Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Have-A-Heart for REGI

(Photo: One of our resident education birds, a Red-tailed Hawk, who will greatly benefit from our deer heart collections. By Karissa Mohr)

Gun deer hunting season is almost upon us again. Here in Wisconsin this coming weekend is opening weekend for hunting. That means it is also opening weekend for our Have-A-Heart for REGI program. Have-A-Heart for REGI is a great way for hunters to help us care for our raptors.

Put them in a plastic bag and drop them off at one of our donation sites located around the state. If you can't drop it off right away just store it in the freezer. Deer heart is an excellent source of low-fat protein for our birds. It also helps us to keep our food costs down. With over 150 birds to feed the cost really adds up quickly. Last year we collected over 500 deer hearts, which helped us feed the birds for months. We hope that this year will be even more successful! Deer hearts are collected from November 20-28, 2010.

So what can you do?
  1. Shoot a deer (or know someone who has shot one.)
  2. Save the deer heart in a plastic bag
  3. Drop it off at one of our donation sites around the state from 11/20-11/28/2010
  4. Start your own collection site if there isn't one near you!
(Photo: Pat Zillman gets donations ready for pick up for the 2009 Have-A-Heart collection. Zillman's Meat Market is one of our annual collection sites.)

2010 Collection Sites:


Ken's Hwy 45 Meat Market (N2220 US Highway 45, Antigo, WI)

Land O' Lakes

The Tackle Box (4267 County Rd. B, Land O'Lakes, WI)


YMCA - Ministry Rehabilitation Services (2003 Winnebago St E. Rhinelander, WI)

Wausau Area

Zillman's Meat Market (1910 6th Street, Wausau, WI)

Wild Birds Unlimited (4121 Rib Mountain Dr, Wausau, WI)

Country Fresh Meats (9902 Weston Ave, Weston, WI)

Stevens Point

People's Meat Market (6811 Burr Oak Rd, Stevens Point, WI)

Renee's Red Rooster (2339 County Road PS, Stevens Point, WI)

Rusty's Backwater Saloon (1715 W River Dr W, Stevens Point, WI)


Schlitz Audubon Nature Center (1111 E. Brown Deer Rd., Milwaukee, WI)

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  1. how do you manage to support deer hunting but have this much love for birds? :( I can't.

  2. Partnering with deer hunters is a great way for us to get a natural source of nutrition for our birds. We are very thankful that they give us their support.