Venison donated to local food pantry

William Hall, an employee of the Scioto County Homeless Shelter, with some of the donated venison.

ATHENS – Wildlife Officers from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) facilitated a recent venison donation to the Scioto County Homeless Shelter in Portsmouth, Ohio.

Wildlife Officers seized several white-tailed deer during the 2015 deer season. As a result of the criminal cases, Portsmouth Court Judges ruled the illegal meat be donated to the homeless shelters of Scioto County. Approximately 90 pounds of venison was processed by local facilities into manageable one pound packages.

“There is a lot we will be able to do with all this venison,” said an excited William Hall as he and other shelter employees accepted the meat from the ODNR Division of Wildlife.

Venison that is donated must be processed by a state inspected and insured meat processor. For more information on donating your harvest visit You can report illegal hunting activity by calling 1-800-POACHER.

ODNR ensures a balance between wise use and protection of our natural resources for the benefit of all. Visit the ODNR website at