Thursday, September 19, 2013

DNREC Press Release

DNREC Fish and Wildlife announces butcher shops processing
Sportsmen Against Hunger donations during 2013-2014 season

DOVER (Sept. 17, 2013) – DNREC’s Division of Fish and Wildlife today announced the list of private butcher shops accepting donated deer for processing for the state’s Sportsmen Against Hunger Program during the 2013-2014 Delaware deer hunting season. All donated deer meat will be distributed to charitable groups participating in the program, with full funding for the season provided by the Delaware General Assembly.

 Last year, 19,961 pounds of venison from 699 deer donated by hunters were divided among 31 food pantries and shelters statewide, providing more than 100,000 meals for hungry Delawareans. Since it began in 1992 with support from the Division of Fish and Wildlife, the state’s Sportsmen Against Hunger program has provided more than 1.7 million meals for needy Delawareans.

Participating hunters may drop off their deer at any of the eight DNREC-maintained walk-in coolers listed below. These coolers are checked periodically, and donated deer are taken to the Sussex Correctional Institution’s deer butchering program, or to participating private butcher shops, where they are processed. If a hunter donates a deer, the Division of Fish and Wildlife requests that the hunter please call the phone number posted on the cooler, so that the deer is transported for processing in a timely manner.

Successful hunters may also take their deer directly to any of these participating private butcher shops found throughout the state:


 New Castle County

Dutch Neck Deer Butchering                           Marks Butcher Shop

1210 Dutch Neck Road                                    7296 Grantham Lane (River Road Ind. Park)

Middletown, DE 19709                                  New Castle, DE 19720

302-562-3651 3                                                  02-229-0897

Townsend Deer Butchering                                 Cedar Hill Custom Deer Cutting

1300 Dexter Corner Road                                   738 Paddock Road

Townsend, DE 19734                                         Smyrna, DE 19977

302-378-3268                                                       302-272-8916
Kent County
Miller’s Butcher Shop                                                 D&J Custom Cutting
577 Morgans Choice Road                                          89 Myers Drive
Wyoming, DE 19934                                                Hartly, DE 19953
302-697-8278                                                          302-492-0323
Sussex County
Johnson’s Custom Cutting                                           Dave’s Cut ‘Em Up
21404 Burton Road                                                     6854 Delmar Road
Milton, DE 19968                                                   Delmar, DE 19940
302-684-1790                                                       302-381-7257
Mark’s Meats & More
24910 Hollyville Road
Millsboro, DE 19966
 DNREC-maintained coolers for donated deer are located at:
New Castle County
Augustine Wildlife Area, Port Penn
Kent County
Woodland Beach Wildlife Area, Smyrna
Norman G. Wilder Wildlife Area, Viola
Division of Fish & Wildlife Mosquito Control Office, Milford
Sussex County
Assawoman Wildlife Area, Frankford
Gumboro Community Center, Millsboro
Redden State Forest Headquarters, Georgetown
Trap Pond State Park, Laurel
 Any deer dropped off at a cooler must be field dressed and registered, with the registration number written on the field tag attached to the animal. The number on the field tag will allow the Division to verify that a deer has been registered. NOTE: All deer taken in Delaware must be registered online at or by calling toll-free 1-855-DEL-HUNT (1-855-335-4868).

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