Kentucky Ag News


Hunter Harvest Deer Days Coming to Bracken County


Special to Kentucky Agricultural News


BROOKSVILLE, Ky. – The Bracken County Cooperative Extension Service office; Bracken County FFA; the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment; and the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources will hold Hunter Harvest Deer Days at the extension office. The times will be from 4-8 p.m. on Nov. 17, 8 a.m.- 8 p.m. on Nov. 18, and 8 a.m.-3 p.m. on Nov. 19.

This program was designed to give the hunters of Bracken County a place to donate legally harvested deer (doe or buck) that they would otherwise not shoot. Landowners that are hosting hunters are asked to encourage them to take a doe or two to help with the overpopulation of deer and donate it to the project. This will in turn help control the growing number of deer in the county that cause damage to crops, gardens and vehicles. It will also supply local food banks that will distribute the ground venison to local people in need.

Due to food safety concerns they will accept only deer harvested on these three days that are the whole deer, field dressed and with the skin on. If the temperature is warm, use a bag of ice to protect the meat. No deer will be accepted that do not meet food safety standards.

If you plan to harvest deer for the project, please register by calling the Extension Office at (606) 735-2141. Have your deer’s confirmation number ready to provide, so they may take possession of your deer. They also are in need of skilled volunteers who would be willing to donate their time to help process the donated deer. Anyone who is interested in helping is asked to contact Officer James C. Beckett at (606) 782-3162. Door prizes for both the hunters and volunteers are sponsored by Bracken County Farm Bureau.