- The state DNR hopes you'll help out a charity with your extra deer meat this fall. This is the 13th year of the venison donation program.
Locally, the Lake Tomahawk Meat Market participates in the free program.
The process couldn't be easier.
"You shoot a deer that you want to donate," Lake Tomahawk Meat Market butcher Todd Ahrensdorf said. "All you have to do is bring it to us. It has to be registered. We'll take care of it from there. There's no charge."
Many processors donate the meat to local food pantries. Lake Tomahawk gives it to Camp American Legion.
"A few years ago, we had well over a hundred deer donated, which was over two thousand pounds of meat," Ahrensdorf said. "Last year I think we donated about 7 or 8 hundred pounds."
Venison Donation Butchers
Story By: Ben Meyer