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DNR: Hunters can donate deer to help feed hungry Hoosiers

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Posted at 5:18 PM, Sep 30, 2021
and last updated 2021-09-30 17:18:31-04

INDIANAPOLIS — The Dept. of Natural Resources is encouraging Indiana hunters to donate harvested deer to help feed hungry Hoosiers.

The Sportsmen's Benevolence Fund administered by the DNR Division of Law Enforcement provides grants to Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry, the Dubois County Sportsmen Club, and Hunters and Farmers Feeding the Hungry to pay for processing fees when hunters donate legally harvested deer.

Here's how to participate in the program:

  • Enjoy a deer hunting experience.
  • Harvest a deer.
  • Drop off the field-dressed deer at a local participating processor.
  • Processing fees are paid for by the Sportsmen's Benevolence Fund.
  • The processor will create healthy venison burger to distribute to food banks.

The participating organizations notify food banks across the state when venison is ready to be collected from certified Sportsmen's Benevolence Fund butchers. The food banks distribute venison to soup kitchens and food pantries.

For more information on donating your harvested deer and participating processors, visit for more information.