'Share the Harvest' Deer Donations Expand
COLUMBIA - Gov. Jay Nixon will announce an expansion of the state's Share the Harvest venison donations in Columbia on Wednesday.
Nixon, who counts himself among Missouri's sportsmen, will address changes to the program while speaking at Bass Pro Shops. Processing centers will take in as many as 10,000 deer this year, up from last year.
Last season, hunters donated 250,000 pounds of meat to food banks. Nixon said he will be hunting in northeast Missouri on Nov. 13, the official start of deer season.
This is Nixon's second trip to Columbia in as many days, but it won't be as controversial as Tuesday's visit. The governor said he was giving $100,000 to Missouri's colleges and universities. Some in the education community called that a drop in the political bucket and a "token" just to score political points. The state faces a budget shortfall of about $500 million next spring, and cuts could be looming for higher education.