Tax breaks for deer donations?

January 06, 2010 at 01:48 PM

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - U.S. Sen. Russ Feingold is backing legislation to help boost venison donations to the hungry.

The Wisconsin Democrat is co-sponsoring a proposal crafted by New York Democrat Charles Schumer. It would let deer hunters deduct the cost of processing game from their taxable income, when the meat is donated to a soup kitchen or food pantry.

Wisconsin Public Radio says processing fees typically range from $60 to $90.

The senators say the proposal could help charities that have been hurt by the flagging economy.

Edie Miller works for a meat processor in Columbia County. She says she’s seen firsthand the dip in venison donations.

She says her company processed about 100 deer last year for food-donation programs, down from more than 200 in previous years.