Turkey season began last week and hunters have a new option for what they can do with the turkeys they shoot.
The DNR started a turkey donating program this year.
You can donate turkey's to three processors in the southern half of the state.
"A little bit further south of here in areas where there's usually a lot of deer donations and a lot of turkey shot so that we can try and get some good participation for the first year," said DNR's Wildlife Biologist, Jeremy Holtz.
The meat is donated to food pantries. The hope is to have the program be successful and grow to other parts of the state, and potentially here in the Northwoods.
"It may be that meat processors in Marathon, Lincoln or Langlade County would have no problem with that. But when you get further north, it may be less common for meat processors to handle wild turkeys on a regular basis," said Holtz.
The processors use the breast meat. The DNR is asking hunters to not just donate the scraps.
"Processors will be removing the breast meat from the bird and they'll be grinding it up and making it available at food pantries as ground turkey," said Holtz.
If you want to see a list of the processors, follow the link below.
There are also turkey permits still available. Contact your local DNR office for more details.
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Thirty-six-year-old Rodney Teets faces three charges of first degree sexual assault.
The woman who accuses him of those crimes testified on the witness stand on Tuesday. Newswatch 12 is not identifying the woman.
The woman started telling her story, often through tears, of how the July 2015 night events unfolded. She testified while she was driving Teets to his home, she noticed he was holding a knife in his hand near his driver seat headrest. Then she started to describe the alleged assault, showing pictures of her car and identifying what she wore that night.
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"Everything about it makes you want to be in here," Heller said. "It allows our capabilities as a school to expand a lot."
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