Share the Harvest helps fill tables of needy

Russellville Locker has participated in the Share the Harvest program since its beginning.

“It’s a very neat program,” said owner Mike Wyss. “Lots of people love to shoot deer, but don’t love to eat it. The same folks have given for years.”

For the last 20 years, Share the Harvest has created an efficient way for hunters to share their extra game meat with food pantries across the state.

Administered by the Conservation Federation of Missouri and the Missouri Department of Conservation, the 2011 deer seasons helped 6,191 hunters donate 317,882 pounds of venison.

Locally, the Safari Club International’s Sportsmen Against Hunger program helps facilitate those donations and helps cover the processing costs — which may be free to hunters who donate a whole deer.

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