Hunters can donate venison for needy families 12/2/2014

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Hunters can donate venison for needy families

By Rupert Howell
A tradition continues during this year’s deer hunting season as a group of sportsmen have again provided funds to have cull or unwanted deer processed for the Panola County Food Pantry located on Van Voris Street in Batesville.

“Save The Herd” offers deer hunters an opportunity to donate whole deer by bringing them to Pitcock’s Meat on Liberty Hill Road, (between Pope-Water Valley and Eureka Roads east of Batesville).

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The donated deer will be processed and delivered to the Panola County Food Pantry where recipients are glad to get the venison according to pantry manager Marie Leland.
There is absolutely no cost to the hunter according to Adrian Smith who assists with coordinating the effort.

Many hunting clubs, farmers and gardeners have a problem with an over abundance of deer. Smith said previously that Save the Herd offers a practical solution by offering the meat to those in need through the Food Pantry.

Smith also noted that cash donations are also welcome to help cover cost of processing. He can be reached at First Security Bank by calling 563-9311 ext. 1304.