Fort Mason Smokehouse is once again coordinating a deer donation program for the 2009/2010 season.
They will be accepting donated deer to be processed into ground meat, packaged into two pound packages, then frozen for storage. There will be no charge to any individual or organization making donations of meat. Donations are accepted to help defray the expenses of packaging, freezing, etc.
Owner Gerald Davis says that he thinks this could be a record year for need in our county; but, also feels it could be a banner year for deer production. How much meat will be available for donation is directly related to the number of deer harvested and donated at Fort Mason Smokehouse.
Wildlife management ranches, as well as bowhunters, began their season on October 3rd. More than 100 deer have been donated per season in previous years, with the bulk of those coming in October.
Gerald and his wife, Wanda, request that all deer be field dressed and properly tagged. Churches, food banks and other distribution agencies can contact the Davis family to arrange to pick up some of the deer meat. It is available on a first come, first served basis.
Anyone needing more information can contact Gerald or Wanda Davis by calling 347-5406, or just stop by Fort Mason Smokehouse at 849 San Antonio.