HUSH is a cooperative effort among deer hunters, the Food Bank of Iowa, meat lockers and the Iowa DNR. The two main goals of HUSH include:
(1) reducing the deer population while
(2) providing high-quality red meat to the needy in Iowa.
Whether you're a deer hunter, a locker owner or volunteer in your community, there is a vital role you can play.
Thank you to all of the hunters who donated deer to the HUSH program during the 2012-2013 hunting season. This season 5,281 deer were donated, generating 880,000 meals to Iowa's less fortunate!
As a hunter, consider buying extra antlerless-only deer permits to help reduce the deer population. By participating in HUSH, hunters can continue to hunt after they would normally stop and thus help reduce the deer population and provide high-quality venison for the needy in Iowa. You can donate any legally taken deer of any sex from any season. For the avid deer hunter in Iowa this presents itself as the perfect opportunity to hunt longer and have a direct impact in a local community.
Hunters must be properly licensed to hunt deer. All deer licenses include a $1 per deer surcharge to fund the HUSH program.
Participating lockers skin, bone and grind the meat into two-pound packages of pure venison. Local social service agencies distribute the venison to needy Iowa families in the area. The 89 lockers that participated in 2012-2013 received $75 for each processed deer. Find a locker near you
The Iowa DNR partners with the Food Bank of Iowa and their affiliates throughout the state to make sure the venison is distributed to qualified Iowans. The Food Bank of Iowa receives $5 administrative cost for each deer distributed.