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Donate your deer to charity

By  Stephanie Springer  - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) –  With Thanksgiving just days away, some hunters may have a little free time... And many will head into the woods in search of deer.

But what if you kill that deer but you don't want the meat or you don't have room for it?

Every year it, deer donations and deer consumption increase at the Anchorage, a non profit organization that help recovering addicts. But this year they've already received an outpouring of support. In fact they have enough meat to last them for quite a while.

Deer meat goes a long way at the Anchorage. "Deer meat is something you can stretch and stretch and stretch," said Kenny Phillips, Executive Director of the Anchorage. "It's amazing how much you can stretch that meat."

It's been prepared just about every way from deer meatloaf to deer burgers. "A lot of these guys have no clue they are eating deer meat," said Phillips.

And with 55 men to feed four times a day, deer meat donations have become an important part of how the Anchorage is able to operate. "Without the deer donations we would really be hurting."

But this year, close to 500 pounds of deer meat has already been donated, which should be enough to last them through the year. "This year we've had so many calls and so many deer that have been delivered. We have two that were just brought in that we have more than what we need, quite frankly."

Executive Director Kenny Phillips says this year they have gotten in several deer from plantations, and places like Chehaw Park, who are thinning out their deer population.

"We got an abundant supply of those wanting to support us with deer meat. A great deal of that donated meat is processed at Abbots Food, but Phillip Abbot says this year they have seen a slight drop off in the number of deer that have come in, which he says is likely due to the weather.

"It's more like spring."  But he says already, a number of deer have been donated to non profits by nearby plantations. "A lot of time hunters are short on freezer space so they can bring them out here."

Abbot expects the numbers to pick up this week and the first week of December. If you want to donate a deer all you have to do is load it up on the back of a truck and take it to a processor, and they will write you a ticket.

 It would be a great help to non-profits if the hunter was also able to pay for the deer processing too. Since some non-profits are more in need than others. It's a good idea to make a few phone calls to determine where the meat should go.

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