Once again, the Bluff Country Chapter of Minnesota Deer Hunters Association would like to give a big thanks to all hunters who donated venison for the Hunters Against Hunger Program. Special thanks to Tarry Litscher of Litscher's Processing of Rushford, Minn., and to Dave Ledebuhr of Ledebuhr Meats, for processing the venison and to Don Ramsden, Tom Wunderlich, and Jim Panek for their efforts and determination to increase participation in the program. Over 6,000 pounds of venison were processed this year compared to 1,351 pounds processed last year. One hundred and ten deer were donated by local hunters, a 300% increase from 2005. Eighty-three deer went to the five local food shelves, 27 to individuals requesting venison. Individuals pay for their own processing.
The local food shelves that received the venison included Winona Volunteer Services, Catholic Worker House, Hiawatha Hall, Semcac of Rushford, and St. Charles Food Shelf. A big thank you also goes out to donors who financially contributed to the program for the processing: Winona Heating and Ventilating, Elks Club, Lewiston Sportsmen's, Winona Sportsmen's, Winona Archers, Winona National Bank, Schott Distributing, Dan Shevic Inc., Wunderlich Insurance, Winona Pheasants Forever, Wincrest Trout Unlimited Chapter, Mainstream, MDHA Bluff Country Chapter, Lewiston Community Fund.