SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- Illinois
Department of Natural Resources officials are encouraging sportsmen to donate
deer meat to food banks and charities as the fall hunting seasons approach.
The department has a list of participating
meat processors who will grind venison into 2-pounds packages. The Illinois
Sportsmen Against Hunter program will offer $50 to help pay for the cost of
processing whole deer donations.
Hunters must properly field dress deer
before delivering the game to meat processors. Processors won't accept
questionable deer. Road kill deer can't be donated because it isn't possible to
determine the animal's time of death.
The youth firearm deer season starts
Saturday. The firearm deer seasons for this year start Nov. 16 and Nov. 29.
Muzzleloader seasons begin Nov. 29 and Dec. 7.