As Food Programs Are Cut, Deer Hunters Share the Bounty

For hunters like Rick Prekup, deer season is the jolliest time of the year.

“I go hunting every chance I get,” Prekup said in a telephone interview from his home in Horseshoe Bay. Several times each week from November to early January, he rises at 5 a.m., grabs his lucky sweater and a semiautomatic Remington rifle and drives about an hour to his hunting lease in Mason County.

But Prekup, who is allowed to shoot up to five deer a year under Texas Parks and Wildlife regulations, generally ends up with more venison than he needs. So he donates ...

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