DNRE Encourages Hunters and Anglers to Support Michigan Sportsmen Against Hunger

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Feb. 24, 2011

With many anglers and hunters getting ready to purchase their 2011 hunting and fishing licenses – sales begin March 1 – the Department of Natural Resources and Environment reminds them to consider making a donation to support Michigan Sportsmen Against Hunger (MSAH). Last year, more than 23,000 pounds of venison were donated to food programs throughout Michigan. This was enough meat to supply a nutritious source of protein with over 100,000 meals.

“Michigan’s first settlers often relied on wild fish and game for survival. Today, we have the opportunity to continue that tradition by helping those who are still experiencing hard times,” said Raymond Rustem, DNRE’s coordinator for MSAH.

When purchasing a 2011 fishing and hunting license, sportsmen and women can tell the license agent they want to make a monetary donation to the MSAH program. Anglers and hunters can donate $1, $5, $10 or $20. The agent will add the donation to the overall cost of the license purchase. The primary use of the donations is to offset the cost of processing venison that is donated in the fall. In past years, donations have also been used to process excess salmon collected at the weirs in Michigan.

Individuals who do not fish or hunt can also support this important program. By following the Michigan e-Store link on the DNRE website, interested persons should click on “Tax Deductible Donations” at the e-Store web page and then click on “Help Feed the Hungry Donation” and follow the on-screen instructions to make a donation.

Donors are reminded to save any receipts or forms. Donations to Michigan Sportsmen Against Hunger can be used when itemizing income deductions on federal tax forms.

The Department of Natural Resources and Environment is committed to the conservation, protection, management, and accessible use and enjoyment of the state’s environment, natural resources, and related economic interests for current and future generations. Learn more at www.michigan.gov/dnre.