Hunters Sharing the Harvest an easy call

On the opening day of the season I was able to harvest a doe.

And then comes the hard part, deciding what to make with the venison. Jerky? Backstraps? Hamburger? Bologna? The list can be endless.

This year I took my deer to Nello’s, a meat market off the Belfast exit on Route 33. I’ve had deer processed there before and like their work. I’d also suggest Haydt’s if you live in the West End or Martinell’s if you live near Tannersville.

Haydt’s and Nello’s each partake in the Hunters Sharing the Harvest program, a free service to you that allows hunters across the state to share their venison with people in need. Hunters can share all or some of their venison as they wish.

Saturday, Dec. 13 is the final day of the two-week rifle season. With temperatures in the mid 30s, and no rain or snow in the forecast after Tuesday’s nor’easter moves threw the area, conditions should be ideal for hunters.

And if you think you have enough hamburger to fill your freezer like I did last year, consider asking about the Hunters Sharing the Harvest program. The reward of giving back to a needy family will leave you feeling better than you imagined, and maybe it will inspire someone in your hunting party to do the same in the future.



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