Farmers and Communities Manage Deer

NC Wildlife Federation’s Farmers and Communities Manage Deer Program brings together farmers, sportsmen and community groups to sustainably manage white-tailed deer, reduce deer damage to crops, increase local farm and community revenue and provide hunter-harvested venison to local food banks and shelters. It is a collaborative effort with NC Hunters for the Hungry, with financial support from the NC Tobacco Trust Fund Commission.

High numbers of deer can contribute to excessive crop loss on farms, the spread of disease within deer populations and deer-vehicle collisions. With assistance from farmers, hunters, hunt clubs, civic organizations, church ministry groups and businesses, the Farmers and Communities Manage Deer Program supports deer management, donates about 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.

Why Participate? 

  • To ensure healthy deer populations for the future
  • Support sustainable use of a natural resource
  • Assist with the reduction of crop damage on farms
  • Support individuals and groups suffering from food insecurity
  • Build community relations through giving back
  • Support economic growth through agritourism

How to Help? 

  • Spread the word in your local community
  • Host a community fundraiser for the program
  • Operate a community deer donation site
  • Donate legally harvested deer free and easily at participating sites
  • Organize a local hunt to collect deer donations for the program
  • Provide access to land for organized hunting opportunities

For more information, contact Dr. Liz Rutledge or (919) 833-1923.

Farmers and Communities Manage Deer

Deer Donation Sites, Mobile Coolers and Related Links

NC Hunters for the Hungry (view map of processors)

Hunt NC Farmland

NC Tobacco Trust Fund Commission

Deer Donation Sites

Locations are updated regularly; check back for locations in your area.

Beaufort County

Acre Station Meat Farm
17076 NC-32, Pinetown
(252) 927-3489


Bladen County

Clarkton Processing Company
105 N Gooden St., Clarkton
(910) 647-8191

Franklin County

Pearce’s Custom Processing
234 Perdues Rd., Louisburg
(919) 496-3547

Gaston County

The Deer Shack
216 Helms Dr., Mt. Holly

Harnett County

South Wake Conservationists
4503 Ross Road, Lillington
(919) 250-8441

Jones County

Riverside Meats
298 Landfill Rd., Trenton
(252) 448-4047


Pasquotank County

Fountain of Life Sportsman’s Ministry
1367 US Hwy 17 S, Elizabeth City
(252) 562-5080

Richmond County

Wildlife Processors
505 Clayton Carriker Road, Ellerbe
(910) 995-5308

Stanly County

Albemarle Meat Processing, LLC.
1718 Blanche St., Albemarle, NC 28001
(704) 982-6946

Washington County

Plymouth Food Pantry
811 Washington St., Plymouth
(252) 793-4152

Wilson County

George Flowers Slaughterhouse
5154 St Rose Church Rd., Sims
(252) 237-2982

Mobile Deer Cooler

Qualified organizations and hunting groups may reserve a 12’ x 6’ mobile walk-in cooler at no charge and use this cooler to collect, cool and transport harvested deer to the nearest NC Hunters for the Hungry processor. The processed venison will then be distributed to local area non-profit food distribution networks to ensure the venison is donated back to the community.

NCWRC Cooler Request

Food Bank of the Albemarle Deer Cooler Program

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