Hunters can donate deer and people can sign up to receive donated venison through a harvest sharing partnership in southeast Minnesota with the Bluffland Whitetails Association.
To participate, hunters simply need to bring their field-dressed deer to the Preston Forestry office (912 Houston St. NW) on one of the following days:
- Jan. 14-17
- Jan. 22-25
- Jan. 29 – Feb. 1
- Feb. 5-8
People who would like to receive donated venison can add their name to the first-come, first-served donation list.
Deer taken during targeted culling efforts later this winter also will be available.
DNR will test all deer donated or received for chronic wasting disease. Deer with a not-detected test result will be distributed to people on the list.
A Bluffland Whitetails Association volunteer will call people on the list when deer are available. Only individuals who have been contacted will be able to receive a deer. Pickup times are 4:30-6:30 p.m. on the following days at the specified locations:
- Tuesdays: Preston Forestry Office, 912 Houston St NW, Preston
- Thursdays: Archery Headquarters, 3440 Northern Valley Place NE, Rochester
Some deer will be cut into smaller pieces and boxed. Other deer will remain whole. Recipients must pick up and process all deer so plan accordingly based on the information received during your call.