TODAY AT 12:30 – SCHUMER: HUNTERS WHO DONATE GAME FEED THE HUNGRY, FIGHT ANIMAL OVERPOPULATION & DESERVE REWARD; SENATOR PUSHES LEGISLATION THAT WOULD GIVE TAX DEDUCTION FOR HUNTERS WHO DONATE GAME

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June 20, 2013 202.224.7433

SCHUMER: HUNTERS WHO DONATE GAME FEED THE HUNGRY, FIGHT ANIMAL OVERPOPULATION & DESERVE REWARD; SENATOR TO PUSH LEGISLATION THAT WOULD GIVE TAX DEDUCTION FOR HUNTERS WHO DONATE GAME

Schumer Effort Will Boost Economic Benefits of Hunting & Incentivize Donating Game to Hungry – Will Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Create Tax Deduction for Hunters Who Donate Their Venison & Turkey, Plus A Deduction to Make Processing Donated Game More Affordable

Schumer Is Pushing Changes Now, In Hopes of Tax Reform Before Hunting Season in Fall – Hunting Is An Economic Engine In Upstate NY, But Donations Are Dwindling

Deer is Most Popular of NY Big Game: 32,500 Taken in Cap Region Last Year; 51,600 in Roch FL; 21,500 in WNY; 53,000 in Southern Tier; 24,000 in Hudson Valley; 36,000 in Central NY; 25,000 in North Country

TODAY at 12:30 PM on a conference call, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer will announce his push to boost the economic benefits of hunting in Upstate New York and then donating game, like deer and turkey, to anti-hunger programs. Specifically, Schumer will introduce bipartisan legislation that will allow hunters to take a tax deduction for the cost of processing their venison, when the final product is donated. The legislation will also provide a tax benefit to processors who participate in venison donation programs by making all processing income they receive from charities tax exempt. Schumer will note that the NYS DEC recently reported its intentions to encourage participation in the Venison Donation Program and similar programs as a mechanism to encourage deer harvest and foster local use of the deer resource. Schumer noted that his efforts will help address the fact that venison donation programs have seen their funding levels decimated in recent years, and, in turn, the amount of venison donated has declined. What’s more, Hunters took roughly 243,000 deer in 2012, an increase of 6% from the previous year, but deer populations are still above suitable levels in many sections of the state. Deer overpopulation can have a negative impact on wildlife, farmers, tree growers and homeowners, and are a frequent hazard for motorists. In addition, reducing the population of white-tailed deer, which are the primary host of deer ticks, is an effective strategy for reducing the incidences of Lyme disease in the Hudson Valley and Upstate New York.

On the call, Schumer will provide a county-by-county break down of the number of deer taken in New York in 2012, and explain how his plan will help fight deer overpopulation, increase donations to food banks, and first and foremost, reward hunters for donating some of their take.

DATE: TODAY, JUNE 20th

TIME: 12:30 PM
Bazzo 06/20/13

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