Game and Parks, not hunters, pays processing costs for donated deer. Processors will accept only deer in good condition that can yield a good volume of pure ground venison. The ground venison is distributed to Nebraskans in need through local charitable organizations.
Hunters Helping the Hungry funds can pay to process up to 450 deer this year.
The Hunters Helping the Hungry program also accepts cash donations, since no permit or tax dollars may be used. Contributions can be made while purchasing a deer permit over the counter at a Game and Parks permitting office or at OutdoorNebraska.org. Donors also may mail a check made out to the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, with Hunters Helping the Hungry in the memo field. The checks should be sent to: Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, P.O. Box 30370, Lincoln, NE 68503-0370.
The participating Hunters Helping the Hungry meat processors, subject to change, are: Amherst – Belschner Custom Meats Inc.; Bayard – Bayard Processing; Bridgeport – KDK Meats, LLC; Broken Bow – Broken Bow Pack; Diller – C & C Processing; Elwood – SteakMaster Inc.; Humphrey – Country Butcher; Johnson – Pelican’s Meat Processing; Lindsay – Melcher’s Locker; North Bend – Bob’s Custom Meats LLC; North Platte – Kelley’s Custom Pack; Oakland – Oakland Processing; Omaha – B. I. G. Meats Inc., Stoysich House of Sausage; Orleans – Harlan County Meat Processors; Oxford – Oxford Locker, Inc.; Panama – Panama Locker; Ralston – Van Fleet Meats; Table Rock – Den’s Country Meats; Ulysses – Butchery; Wahoo – Wahoo Locker.
Learn more about the program at OutdoorNebraska.org/HHH.