St. Paul, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) -- A state venison donation program is available for deer hunters, providing for Minnesota food shelves.
The Minnesota Hunter Harvested Venison Donation Program is gearing up to provide hunters the option to donate venison to help feed hungry Minnesotans.
The donation program is operated by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture in partnership with the Minnesota Department of Natural resources and state food shelves.
The program will provide a source of protein to people in need while helping reduce deer populations.
In 2011, hunters donated 421 deer to the program, which provided 15,520 pounds of processed venison to Minnesota food shelves.
Funding for the program comes from a $1 surcharge placed on deer bonus permits.
To be eligible, hunters must have their deer processed at a state-registered met processing plant that has agreed to participate in the program.
A list of processors can be found here.
Only entire carcasses with the hide attached can be donated.
Cut and wrapped meat will not be accepted for donations.
Posted to the web by Jenna Vogt