Every year, hunters, meat processors and food pantries team up to donate thousands of pounds of venison to those in need through the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resource's deer donation program.
Since it was established in 2000, more than 90,000 deer have been donated and more than 3.6 million pounds of venison have been processed and distributed to food pantries across the state.
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.
Legally harvested deer from Wisconsin can be dropped off at a participating processor by Jan. 31. Deer harvested outside the state cannot be donated.
Participating processors in the area include Hursh Meat Processing in Poplar, Pearce's Sausage Kitchen in Ashland, Lock and Load in Grantsburg, Almena Meat Co. in Almena, Louie's Finer Meats in Cumberland and the Meat Market in Rice Lake.
Visit dnr.wi.gov and search for "deer donation" for more information.