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Hunters Share Harvest

By Joscelyn Moes
Published On: Aug 24 2011 11:33:46 AM CDT
Updated On: Dec 01 2010 07:55:25 AM CST
NEW TRIPOLI, Pa. -

As deer hunting season gets under way, hunters across the state are helping to fight hunger.

They're providing meals for those less fortunate through a program called, "Hunters Sharing the Harvest."

At Hartman's Butcher Shop in New Tripoli, Lehigh County, they're making the most out of meat.

"The average deer probably gives 60-70 pounds of hamburger," said owner Dennis Hartman. Brian Bond donated his 8 point, 185 pound buck.

"If you don't or can't use it all yourself, you should share it with someone else," said hunter Brian Bond.

He started sharing last year.

"There are needy people out there," said Bond.

Established in 1991, "Hunters Sharing the Harvest" is a program set up in conjunction with the Pennsylvania Game Commission.

Last year, Hartman's processed six deer. So far this season, it's processed nine.

"None of the deer were really small deer. They were all larger, mature deer. So, the food bank gets a good value," said Hartman.

Hunters can take their deer to one of 125 participating meat processors across the state.

For a $15 tax deductible fee, they can help fight hunger.

Once the meat is processed and frozen, it'll be given to area food banks.

An average-sized deer will provide enough meat for 200 meals, and provide hunters with a way to give back.

"I've been blessed myself, and I'm willing to share with someone else if I can do so," said Bond.