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Deer donations drop 40 percent

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State officials say deer hunters gave about 40 percent fewer animals last fall to a statewide program which gives venison to the needy.

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The latest figures from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources show that 5,300 animals were donated in the gun and archery seasons.

Program coordinator Laurie Fike said the final numbers are still being tabulated.

But the preliminary total is not even half of the record donations of around 12,000 deer in 2006.

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