Should hunters who donate wild game to charity get a tax break?

U.S. Rep. Don Young, R-Alaska, thinks so.

Young recently introduced the Wild Game Donation Act, H.R. 3142, which would make hunters who donate their legally killed game to food-based charities eligible for a tax deduction for the processing cost of their wild game.

Processors who take part in the program also would get a tax break.

Though the idea might seem to be a tough sell in Washington due to the struggling economy, Young believes the measure will become law.

"Our state has far too many resources for any Alaskan to be hungry,” Young said when introducing the bill. “When the Food Bank of Alaska tells me that 93,000 Alaskans don’t know where their next meal is coming from, there is a real problem. My bill will begin to help solve that problem while also providing an economic incentive for hunters to donate their game. I anticipate broad bipartisan support for this bill and look forward to working with my colleagues to pass this bill.”

The Food Bank of Alaska, Young said, estimates that it needs to distribute at least 15 million pounds of food per year and is currently only distributing 10 million pounds.

At least one meat processor in Alaska says, however, that non-resident hunters shouldn't qualify for the program because they often don't care for their harvested meat well enough for it to be processed.

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