LITTLE ROCK (AGFC) – Do you have more deer on hand than you can handle?
Maybe you are successful on the hunt but are in a household that doesn't care for wild game.
Perhaps you just want to help out some folks who are less fortunate than you.
Arkansas Hunters Feeding the Hungry is ready for such hunters.
With the statewide
deer limit raised to six this year, more deer than ever potentially
could be taken. There may well be deer meat left over, and this is where
Arkansas Hunters Feeding the Hungry comes in.
Nearly 2 million meals have been provided to people in the state thanks to AHFH.
Deer meat is good, healthy meat. For uniformity, all the meat handled
through Hunters Feeding the Hungry is ground. This way, any cook will
know how to prepare it. Although burgers made from deer can be a bit
crumbly without adding breadcrumbs or fat, it's perfect for spaghetti,
casseroles, chili and other dishes. Ground deer is as adaptable as
ground beef and is better nutritionally.
The Hunters Feeding
the Hungry system is simple. A hunter who has all the deer he or she
wants takes a carcass to a participating processor. A donation of money
toward the costs of the preparation is suggested, but this is not
required. The deer is processed into packages of ground meat then given
to food banks and charitable distributors in the state. From there it
goes to those in need.
An alternative is that hunters can just donate a few packages of ground meat when they pick up their processed deer.
Ronnie Ritter, who
heads Arkansas Hunters Feeding the Hungry, said the program has been
operating since 2000. The success of the program depends upon the
generosity of hunters to donate venison and other wild game, cooperation
from meat processors throughout the state, support from local food
distribution organizations, and the financial contributions of
businesses and other citizens.
Hunters can donate
their deer from this season and help Arkansas Hunters Feeding the Hungry
so that the state's less fortunate can have healthy meals. There are
about 60 meat processors statewide who accept and process venison and
other wild game from hunters for the program.
With the growing
number of deer in Arkansas, crop and property damage permits are being
issued to farmers, airports, military installations and agricultural
facilities. Some of these deer and other big game are discarded at
times. In addition, liberal bag limits and extended seasons are putting
hunters in the position of being able to take more deer and other big
game than they can personally consume. Hunters Feeding the Hungry helps
distribute this surplus to put healthy meals on the table for needy
All this costs money.
Most of the processors participating in Hunters Feeding the Hungry do
the work at their cost. Donations help with the program's work.
For more information on the program or to donate, contact Ritter at 501-282-0006 or visit
Arkansas Hunters Feeding the Hungry processors, by county (also available on Page 28 of the 2011-12 Arkansas Hunting Guidebook):
- Arkansas – Half Moon Meat Processing, 26 B&K Lane, DeWitt, 870-946-1839.
- Arkansas – Triple D Processors. 4713 Highway 165, Stuttgart, 901-826-2195.
- Baxter – Twin Lakes Packing and Processing, 226 Whitaker, Gassville, 870-435-6651.
- Benton – Benton Country Processing, 1805 Waukasha Road, Siloam Springs, 479-549-4115.
- Boone – Newton's Processing, 203 North Sycamore, Harrison, 870-742-2006.
- Bradley – Lasiter's Slaughter House, 1826 1/2 West Pine, Warren, 870-226-5015.
- Clark – T&M Processing, 2759 Country Club Road, Arkadelphia, 870-246-0002.
- Cleburne – Lonnie's Meat Market, 1141 Highway 25B-N, Heber Springs, 501-362-6300.
- Cleveland – Watson Custom Slaughter House, 970 John Reed Road, Rison, 870-325-6922.
- Columbia – Dixon Deer Processing, 1621 Columbia County Road 36, Magnolia, 870-299-0467.
- Columbia – Razorback Packing Company, 2321 Highway 82 W, Waldo, 870-693-2130.
- Craighead – Home Ice Company, 700 Cate Road, Jonesboro, 870-935-5555.
- Crawford – Cockrum's Custom Meat Processors, 3925 Highway 348, Rudy, 479-474-3012.
- Crawford – Garner's AMP, 2900 Olive Springs Road, Van Buren, 479-474-1645.
- Cross – Wynne Meat Processing, 1206 North Falls Blvd., Wynne, 870-208-8352.
- Drew – The Buck Stop, 822 Barkada Road, Monticello, 870-308-0456.
- Faulkner – Cypress Valley Meat Company, 1326 Highway 64, Vilonia, 501-733-5455.
