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`Sure shot’ Jay Nixon gets his buck on deer season's opening weekend

Nixon on Sunday
Nixon on Sunday

Gov. Jay Nixon — once described by a savvy writer as the Show-Me State’s Teddy Roosevelt — on Sunday took an 8-point buck while deer hunting in northeast Missouri.

Nixon’s harvest came on the opening weekend of firearms deer season.

The governor appears to have made a remarkable recovery from double-knee replacement surgery in mid-September.

Once again, Nixon donated the venison to Missouri’s Share the Harvest program, a public-private partnership that provides meat to families in need.

Nixon took the buck to Kahoka Meat Processing in Kahoka, Missouri, where the venison will be packaged for distribution to a local food bank, shelter or feeding center.

Last year, 3,967 hunters donated 213,443 pounds of venison through Share the Harvest. Since 2009, nearly 1.6 million pounds of venison have been donated.

“Each year, thousands of Missourians donate to Share the Harvest, giving back to their communities and taking part in a great Missouri tradition,” Nixon said. “I’m proud to join these Missourians as we Share the Harvest and help our neighbors in need.”