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Oh deer! Arby's rolls out venison sandwiches nationwide

Love venison but not really a hunting fan?

Well, you're in luck because it's deer season at Arby's.

The fast food chain announced Wednesday that it will be selling its popular venison sandwich at all 3,300 restaurants nationwide starting on Oct. 21 after having released it in five states last year.

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Arby's is rolling out its venison sandwich to all of its locations across the country for the first time.

The sandwich features a thick-cut venison steak marinated in garlic, salt and pepper and cooked sous-vide for three hours. The meat is then topped with onions and a juniper berry sauce, all served on a toasted roll. The sandwich will only be available while supplies last.

The nationwide rollout comes after Arby's first sold it in 17 locations — most of them located in popular deer-hunting hot spots like Wisconsin, Tennessee and rural Pennsylvania — last fall. The gamey meat might sound like an unusual addition for a fast food chain — even one with a slogan that touts "We have the meats" — but a lot of people sang the sandwich's praises on Twitter during its original release and many locations sold out quickly.

Of course, there were definitely a handful of tasters who disagreed when the sandwich was tested this spring.

But those at the corporate level certainly weren't deterred.

"The positive response to our limited offering of venison last year was so widespread and passionate that we knew we had to find a way to offer it nationwide," said Jim Taylor, Chief Marketing Officer of Arby’s, said in a news release.

Arby's will also be selling a limited-edition elk meat sandwich available in just three locations in Colorado, Wyoming and Montana. That special meal will also be available on the same day the chain releases the venison sandwich.

The chain that prides itself on having "the meats" also offered a limited-edition meal in August with a giant Smoked Turkey Leg that weighed about a pound in honor of HBO's highly anticipated "Game of Thrones" season finale.

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