Les Fister, a member of the Jefferson Elks lodge, rolls up a deer hide. The donated hides will eventually find their way into the hands of disabled and elderly veterans, who use the leather in crafts.

Elks seeking deer hides for disabled veterans

Staff report
The Iowa Department of Natural Resources expects that as many as 70,000 hunters will participate Saturday through Wednesday in the first shotgun deer season.

The Jefferson Elks Lodge wants their hides.

The local lodge is once again participating in a national program that collects deer hides for use in veterans’ homes for physical rehabilitation programs.

Local lodges collect, salt and package hides for processing. They end up being used by disabled veterans for craft projects.

Iowa Elks have been either first or second in the nation for several years for the number of hides collected.
Hunters in Iowa have already reported harvesting more than 27,300 deer so far into the 2015 season, according to the DNR, an increase of nearly 4,000 more than reported in 2013 and 2014.

The archery deer season temporarily closes Friday to allow the two shotgun seasons.

The second shotgun season runs Dec. 12-20.

Late muzzleloader and archery seasons run Dec. 21 through Jan. 10.

To donate deer hides, contact one of the following Elks members: Les Fister (Jefferson area) at 515-370-3724 or 515-386-8248; John Schoening (Jefferson area) at 515-370-0965 or 515-386-4191; Randy Winkelman (Scranton area) at 860-705-1375 or 712-652-3464; Jack Hunter (Yale area) at 641-757-0652.

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Jefferson, IA 50129

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