One of the key tools in deer management is the control of population density. Most landowners have more does and management bucks on their property than good management practices dictate. Part of the problem has been what to do with the deer once they are harvested. One family can eat only so much venison!
Several Mason County men put two and two together and have come up with a win/win situation for sharing the venison with families who need it. As of late, it has been increasingly difficult to provide meat for the Mason Food Bank. With the large number of deer in our county, there is no reason for such a shortage.
This new program is called "Hunters Against Hunger". Its aim is to accept donated deer from hunters and landowners, process the venison, package it and give it to the Food Bank. In the first two weekends in October eleven deer were processed, adding over 225 pounds of meat to the Food Bank. The Food Bank is open on the first Monday of each month. The number of families benefiting from the Food Bank has been running close to a hundred on distribution day. The donated meat will serve as an important part of each family’s food package.
"Hunters Against Hunger" need deer and volunteers to help process the meat. The deer must be skinned, quartered, and on ice. Donated deer will be accepted each Sunday on the south side of the courthouse square from noon till 1 PM. Volunteers are also needed to bone out, grind, and package the meat.
If you would like to donate deer or volunteer to process, please call Paul Branch at 325-258-4491 (h) or 817-239-5445 (cell), or George Brannies at 325-347-5911 (office) or 325-347-2501 (cell).