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Published October 31, 2012, 09:34 PM

With Minnesota deer hunting opening, hunters able to donate meat

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Thousands in Minnesota will hit the woods this weekend for the deer opener.

By: WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Thousands in Minnesota will hit the woods this weekend for the deer opener.

And, again this year, hunters will be able to donate deer meat to food shelves.

The Minnesota Hunter Harvested Venison Donation Program is aimed at providing a source of protein for people in need while helping reduce deer populations.

Last year, Minnesota hunters donated 421 deer to the program, providing more than 15,000 pounds of processed venison to Minnesota food shelves.

Funding for the program comes from a $1 surcharge on deer bonus permits.

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