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The GiveIN Game Program connects hunters who have opportunities to harvest additional deer with those who could use venison to feed their families. Participants contact each other through the program and arrange for the transfer of meat on their own.

The free program starts Sept. 1 each year. Opportunities exist for donation of venison during the hunting season, as well as the exchange of frozen packages of venison or deer taken on special permits outside of the hunting season. Participants should register each year starting on Sept. 1.

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.
  • All hunter-harvested deer must be taken to an official deer check station within 48 hours of the harvest for registration. 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.  To withdraw or edit your submission e-mail DFW with the necessary information.

Participants will have their first name, county, and preferred contact information (phone or e-mail) available online to search for potential matches.  Other personal information will remain confidential. 

Venison is a healthy alternative to beef. It has less fat and calories, and more protein than the similar size serving of beef (nutritiondata.com).

*The GiveIN Game Program was developed and adapted with permission from Nebraska Game and Parks, "Deer Exchange Program."