PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - A growing number of Maine hunters are giving up their deer, moose and bear to help out the needy.
The state-run Hunters for the Hungry Program uses donated meat to feed those in need through food pantries, soup kitchens and shelters.
The Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry says the program averaged about 2,500 pounds of donated meat each year until a couple of years ago. That number rose to about 3,000 pounds two years ago and 5,000 pounds last year.
With deer-hunting firearms season well underway, state officials are renewing their call for hunters to donate some or all of their harvest.
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