A program that allows hunters to give deer meat to the public will continue again this fall.
GiveIN Game, the state Department of Natural Resources Division of Fish & Wildlife’s venison donation program, will be available for its fourth year. Hunters who are willing to donate venison and people who would like to receive venison can begin registering Sept. 1 at wildlife.IN.gov/7240.htm.
GiveIN Game allows people to connect and set up a free exchange on their own schedule. Selling, bartering or trading for venison is illegal.
The program had 675 participants last year, with the number of people requesting venison more than five times greater than those offering to donate venison.
Both hunters and recipients have an option of donating or requesting any amount of venison in all conditions, from field-dressed animals to packaged venison.
Previous participants must re-register every year if they want to continue participating.