Deer hunters can help pantries feed the needy

A year ago, a Vallonia couple launched an effort to make it easier for local hunters to help fight hunger by donating venison to area food pantries.

“Last year, we had 50 deer which came out to 2,880 pounds of meat that went to the local food pantries,” Dirk Botkin said.

Botkin and his wife, Shannon, are coordinators of the Jackson County chapter of Farmers and Hunters Feeding the Hungry.

Dirk Botkin said the program worked better than he expected a year ago, and he hopes for better this year once deer hunting season comes into full force. Youth deer hunts began today and continue Sunday, and the early archery season begins Monday. The two-week firearms season begins Nov. 17.

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