BROOKSVILLE -- In addition to the annual Hunter for Hungry program that happens in the area each year, Bracken County will also be participating in the Hunter Harvest program.

Bracken County Extension Agent for Agriculture and Natural Resource David Appelman said the program will help provide more food to the local food banks around the county.

"This started last year due to complaints of crop and garden damage and an increase in deer population," he said. "It's similar to the Hunters for Hungry program, but we're doing this in addition to that."

Appelman said the program encourages hunters to take whole deer to be harvested. They will accept all deer, but are asking for doe to be donated, due to trying to thin out the population.

According to Appelman, there will be 16 available slots for deer to be donated.

"We're asking for doe because it will help keep the deer population down in the area," he said. "The doe will be sent to the UK meat lab, ground up, packaged and sent to the food banks in Bracken County. We will be limited on our ability to do the initial process, so volunteers are critical for us."

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The Hunter Harvest Days will be Nov. 17 from 4-8 p.m., Nov. 18 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Nov. 19 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Bracken County Extension Office.

Anyone interested in volunteering can contact the extension office at 606-735-2441.

"We will need a lot of volunteers," he said. "We'll also have door prizes each day for our volunteers and the hunters bringing in deer."

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