With the opening of deer season, Lake Stockton Elks Lodge 2858 is once again collecting deer hides for disabled veteran service project use.
Since 1948, Elks lodges have collected donated deer hides, salted, tanned and worked them into useable leather goods benefitting a number of charitable undertakings supported by Elks lodges across the country.
For the last four years, Missouri has been the largest contributing state to the nationwide veteran-centered service project and local lodges look to continue their high standing for the 2020-21 deer seasons.
As the deer seasons progress through the coming fall and winter, interested parties can take deer hides or capes to the local Stockton lodge located at 803 Arnold Wallen Way, and drop them off in a can at the south side of the building, or at Westside Marine at 16410 S. Mo. 39, Stockton.