Archive for Game Meats

On Unclaimed Deer Venison

Iowa has a specific statute to deal with abandoned deer venison processed at an approved facility.

All deer venison deposited with an establishment licensed pursuant to chapter 189A, which remains unclaimed for a period of two months after the establishment has attempted to contact the deer venison owner at least once by ordinary mail at the owner’s last known mailing address, shall be presumed to be abandoned. The establishment may dispose of the abandoned deer venison by donating the deer venison to a local nonprofit, charitable organization.

The first question this raises in my mind is why the existing Iowa statutes regarding abandoned property were insufficient to deal with the the problem of abandoned venison.