The DNR communications team works with agency experts to develop the weekly questions and provide the answers. This feature addresses current DNR issues, interesting topics, or the most frequently asked questions from around Minnesota.
Q: What is the process for donating deer to a food shelf?
A: Minnesota’s venison donation program, established by the state Legislature in 2007, allows hunters to donate legally-harvested deer to a participating meat processor. There is no cost to you (the hunter), and the processor is reimbursed for each deer they send to the food shelf. The deer must be properly field-dressed with the hide intact and identified with a DNR harvest registration tag. For a list of processing locations, visit www.dnr.state.mn.us/hunting/deer/donation.
- Leslie McInenly, DNR big game program leader