Venison Donation Program Revived

A North Dakota program that distributes venison to the needy will resume accepting deer that have been killed with lead bullets.

The North Dakota Community Action Partnership, which administers the Sportsmen Against Hunger Program, accepted only deer killed with arrows last year, fearing that firearm-shot meat might contain lead fragments.

Executive director Ann Pollert says venison that is distributed at food pantries will be labeled with a warning for pregnant women and young children because they are most at risk from lead poisoning.

Officials in North Dakota and other states have warned about eating venison killed with lead ammunition since last year, when a Bismarck physician conducting tests using a CT scanner found lead in samples of donated deer meat.