Hunters can bag load of thanks with venison donations to needy

October 10, 1999|By Peter Baker | Peter Baker,SUN STAFF

With the bowhunting season for deer under way and the early muzzleloader split set to open Oct. 21, successful hunters might want to consider donating deer meat to needy families in the state through Farmers and Hunters Feeding the Hungry.

FHFH is a charitable organization that has donated some 50 tons of venison to food banks in the state over the past two years.

FHFH is endorsed by the Department of Natural Resources, the Maryland Farm Bureau and major state sportsmen's groups.

"There is a real need for FHFH," said director Rick Wilson. "For example, nearly half of Maryland's poor are children and seniors and the state's Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children has nearly doubled in the last five years."

FHFH has set a goal of feeding at least 1 million people annually with venison, a food source low in fat and high in protein.

Legally harvested and tagged deer that have been field-dressed can be donated at participating meat processors, who will be paid from an FHFH account. Processed meat, roughly 50 pounds per deer, is then picked up by local food banks and distributed by agencies such as the Salvation Army, ministries, children's homes and emergency assistance organizations.

Hunters and nonhunters who want to help feed the hungry through FHFH also may make cash donations. For more information on FHFH, call 301-582-4506 or visit the Web site at www.fhfh.org

Wye Island bow hunt

Dates for the bow deer hunt at Wye Island Natural Resource Management Area this year are Oct. 9-Nov. 24, excluding Sundays and Mondays.

As in past years, the hunt will be by permit only, with 25 archers per day allowed to sign in and out at the NRMA's check-in station.

Hunters may take antlered deer only if they have taken an antlerless deer in Region D this season. Deer taken at Wye Island must be checked there and will be considered part of daily and season bag limits.

The muzzleloader season at Wye Island NRMA will be Dec. 6-11, with no early split this year. Applications for permits for the muzzleloader hunt must be received at Wye Island by the close of business Oct. 15. For more information, call 410-827-7577.

Pub Date: 10/10/99

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