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Avid Bowman Uses His Skill to Help Feed the Hungry

Through Farmers and Hunters Feeding the Hungry, an outreach ministry, a Peachtree Corners man harvests deer meat to donate to non-profit organizations.

Deers. They're graceful animals admired for their beauty. But in and around Peachtree Corners without any real predators, their numbers have grown out of proportion.

To help control the over population, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources (GDNR) encourages the harvesting of anterless deer during the regular hunting season.

But in suburban areas including Peachtree Corners, where hunting with a rifle is illegal, bow hunters can be the most cost effective for deer management in suburban areas.

Controlling the population of deer has a two-fold benefit; deer-related damage to ornamentals and property and deer-vehicle collisions with cars can be reduced, and the meat can help feed many who count on organizations such as the Norcross Co-op to provide food for their families.

It was that second benefit that interested Carson Saville, 25, an avid bowman who grew up in Peachtree Corners. His family, he explained, has always had an interest in philanthropic work.

Saville has taken his passion for the sport and is using it to help provide food to those organizations who can use the meat to feed many.

"We're not just out to hunt for fun," said Saville, who also works in his family's Peachtree Corners business, Saville Public Entity. Saville learned of Farmers and Hunters Feeding the Hungry, an outreach ministry that uses a renewable resource, in this case deer, to feed the hungry.

Carson signed up to be part of the organization to donate deer meat to non-profit organizations looking for donations to help feed the families who come knocking on their doors for food.

Saville and two team members, who are licensed to hunt, obtain permission from homeowners in the area who are interested in reducing the number of deer on their property to bow hunt on their land. There is no charge to the homeowner, the deer that are killed are then taken to a nearby USDA-qualified meat processing plant and the meat is then donated.

"One deer feeds 200 hundred people," said Saville, who has been bow hunting since he was 12. For Saville, the idea that his work can make a difference was important. "Charity work is very enjoyable to do," he added, "It's good to know that you are really making an impact."

The cost to process the meat from one deer is $40. Saville and his team deliver the meat to the processor and pays the processing charge, but he hopes to collect donations from those who would like to help.

To learning more about harvesting deer and donating the meat contact Saville via email at carsonsaville@gmail.com or by phone, 404-406-9368.

Interesting facts:

  • Just two deer without predation can produce a head of up to 35 deer in just seven years.
  • According to the GDNR, the deer population in Georgia exceeds 1.2 million.
  • Breeding season (called "the rut") extends from October to January and peaks in November.
  • High deer numbers are a serious concern because they can destroy their own habitat and that of dozens of other species, even causing extirpation of plant species.
  • In 2011, more than 300 people were injured in deer collisions according to the Georgia Governor's Office of Highway Safety, and a total of 1,000 people have died in similar accidents between 2006 and 2010.

Source: Georgia Department of Natural Resources


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James Tola January 11, 2013 at 01:56 PM
Balance is a hard thing to obtain, yet it appears that Saville is providing a service that assists twofold. Working just around the corner at St. Patrick's Episcopal Church off New Peachtree Road a food pantry provides emergency food for up to 125 families a week and there is also a organic garden I volunteer at St. Pats that allows those in need to also harvest fresh vegetables as it educates that we can all grow some of our own food. Roughly 40% of all food raised in the U.S. is thrown away and Savilles are doing a great thing for our community in many ways. James Tola Keller Wiliams Realty 678.467.2222
Kate Kotz January 11, 2013 at 02:50 PM
Way to go Carson! What wonderful way to give back.
Cathy Freeman January 11, 2013 at 05:09 PM
Awesome. Thanks to the Patch for sharing this information.
Judy Putnam January 11, 2013 at 08:38 PM
You're welcome Cathy, we love to publish stories about people in the community.
Roslyn Forro Young January 11, 2013 at 09:34 PM
That is so wonderful to have one event make a positive difference on so many levels. Thank you. Great job!!!

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