The Division of Fish & Wildlife recently announced the list of private butcher shops accepting donated deer during the state’s 2016-17 deer hunting season.

The Division of Fish & Wildlife recently announced the list of private butcher shops accepting donated deer during the state’s 2016-17 deer hunting season.

All donated venison will be distributed to charitable groups participating in the program. Successful hunters can take their deer directly to participating private butcher shops, or they may drop off their deer at any of the DNREC-maintained walk-in coolers.

Participating butcher shops include Dave’s Cut ‘Em Up, 6854 Delmar Road, Delmar; Ole McDonald’s Farm Fresh Meats & Produce, 8977 DuPont Blvd., Lincoln; Miller’s Butcher Shop, 577 Morgans Choice Road, Wyoming; D&J Custom Cutting, 89 Myers Drive, Hartly; Townsend Deer Butchering, 1300 Dexter Corner Road, Townsend; and Marks Butcher Shop, 7296 Grantham Lane, New Castle.

DNREC-maintained coolers for donated deer include Assawoman Wildlife Area, near Frankford; Gumboro Community Center, Gumboro; Redden State Forest Headquarters, near Georgetown; Trap Pond State Park, near Laurel; Woodland Beach Wildlife Area, near Smyrna; Norman G. Wilder Wildlife Area, near Viola; Mosquito Control Office, Milford; and Augustine Wildlife Area, Port Penn.

Hunters donating deer at a DNREC-maintained cooler are encouraged to call the phone number posted on the cooler, so that the deer can be transported for processing in a timely manner. Hunters are reminded that any deer dropped off at a cooler also must be field-dressed and registered by the hunter donating it, with the registration number also written on the field tag attached to the animal. Coolers are checked frequently, with donated deer taken to the Sussex Correctional Institution’s deer butchering program or to participating private butcher shops for processing.

All deer harvested in Delaware must be registered through the Division of Fish & Wildlife’s Hunter and Trapper Registration system. Deer hunters are encouraged to access the system at dnrec.delaware.gov/delhunt. Those who prefer to talk to a live customer service representative can call 855-335-4868.