Share the Harvest and Donate Your Deer

My first whitetail hunt in Missouri was a great experience, like no other hunt I've ever been on ... to say the least.

I have to say, the "tactical chess game" nature of whitetail hunting is very appealing, I'll definitely be doing a ton more whitetail hunting in the future.

Yesterday, I took the boned-out meat from my first archery whitetail to "The Store." The Store is a specialty meat market that has been in operation for 23 years in Raytown, Missouri. I chose to support "The Store" because they participate in Missouri's Share the Harvest program. The Missouri Department of Conservation subsidizes the processing fees associated with each deer donated.

I visited with Dave Pollard and Mike Matthews while dropping off my deer. The "[Share The Harvest](http://mdc.mo.gov/hunting-trapping/deer/ share-harvest)" program has delivered more than 2.1 million pounds of venison to needy individuals in Missouri over 13 hunting seasons since it's inception. I was happy to participate.

"In the past 13 seasons, we've processed over 250 deer donated directly to the Share the Harvest program, Mr. Pollard said. I'd learned about the Share the Harvest program after reading that Missouri Governor Jay Nixon had donated his 2010 whitetail as well.

While typing this I just heard that Jeff harvested the big buck we've been hunting in Kansas ... a full story and photos will follow!