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Hunters urged to consider donating venison for food pantries

Published: October 30, 2012 by the Central Office

MADISON - Hunters can again donate deer to help feed the hungry through a partnership that over the past 11 years has stocked food pantries across the state with 3.6 million pounds of ground venison, state wildlife officials say.

The Wisconsin Venison Donation Program and its affiliates, Hunt for the Hungry and Target Hunger, along with more than 120 participating meat processors, are ready to accept and distribute extra venison donated by hunters during this deer hunting season, according to Brad Koele, the Department of Natural Resources wildlife biologist coordinating the venison program.

"The generosity of hunters, meat processors, and volunteers has been incredible," Koele said. "We need your help again this season to share the harvest and help families in need."

In the past 12 years, hunters have donated 80,000 deer which were processed into more than 3.6 million pounds of ground venison and distributed to food pantries across the state.

A list of participating meat processors, and instructors for donating, are available on the DNR website: dnr.wi.gov (keyword, "Deer Donation").

Hunters can donate a deer by following a few simple steps:

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Brad Koele, 608-266-2151 or Jenny Pelej, 608-264-9248

Last Revised: Tuesday, October 30, 2012

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