Share the harvest

Freezer packages of ground venison.Venison from deer that are taken during agency culling will be available through the DNR's harvest sharing partnerships. The DNR will test all agency culled deer for chronic wasting disease; only deer with a not-detected test result will be distributed. Deer will be cut into standard meat cuts (chops, steaks, roasts) or bagged trimmings and then boxed.

How to receive venison

Those who would like to receive donated venison can sign up on this first-come, first-served donation list. Because venison is distributed on a first-come, first-served basis and the list rolls over from year to year, adding your name to the list does not guarantee you will receive venison this season. (The list currently has more than 500 people.)

Recipients will be contacted as venison becomes available, likely starting in mid-to-late February, with details about where the venison can be picked up.