Friday, February 20, 2009

WISCONSIN NEWS: Venison Donations to State Hunger Programs Drop 33%

Deer donations to state hunger programs dropped about a third in 2008.

Laurie Fike, Department of Natural Resources deer donation program coordinator, said the drop coincides with the state’s lower deer kill in 2008.

Hunters donated 7,627 deer to Wisconsin’s venison donation programs during the 2008 deer hunting seasons. Through license sales, hunters also donated $17,183 to partially cover the cost of processing deer for the venison program.

Fike said through 2008 hunters have donated more than 69,000 deer, resulting in more than 3.1 million pounds of ground venison in the first nine years of the program.

Wisconsin hunters may donate to Hunt for the Hungry, operating in the Green Bay area, Target Hunger, which handles donations from the chronic wasting disease management zone, or the Wisconsin Venison Donation Program, covering all remaining areas of the state.

Read the full story at: The LaCrosse Tribune

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