ST. PAUL (WCCO) — Minnesota food shelves aren’t getting as much venison as they have in years past. Some lawmakers say that’s because tighter rules are making it too difficult for meat processors to donate. So, a new bill has been introduced to reduce those regulations.

Right now, the state requires X-rays of the deer meet to ensure it’s not contaminated with bullet fragments.

Donations are down from almost 79,000 pounds in 2007 to about 20 thousand pounds in 2010.

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture cites tests that found lead in nearly a quarter of venison samples checked before the x-ray requirement. The new bill would eliminate the x-rays.

Comments (4)
  1. EWP says:

    If your not going to eat it yourself, DON’T shoot it. The MN DNR wants all the deer dead but still wants everone to keep on buying licenses so they can keep getting the money from us hunters.

    1. Niki says:

      What’s wrong with donating the meat and helping others? My family gets so much meet from one deer that we often share it with family members, I see nothing wrong with sharing it with those in need.

    2. hunter says:

      I agree with your comment 100%, about the DNR. I wonder how many of us have quit buying licenses after some of the tactics we seen, from them.

  2. kevin says:

    I know where they can get two fawns.

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