MDHA Seeks Chapter Coordinator

The Minnesota Deer Hunters Association (MDHA) is seeking a Chapter Coordinator in the State Office in Grand Rapids, MN. The Chapter Coordinator provides support to MDHA’s 62 chapters, thirteen regions, nearly 20,000 members and Executive Board members across the state to ensure the success of local community efforts in carrying out MDHA’s mission.

MDHA is a 501 (c) (3), Non-Profit organization that continuously strives to build our hunting and conservation legacy through habitat, education, and advocacy.

Click HERE for full position details and how to apply!

MN DNR Firearms Registration Results (11/24/15)

Hunters register more than 128,000 deer through third weekend

(Released November 24, 2015)

Minnesota firearms hunters registered 128,174 deer through the third weekend of firearms deer season, up from 112,715 from the same period in 2014, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

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Minnesota Deer Hunters Association leading the way in moose habitat collaboration

The Minnesota Deer Hunters Association recently attended the moose habitat collaboration meeting near Finland, MN. To restore moose habitat, the Minnesota Moose Habitat Collaborative will use prescribed burns, selective logging, brush-cutting and the planting of about 2.5 million trees to provide better food and cover across 8,500 acres of Minnesota’s prime moose territory. The project is aided by nearly $3 million from the state’s Legacy Amendment sales tax. At the forefront of this effort is the Minnesota Deer Hunters Association. To read more about this exciting effort click here

MDHA Meets with Legislative Auditor; Urges DNR to Delay Goal Setting and Management Plan Until Auditor’s Report is Complete

On Friday, May 8, MDHA Executive Director Craig Engwall met with Legislative Auditor James Nobles and his staff regarding the upcoming legislative audit of the DNR’s deer management program. Nobles provided an overview of the audit process and stated that the Auditor’s office would interview DNR staff as well as interested stakeholders including MDHA’s Executive Director and some MDHA participants in DNR’s goal setting process. Nobles anticipates that he will issue a final report in January 2016.

Earlier last week, MDHA sent a letter to DNR Commissioner Tom Landwehr setting forth recommendations for certain deer permit areas in the goal setting process that warrant population increases above the 50% maximum allowed by DNR in the process. MDHA also called on DNR to delay both the goal setting and deer management planning processes until the recommendations of the Legislative Auditor could be considered in relation to both processes.

Click HERE for the letter to Commissioner Landwehr.

2015 Forkhorn 40 Gun Raffle Ticket Winners Announced

The Forkhorn 40 Gun Raffle Tickets have been sold by MDHA Chapters for over 18 years. Funds raised by this raffle support chapters throughout the state that send youth to MDHA Forkhorn Camps!

Click HERE for a list of the 2015 Forkhorn 40 Gun Raffle Winners.

2014 brought a RECORD BREAKING YEAR with 527 of the 869 youth that attended MDHA Forkhorn Camps being sponsored by MDHA Chapters.

Thank you to all that purchased tickets and support youth education in Minnesota!

MDHA Reiterates Its Concerns Regarding DNR Deer Population Goal Setting Committees & Process

MEMBER ACTION NEEDED…Please join us in our efforts!  We need YOU to make your voice heard by contacting the DNR.

MDHA has voiced its significant concerns over what many consider to be a flawed DNR process for setting deer population goals.  The response from the DNR to MDHA’s concerns was less than satisfactory.  MDHA is now providing its reply to DNR and asks you to submit your comments also.  Follow the links below to read the correspondence between MDHA and DNR regarding this issue.

MDHA will continue to work toward getting the necessary changes made to benefit the deer herd and get statewide hunting opportunities in line with what the deer hunters of Minnesota want.

To comment the public can offer comments on deer population goal recommendations by visiting the DNR website at mndnr.gov/deer.  Comments can also be made by email to deergoals.dnr@state.mn.us and by mail to: MN DNR – Attn: Deer Goals, 500 Lafayette Rd., St. Paul, MN 55155.  Comments will be accepted through Wednesday April 15.

Click HERE to read the initial letter sent by MDHA to the MN DNR on 4.2.2015.

Click HERE to read DNR’s response to MDHA’s comments from Leslie McInenly, MN DNR Big Game Program Leader.

Click HERE to read MDHA’s response on 4.13.15 replying to Ms. McInenly’s letter.