MONTANA FISH, WILDLIFE AND PARKS

HELENA – A law passed during the 2013 Montana Legislative session allows individuals to donate wild game and help feed people in need. Contributions from your kill will help nonprofit groups distribute game to the Montana Food Bank Network, according to Ron Aasheim, spokesman for Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks.

Hunters who legally harvest big game during the hunting season can donate their meat for no cost or processing fees. Only legally harvested or confiscated deer, elk, antelope, moose and wild buffalo may be donated. No road kill can be donated. Hunters can deliver their big game to the nearest participating meat processor and the ground venison will then be distributed to Montanans in need through Montana Food Bank Network’s partner agencies.

If a hunter desires to retain some of the meat, the meat processor will take a photocopy of the carcass tag to remain with the donated meat, for inspection by Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks. The original hunting license must stay with the hunter’s meat.

To assist with processing charges, a hunter who applies for or purchases a deer, antelope, elk, or wild buffalo license may donate $1 or more in addition to the price of each license to Hunters Against Hunger. These contributions will help pay for butchering and distribution of the processed game.

Participation by meat processors and hunters is the key to success for feeding hungry Montanans this season. Visit mfbn.org/hunters-against-hunger or contact Jeff Gutierrez at the Montana Food Bank Network at (406) 721-3825, ext. 232 for more information about the Hunters Against Hunger program.

Montana meat processors working with Hunters Against Hunger:

Belgrade: Budget Game

Big Timber: Big Timber Meats

Big Timber: Pioneer Meats

Big Sandy: Big Sandy Meats

Billings: 4th Ave. Meat Market

Bozeman: Yellowstone Meat Processing

Butte: Western Meat & Sausage Block

Glasgow: Treasure Trail Meat Processing

Great Falls: House of Meats

Helena: Tizer Meats

Lolo: Lolo Locker

Manhattan: Amsterdam Meat Shop

Plains: Clark Fork Custom Meats

Superior: Superior Meats

Trout Creek: Pat’s Wild Game