South Dakota Sportsmen Against Hunger

Hunters can help the hungry, 20 years of Sportsmen Against Hunger helping feed needy families

“Our whole purpose is to get healthy game meat to the people who really need it,” South Dakota Sportsmen Against Hunger president Jeff Olson said. “We can’t give the food banks enough meat.”

The state’s three food banks supply nearly 500 organizations in South Dakota with food. The organizations have a real need for red meat from deer and other wild game.

According to the Feeding South Dakota Food Banks in Rapid City, Pierre and Sioux Falls, one in seven South Dakotans don’t have enough money to buy the food they need. That’s 100,000 people. Half of them—50,000 people—are children.

If hunters cannot make it to the Clean Out Your Freezer drive, they can take professionally processed and packaged meat to Feeding South Dakota food banks in Rapid City, Sioux Falls and Pierre, or to any food pantry that accepts direct donations. Hunters should tell the food bank or pantry that the donation is for the Sportsmen Against Hunger program. Every donation is tax deductible, and hunters can take great satisfaction in knowing they are helping families in need.

The increasing popularity and success of SAH all started in 1993 with the foresight of the Black Hills Sportsmen’s Club of Rapid City. Game donation program features developed by Safari Club International provided the basis for SAH. The program was further developed and implemented through the work of a couple of Black Hills sportsmen’s club members. The first years of the program involved less than a dozen game processors who would accept and process game from hunters. Hunters had to fund the cost of processing. In the last 7 years approximately 50 game processors statewide have participated. Hunters no longer pay for the processing directly and

funds are paid by a certificate program. This has become a primary means of encouraging donations of game meat and was implemented in 1906.. As expected the financial incentive greatly increased donations.

Momentum of SAH through the years has been aided greatly by a number of organizations, businesses, foundations, agencies and individual cash donors which have providing funding for SAH. The funding has been used to primarily support the Processing Certificate program and to pay for salvage processing of game such as confiscated game and also deer take under city deer reduction programs.

In cooperation with Feeding South Dakota, processed game meat is delivered to food pantries and other charitable agencies across the state for distribution to the needy families. The real bottom line of game donations by hunters during the past 20 years is that the 700,000 pounds of game meat has resulted in providing over 2,800,000 meals of meat for the needy persons in South Dakota.

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There are many sites on the Internet to find more information about Safari Club International and other hunting and conservation groups. Check out some of the sites listed below for more information.

Other Safari Club sites:
Safari Club International Home
Sioux Falls Chapter of SCI

Other hunting and conservation group sites:
Foundation for North American Wild Sheep
Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation
Mule Deer Foundation
Ducks Unlimited
National Wild Turkey Federation