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6,500 deer donated to food pantries

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Meat processors participating in a venison donation program say Wisconsin hunters have given more than 6,500 deer to help feed the hungry.

  Department of Natural Resources Secretary Matt Frank says the program helps needy families put high quality protein on the table.

  Frank says the need continues and hunters are urged to bag a deer for food pantries during the late bow season or holiday hunts.

  All deer from chronic wasting disease zones are tested for presence of CWD before processing.

  The DNR says since the 2000 fall hunting season, hunters in Wisconsin have donated more than 68,000 deer and provided more than 3 million pounds of ground venison to food pantries.

  This year, 123 meat processors in 55 counties participated in the program.

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