Gov. Jay Nixon harvested an 11-point buck while deer hunting in Clark County on the opening day of firearms deer season.
The Governor donated the venison to Missouriâ??s Share the Harvest program, a public-private partnership that provides meat to families in need.
Gov. Nixon took the buck to Kahoka Meat Processing in Kahoka, Mo. where the venison will be packaged for distribution to a local food bank, shelter or feeding center.
Last year, more than 6,200 hunters, including Gov. Nixon, donated 318,115 pounds of venison through Share the Harvest. That was an increase over the 317,882 pounds of venison donated in 2011, the 305,643 pounds of venison donated in 2010, according to the Conservation Federation of Missouri.
â??I am proud to once again join the thousands of Missouri hunters who are donating venison to help feed hungry families in Missouri,â?? Gov. Nixon said. â??For more than 20 years, Share the Harvest has combined two time-honored Missouri traditions: helping our neighbors in need and harvesting natureâ??s bounty. As firearms deer season begins, I encourage all deer hunters to visit MO.gov to learn how to share their harvest with needy families this year.â??
Share the Harvest is a partnership between the Conservation Federation, the Missouri Department of Conservation, regional food banks, local food pantries, and meat processors. To find a list of participating Missouri meat processors online, click here.