Share the harvest

Freezer packages of ground venison.Landowners can donate harvested deer and people will be able to sign up to receive donated venison through harvest sharing partnerships in either north central or southeastern Minnesota. All deer taken during agency culling will also be available for donation.

Only individuals who have been contacted will be able to receive a deer. Pickup times and dates for each region are listed below. 

The DNR will test all deer donated or received for chronic wasting disease. Only deer with a not-detected test result will be distributed to people on the list.

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.

How to receive venison

Venison donations are complete for our late season hunting activities. People in north central and southeastern Minnesota who would like to receive donated venison should keep an eye on this webpage for updates on future venison distribution opportunities likely to commence around fall 2019.

Anyone who previously signed up and did not yet receive venison will not lose their spot on the list. As soon as more venison becomes available, a Turn In Poachers (TIP) or Bluffland Whitetails Association representative will reach out to people already on the list from last season.

Venison distribution report from the 2018-2019 season

  • 705 people are signed up to receive venison
  • 553 deer were given out throughout all efforts, including special and late hunts, and agency culling
  • About 280 individuals received deer.