The Mountain Home Elks Lodge #1714 Deer Skin program has ended for the 2010 deer season.
According to Dennis McAleese, chairperson for the Lodge, as well as being the National Elks Chairperson, 589 hides were collected from the generous deer hunters of the area, up 45-percent from a year ago. Over 1,512 hides were collected state-wide, which is a 255 percent increase over 2009.
The program begins every year in the fall when deer season opens and runs untill it closes at the end of the following February.
Last year, the Elks association were able to give to this country's veterans in wheelchairs over 3,100 pairs of fingerless gloves in hopes to make their lives just a little more comfortable.
Numerous other items such as moccasins, key chains and purses were also produced from the hides and distributed to veterans homes across America.
For the third year, over 5,000 hides were delivered to the Coey Tanning Company in Wartace, Tenn., from a nine-state area, including: Arkansas, Oklahoma, Mississippi, Missouri, South Carolina, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, New Jersey and Maryland.
The Elks welcome all additional hides that can be gathered for the veterans program through the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks of the United States.
For more information on the Elks Deer Hide program, contact: Dennis McAleese at 870-488-5786.