The Neighbors Place food pantry in Wausau received their first 150 lbs. of venison on Thursday. Deer hunters who contributed their kills to charity donated the meat.
Neighbors Place says they hope hunters don't decide not to hunt; instead they should hunt and donate the meat to the needy.
At Zillman's Meat Market in Wausau, some hunters are doing just that. They have already processed five deer donated by hunters.
The threat of Chronic Wasting Disease and questions about the safety of the venison has many hunters leaving their deer for the pantry.
Many hunters don't want to give up the sport, but they are nervous about what to do with the meat.
With the option of donating it to charity they can solve all their problems at once.