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Harvested deer can be donated for distribution to food shelves

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Harvested deer can be donated for distribution to food shelves

Deer donated to food shelves can be processed at no cost to hunters thanks to a program coordinated by the Minnesota Departments of Natural Resources and agriculture.

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More details on the venison donation program, as well as a list of participating meat processors, are available online at www.mndnr.gov/hunting/deer/donation. Hunters are strongly advised to contact the processor prior to donating the deer.

Local processors include:

• Emily Meats/Jones Taxidermy, 218-763-6328

• Lake Country Foods, Emily, 218-763-7700, LCF@emily.net

To donate a deer, hunters will need to adhere to the following guidelines:

• Only whole carcasses with the hide on can be donated because processors will not accept cut and wrapped meat or portions of carcasses.

• Information such as permit area of harvest and the DNR number will be collected for tracking purposes.

• Processors can only accept carcasses for donation that are free from signs of illness, free of visible decomposition or contamination and properly identified with a Minnesota DNR registration tag.

• Processors will reject deer for the donation program that appear to have been mishandled in any way.

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