Hunters in Michigan can now help hungry families by donating their legally killed deer.

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has once again teamed up with Michigan Sportsmen Against Hunger. For the third year in a row, the two organizations will be accepting deer for donations to local food banks. Both the Michigan DNR and Michigan Sportsmen Against Hunger are cooperating with Jay's Sporting Goods in Clare and Northwoods Wholesale Outlet in Pinconning to make this happen.

Hunters that decide to donate their legally taken deer will also be entered to win a $500 gift certificate to either Jay's Sporting Goods or Northwoods Wholesale Outlet. Hunters that win the drawing will win a gift card from the store at which they donated.

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Hunters can make donations at the following places and times:

  • Jay's Sporting Goods at 8800 S. Clare Avenue in Clare
    • Monday, November 16th from 10 am until 4 pm
    • Friday, November 20th from 10 am until 4 pm
    • Saturday, November 21st from 10 am until 4 pm
    • (Deer donated at Jay's Sporting Goods will be processed at Carson Village Market in Carson City.)
  • Northwoods Wholesale Outlet at 229 W. 5th Street in Pinconning
    • Sunday, November 15th from 10 am until 5 pm
    • Monday, November 16th from 10 am until 6 pm

Michigan Sportsmen Against Hunger was able to process over 82,000 pounds of ground venison last year, which provided more than 400,000 meals to families in need.

Last year was great, but with the pandemic, the need for food donations is even greater. I would love to hit 100,000 pounds this year,” said Dean Hall, executive officer of Michigan Sportsmen Against Hunger.

For more information on donating your deer, click here. 

Source: Michigan DNR