For the first time in 38 years, Tomahawk's annual Venison Feed did not serve deer meat in its burgers. The decades-old tradition is always done the day before gun-deer season opens, but concerns over Chronic Wasting Disease have changed the event in more ways than one.
"We really felt that in just keeping things safe for the community and our visitors," said Kim Swisher, Executive Vice President for Tomahawk's Chamber of Commerce. "We should go with beef this year."
Deer meat for this annual event has always been donated, but this made it hard to know for sure where it came from. Insurance companies bidding to cover the cookout, said they would not do it this year if people served venison.