For the second year in a row the North Mountain Branch of the Quality Deer Management Association and Naugle's Custom Butchering have teamed up to participate in the Hunter's Sharing the Harvest program.
Hunter's Sharing the Harvest began its venison sharing program in 1991 and is a 501c3 non-profit charity organization. Each year the organization channels about 100,000 pounds of venison to more than 3,000 shelters, food banks and other like facilities throughout Pennsylvania.
Typically there is a $15.00 fee to the hunter to help cover the materials used to butcher the deer they plan to donate. With that in mind the North Mountain Branch will cover the cost of the first 10 deer brought into Naugle's. The Hunters Sharing the Harvest program is a great way for hunters to contribute to the community and also sheds a positive attitude towards hunting and hunters for those that may be on the fence regarding hunting, said chapter president Chris Denmon.
Deer processors for donation programs go through rigorous testing and have to be approved by the Department of Agriculture to participate in the Hunter's Sharing the Harvest program. This screening process ensures that the processors understand, adhere to and practice all the regulations to ensure the meat doesn't get anyone sick.
For anyone wishing to donate a deer to the program they can do so by taking the deer to Naugle's Custom Butchering at 537 Trojan Road in Hunlock's Creek. You can also learn more about the North Mountain Branch and their many activities by logging onto www.northmtnbranchqdma.org