WOODRUFF - Hunters can decide whether to keep their turkey or donate it to families in need.
The DNR started a turkey donation program last year with hopes of expanding it this spring.
This year, 16 counties across the state are participating in the program.
All hunters need to do is drop the bird off at a participating processor.
"Hunters don't need to sign up for it. If they harvest a turkey, they need to legally register it and store that bird in a cool location. They can look on our DNR's website to find a list of processors in their area that are accepting turkeys," said DNR Wildlife Damage Specialist Brad Koele.
Donated turkey meat will be given to local food pantries.
"During spring turkey hunting, there's anywhere from 40,000 to 45,000 turkeys harvested. So, not a large volume but there's opportunity there for hunters to donate and provide those turkeys to families in need," said Koele.
Hunters have until May 31 to drop of turkey carcasses at participating meat processors.
BEAVER DAM (AP) - Wisconsin Democratic voters are getting nervous over their large field of candidates running for governor.
The primary isn't until Aug. 14. No one has emerged as the clear front-runner ahead of next weekend's state convention. And no one is showing signs of dropping out.
Meanwhile, Republican Gov. Scott Walker is stockpiling resources and is in the middle of a $1.4 million TV ad campaign where he's run three ads unopposed touting his record.
Democrat Denise Hutchison, of Green Bay, says she hopes the field will narrow. She's optimistic that may happen after this weekend's state Democratic Party convention. But she also thinks whoever wins the primary will get the full support of Democratic voters.
MADISON (AP) - \Wisconsin dairy farmers have broken their streak of year-over-year production increases.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture says Wisconsin farmers produced about 2.5 billion pounds of milk last month, down 0.6 percent from 2017.
Bob Cropp is a professor emeritus at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He tells Wisconsin Public Radio that the slowdown in production is good for milk prices. Prices have been low for three straight years because of an abundance of milk on the market.
The USDA report says there were 5,000 fewer cows in the state compared to last year.
Darin Von Ruden is president of the Wisconsin Farmers Union. He says farms that remained open faced cold and snowy conditions this spring.
Cropp says some experts believe milk prices may reach $17 per 100 pounds by November.
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