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Northwoods Spotlight: Merrill Pheasant Hunt - Apr 17Submitted: 04/17/2013
Story By Marisa Silvas


MERRILL - Many Fundraisers involve selling candy bars or gift wrap. In Merrill, they go hunting.

Marisa Silvas puts on blaze orange for this week's Northwoods Spotlight.

Nine years ago, an idea was hatched to start a unique fundraiser. Now the Merrill Booster Club Pheasant Hunt has become an annual tradition.

Nick Sturm (Merrill Head Coach) "It's a great way to have a fun time as a fundraiser," says Merrill Head Coach Nick Sturm.


Dale Rasmussen of Merrill adds, "Hunting this time of year is a good excuse to get outside and do something."

Mike Grunenwald is the Vice PResident of the Merrill Football Booster Club. He says, "A lot of food, good times, good conversation. It's just a nice way to garner some funds for the football team."

100 hunters tried their luck in the snow covered fields. The money raised from the Pheasant Hunt will go toward equipment and other items for the football programs in grades 7-12.

The event also gives several generations of Bluejays a chance to connect. This year's sharp shooting raised 4 thousand dollars.


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WISCONSIN -

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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