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Pantries to accept only archery-killed deer

November 5, 2008

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— A North Dakota program that distributes venison to the needy will accept only deer killed with arrows, fearing that firearm-shot meat may contain lead fragments.

"We're calling out to bow hunters to spend a little more time in the tree stand," said Ann Pollert, executive director of the North Dakota Community Action Partnership, which administers the Sportsmen Against Hunger Program.

Officials in North Dakota and other states have warned about eating venison killed with lead ammunition since the spring, when a physician conducting tests using a CT scanner found lead in samples of donated deer meat.

The findings led North Dakota's health department to order food pantries to throw out donated venison. Some groups that organize venison donations have called such actions premature and unsupported by science.

The North Dakota Community Action Partnership distributed 17,000 pounds of venison from 381 donated deer after last year's hunting season, a number that has tripled since the program began in North Dakota in 2004, Pollert said.

At least 4,000 pounds of venison were in food pantries in the state when the health department issued its warning, she said.

Comments

Ragingbear 5 years, 9 months ago

If any hunters shoot any deer with guns and don't want the meat, I will take it free of charge.

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gr 5 years, 9 months ago

"But who wants to argue that bowhunting is not more sportsmanlike?"Sportsmanlike?What is sportsmanlike to shoot a deer with a fast moving object? And especially with a bow! A gun could be quickly fired again to quickly end it's life, but an accidently placed arrow could lead to quite a painful and lengthy time for death.So, exactly what do you mean "more sportsmanlike"? Are you being sarcastic?

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cmdln 5 years, 9 months ago

Sure it may be picky. I highly doubt the lead fragments would cause any issues. But who wants to argue that bowhunting is not more sportsmanlike?Kinda funny though, beggars cant be choosers. Didn't someone say that one time?

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jaywalker 5 years, 9 months ago

Give me a break! Been eating venison since I was two, every year, all year, and always downed with a gun. This is beyond silly and will do nothing but make the 'pantry' more bare.

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labmonkey 5 years, 9 months ago

What about car-killed deer? You could die from anitfreeze poisoning.

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RobertMarble 5 years, 8 months ago

check out the NRA home page, there is a story referring to the origins of this. Basically it's a scare tactic being propagated by the anti-constitution / anti- 2nd Amendment crowd. Too bad their fear mongering is targeted at organizations that are helping people in need, but they aren't exactly the most ethical bunch anyway. It's part of the newest load of rhetoric they've been spewing, along with attempting to reclassify nearly all rifle ammunition as "armor piercing" (despite the fact none of the ammo they're babbling about contains the requisite steel or tungsten carbide cores to qualify as armor piercing) or their attempts to resurrect the failed "assault weapons" ban (despite the fact the weapons they target aren't actually assault weapons, since they lack the full auto or burst capability which is the defining quality of an actual assault rifle). Since the Supreme Court's recent ruling in the Heller case, the antis realized they can't eliminate the 2nd Amendment they're resorting to attempts to render it meaningless by regulating it to the point of absurdity.

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