LANSING -- It was a bitter 18-degree winter night when Robert Easterbrook
, of Troy, wandered from corner to corner in Detroit feeding hungry people in the city.
That evening, Easterbrook
and other local hunters donated 50 pounds of venison burger to the Salvation Army
on Bagley Street.
Volunteers turned their contribution into enough chili to feed 800 people, he
"When hunters donate their game it has a big effect," said Easterbrook
"It's amazing these people got a hot meal on a very cold night."
Easterbrook, a former president and current board member of Safari Club's Detroit chapter, has been hunting game in areas across the globe -- from South America to Africa and Australia -- for 60 years.
main hunt in Michigan is deer because of their abundant numbers, he
said, and last year he
donated almost 1,000 pounds of venison to charity.
A 1991 state law allows hunters to give commercially processed wild game to charity.
helped push that to success, and was also involved in organizing the Michigan Sportsmen Against Hunger (MSAH) group the same year.