Donations of deer for the Hunters Helping the Hungry program have already exceeded that of last year.
The program pays meat processors in Nebraska to prepare donated deer meat for use in local food pantries.
So far this year, 236 deer have been donated for the program, compared to 213 that were donated last year. Monetary donations are taken to pay the meat processors.
Teresa Lombard, who oversees the program for the
Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, says the effort still has money this
year to pay for deer processing.
Processors prepare the meat and distribute it in two-pound
bags through a network of regional community groups.
An outbreak of disease in the deer population in eastern Nebraska last year is believed to be the reason the program got off to a slow start.