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GiveIN Game Program

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Two years ago, the DNR Division of Fish & Wildlife launched the GiveIN Game Program as a way for hunters who have opportunities to harvest additional deer to connect with people who could use venison to feed their families.

“GiveIN Game serves as a supplemental program to existing venison donation efforts,” said Mark Reiter, DNR Fish & Wildlife director. “While other programs focus on distribution to needy families through food banks and charitable organizations, GiveIN Game creates a broader opportunity to share the harvest with anyone.”

Through an online site, potential donors and recipients can register their contact information. Participants will have their first name, county, and preferred contact information (phone or email) available online to search for potential matches. Other personal information remains confidential.

There is no fee to register or participate, but there are some things to remember:

  • A person cannot sell, trade or barter venison per IC-14-22-6-8. Venison can be gifted.
  • Indiana Department of Natural Resources is not responsible for the quantity, quality, freshness, processing, or packaging of the venison or the failure of the donor or recipient to follow through with the transfer.
  • A participating hunter still is responsible for field dressing the deer.
  • All hunter-harvested deer must be taken to an official deer check station within 48 hours of the harvest for registration or reported to the online CheckIN Game system. This can be done by the hunter who harvested the deer or someone he/she designates, as long as the designee has the temporary transportation tag that the hunter completed.
  • Participants will contact each other and arrange for the transfer of meat on their own.
  • Participants may join or withdraw from the program at any time

Venison is a healthy alternative to beef. It has less fat and calories, and more protein than the same size serving of beef, according to several nutrition websites.

The GiveIN Game website also provides links to venison recipes and other information.

More than 500 participants registered for GiveIN Game in 2011, and 734 people registered for the program in 2012.

Regulations in red are new this year.

Purple text indicates an important note.

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