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Deer hunt helping pantry

In its second year and first full season, Andover’s archery deer-hunting program already has netted 25 deer, exceeding last year’s total of 13, said town resident Robert Dalton, a hunter who spearheaded last year’s pilot program. This season, which started Oct. 17 and is scheduled to end Dec. 31, some of the 46 hunters have donated about 200 pounds of meat to local food banks, Dalton said. Among them was resident Mark Baldwin, who donated his first deer of the season - providing 40 pounds of venison - to the Merrimack Valley Food Bank in Lowell. Deborah Luna, accounts administrator at the food bank, said it was the pantry’s first deer donation, and she hopes it encourages other hunters to donate meat before the season ends. - Katheleen Conti