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DNREC Fish and Wildlife announces butcher shops processing Sportsmen Venison Donations

 for 2014-15 season

 DOVER (Sept. 18, 2014) – DNREC’s Division of Fish and Wildlife today announced the list of Unknown private butcher shops accepting donated deer for processing for the state’s Sportsmen Against Hunger Program during the 2014-2015 Delaware deer hunting season. All donated venison will be distributed to charitable groups participating in the program.

Last year, 21,223 pounds of venison from 645 deer donated by hunters was divided among 31 food pantries and shelters statewide, providing more than 100,000 meals for hungry Delawareans. Since it began in 1992, the Division of Fish and Wildlife’s Sportsmen Against Hunger program has provided more than 1.7 million meals for needy Delawareans.

 Successful hunters can take their deer directly to any of the participating private butcher shops found throughout the state, or they may drop off their deer at any of the DNREC-maintained walk-in coolers, both listed below. 


Cooperating Butcher Shops


Sussex County

Johnson’s Custom Cutting                  Dave’s Cut ‘Em Up

21404 Burton Road                             6854 Delmar Road

Milton, DE 19968                                Delmar, DE 19940

302-684-1790                                      302-381-7257


Mark’s Meats & More

24910 Hollyville Road

Millsboro, DE 19966



Kent County

Miller’s Butcher Shop                          D&J Custom Cutting

577 Morgans Choice Road                 89 Myers Drive

Wyoming, DE 19934                           Hartly, DE 19953

302-697-8278                                      302-492-0323


New Castle County

Bobby’s Deer Butcher Shop                Marks Butcher Shop

1084 Bethel Church Road                   7296 Grantham Lane (River Road Ind. Park)

Middletown, DE 19709                        New Castle, DE 19720

302-287-8606                                      302-229-0897


Townsend Deer Butchering                Cedar Hill Custom Deer Cutting

1300 Dexter Corner Road                   738 Paddock Road

Townsend, DE 19734                         Smyrna, DE 19977

302-378-3268                                      302-272-8916


DNREC-maintained coolers for donated deer


Sussex County

Assawoman Wildlife Area, Frankford

Gumboro Community Center, Millsboro

Redden State Forest Headquarters, Georgetown

Trap Pond State Park, Laurel


Kent County

Woodland Beach Wildlife Area, Smyrna

Norman G. Wilder Wildlife Area, Viola

Mosquito Control Office, Milford


New Castle County

Augustine Wildlife Area, Port Penn

            NOTE:This cooler is temporarily unavailable; replacement anticipated.


These coolers are checked periodically, and donated deer are taken to the Sussex Correctional Institution’s deer butchering program, or to participating private butcher shops, where they are processed. If a hunter donates a deer, the Division of Fish and Wildlife requests that the hunter please call the phone number posted on the cooler, so that the deer is transported for processing in a timely manner. 


Any deer dropped off at a cooler must be field-dressed and registered, with the registration number written on the field tag attached to the animal.


All deer taken in Delaware must be registered through the Division of Fish and Wildlife’s Hunter and Trapper Registration (HTR) system. Deer hunters are encouraged to access the system online using a smartphone, tablet, laptop or desktop computer at Those who prefer to talk to a live customer service representative have the option to call 855-DELHUNT (855-335-4868). This year, 20 hunters or trappers who access the system online rather than making a phone call will be randomly selected throughout the season to receive a donated $50 gift card to Cabela’s.


For more information on hunting in Delaware, click 2014-2015 Delaware Hunting and Trapping Guide. For information about the HTR system and gift card lottery, see page 20. The guide also is available in printed form at DNREC’s Dover licensing desk in the Richardson & Robbins Building, 89 Kings Highway, Dover, and from license agents throughout the state.


For more information on the Sportsmen Against Hunger Program, please visit Sportsmen Against Hunger, or contact Wayne Lehman, Kent County Regional Wildlife Manager, 302-284-1077. For deer information, please contact Joe Rogerson, Fish and Wildlife Game Mammal Biologist, at 302-735-3600.