There’s a line in an old prayer to St. Francis that reads, “It is in giving that we receive.”
Those words have driven, at least in part during the past 20 years, Hunters for the Hungry efforts to share food with the less fortunate first in the Baton Rouge area and now in communities across our state.
The annual late-September Clean Out Your Freezer Day is just the start. That program alone is approaching 100 tons in collections of frozen game, fish and meat in the Baton Rouge area during the past two decades. Most of it has gone to the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank for distribution to shelters and soup kitchens in an 11-parish area.
From the outset, Clean Out Day was the first phase of the annual drive to feed the homeless and the needy. H4H’s second phase was hunters’ donations of freshly taken deer.
Nothing’s changed in the past 20 years, except that the program has expanded well beyond the Baton Rouge area boundaries to the point where hunters donated right at 40,000 pounds of venison to shelters around the state. And, this year, it’s come with the recent announcement of a partnership with the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation to further develop and expand the program statewide.
It’s all part of H4H’s motto — Hunters who care, share. It’s not that Hunters for the Hungry wants all deer taken by hunters. It wants the excess.
Here’s how the donations program works: Hunters taking deer must field-dress the animal. If hunters want to skin the deer, then so much the better, and hunters are allowed to keep tenderloins and backstrap.
Field-dressed or skinned, the deer can be taken to more than 30 meat processors around the state. There is no cost to the hunter to have the deer butchered, and hunters can get a receipt that makes their donation tax deductible.
After the donation, deer are processed into food that will go to local food banks and other local need-based service agencies and locations. Local businesses help fund this phase of the Hunters for the Hungry program, and H4H has worked out deals with the processors to help defray some of the processing costs.
There are many as 15 processors in the southeastern and Acadiana-area parishes with another eight spread out from the Alexandria area east to Ferriday. A dozen addition processors are located in the southwestern and northern parishes.
The list of Capital City, New Orleans, Acadiana and CenLa processors includes:
Babineaux Slaughterhouse, 1019 Babineaux Road, Breaux Bridge
Badeaux Wild Game Processing, 1321 Ames Blvd., Marrero
Brown’s Slaughter House, 730 Jackson Gimnick Loop, Ragley
Catoir’s Whitetail Smokehouse, 17192 BeBe Lane, French Settlement
Feliciana Seafood & Deli, 7555 U.S. 61, St. Francisville
Freeman’s Homestyle Sausage, 29615 La. 21, Angie
G&M Processing, 432 Domingues St., Jeanerette
Pat Giovenco’s Deer Depot, 188 Almedia Road, St. Rose
Hyde Slaughterhouse, 24368 U.S. 190-East, Robert
Juneau’s Meat, 6880 La. 1, Mansura
Kelly’s Cajun Specialties, 1642 Hospital Road, New Roads
Kelly’s Food Mart, 7744 Plank Road, Baton Rouge
Laurel Oak Smoehouse, 283 Lee St., Waterproof
Little Verons, 403 Rena Drive, Lafayette
Martin Meats, 2017 Lee St., Alexandria
Normand’s Meat Plant, 3011 La. 1192, Marksville
Pooles Processing, 311 Poole Road, Monterey
Raley Processing, 177 Lee St., Ferriday
T-Boy’s Slaughterhouse, 2228 Pine Point Road, Ville Platte
Tangi Meats, 15337 W. Hoffman Road, Hammond
Vinnie’s Smokehouse, 2601 La. 1, Thibodaux
Hunters that need to find other processors can go to the website: www.hunters4hungrylouisiana.org.
And anyone interested can call the recently established Development Office at (225) 765-2860. The program also entered a third phase this year with freezers set out in Venice at Venice Marina and on Grand Isle at Bridge Side Marina for fishermen to donate all or part of their catch to the needy in those down-river and down-the-bayou communities.
Renew those permits
Although several changes are planned for the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries’ Recreational Offshore Landing Permit, the mandate for recreational anglers and charterboat captains to carry the permit will not change, and these no-fee permits are up for annual renewal.
While the permit is current for one year after the initial sign-up date, LDWF records show most permits will expire in the next three months.
To renew the permit, go to the LDWF website: rolp.wlf.la.gov, and don’t worry if you’ve forgotten your user name and/or password, because there are instructions to retrieved or reset those lines.
Then you must print the new permit with the new expiration date, and that can be done by clicking the “View printable permit” link below a user’s profile.
A note from LDWF managers is that this link will not automatically print the permit but displays a printable version, which the fisherman must print and carry on offshore trips.
Calendar deadline nears
Friday is the deadline for submitting activities and events for The Advocate’s Outdoors 2015 Calendar scheduled to be published Sunday, Jan. 4, 2014.
Event’s name, time, date and location including the site, address and city.
Age limits or skill-level requirements and any other particulars for the event, including beneficiaries.
Full name of contact person with the area code and phone number, and email address.
Send to: Joe Macaluso, Advocate Outdoors, P.O. Box 588, Baton Rouge, LA 70821; FAX Attention: Outdoors, (225) 388-0318. Email: outdoors@ theadvocate.com.