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For information on the Turkey Donation Program, contact:
Noah Balgooyen
Wildlife damage biologist
Bureau of Wildlife Management
608-266-2151

Wisconsin turkey donation

New for the spring 2017 turkey season, hunters now have the option of donating their harvested turkey to needy families through the new Turkey Donation Program. The program is modeled off of the existing Deer Donation Program, and the donated turkeys will be processed free of charge and the meat will be ground and then provided to local food pantries. We are running a pilot of the program for the spring 2017 hunt, initially offering the program in a few selected counties. The program will be expanded for the fall turkey hunt later this year.

Program background

2015 Wisconsin Assembly Act 31 expanded the venison donation program to also allow for the donation of wild turkeys to charitable organizations. We will rely on our existing network of venison donation partners, including county land and water conservation departments, meat processors, food pantries, charitable organizations and USDA-Wildlife Services to help us implement the program.

How to donate your turkey

Hunters only need to complete five simple steps to donate their turkey to needy families in Wisconsin:

  1. Donate any legally harvested turkey by dropping it off at a participating processor by May 31, 2017.
  2. Prior to donating, field dress the turkey, register it and validate the carcass tag.
  3. Call first! Contact one of the participating processors before dropping the turkey off to verify the processor has space to accept your turkey.
  4. Donate the entire turkey to receive the processing for free (the feet, beard and feathers may be removed prior to donating). Please handle the carcass as if it were destined for your own table. A bag of ice placed in the cavity will help preserve the carcass in warm weather.
  5. When dropping your turkey off at a processor, please complete the log sheet indicating your desire to donate the turkey. We'll do the rest. The donated turkey will be processed and the ground turkey will be distributed to charitable organizations to help feed Wisconsin's needy.

Participating Processors


Dane
Stoddard's Country Grove Market
205 E. Cottage Grove Rd, Cottage Grove
608-839-4228

Dodge County
Pernat-Haase Meats
N4202 Hwy M, Juneau
920-386-3340

Fond Du Lac
Loehr's Meat Service
523 E Main St, Campbellsport
920-533-4513

Jefferson
Pernat's Premium Meats
312 Milwaukee St, Johnson Creek
920-699-6990

Make a financial donation to the Deer and Turkey Donation Programs

Hunters and the public can voluntarily donate $1 or more to the Deer and Turkey Donation Programs. Donations will be used to help cover meat-processing fees. To donate, either go to any Wisconsin Hunting License sales location or donate online through your Go Wild account.

Non-toxic ammunition

Please consider using non-toxic ammunition as even a small amount of lead in a turkey carcass may be toxic to humans and wildlife.

Thank you for your interest and good luck hunting!

Last revised: Friday April 28 2017