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For information on the Deer Donation Program, contact:
Brad Koele
Wildlife damage biologist
Bureau of Wildlife Management
715-356-5211 ext. 234

Wisconsin deer donation

The deer donation program will be continuing Wisconsin's autumn tradition of helping those in need. Since the program began in 2000, hunters have donated over 87,000 deer which were processed into over 3.89 million pounds of ground venison.

Donation throughout the state

Wisconsin has a network of venison donation partners including: County Land and Water Conservation Departments, food pantries, charitable organizations, Hunt for the Hungry, USDA - Wildlife Services and participating processors who all help implement and administer the program.

CWD processors

For information on venison processors in the CWD affected counties please view the CWD sampling/registration stations and pantry donation drop-off sites for station details [PDF].

Chronic wasting disease affected counties

Deer taken within the 17 CWD-affected counties [PDF] of Adams, Columbia, Dane, Grant, Green, Iowa, Jefferson, Juneau, Kenosha, Lafayette, Portage, Racine, Richland, Rock, Sauk, Walworth and Waukesha must be donated to processors within those counties. Processors outside of the counties listed are not allowed to accept deer that were harvested within these counties.

  • All adult deer harvested in Adams, Grant, Green, Jefferson, Juneau, Kenosha, Lafayette, Portage, Racine and Waukesha are required to be tested for CWD and;
  • All adult deer and fawns harvested in Columbia, Dane, Iowa, Richland, Rock, Sauk and Walworth are required to be tested for CWD.

Donated deer must be sampled for CWD prior to, or at the time of donation. The processed venison will be held until results are known.

How to donate your deer

Hunters, you can help feed needy people throughout Wisconsin this fall by taking 5 simple steps.

  1. Donate any legally harvested deer by dropping it off at a participating processor [PDF] by January 31, 2016.
  2. Prior to donating, field dress the deer, register it and write your registration confirmation number on the carcass tag.
  3. Call first! Contact one of the participating processors before dropping the deer off to verify the processor has space to accept your deer.
  4. Donate the entire deer to receive the processing for free. (Head and/or antlers may be removed for mounting.) Please handle the carcass as if it were destined for your own table. A couple bags of ice placed in the cavity will help preserve the carcass in warm weather.
  5. When dropping your deer off at a processor, please complete the log sheet indicating your desire to donate the deer. We'll do the rest. The donated deer will be processed and the venison will be distributed to charitable organizations to help feed Wisconsin's needy.

Deer Hide Donation

If you would like to donate the hide from your harvested deer, a list of drop-off locations throughout Wisconsin can be found online [Exit DNR].

Non-toxic ammunition

Please consider switching to non-toxic ammunition as even a very small amount of lead in a deer carcass may be toxic to humans and wildlife. Page 18 of the 2015 Deer Hunting Regulations [PDF] booklet lists recommendations to reduce the risk of lead in venison.

Thank you for your interest and good luck hunting!

Last revised: Friday November 06 2015