Hard to comprehend, but North Dakota’s early Canada goose season opened today, and with the hunt now underway, the state’s Sportsmen Against Hunger program again is accepting donations of goose meat from hunters.
Much like the program’s popular deer donation effort, hunters can bring the meat to participating processors, but they must remove the breast meat from the birds before processors can accept them.
Hunters can clean their geese at home before taking it to a processor, but breast meat brought from home without a wing or head attached must be accompanied by written information that includes the hunter’s name, address, signature, hunting license number, date taken and species and number taken.
Hunters also may deliver geese directly from the field to a processor, but identification must remain attached to the bird until in possession of the processor. Since no goose carcasses or feathers are allowed inside processing plants, hunters must be able to ensure proper disposal and clean-up of carcasses.
Participating processors are as follows:
Cando: K and E Meats; (701) 968-3183.
Devils Lake: Goldade’s Processing; (701) 662-2312.
Langdon: Hickory Hut; (701) 256-2116.
Reynolds: Weber Meats; (701) 284-6433.
Park River: Randy’s Backyard Smokehouse; (701) 284-6433.
Casselton: Casselton Cold Storage; (701) 347-4781.
Bismarck: M&M Sausage and Meats; (701) 224-8898.
Streeter: Reister Meats; (701) 424-3426.
Edgeley: Edgeley Meat Processing Plant; (701) 493-2006.
Granville: S and E Meats; (701) 728-6971.
Enderlin: Maple Valley Locker; (701) 437-3311.
“We found out last year that goose meat is very popular with our clients, so we’re hoping hunters will again be willing to share some of their birds,” said Ann Pollert, executive director of North Dakota’s Community Action Partnership, which sponsors Sportsmen Against Hunger as part of its effort to serve low-income families across the state.
Hunters interested in donating are encouraged to call processors before dropping off geese to ensure they have a clear understanding of how goose breasts will be accepted and the processor’s hours of operation, Pollert said. The limit for the early goose season is 15 daily, 45 in possession.
For more info, click here or contact Pollert at (701) 232-2452.