Hunting season has returned in West Virginia, with gun buck season beginning on Monday. Along with the return of the season, the Hunters Helping the Hungry program has returned as well.
The Hunters Helping the Hungry (HHH) program asks hunters to donate a deer to the program to help West Virginians in need. This season will be the 27th consecutive year that the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources has operated the HHH program. The program was originally established in 1992, and has been supported by the Governor’s One Shot, Inc. since 2008. The Governor’s One Shot is tasked with privately raising funds to pay processors to ensure there is no cost for hunters who wish to participate.
Since the program’s inception, hunters and participating processors have donated 25,702 deer towards the cause. Through the program, two local food banks have been able to collect 979,549 pound of highly nutritious meat for West Virginians in need.
As the Governor’s One Shot continues their effort to raise funds, the West Virginia Department of Agriculture and DNR are looking to match their commitment by expanding the program. The Department of Agriculture hopes that more hunters and processors will become involved this season
Hunters that decide to participate in the HHH program must take their deer to a participating processor. A list of participating processors for the Fall 2018 season can be found here.
Once a deer has been designated as an HHH donation, it will be ground, packaged and frozen. The Mountaineer Food Bank and Facing Hunger Foodbank will pick up the venison and distribute it through their statewide network of 600 charitable partners. There is no cost to those hunters who participate.