Conn.'s shelters serve venison, but R.I.'s can't


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Drizzt
February 12, 2003, 05:31 PM
The Providence Journal-Bulletin (Providence, RI)


February 9, 2003, Sunday All Editions

SECTION: Sports; Pg. D-32

LENGTH: 941 words

HEADLINE: OUTDOOR NOTES - Conn.'s shelters serve venison, but R.I.'s can't

BYLINE: TOM MEADE

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For hunters, anglers and gardeners, there's nothing more rewarding than sharing the harvest. In most of the country, community kitchens and shelters are receiving fresh food, tons of it, from Hunters For The Hungry and Plant A Row For the Hungry.

Next weekend, 47 hunters will be honored in Hartford, Conn., for contributing 4,156 pounds of game meat to about 20 community food banks, kitchens and shelters last season, according to Warren Speh, a hunter-safety instructor in Connecticut and Rhode Island. The meat comes from deer, moose, wild turkey and waterfowl. It's illegal to sell the meat from wild animals, but giving it away is permitted. Several years ago, the Connecticut legislature approved a measure allowing hunters to contribute game meat to shelters and food banks without liability. Rhode Island needs a similar law to protect hunters who want to feed the hungry, Speh says, even though no one has ever been sickened by eating contributed game meat.

It would be such a simple, but great gesture for Rhode Island's General Assembly to enact a Hunters For The Hungry Act to support Governor Carcieri's pledge to make Rhode Island hunger-free by 2006. There are more than 20,000 hungry people in Rhode Island.

It takes only a dozen people to run the Connecticut program, Speh says, eight activists and four who work behind the scenes.

Several manufacturers of firearms and other sporting goods have contributed guns and merchandise for two drawings next weekend at the Dodge Truck Northeast Fishing & Hunting Expo. The event will be open Friday through Sunday in the Connecticut Expo Center in Hartford. Show hours are Friday from noon to 9 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., and next Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Plant A Row For The Hungry (PAR) is for gardeners. With the support of Home & Garden Television, the Garden Writers Association of America founded the program in 1995. By the end of 2000, growers contributed more than 2 million pounds of food to food banks, community kitchens and shelters.

To participate in PAR, all you have to do is plant a little extra in your garden this summer.

"Food pantries and soup kitchens equipped with cold storage welcome firm, clean fruits and durable vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, carrots, peas, green beans, tomatoes, sweet peppers, eggplants, summer squash, zucchini, winter squash, beets, potatoes, onions or garlic," according to the garden writers group.

You don't have to participate in an organized program to help the hungry. Capt. Don Cameron of Westerly, a tackle shop owner who used to be a commercial fisherman, has developed a network of elderly people who don't have enough money to buy fresh fish. One of South County's best striper fishermen, Cameron delivers the fish that he catches and cleans to homes in southern Rhode Island and eastern Connecticut.

If you are interested in contributing food through Hunters For The Hungry or Plant A Row For The Hungry, send your name and address to me by e-mail at tmeade@projo.com, by fax at 401-364-1915, or by conventional mail at Tom Meade, Sports Department, Providence Journal, 75 Fountain St., Providence, RI 02902.

Plump turkey permits

Fishing and hunting outfitters in Rhode Island have received their 2003 fishing and hunting licenses, and some of them also have turkey permits for sale.

The new license is like last year's: It will fill your wallet and is guaranteed to fall apart the day after fishing season opens. Why the Department of Environmental Management folks cannot come up with a smaller, more durable license is a mystery. All they have to do is copy Connecticut or Massachusetts.

For the first time, DEM is charging a fee for turkey permits, and there will no longer be a lottery to determine who receives them.

A turkey permit costs $7.50 for a resident and $20 for a non-resident. The fees collected will support DEM's turkey management program.

The permits are available at DEM headquarters on Promenade Street in Providence, Big Bear Hunting and Fishing in Harmony, Hope Valley Bait and Tackle in Hope Valley, Sandy Bottom Bait and Tackle in Coventry, Fin and Feather Lodge in East Greenwich, Snowhurst Farm in Chepachet, Main Bait and Tackle Shop in Fall River, Pete's Bait and Tackle Shop in Woonsocket, Quaker Lane Bait in North Kingstown, and the Gun and Dive Shop in Westerly.

Turkey hunting season is scheduled to run April30 through May26.

Dollars for hatcheries



Interior Secretary Gale Norton says that help is on the way for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's 69 national fish hatcheries and that President Bush will seek a 16-percent increase -- $8.1 million -- in the hatchery system's budget for 2004.

"The proposed budget increase will help to recover imperiled fish species, increase recreational opportunities for anglers, eradicate invasive fish populations and repair aging infrastructure at fish hatcheries across the nation," Norton says. "The Fisheries Program is the oldest conservation effort in the federal government, and as Director Steve Williams reminds me, 'It began with a simple premise: keep fish in our rivers and streams.'"

Norton gave special attention to recreational fishing, noting that of the $108 billion that Americans spent on wildlife-related activities in 2001, $35 billion came from fishing.

In all, the President is seeking $1.3 billion for the fish and wildlife service. Among the key features of his budget package is a $25.5-million increase to care for the National Wildlife Refuge system. There are also increases in such areas as fisheries and migratory birds.

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jmbg29
February 12, 2003, 05:57 PM
I grew up in a condition that I would call rich. Others might have thought us poor, but what do they know?

We had the important things in life. We had family, friends, a house we kept warm with wood that we cut, food that we grew, food that we hunted, and some food that we bought. We always had plenty to share, even when we didn't have very much. We had the woods and the Sun and the rain and the cold. And we had the assurance that God loved us. What more dare we ask?

When I think of financially wealthy but morally bankrupt liberal Demorats turning down food on behalf of people that would like a bite to eat, I literally want to rip their hearts from their chests.

The very idea that a person, donating food in good faith, could be held liable under any :cuss:ing law makes me so :cuss:ing mad I could scream!!!

Attention liberal trial lawyer scum! Your days are growing very short should you continue to drag us down the path to hell!

Wise up!

Ron L
February 12, 2003, 08:18 PM
This is a crying shame and a completely ridiculous thing.

I'm aware of 2 other groups doing such things.

Michigan group - Sportsmen Against Hunger (http://www.sportsmenagainsthunger.org )
National group -
Farmers and Hunters Feeding the Hungry (http://www.fhfh.org/cgi-bin/index.asp)

Consider that FHFH has donated 1400 tons and 11,200,000 meals while SAH has donated 25 tons of game in 2000 alone.

If RI's liberal do-gooders are serious about helping its citizens, they need to get off their collective well-fed arses and do something about it.

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