Hunters in W.Va. have a chance to help hungry

An editorial from the Times West Virginian

FAIRMONT, W.Va. — We’re barely three days into this year’s buck firearm season in West Virginia, but officials with the state Division of Natural Resources (DNR) have already predicted that the buck harvest will be higher this year than it was in 2014.

That means a lot of hunters will be stocking their refrigerators and freezers with a new supply of deer meat.

 It also means there will be many opportunities to contribute to a program that helps feed families in need.

Buck firearm season in West Virginia is a family tradition for many people, and it’s something people look forward to for weeks and even months leading up to their first day in the woods. We’re sure the mix of people who are hunting includes individuals who are hunting simply for the sport, and we hope the meat from their harvests won’t go to waste.

Thankfully, programs like Hunters Helping the Hungry exist to help keep that from happening.

The program does exactly what its name suggests — hunters can take their legally harvested deer to a participating meat processor where the venison is deboned, ground and frozen in 2-pound packages…


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