Venison moves up on the WNY Food Bank ledger each fall.
This year, the Erie County Federation of Sportsmen's Clubs and the Western and Central New York chapter of Safari Club International will be teaming to provide a program in which successful deer hunters can donate all or portions of venison at processing sites around Western New York.
During previous deer seasons, ECFS conducted Hunters Helping the Hungry while SCI held its Sportsmen Against Hunger program. This season, the clubs have organized a group effort, which includes five area processing centers.
Hunters can donate an entire deer for free at any of the sites. Partial donations, as small as five pounds, can be made with a processing. Fee details are available from the cooperating processor. Charles Hohman, with SCI, points out that a five-pound contribution provides about 17 meals for the needy of our community.
George Shadel, with ECFS, said, "We already have five processors on board but are looking for more in the Western New York area."
For details, call Shadel at 879-4780 or check with any of these processors: WNY Food Bank, Buffalo, 852-1305; Bond's Meat, West Valley, 592-7627; Bubba's Custom Deer Processing, Collins, 532-4811; Shurefine, Cassadaga, 5985-3232; or Buck & Doe Shop, Williamsville, 632-3948.
Outdoors book buys
For chefs looking for some variety in venison cooking, Steve and Gale Loder's "Quality Venison" is a complete reference source. Beginning with processing tips, including how to properly cape out for trophy mounting, to the Homespun Deer Tales section at the end, this book covers all aspects of venison caring, cooking and lore. The "Tips on Using" section explains booth freezing and thawing methods helpful in producing the best of venison dishes. The "Homespun Tales" are first-hand accounts of hunts in Western New York and Pennsylvania.
The Loders will be in the area for a book signing from 2-4 p.m. Oct. 16 at Borders in Cheektowaga and Oct. 17 at Barnes & Noble in Amherst. For an autographed copy, send $18.45 to Loder's Game Publications, Box 1615, Cranberry TWP, Pa. 16066 or call (724) 779-8320.
"Peterson Field Guides: Eastern Birds" has just been republished in a large format edition. Redesigned for quick identification of more than 400 eastern birds, the guide provides color range maps for each species, a shortened description and enlarged color illustrations. Available at area bookstores or send $24 to: Houghton Mifflin Co., 222 Berkeley St., Boston, Mass. 02116.