Editorial: Bill on deer hunting benefits state, needy


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One of the truly win-win aspects of the hunting season is Hunters for Hungry. Through this program, hunters donate part of their harvest to be processed and shared with food banks.

A bill approved unanimously by the Indiana Senate last week would set aside more money for the state’s Sportsmans Benevolence Fund, an account that has the ability to pay to process meat from hundreds of deer. The measure now goes to the House.

State Sen. Mike Crider, R-Greenfield, the bill’s author, said most hunters can use only one deer a year to feed their families. Those who kill more deer than they plan to eat can donate them for processing. The program can provide about 500,000 meals a year to hungry Hoosiers across the state.

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