- Faulkner – Lonnie's Meat Market, 705 Club Lane, Suite 104, Conway, 501-450-7100.
- Franklin – Arkansas Meat Company, 9020 Green Hollow Road, Ozark, 479-667-2442.
- Fulton – Burch's Custom Butchering, 136 Mize, Salem, 870-895-3467.
- Garland – Griffith Custom Butchering, 173 Keanard Lane, Hot Springs, 501-321-4228.
- Garland – Black's Custom Butchering, 1460 Oakgrove Road, Hot Springs, 501-760-1001.
- Grant – Big Buck Processing, 8210 E. Cherry St, Tull, 501-776-2825.
- Greene – Ridge Road Processing, Inc., 158 North Maple St. Lafe, 870-586-0892.
- Howard – B&G Packing, 167 Jordan Road, Nashville, 870-845-8706.
- Hot Spring – CR Deer Processing, 8475 Possum Trot Road, Malvern, 501-332-3707.
- Hot Spring – R&R Custom Butchering, 1942 Smoke Ridge Road, Malvern, 501-229-2898.
- Independence – Harmon's Processing, 2234 Batesville Blvd., Batesville, 870-251-1736.
- Jefferson – The Country Butcher, 5400 Dollarway Road, Whitehall, 870-247-4500.
- Lafayette – C and C Packing Company, P.O. Box 157, Stamps, 870-533-2251.
- Lawrence – Lynn's Deer Processing, P.O. Box 103, Lynn. 870-528-3095.
- Lawrence – 4 Brady's Deer Processing, P.O. Box 169, Black Rock, 870-878-6208.
- Little River – The Butcher Block, 103 Madden, Foreman, 870-542-6460.
- Logan – Fox Slaughter and Processing, Highway 109, Scranton, 479-938-2236.
- Lonoke – Cabot Meat Market, 119 N. Adams St., Cabot, 501-843-5511.
- Lonoke – Twin Cedar Meats, 6003 Tippitt Road, Lonoke, 870-854-3628.
- Miller – Twin City Processors, 336 Miller County 68, Texarkana, 870-773-1513.
- Mississippi – Big Lake Taxidermy, 3609 Highway 18 1 Mile West, Manila, 870-561-4829.
- Nevada – Tims' Custom Meat, 494 Nevada 51, Prescott, 870-887-3362.
- Ouachita – Charlie's One Stop, 5280 Highway 24, Chidester, 870-685-2753.
- Ouachita – Ouachita Deer Processing, 1108 167 South, Camden, 870-818-6951.
- Pike – CenterPoint Schools, 755 Highway 8 E, Amity, 870-356-3621.
- Pike – Delight Deer Processing, 15 Doss Road, Delight, 870-887-6241.
- Polk – T and L Meat Processing, 527 Polk 71, Mena, 479-243-0112.
- Pope – Ferguson's Slaughter House, 13451 E. Highway 64, Atkins, 479-641-7604.
- Pulaski – The Bucks Stops Here, 15509 Highway 107, Sherwood, 501-834-4868.
- Pulaski – Hogg's Meat Market & Catering, 4520 Camp Robinson Road. North Little Rock, 501-758-7700.
- Pulaski – Tommy's Meat Market, 21419 Highway 365 N., Maumelle, 501-815-2400.
- Randolph – Kemp's Meat Processing, 2950 Hamil Road, Ravenden Springs, 870-892-4555.
- Saline – Kruse Meat Market, 2100 Kruse Loop, Alexander, 501-316-2110.
- Stone – Mountain View Custom Butchering, 17507 Highway 66, Mountain View, 870-269-3063.
- Union – The Choppin' Block, 2509 Parnell Road, El Dorado, 870-862-0776.
- Union – Strong Meat Processing, 366 Camp Road, Strong, 870-797-2001.
- Van Buren – Clinton Meat Processor, 3288 Highway 65 N, Clinton, 501-745-4844.
- Washington – Ozark Custom Butchering, 15395 Woosley Road, West Fork, 479-839-3177.
- Washington – Robinson Meat Processors, 401 George Anderson Road, Springdale, 479-841-4827.
- White – Cypress Valley Meat Co., 259 Wayne Wallace Road, Romance, 501-556-5055.
- Yell – AR Quality Processors, 23753 Highway 154, Dardanelle, 479-576-4419.
- Yell – Wild Game Processing, 21756 N Highway 27, Dardanelle, 479-229-2298.