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Michigan Sportsmen Against Hunger

Sportsmen against hunger volunteers with crates full of ground venison.

Michigan Sportsmen Against Hunger

The Michigan Sportsmen Against Hunger program is a perfect way for hunters to share their harvest this fall by donating their deer. In addition, anyone can make a monetary donation on the DNR eLicense website or on the Michigan DNR Hunt Fish app. MSAH is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

Since 1991, MSAH has connected donors, wild-game processors and charities that feed individuals in need. An all-volunteer organization, MSAH is operated entirely by sportsmen and women concerned about making a positive difference in their communities. Together, they have assembled a network of processors and charities to help channel wild game donations into the hands of those in need.

Venison donations

  • To donate venison, visit a participating processor.
  • An updated list of participating processors can be obtained by calling the Michigan Sportsmen Against Hunger hotline at 586-552-6517 or visit
Important: As a new requirement this year, MSAH-participating processors must not accept deer harvested in the counties listed below that are areas of known Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) or Bovine Tuberculosis (bTB) occurrence, unless the deer from those counties are tested and no detectable levels of these diseases are found. Hunters wishing to donate deer from these counties must have their deer tested.

Deer from the following counties must be tested for CWD prior to donation: Clinton, Dickinson, Eaton, Gratiot, Hillsdale, Ingham, Ionia, Isabella, Jackson, Kent, Montcalm, Midland and Ogemaw.

Deer from the following counties must be tested for TB prior to donation: Alcona, Alpena, Antrim, Benzie, Cheboygan, Crawford, Emmet, Iosco, Mecosta, Montmorency, Ogemaw, Osceola, Oscoda, Otsego, Presque Isle, Roscommon and Shiawassee.

Deer harvested within 3 miles of Clark’s Marsh in Oscoda Township in Iosco County will not be accepted as donations due to the "Do Not Eat" deer advisory still in effect because of evidence that deer in this area were more likely to have various per- and polyfluorinated substances (PFAS) in their livers and muscle tissue. See more information about PFAS in deer.

Monetary donations

You can help offset the cost of processing, and packaging venison by making a monetary donation when you purchase your hunting or fishing license.

  • If you purchase your license on DNR eLicense, or the Michigan DNR Hunt Fish app, you can add your donation at checkout.
  • If you are purchasing your license at a store, simply tell the retailer that you want to make a donation to Michigan Sportsmen Against Hunger.
  • Non-hunters can also join in and help provide food for needy families. 

Tax-deductible donations can also be sent to:
Michigan Sportsmen Against Hunger
2101 Wood St.
Lansing, MI 48912