Iowa deer hunters will have a chance for a little extra practice and a chance to help the hungry again this fall. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources’ “Help Us Stop Hunger” or “HUSH” program allows hunters to shoot a deer and donate it to the Food Bank of Iowa. DNR spokesman Ross Harrison says the first year of the program saw 1500 hunters donate 1600 deer. He says Iowa beat all other states in the nation for the number of deer donated to such a program. About half the states have a program like HUSH. Harrison says Iow will continue the program this deer season in the 55 or so central Iowa counties and they have 28 lockers that’ll help process the deer for use by the needy. Harrison says hunters also chipped in some bucks to help process the bucks they shot. He says every hunter who buys a deer permit is asked if they’d like to contribute $5 toward the costs of the HUSH program. He says some 2000 hunters contributed the five bucks last year to help process the deer meat. Harrison says it’s easy for hunters to get involved in the HUSH program — all you have to do is buy a deer permit and then find a locker that’s in the program and take the deer there. He says you can find the lockers at www.iowahush.com. Harrison says the deer donated last year resulted in 80,000 pounds of ground venison, or more than 300,000 meals to customers of social service agencies in central Iowa.
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