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 to donate thousands of pounds of venison to Wisconsin food pantries.
Since Wisconsin’s Deer Donation Program first began in 2000, more than 92,000 deer have been donated, totaling more than 3.7 million pounds of venison distributed to food pantries across the state.
Hunters are advised to plan for their donation by locating a participating processor and having their deer tested for CWD. Hunters should also call the participating processor before dropping off deer to make sure the processor is prepared to accept the deer.
To learn about the DNR’s deer donation program and how to help, as well as find a list of participating meat processors and CWD sampling requirements, visit https://dnr.wisconsin.gov/topic/hunt/donation.html?fbclid=IwAR1fmRFCPqzE1QyUq0Ez8V8ovntGbyws_oqbdNxIAQURk_xJghPK5y0gaiY.