Dakota Country Magazine October 2016 Edition - Page 84

Sportsmen Against Hunter Deer donations up, more expected by Ron Fowler A As predicted a year ago, the number of deer donated to needy families through South Dakota Sportsmen Against Hunger (SAH) increased in 2015, (348) compared with 2014 (306). The same prediction is being made for 2016 in that the number of deer hunting licenses and tags are again being increased by the Department of Game, Fish and Parks in many areas of South Dakota. Increased donation of deer, as well as other game, is also expected due to increasing awareness of SAH, the shortage of meat by needy families, and the opportunities for donating game meat to these poverty-level families. Plus, in continuing to carry out its mission of encouraging and facilitating donation of wild game meat to needy people in South Dakota, SAH is increasing the value of its processing certificates in 2016 for donated doe/antlerless deer and doe/fawn antelope. This is expected to increase the number of SAH game processors which will accept the processing certificate as full payment for processing of these donated game. And this, in turn, is expected to increase the incentive and convenience for hunters to donate more doe/antlerless deer and doe/fawn antelope at no cost. Credit for increased game donations not only goes to hunters who donated the game but who also donated cash. Through the small game and big game license application check-off provision for donating cash to SAH, hunters donated enough cash in 2015 to cover nearly all of the processing certificates received from hunters by game processors and submitted to SAH for reimbursement. This amounted to over $47,000. Included in the hunters to be credited are those who donated game for which there was no processing certificate and therefore paid the full processing fee. This included buck deer, buck antelope, pheasants and game taken out-of-state. These hunters paid (donated) over $13,500 in processing costs for these donated game. PIERRE, SOUTH DAKOTA Ring-necked Pheasants, Prairie Chickens, Sharp-tailed Grouse, Canada Geese, Antelope, Prairie Dogs Catch the big one on lakes Oahe & Sharpe -- Walleye, Northern Pike, Catfish, Chinook Salmon, Smallmouth Bass A SURE SHOT to a Sportsman’s Paradise PIERRE AREA CONVENTION & VISITORS BUREAU (605) 224 7361 800 W. Dakota • Pierre, SD 57501 • www.pierre.org Page 84, Dakota Country, October 2016 Total game donations in 2015 included 348 deer, 6 antelope, 2,832 pheasants, and 2,605 Canada geese. Sources of other game meat were game meat food drives as well as salvaged road-killed and confiscated game. Total amount of processed game meat provided to needy families through food pantries and other charitable food distributors was 31,512 pounds in 2015. This translates to over 126,000 meals of game meat for needy families. For more information on Sportsmen Against Hunger refer to website www.feedtheneedsd.com In North Dakota, the Community Action Sportsmen Against Hunger program is accepting donations of Canada and light (snow, blue and Ross’s) goose donations during the regular waterfowl season. Similar to last year, hunters can bring in their goose meat to participating processors after removing the breast meat from the birds at home. Or, hunters may also deliver geese directly from the field to a processor, but identification such as the wing or head must remain attached to the bird until in possession of the processor. For a list of participating processors in North Dakota, visit the North Dakota Community Action website at www.capnd.org. Breast meat brought from home without a wing or head attached to the meat must be accompanied by written information that includes the hunter’s name, address, signature, hunting license number, date taken and species and number taken. Information forms are also available at the Game and Fish website at gf.nd. gov/sah. Hunters will also fill out a brief form so that processors can keep a record on donated goose meat, the same as is required for processing any other type of wild ga me meat. Since no goose carcasses or feathers are allowed inside processing facilities, hunters must be able to ensure proper disposal and clean-up of carcasses. • www.dakotacountrymagazine.com