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Hunters can donate their deer to feed families in need

The Tennessee Wildlife Federation’s Hunters for the Hungry program is now accepting deer donations for the 2021 deer season.

More than 55 deer processors across the state are accepting donations of deer to feed Tennessee families in need.

Matt Simcox, manager of Hunters for the Hungry, said each donated deer provides 168 servings of healthy, lean protein to those who need it most.

When hunters catch a deer, they can donate it to a participating processor. Venison is processed and then delivered to hunger-fighting organizations.

At this time, hunters can turn in a full donation of deer at no cost to them. Every year, Hunters for the Hungry covers tens of thousands of dollars in donation processing fees.

If deer donations exceed the funds available for this season, hunters can pay a reduced processing fee of $ 60 or redeem a deer coin.

In partnership with the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, Hunters for the Hungry will screen each donated deer for chronic diseases.

Whole deer donations will only be accepted in West Tennessee and surrounding counties. Donations in pounds or packages, which allow hunters to give a portion of their harvest, will continue to be accepted in the rest of the state.

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