Hunters can help fight hunger

Hunters can help fight hunger Officials from South Dakota's Department of Game, Fish and Parks and the Sportsmen Against Hunger Program are again asking hunters to help battle hunger in South Dakota by donating wild game.

"Several hunting and charitable organizations have asked hunters to donate processed wild game meat for families in need," said Chairman for South Dakota's Sportsmen Against Hunger Jeff Olson. "Hunters can call (800) 456-2758 to locate the names of local game processors and food banks that support the program. Operators are on duty 24 hours a day.

"We recently had our annual 'clean-out-your-freezer' food drive," Olson noted, "and it was quite successful. We collected a very nice amount of game meat for the food banks."

Most processors will process the animal at a reduced rate if it is for the program, but the program needs hunters to help defray some costs.

"Sportsmen Against Hunger covers as much of the costs as it can," Olson said, "but an honorable act would be if hunters could help by covering the processing fees. Beyond that, the meat is packaged and delivered to the people in need."

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