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Turkey Donation Program provides opportunity to help families in need this spring

Published by Central Office April 10, 2018

Contact(s): Noah Balgooyen, DNR wildlife biologist, 608-266-2151

MADISON - Now in its second year, the Turkey Donation Program returns this spring to provide hunters with an opportunity to donate a harvested turkey to families in need.

"This is a great opportunity for turkey hunters to participate in a sport they enjoy and at the same time provide food assistance to Wisconsin families across the state," said Noah Balgooyen, Department of Natural Resources Turkey Donation Program coordinator.

Donated turkeys are processed free of charge and the meat is provided to local food pantries. Hunters must donate the entire turkey carcass in order for the processing cost to be covered by the program (beard, tailfin, and spurs/feet may be kept). A log sheet is maintained at each processor to verify the donation.

Hunters can participate in the program by following three simple steps:

Support a great cause - make a financial donation to the Deer and Turkey Donation programs

Those interested in supporting the Deer and Turkey Donation Programs can voluntarily donate $1 or more to the Deer and Turkey Donation Programs to help cover meat-processing fees. To donate, visit any license sales location or donate online through a Go Wild account at GoWild.Wi.Gov.

For more information regarding the turkey donation program, including a list of participating processors, visit dnr.wi.gov and search keywords "turkey donation."

Last Revised: Tuesday, April 10, 2018

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