Venison donations from each butcher shop will be available
Delaware -(Ammoland.com)- DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife today announced the list of private butcher shops accepting donated deer for the state’s Sportsmen Against Hunger Program during the 2015/16 Delaware deer hunting season.
All donated venison will be distributed to charitable groups participating in the program.
Last year, 18,016 pounds of venison from 604 deer donated by hunters was divided among 36 food pantries and shelters statewide, providing more than 72,000 meals for hungry Delawareans. Since it began in 1992, the Division of Fish & Wildlife’s Sportsmen Against Hunger program has provided more than 1.7 million meals for needy Delawareans.
Successful hunters can take their deer directly to any of the participating private butcher shops found throughout the state, or they may drop off their deer at any of the DNREC-maintained walk-in coolers, as listed below.
Cooperating Butcher Shops
Johnson’s Custom Cutting Dave’s Cut ‘Em Up
21404 Burton Road 6854 Delmar Road
Milton, DE 19968 Delmar, DE 19940
Farm Fresh Meats & Produce
8977 DuPont Boulevard
Lincoln, DE 19960
Miller’s Butcher Shop D&J Custom Cutting
577 Morgans Choice Road 89 Myers Drive
Wyoming, DE 19934 Hartly, DE 19953
New Castle County
Townsend Deer Butchering Cedar Hill Custom Deer Cutting
1300 Dexter Corner Road 738 Paddock Road
Townsend, DE 19734 Smyrna, DE 19977
Marks Butcher Shop
7296 Grantham Lane
(River Road Ind. Park)
New Castle, DE 19720
DNREC-maintained coolers for donated deer
Assawoman Wildlife Area, Frankford
Gumboro Community Center, Millsboro
Redden State Forest Headquarters, Georgetown
Trap Pond State Park, Laurel
Woodland Beach Wildlife Area, Smyrna
Norman G. Wilder Wildlife Area, Viola
Mosquito Control Office, Milford
New Castle County
Augustine Wildlife Area, Port Penn
These coolers are checked frequently, and donated deer are taken to the Sussex Correctional Institution’s deer butchering program or to participating private butcher shops for processing. If a hunter donates a deer, the Division of Fish & Wildlife requests that the hunter please call the phone number posted on the cooler, so that the deer is transported for processing in a timely manner.
Hunters are reminded that any deer dropped off at a cooler also must be field-dressed and registered, with the registration number written on the field tag attached to the animal.
All deer taken in Delaware must be registered through the Division of Fish & Wildlife’s Hunter and Trapper Registration (HTR) system. Deer hunters are encouraged to access the system online using a smartphone, tablet, laptop or desktop computer at www.dnrec.delaware.gov/delhunt. Those who prefer to talk to a live customer service representative have the option to call 855-DELHUNT (855-335-4868).
For more information on hunting in Delaware, click on 2015-2016 Delaware Hunting and Trapping Guide. The guide also is available in printed form at DNREC’s Dover licensing desk in the Richardson & Robbins Building, 89 Kings Highway, Dover, and from license agents throughout the state.
For more information on the Sportsmen Against Hunger Program, please visit Sportsmen Against Hunger, or contact Bill Jones, Kent County Regional Wildlife Manager, 302-284-4795. For deer information, please contact Joe Rogerson, Species Conservation and Research Program Manager, at 302-735-3600.