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Deer Hunters Have Two Resources to Donate Venison

LINCOLN – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission reminds hunters that there are two programs that support deer donation in Nebraska: Hunters Helping the Hungry (HHH) and the Deer Exchange.

HHH pays for the processing of whole field-dressed deer that hunters donate at any HHH processor, and the Deer Exchange program allows hunters to sign-up with the exchange to find individuals who have also signed-up and want to receive venison.

The Deer Exchange is free to use for anyone, but no processing costs are paid for under the program. Venison may not be sold or purchased, but hunters and people receiving the venison may agree to share in processing costs. Any amount and type of venison can be transferred, from a whole field-dressed deer, to jerky, to packaged roasts.

HHH is funded by voluntary cash contributions, which are and those funds are then used to pay for processing. Ground venison is picked up from each processor by a charitable organization that then distributes it to Nebraskans, usually through local pantries or shelters.

Learn more about both of these great programs or make a cash donation to HHH at:
outdoornebraska.org/hunting/programs.asp

HHH processors include Amherst – Belschner Custom Meats Inc.; Bayard – Bayard Processing; Bridgeport – KDK Meats LLC; Broken Bow – Broken Bow Pack; Elwood – SteakMaster Inc.; Franklin – Franklin Locker; Humphrey – Country Butcher; Johnson – Pelican’s Meat Processing; Lindsay – Melcher’s Locker; North Bend – Bob’s Custom Meats LLC; North Platte – Kelley’s Custom Pack LLC; Oakland – Oakland Processing; Omaha – B. I. G. Meats Inc., Stoysich House of Sausage; Orleans – Harlan County Meat Processors; Oxford – Oxford Locker Inc.; Panama – Panama Locker; Table Rock – Den’s Country Meats; Ulysses – The Butchery; Wahoo – Wahoo Locker

Deer may be donated to HHH processors during all Nebraska deer hunting seasons, except that Country Butcher in Humphrey will accept deer only during the November firearm season. The Deer Exchange is open for all deer seasons.

About Jerry Kane

Jerry Kane is the news manager with the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. He can be contacted at jerry.kane@nebraska.gov or 402-471-5008.

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