As deer season returns in the Northwoods, Raptor Education Group Inc. (REGI) in Antigo is asking hunters to donate any of their unwanted or leftover deer hearts and venison this season.
During REGI’s annual Have-a-Heart drive, a variety of collection sites will be available for hunters to drop off any leftover venison rather than ditching it in the woods.
Deer hearts are one of the best things for recovering birds to eat due to the lack of fat and high protein in them. While REGI cares for 600-800 animals throughout the year, they usually have to order more than 1,000 pounds of hearts every other week to feed their birds. Officials said these donations are a big help to get them fresh food and save money.
Each donation will get examined to make sure it doesn’t contain any lead from led bullets. If a heart is contaminated with lead, it will be disposed of accordingly.
Hunters can drop off these hearts and any unwanted venison at any of the collections sites listed below.
— Ken’s Highway 45 Meat Market, N2220 Highway 45, Antigo.
— REGI, N2160 West Rollwood Road, Antigo.
— Prime Choice Meat Market 1144 Highway 45 South, Eagle River.
— Northwoods Veterinary Clinic 9920 State Highway 22 East, Gillett.
— The Tackle Box, 4267 Highway B, Land O’Lakes.
— Ministry Rehab, 2003 Winnebago St., Rhinelander.
— Pritzl’s 251 Highway 13, Rome/Nekoosa.
— People’s Meat Market 6811 Burr Oak Road, Stevens Point.
— Rusty’s Backwater Saloon 1715 W. River Drive, Stevens Point.
— Renee’s Red Rooster 2339 County Road, Stevens Point.
Donations will be accepted Saturday through Dec. 31