NC Wildlife Federation’s “Farmers and Communities Manage Deer” Program brings together farmers, sportsmen and community groups to sustainably manage white-tailed deer, directing excess resource to feed the hungry. It is a collaborative effort with NC Hunters for the Hungry, with financial support from the NC Tobacco Trust Fund Commission. Goals of this program are to: promote healthy wildlife populations and wildlife habitat by managing deer numbers; assist with reduction of agricultural loss caused by excess deer browsing; build community relations by giving back; support economic growth of rural NC communities through agritourism; and support individuals and groups suffering from food insecurity. Farmers and Communities Manage Deer Program currently donates approximately 13,000 pounds of venison each year to feed the hungry in NC communities and serves as a model for farmers and communities across the state struggling with an overabundance of deer. Meet with program coordinators on December 8 to learn more about this important program!