Madison State hunters donated 176,000 pounds of venison to food
pantries through the Wisconsin Deer Donation Program in 2001. The
program provides hunters with a way to help out folks who may be
having difficulty putting meat on the table.
Donations are down from last year’s total of about 350,000
pounds, but fewer counties participated this year and hunters had
fewer free tags.
The donation program is part the Wildlife Damage Abatement and
Claims Program (WDACP) and is paid for through a $1 surcharge on
deer hunting licenses and from bonus deer harvest permit sales.
Beginning this March, hunters buying a deer, bear, turkey or small
game license (including patron and sports licenses) will have the
option of donating a minimum of $1 or more to the program.