Fairbanks, Alaska (AP) – Hunters who donate game meat to
charities could get a tax break under legislation introduced by
U.S. Rep. Don Young.
The bill would make hunters eligible for an income tax deduction
for the cost of processing legally taken game.
Fairbanks Food Bank director Samantha Kirstein tells the
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner her organization receives one to two
tons of game meat each year.
Much of the meat received by the food bank comes from
nonresident hunters but a commercial processor says they should not
qualify for the deduction because most don’t take proper care of
Eric Umphenour of Interior Alaska Fish Processors, Inc. says
giving hunters a tax break for donating poorly cared-for meat sends
the wrong message and promotes hunting for sport.