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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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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!

2014 Emergency Winter Deer Feeding Initiative Launches – 2.12.2014

After several meetings between MDHA’s President Denis Quarberg, MDHA Executive Director Mark Johnson and the DNR Commissioner’s office regarding low deer numbers and emergency winter deer feeding, DNR Commissioner Tom Landwehr has reversed DNR’s previous decision and has approved an organized emergency winter deer feeding effort for NE MN. Currently, the details are still being drafted. What is for sure is that MDHA will work with DNR to implement the program, coordinate volunteers, work with DNR to identify pockets of deer in winter deer yards, document distribution of feed to the deer yards, and more. MDHA chapters, members and additional volunteers will be at the heart of this effort. Stay tuned for further information. MDHA and DNR will publicize details over the next couple of weeks. Additionally, this website and MDHA’s Facebook will have daily updates on our progress as well as opportunities for volunteers. Please be patient as the feeding effort will probably not begin before March 1st. The logistics of this effort are huge and will take time to implement.

Following is a link to a Mpls StarTribune article regarding the recent turn of events.