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Sportsmen help those in Need


Examiner Hunting columnist Denny Snyder and guide George Mayfield with big Mississippi  buck 

Denny Snyder with guide George Mayfield and big Mississippi whitetail buck

With hunting season right around the corner, there is no better time to go "out with the old, and in with the new"- so to speak. There are many sportsmen out there that had successful hunting seasons last year that still have venison stashed away in the freezer.  The local food bank might just be the place to make a deposit for those trying to make some room for this year's harvest.

Thanks to caring sportsmen and sportswomen, millions of meals are served annually through the Sportsmen Against Hunger program, which helps share nature's bounty with the hungry. This and similar programs are active in all 50 states of the U.S., in parts of Canada, and in several other countries around the world. With most huntable wildlife populations on the rise, annual donations of wild game meat and fish to those in need have increased.

Sportsmen Against Hunger is one healthcare program that hunters have been investing in  for years. Since Safari Club International started the Sportsmen Against Hunger program in 1989, tens of millions of meals have been served at local soup kitchens, food banks, or other charitable organizations, such as The Salvation Army. Donations continue to increase each year.  In 2006, 251,018 pounds of wild game meat were donated to relief organizations; in 2007, the figure had jumped to 318,793 lbs., which is the equivalent of 1,275,172 meals.

One deer can provide over 200 meals and any processing fees are tax deductible. In Pennsylvania, last year hunters donated more than 100,000 pounds of venison providing more than 200,000 meals annually to food banks, churches and social services feeding programs.  “Across Pennsylvania, more than 1.3 million people are at risk of hunger,” said Hanna, who heads the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank.  “Hunters Sharing the Harvest helps to provide food that is high in protein and lean.  We are extremely grateful for hunters’ participating in the program.” One of the programs produced by the outdoor tv show USA Outback features the Pennsylvania based Hunters Sharing the Harvest program. Check out USA Outback at

For more information on the Sportsmen Against Hunger,  visit them on
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  • National Hunting Examiner 5 years ago

    Hi Denny,

    Nice Buck! Great article too. For far too long, Hunting has been given a bad name by those who 'pity' the poor animals. You and I both know that it's because of sportsmen that the increase in numbers of game animals continues to climb.

    Some years back when I was a Game Warden in PA, we were allowed to donate highway killed deer to the needy. In many cases, we actually butchered the deer for the family, or gave the hind quarters to the families if the deer was done up too badly.

    If the deer was run over by a semi, we just threw it in the landfill, but in many cases, the deer simply had a broken neck or a puncture injury and the largest part of the meat was intact.

    Great job, Denny. Keep up the good work.

    Jake Jones - National Hunting Examiner.

  • Denny Snyder 5 years ago


    Thanks for taking the time to read the article. It sort of puts things in to perspective- how can anyone be against helping feed the needy?

    There are so many fantastic sportsmen organizations doing great work that often goes unnoticed. Not just with the SAH program but planting food plots, stream bank improvements, restoring wetlands, kids shooting programs- it is because of hunting and sportsmen organizations that kids even learn about gun safety.

    My own philosophy is that you CAN make a difference.

    Sportsmen do every day.

    Denny :)