Hunters are gearing up for an early morning as Friday kicks off shot-gun deer season across Illinois.
Many of those hunters will be bringing in their deer to be donated to local food pantries. It's all a part of Illinois Sportsmen Against Hunger.
The owner of Butcher Block in Quincy, one of the two places in Adams County that processes the meat, is expecting around 300 deer to be brought in this season. As of Thursday, November 15, hunters have already brought in close to 200 tagged deer to be donated.
These donations go to local food pantries to add to the meat that is given out for the year.
Major Dan Jennings with the Salvation Army says this year they've expanded so the deer doesn't just go to the Salvation Army, it goes throughout the community.
"Deer hunting continues to be popular in this part of the state and we've got enough to go around so rather than us just keeping it all it really allows it to be spread out throughout all the local area food pantries," said Major Jennings.
Major Jennings also says this program comes at a perfect time because they're running low on the stock of deer they harvested last year.
If hunters want to get their deer's processed in Adams County, they can go to the Golden Locker in Golden or the Butcher Block in Quincy.
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