Mandan News

Sportsmen Against Hunger accepting deer, light goose meat

Tom Crouse and his grandson, Bruce Crouse are getting ready to scout around Little Heart Schmidt Bottoms recreational area. This is Bruce's first adventure hunting with his BB gun.

Tom Crouse and his grandson, Bruce Crouse are getting ready to scout around Little Heart Schmidt Bottoms recreational area. This is Bruce’s first adventure hunting with his BB gun.

Deer gun season opener is right around the corner on Friday, Nov. 8. During this season the North Dakota’s Sportsmen Against Hunger Program is again accepting donations of deer at select processors across the state. In addition, the program is also able to accept light goose breast meat (snow, blue and Ross’s geese) for the first time this fall.

Canada goose meat, while accepted during the early goose season, is not eligible for donation during the regular waterfowl season.

Sportsmen Against Hunger is a program administered by the North Dakota Community Action Partnership, a nonprofit agency that serves low-income families across the state. SAH raises funds to pay for processing of donated deer and geese, and coordinates distribution of ground venison and goose meat to food pantries around the state.

The State Game and Fish Department strongly supports the SAH program and encourages hunters to consider donating deer, according to agency Director Terry Steinwand. The program can accept whole deer only, which must be processed at a participating licensed meat processor.

According to NDCAP Executive Director Andrea Olson, the SAH program has sufficient funding available to process deer and geese this fall. “The meat that is generated is so appreciated by the families who receive it,” Olson said. “They are all so grateful for access to a nutritious source of protein; something that is often expensive and otherwise difficult for them to obtain.”
A list of participating processors and more information is available on the Community Action website at capnd.org.

Participating processors will not accept deer shot in the hind-quarters, and donated deer will be processed individually or only with other donated deer.
Hunters can clean their light geese at home prior to delivery to a processor, but breast meat brought from home without a wing or head attached to the meat, must be accompanied by written information that includes the hunter’s name, address, signature, hunting license number, date taken and species and number taken.

Little Heart Schmidt Bottoms is 13 miles south of Mandan on Highway 1806 and has a boat dock, recreation area and shooting range.

Little Heart Schmidt Bottoms is 13 miles south of Mandan on Highway 1806 and has a boat dock, recreation area and shooting range.

Hunters may also deliver light geese directly from the field to a processor, but identification must remain attached to the bird until in possession of the processor.

Hunters interested in donating light geese are encouraged to call processors to have a clear understanding of how goose breasts will be accepted.

Big game bait
The North Dakota Game and Fish Department is reminding deer hunters that hunting over bait is prohibited in deer units 3C west of the Missouri River, 3E1, 3E2, 3F1 and 3F2.

Hunting over bait is defined as the placement and/or use of bait(s) for attracting big game and other wildlife to a specific location for the purpose of hunting. Baits include but are not limited to grains, minerals, salts, fruits, vegetables, hay or any other natural or manufactured foods. The designation does not apply to the use of scents and lures, water, food plots, standing crops or livestock feeds used in standard practices.

In addition to the units where hunting over bait is no longer allowed on either private or public land, hunting over bait is also not allowed on most other public land through the state, including state wildlife management areas; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service national wildlife refuges and waterfowl production areas; U.S. Forest Service national grasslands; and all North Dakota state school, state park and state forest service lands.

Please refer to the deer gun hunting units map on the North Dakota Game and Fish Department’s website at http://gf.nd.gov/gnf/maps/management/documents-img-management-unit-deer.jpg.