Briefly, Dec. 6

Extra deer? Give to food kitchens

Hunters who have more deer than they can use this season or enjoy the hunt but don’t care to eat venison can donate deer to food kitchens through Seneca County Farm Bureau.

To donate a deer, call John Schumm at (419) 937-2762.

After processing, venison is donated to food kitchens in Tiffin, Fostoria and possibly other parts of Seneca County.

Schumm said his family and neighbors process the meat free. They have no funding and are volunteers.

“We’ll take all we can get,” he said. “We do them almost every night. We do them as they come in.”

Donations are to be taken through end of deer season.

Straw bale house tours set Sunday

Tours of the Little Portion Green, the straw bale house behind the Franciscan Earth Literacy Center, 194 St. Francis Ave., are set for every half hour 1-3 p.m. Sunday.

Other upcoming tour dates are Jan. 12 and Feb. 9.

In addition, reservations for brunch and a tour at the straw bale house Saturday and Sunday mornings are available by calling Sister Jane Omlor at (567) 207-5393.

Scout programs planned at FELC

Girl Scout Juniors can join the “Journey To Get Moving” 6-9 p.m. today at Franciscan Earth Literacy Center, 194 St. Francis Ave.

Girls can join forces to see what they can do to protect the environment by smart use of energy resources. Registration is required with a $6 fee per scout.

Also, Webelos can earn a Scientist Badge 1-3 p.m. Dec. 14. Badge workshops provide all designated requirements to complete each badge. Materials and leadership are provided by FELC.

Registration is required with a $5 fee per scout.

To register or for more information, call (419) 448-7485.

Ecology program coming Dec. 14

A composting and recycling program for adults is planned 10 a.m.-noon Dec. 14 at the Franciscan Earth Literacy Center, 194 St. Francis Ave.

Learn about what happened to trash that ends up in the landfill, how to make a worm bin and other topics. There is no cost.

To register, call (419) 448-7485.

Deer-gun totals down statewide

Hunters in Seneca County harvested 199 whitetail deer on opening day of deer-gun season Monday, a decrease of more than 21 percent from 254 on opening day in 2012, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Wildlife.

Statewide, hunters checked 22,620 deer Monday compared to 29,297, a 22 percent decrease. The season continues through Sunday.

In neighboring counties, numbers also were down: Crawford, 140 (164); Hancock, 89 (174); Huron, 338 (381); Sandusky, 60 (70); Wood, 59 (67); and Wyandot: 178 (239).

So far this season, hunters have harvested 109,932 deer compared to 113,107 at the same point last year.