Sportsmen Against Hunger: Donate Your Deer to Food Pantries


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Donate your deer to the DNREC Division of Fish and Wildlife’s Sportsmen Against Hunger Program this hunting season. Delaware Legislature has provided full funding for donated deer to be processed and the meat distributed to charitable groups in the area.

Last year, 28,244 pounds of deer meat from the 867 deer donated by hunters was divided among 24 food pantries and shelters statewide, providing more than 100,000 meals for hungry Delawareans.

Deer can be donated at one of eight walk-in coolers maintained by the Division. When dropping off, call the phone number posted on the cooler, so that the deer can be processed quickly.

Any deer dropped off at a cooler must be field dressed and registered (online or by calling toll-free 1-855-DEL-HUNT/1-855-335-4868), with the registration number written on the field tag attached to the animal.

Cooler locations:

New Castle County

  • Augustine Wildlife Area, Port Penn

Kent County

  • Woodland Beach Wildlife Area, Smyrna
  • Norman G. Wilder Wildlife Area, Viola

Sussex County

  • Assawoman Wildlife Area, Frankford
  • Division of Fish & Wildlife Mosquito Control Office, Milford
  • Gumboro Community Center, Millsboro
  • Redden State Forest Headquarters, Georgetown
  • Trap Pond State Park, Laurel

Or, take your deer to a participating butcher shop:

Bill’s Deer Butchering
1210 Dutch Neck Road
Middletown DE 19709

Marks Butcher Shop
7296 Grantham Lane (River Road Ind. Park)
New Castle DE 19720

Townsend Deer Butchering
1300 Dexter Corner Road
Townsend DE 19734

Miller’s Custom Butcher Shop
577 Morgans Choice Road
Wyoming DE 19934

D&J Custom Cutting
89 Myers Drive
Hartly DE 19953

Johnson’s Custom Cutting
21404 Burton Road
Milton DE 19968

JAKOR Enterprises
18740 Whaleys Corner Road
Georgetown DE 19947

Mark’s Meats & More
24910 Hollyville Road
Millsboro DE 19966


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