The Share the Harvest program distributes venison from deer taken during agency culling, which is conducted to aggressively fight chronic wasting disease and keep Minnesota's deer population healthy.
Hunter-harvested deer are not accepted.
The DNR tests all agency culled deer for chronic wasting disease. Only deer with a not-detected test result are distributed. Deer are cut into standard meat cuts (chops, steaks, roasts) or bagged trimmings and then boxed.