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Wisconsin DNR Asking Hunters to Donate to the Deer Donation Program

Wednesday, November 25th, 2020 -- 8:01 AM

(Wisconsin Ag Connection) -Each year, hunters, meat processors and food pantries help families in need by working closely with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and its partners donate thousands of pounds of venison.

The Deer Donation Program, which was established in the year 2000, has provided more than 92,000 deer and 3.7 million pounds of venison to food pantries across the state.  "Whether it's harvesting an extra deer or donating the only deer they shoot, hunters have historically shown their willingness to help others by donating deer to the Deer Donation Program," said DNR Wildlife Damage Specialist Sarah Wyrick. "As deer hunters begin preparations for this hunting season, we're encouraging them to again consider the Deer Donation Program."

Hunters are advised to plan ahead by knowing where participating processors are located and whether the deer needs to be tested for CWD.  Hunters should also call the participating processor before dropping off a deer to make sure the processor is prepared to accept the deer.

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