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For information on the Turkey Donation Program, contact:
Liz Tanner
Wildlife biologist
Bureau of Wildlife Management

Wisconsin turkey donation

Hunters now have the option of donating their harvested turkey to families in need through the new Turkey Donation Program. Turkeys donated to the program will be processed free of charge and the meat will be ground and then provided to local food pantries.

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 four simple steps to donate their turkey to needy families in Wisconsin:

  1. Legally harvest and register a turkey
  2. Field-dress the turkey and keep it in a cool location
  3. Drop the turkey off at a participating processor [PDF] during regular business hours (call the processor first to make sure they are prepared to accept the turkey).
  4. Fill out the Turkey Donation Log Sheet that is maintained by the processor.

The donated turkey will be processed and the meat distributed to food pantries in the local area where the donation was made.

The entire turkey needs to be donated in order for the program to cover processing costs (the feet, beard and feathers may be removed prior to donating).

Participating Processors

Click here for a poster of the participating processors for the 2019 Turkey Hunting Seasons [PDF]

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: Tuesday April 02 2019