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PA deer season opens Saturday; hunters can share their harvest to feed other people

The state Department of Agriculture and Pennsylvania Game Commission are encouraging hunters to consider sharing their deer harvest to provide thousands of pounds of venison to people in need.

Firearms deer season opens Saturday, November 26 in Pennsylvania. 

Hunters Sharing the Harvest (HSH) is Pennsylvania’s venison donation program for hunters who share their extra venison, via a statewide network of participating butchers, to food pantries and community assistance centers across the Commonwealth. One deer provides about 200 servings of high-protein, low-fat venison. Thanks to the program’s supporters, hunters pay nothing to ensure their venison helps to provide a warm meal to someone in need in their community.

The program reported near record participation with 187,426 pounds of venison donated in the 2021-22 deer season. HSH has distributed more than two million pounds of donated venison since 1991.

More information about the program and how to participate is available at www.sharedeer.org.