The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control’s Division of Fish & Wildlife announced Nov. 14 the list of private butcher shops accepting deer for the Sportsmen Against Hunger program during the state’s 2017-18 deer hunting season.
All donated venison will be distributed to charitable groups participating in the program.
Last year, 18,154 pounds of venison from 631 deer donated by hunters were divided among 32 food pantries and shelters statewide, providing 72,616 meals. Since it began in 1992, the Sportsmen Against Hunger program has provided more than 2 million meals for Delawareans in need.
Successful hunters can take their deer directly to participating private butcher shops, or they may drop off their deer at any of the DNREC-maintained walk-in coolers listed below.
The participating butcher shop in Sussex County is Dave’s Cut ‘Em Up, 6854 Delmar Road, Delmar; phone 381-7257.
The participating butcher shop in New Castle County is Townsend Deer Butchering, 1300 Dexter Corner Road. The shop phone number is 378-3268.
Participating butcher shops in Kent County are:
— Miller’s Butcher Shop, 577 Morgans Choice Road, Wyoming. 697-8278.
— D&J Custom Cutting, 89 Myers Drive, Hartly. 492-0323.
DNREC-maintained coolers for donated deer are maintained in Sussex County at:
— Assawoman Wildlife Area, 37604 Mulberry Landing Road, Frankford
— Gumboro Community Center, 36849 Millsboro Highway, Millsboro
— Redden State Forest Headquarters, 18074 Redden Forest Drive, Georgetown
— Trap Pond State Park, 33587 Bald Cypress Lane, Laurel
DNREC-maintained coolers for donated deer are maintained in Kent County at:
— Woodland Beach Wildlife Area, 4876 Hay Point Landing Road, Smyrna
— Norman G. Wilder Wildlife Area, 782 Kersey Road, Viola
— Mosquito Control Office, 1161 Airport Road, Milford
DNREC-maintained coolers for donated deer are maintained in New Castle County at Augustine Wildlife Area, 303 N. Congress St., Port Penn.
Hunters donating deer at a DNREC-maintained cooler are asked to call the phone number posted on the cooler so that the deer can be transported for processing in a timely manner. Hunters are reminded that any deer dropped off at a cooler also must be field-dressed and registered by the hunter donating it, with the registration number written on the field tag attached to the animal. Coolers are checked frequently, with donated deer taken to the Sussex Correctional Institution’s deer-butchering program or to participating private butcher shops for processing.
All deer harvested in Delaware, including donated deer, must be registered through the Division of Fish & Wildlife’s Hunter and Trapper Registration system. Deer hunters are encouraged to access the system online using a smartphone, tablet, laptop or desktop computer at dnrec.delaware.gov/delhunt. Those who prefer to talk to a live customer service representative can call 855-335-4868.
For more on the Sportsmen Against Hunger Program, visit bit.ly/1uH0jwZ or call 284-4795.
For deer information, call 735-3600.