Hunters for the Hungry Leaders Say Donations Are Down

MARTINSVILLE, Va. (AP) -- A program that delivers venison to the needy in Virginia says donations are lagging.

The people who operate Hunters for the Hungry say donations are down by 80,000 pounds this season.

Laura Newell-Furniss is program director of Virginia Hunters Who Care. She tells the Martinsville Bulletin ( a couple factors could be at play.

Warmer weather, for instance, may have kept hunters busy doing other things and affected the behavior of deer. The down economy also could be a reason for the slower pace of contributions.

Newell-Furniss said the unemployed might lack the resources to get out into the field.

The program pays to have the deer processed and packaged. Newell-Furniss expects donations to pick up in the coming weeks.