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The Deer Project

Important Dates for 2023-2024

October 1st - Archery (bow) season starts 

November 4th - Regular Deer season begins 

January 7th- End of season 



2023-24 Participating Processors - We could not run this project without these great businesses who choose to be a Good Samaritan.

The Deer Project is a unique program that partners hunters, processors and donors together to provide lean protein to those in Brown County thru the Good Samaritan Food Pantry. 

It’s a simple premise, really. White tail deer are abundant in Central Texas. Hunters have tags they need to fill. The Project began in 2008 as an opportunity for hunters to do what they love - HUNT. 

The Deer Project allows hunters to use up the rest of their tags after they’ve filled their freezer or mounted that prize buck on their wall. They simply take their legally harvested and tagged deer to one of our participating processors.

At a rate of $1.65 per pound, the processors will then grind the meat into two-pound chub packs ready to be picked up and put in the freezers of GSM. It costs the hunters nothing. The hunter tells the processor he wants to donate the deer or any portion thereof to The Deer Project. The hunters donation will become food on the table for Brown County families at risk of hunger. One deer provides approximately 100 servings of lean, healthy protein. Since the 2008-2009 hunting season, thanks to your help, we have distributed over 130,000 pounds of lean ground venison to families who might not have been able to afford quality protein.

That’s where the donors come in. Monetary donations help cover the operational costs which include the processing. Every $100 donation provides approximately 500 meals. 


When you drop off a deer at a participating processor be sure to register for a chance to win a great prize this year including two $250 Visa gift cards. The drawing will be held in January after Deer season. 

2020-2021 Deer Committee

Thank you to our generous sponsors:

  • Skies Over Texas Winery
    Skies Over Texas Winery
  • Rex's Texas Lanes
    Rex's Texas Lanes
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