From more than 80 processors statewide that participate in Hunters for the Hungry, Deer Processor Roger Sircy of Sircy’s Deer Processing in Cookeville was drawn to receive a new muzzleloader donated by Knight Rifles based in Athens, Tenn.
Knight Rifles and Tennessee Wildlife Federation, which oversees Hunters for the Hungry, presented a Knight Rifle Disc Extreme Realtree Xtra Straight Stock Muzzleloader equipped with a Leupold Rifleman scope to Sircy at Knight Rifles’ facility in Athens.
Sircy’s Deer Processing has been a deer processor and taxidermist serving Putnam County for 26 years and a participating Hunters for the Hungry processor for a decade. In those 10 years, he has processed more than 330 donated deer, providing nearly 57,000 meals worth of venison to hungry Tennesseans in the region.
In the 2017 season alone, Deer Processor Roger Sircy processed 51 deer donated by area hunters, delivering approximately 8,570 healthy, protein-rich meals to the hungriest Tennesseans.
“We are very excited to be able to thank Mr. Sircy for his involvement in Hunters for the Hungry,” said Matt Simcox, Hunters for the Hungry manager. “He has been with us for a long time now, and he’s been such a great contributor to the program. Knight Rifles was generous to donate this muzzleloader to help recognize all of our professors who are working hard to help feed hungry Tennesseans.”
Hunters for the Hungry is a program of Tennessee Wildlife Federation, one of the largest and oldest nonprofits dedicated to conserving the state’s wildlife and natural resources. When hunters harvest a deer, they may donate it to Hunters for the Hungry at a participating processor. The venison is processed for free or at a reduced rate and then provided to area food banks or soup kitchens. One deer provides as many as 168 meals of venison. During the 2017 deer season, Hunters for the Hungry provided more than a half million meals of healthy, lean venison for hungry Tennesseans.
About Tennessee Wildlife Federation
Tennessee Wildlife Federation leads the conservation, sound management and wise use of Tennessee’s great outdoors. Since 1946, the Federation has led the development of the state’s wildlife policy, advanced landmark legislation on air and water quality and other conservation initiatives helped restore numerous species and introduced thousands of kids to the great outdoors. To learn more, visit tnwf.org.