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Published November 08, 2010, 05:48 PM

Hunting to Fight Hunger

Deer hunting season started last Friday and although some hunters may have already gotten one deer, they could be looking to tag another for a good cause.

The Lake Region Sportsmen Association is part of the Sportsmen Against Hunger Program.

Tags are purchased from the North Dakota Game and Fish Department and the association uses money they set aside to help their members pay for processing of a deer that will be donated to a local food pantry.

Last year more than 350 deer were donated across North Dakota.

"When you take that times an average deer is about 20 to 25 pounds of meat on an average deer, that's a lot of pounds of meat that gets donated to the food banks here in North Dakota," says Tom Rost of the Lake Region Sportsmen Association.

Rost says this type of program is also important because it helps control the population of deer and and keeps highways safer.