Arby's is celebrating hunting season with venison sandwiches

Hunting season has begun, and Arby's is offering venison sandwiches to celebrate.

The Atlanta-based fast-food chain announced in a Wednesday news release that restaurants at select locations across six states will have thick-cut venison sandwiches on the menu. Restaurants in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and Georgia -- states Arby's said have "heavy deer hunting areas" -- are offering the item starting Oct 31.

Arby's Venison Sandwich

Arby's recently unveiled a venison sandwich to kick off hunting season. It's available in 6 states, but somehow Ohio got the cold shoulder.

The sandwiches have thick-cut venison steak marinated in garlic and cooked for three hours. They're topped with onions and berry sauce in between a toasted roll.

Arby’s Brand President and Chief Marketing Officer Rob Lynch told USA Today that the "100 percent deer meat" comes from the hind quarters of free-range, grass-fed deer.

"Bringing venison to our menu also allows us to continue to set ourselves apart from the competition when it comes to proteins," Lynch said. "You simply can’t find this at other restaurant chains."

Arby's said the following restaurants will have venison sandwiches for a limited time that varies by location:

Available Oct. 31-Nov. 3 
2044 Rosa L. Parks Blvd., Nashville, Tennessee 37228

Available Nov. 4-63821 Tower Ave., Superior, Wisconsin 54880 
1690 Park Place Blvd., St. Louis Park, Minnesota 55416 
704 Highway 33 South, Cloquet, Minnesota 55720 
348 Lincoln Ave. SE, St. Cloud, Minnesota 56301 
3275 First St. S, St. Cloud, Minnesota 56301 
4415 Roswell Rd. NE, Atlanta, Georgia 30342

Available Nov. 12-15 
4229 W Vienna Rd., Clio, Michigan 48420 
4040 17 Mile Rd. NE, Cedar Springs, Michigan 49319 
1215 M 89, Plainwell, Michigan 49080 
8685 Birch Run Rd., Birch Run, Michigan 48415

Available Nov. 25-28 
5205 Library Road, Bethel Park, Pennsylvania 15102 
4260 Ohio River Blvd., Bellevue, Pennsylvania 15202 
16 Towne Center Drive, Leechburg, Pennsylvania 15656 
2539 W State St., New Castle, Pennsylvania 16101 
2648 Ellwood Rd., New Castle, Pennsylvania 16101 
3224 Wilmington Rd., New Castle, Pennsylvania 16105

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