Kewaunee County should participate in the USDA Deer Donation Program again in 2017, the County Board’s Land and Water Conservation Committee recommended Monday morning.

The committee heard a report from Brian Maedtke of the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) that 21 hunters donated their harvest to the program in 2016, resulting in donations of 637 pounds of venison to the Kewaunee County Food Pantry in Algoma and 246 pounds to the LC Food Pantry at Holy Trinity Church in Casco.

The processing work is done by Theys Venison Processing of Casco. Supervisor Chuck Wagner said Jerry Theys makes donating an extremely easy process.

“You can back up to the back of the building, open the truck, he pulls it out, slides it out, ‘thank you very much’ and away you go,” Wagner said. “It doesn’t cost you anything; they take care of it, process it, grind it up, give it to the food pantries.”