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| 90 sec read | by Doug Marrin, dmarrin@thesuntimesnews.com |

With Michigan’s firearm deer season drawing near and bow season underway, the DNR encourages hunters to help feed hungry families by donating deer to Michigan Sportsmen Against Hunger (MSAH).

MSAH began in 1991 and is run completely on a volunteer basis. The nonprofit group connects hunters donating to participating processors and charities where food is needed such as food banks, pantries, and shelters.

Michigan hunters donated enough deer last year to produce over 50,000 pounds of ground venison, providing more than 200,000 meals. Since its inception, the group has donated 637,000 pounds of venison, enough for 3,185,000 meals.

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“This is great, but we know we can do better,” said Dean Hall, Michigan Sportsmen Against Hunger executive officer.

Area hunters who kill a deer and wish to donate it can take it to one of the nearest participating processors:

  • Great Lakes Custom Meats & More, 5642 Highland Rd. Suite 200, Howell, MI 48843
  • Beef Barn, 3095 Cooper Street, Jackson, MI 49201

Other processors in the state can be found here

If you are hunting in Northern Michigan, MSAH is teaming up for the second year with the DNR and Jay’s Sporting Goods to offer a special opportunity for hunters to donate deer taken in the first few days of the firearm season to local food banks.

Michigan Sportsmen Against Hunger will have a truck at the Jay’s location in Clare (8880 S. Clare Ave.) Saturday, Nov. 16, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 17, from noon to 4 p.m. Hunters who donate a legally taken deer during the event will have their names entered for a chance to win 500 bucks in the form of a Jay’s Sporting goods gift certificate.

Deer donated at the Jay’s event will be processed at Carson Village Market in Carson City.

“Last year we received donations of 25 deer, which provided nearly 1,000 pounds of ground venison that was distributed to local food banks,” Hall said. “It shows we can have a big impact working together.”

Hunters who can’t make it to the Jay’s event will have another opportunity to donate a deer and enter a prize drawing. MSAH will hold a separate drawing for a chance to win a wild boar hunt or one of several other prizes, open to any hunter who donates a deer at one of the many participating processors throughout the state.

Learn more about the drawings, find participating processors or make a monetary donation to support venison processing at SportsmenAgainstHunger.org.

Hunters also can make a monetary donation when buying hunting licenses.

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