MADISON – Each year, hunters, meat processors, and food pantries help the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and its partners donate thousands of pounds of venison to those in need.
“The generosity of hunters has been incredible,” said Brad Koele, DNR wildlife biologist. “The need for venison is great so we are hopeful hunters continue to donate more deer this year – individuals and families are truly appreciative of the venison they receive.”
Since the Deer Donation Program began in 2000, hunters have donated over 87,000 deer and nearly 3.9 million pounds of venison. The collected meat is distributed to Wisconsin families in need of food assistance, and relies on cooperation with counties across the state, USDA-Wildlife Services, and community programs like Hunt for the Hungry and Target Hunger. These organizations help organize donations, coordinate processing, and distribute venison.
For more information about the DNR’s deer donation program and more on how you can help, search the DNR website for keywords “deer donation.”