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flashl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 06:55 AM
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Venison program helps fight hunger
Today marks the beginning of the 2007 open firearms season for deer in Illinois, and a state program allows hunters to make a difference in the lives of others with their hobby.

The Sportsmen Against Hunger program, sponsored by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, provides deer hunters with an outlet to donate venison to food pantries, shelters and churches for use in the holiday season.

Hunters can bring deer to a participating meat processor, where it will be turned into one- or two-pound packages of ground venison and distributed to area services, said Tracy Shafer, the program's director.

Mark Shirley, owner of Shirley Farms in De Soto, has participated in the program since 1997. He said processors ask hunters to pay an optional, tax deductible $35. If the hunter pays, the processor will receive $15 from the state, and if they opt out of paying, the state will pay $50.

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Great idea, but ...

IL deer are reported to have "Blue Tongue"

Blue tongue disease may include Will County deer

While most deer hunters are on the watch for signs of chronic wasting disease, another suspected illness is taking its toll on whitetails around the state.

Its call blue tongue technically epizootic hemorrhagic disease which is affecting whitetail herds in several states including Illinois.


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Skidmore Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 06:59 AM
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1. A lot of Iowa communities have similar programs and the deer that
are bagged must be brought in to designated places where they are inspected and processed properly.
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flashl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 07:00 AM
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2. Good to hear. n/t
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JNelson6563 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 07:01 AM
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3. This is a good resource for food.
It is amazing to me how many kitchens across northern Michigan are temporarily transformed into a meat processing area at this time of year.

I will never, ever come out against hunting, it feeds so many.

Julie
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sufrommich Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 07:07 AM
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5. Agreed,Julie. nt
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OnceUponTimeOnTheNet Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 07:53 AM
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10. I hope I get to transfer my yooper kitchen table into a processing center this year.
My 16 y/o should be in his blind right about now. Good luck and Safe hunting to all Hunters out there!
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sufrommich Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 07:05 AM
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4. This is done in Michigan,too.
At a time of the year when many people are living paycheck to paycheck and paying high heating bills,venison is a good, sometimes free,source of protein
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pwb Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 07:08 AM
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6. The ELKS also take the hides .
They make moccasin kits that veterans can put together when hospitalized in the V.A. The deer skin is so soft.
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H2O Man Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 07:13 AM
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7. One of my neighbors
does a lot of hunting this time of year. He provides the older folks in out neighborhood with a much-needed supply of meat.
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zalinda Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 07:33 AM
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8. And another added bonus
it thins the herd. Too many deer can cause the herd to slowly starve to death. Not to mention, the deer to car accidents which also happen when herds roam to find food. Let me tell you, having a deer run into you when you are going 35-40 MPH is not fun. It totaled my car, both air bags deployed and my horn wouldn't stop blaring, and it only clipped my right front fender. Thankfully, my son and I were okay, not so much the deer.

zalinda
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sufrommich Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 07:39 AM
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9. We hit one in the upper peninsula of Michigan.
It's traumatic indeed.About 3 cars stopped to ask us if we were going to keep the deer.I think the cops gave it to the first guy that asked.
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maine_raptor Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 08:03 AM
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11. If you think that's bad, try hitting a Moose.
Two years ago, my wife hit one on 95 while on her way to work. She was traveling at 65 mph when the beast jumped out in front of her. She had no time to slow down. Fortunately she was uninjured, but the car was totaled.

Here in Maine we have a lottery system that allows only about 1500 Moose to be harvested per year. There is a movement on change that and make it an "open season". A friend of ours works as an EMT at the local hospital and has been to more car/Moose accidents than car/deer accidents over the past few years. The problem is only getting worse.
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Roon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 11:58 AM
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12. My Mother's freezerfull of elk was about to expire
and she gave me all the meat! I had a roommate at the time that was a wonderful cook and we lived for a month off the elk. I LOVE game meat!
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