Fiordland wapiti, which in North America are known as elk are prized by hunters, but conservationists argue that they are a threat to native forests. An agreement between the Fiordland Wapiti Foundation, and DOC provides for 1000 of the most inferior animals to be culled annually. This year, with the pandemic disruption and wild venison prices being low, the Foundation and DOC along with Game Animal Council hatched plan for the meat to be processed and donated to charity. The Fiordland Wapiti Foundation's President Roy Sloan says 15,000 families will benefit from the scheme.
Here are some venison recipes.