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Antelope Added to Sportsmen Against Hunger Program
PIERRE, S.D.-After a record year of antlerless deer donations, South Dakota's Sportsmen Against Hunger Program is expanding to include payments for the processing of doe and fawn antelope.

The program will continue to offer a $50 processing certificate for antlerless deer and for 2008 will also offer a $40 processing certificate for doe and fawn antelope. The certificates are available directly from the processors with the majority of participating processors accepting the Sportsman Against Hunger certificate as the full payment for processing. After processing the meat is distributed to families who need meat.

"The increase in antelope licenses this year gives hunters more opportunities to get in the field and this change in the Sportsmen Against Hunger Program gives them more opportunities to help the hungry," said Jeff Olson, program president.

The program is largely funded by hunters who include donations when applying for their big game hunting licenses. Anyone interested in helping provide meat for struggling families can make a tax deductible donation by sending a check or money order to South Dakota Sportsmen Against Hunger, P.O. Box 1172, Pierre, SD 57501. To learn more about the program check its Web site at