop-off locations. The following seven locations will be open from 9
a.m. to 8 p.m. on Nov. 26-27:
· Social Circle – WRD Fish Hatchery on Hwy. 278 (1.5 miles north of Exit 101 off
· Lexington – Oglethorpe County Farmer’s Market on U.S. Hwy 78.
· Newnan – Royal Baptist Church (Hwy. 34 bypass North to Royal Mayo Drive).
· Gainesville – Hall County Farmer’s Market (Jesse Jewel Parkway at I-985).
· Rockmart (NEW!) – Lamar’s Sports Center (392 Atlanta Highway).
· Rome – Lavender Mountain Hardware (4065 Martha Berry Hwy., NW).
· Savannah (NEW!) – Bass Pro Shops (14045 Abercorn Street).
The following five locations will accept deer from Nov. 1– Nov. 30, 2005 during
· Hoboken (NEW!) – Big Creek Sausage Co., Inc., Rt. 1, Box 146-A, (912)
· Jefferson – Sealey’s Deer Cooler, 5675 South Apple Valley Road, (706)
· Sparta – Garner’s Grinder, Rt. 3, Box 464-2, (706) 444-9228.
· Columbus – Daffin’s Meat Processing, 4100 ½ River Bend Road, (706) 322-8848.
· Irwinton – Starley’s Deer Processing, 190 George Hatcher Road, (478) 946-8976.
The HFTH program began in 1993, under the helm of former WRD Director David
Waller who saw a way to enhance the image of Georgia’s hunters, while also
providing a critical item for those in need. More than 145,000 pounds of venison
has been donated over the years – growing from only 161 deer donated in 1993 to
862 deer donated in 2004. This program is overseen by a WRD coordinator, who
helps bring together several state and private organizations – including the
Georgia Department of Corrections, Georgia Department of Agriculture and the
Georgia Wildlife Federation, that meet annually to discuss the previous year’s
collection and how to make improvements based on the amount of money available.
The Governor’s Quail Hunt is a fundraiser that currently provides the only means
of funding for the operation of this program. Due to the limited, non-guaranteed
funding sources, the program has to operate on a year-to-year basis and is
restricted to only having collections during a specific time.
WRD applauds the many hunters who go out of their way to donate during these
collection periods, as well as those who find other ways to donate in their own
part of the state and encourages them to continue their efforts to help feed
those in need and show hunters in a positive light.
For more information on the HFTH program, visit the WRD website at
www.gohuntgeorgia.com or call (706) 295-6041.