You do not have to worry about that extra venison going to waste if that extra doe or trophy buck is too much for your freezer. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is encouraging hunters to donate once again deer harvested in the state to its donation program. Since 2000, hunters have donated 3.8 million pounds of venison from almost 100,000 deer to food pantries across Wisconsin. Thanks to meat processors across the state, including two in Door County, the DNR ensures your venison makes it to a needy family. Hunters wishing to participate must still field dress their deer and register it before contacting a participating meat processor to drop it off. If you harvest a deer in a county where chronic wasting disease is a concern, you must notify the processor so they hold onto it until test results are available. You can click on this link for more information. Area Lions Clubs are still accepting deer hides through the beginning of the New Year. Kewaunee Lions Club member John Mastalir said last month that the funds raised from the sales of the deer hides go to a great cause.
Ahead of the gun season's start next weekend, Door County hunters have harvested more than 570 deer, which is over 100 more than what has been done in Kewaunee County.