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Deer Feeding News 4-10-14

Week 6: Saturday, April 12, 2014 – LAST DISTRIBUTION!

 

With the weather turning warmer, and the snow melting steadily, MDHA has determined that Saturday, April 12 will be the last Saturday for feed distribution. We will have the same amount of feed available as previous weeks, and want everyone to make every effort to continue to feed through the following week. ALL remaining feed should be put out for the deer.

Interesting preliminary stats:

  1. Just under 1000 volunteer feeders.
  2. Just over 1000 feeding sites in the 13 approved zones.
  3. Approximately 15,000 deer fed each week.
  4. 528 tons of feed purchased.
  5. Just under $200,000 spent on feed and shipping/handling.
  6. 8 local MDHA Chapters, 1 FDL Resource Mgmt Division,  1 Rod & Gun Club, and 1 Snowmobile Club involved with organizing distributions.
  7. 1 long winter and 1 very welcome spring!

 

Final numbers will be available after June 30, 2014 through MDHA’s report to DNR.

MDHA would like to thank all volunteers who participated throughout these past six weeks. Each and every one’s efforts are greatly appreciated! You are extraordinary!

Deer Feeding News – Update 3-31-14

It is week 5 of the Emergency Winter Deer Feeding Initiative, and Minnesota Deer Hunters Association has purchased 110 tons of feed to be distributed on April 5. This is an increase of 22 tons from last week. Four of the seven distribution locations ran completely out of feed last Saturday (March 29), with another location down to its last half pallet. At this point, if every volunteer that has signed up came in to pick up feed, there would not be enough feed at any location to fulfill all of the needs. For that reason, for the 2nd week in a row, MDHA WILL NOT take on any NEW volunteer feeders at any of the distribution locations. This decision is solely due to the logistics of supplying the right amount of feed to distribute at each location, and doing it within the budget of $170,000 set by the DNR, with the parameter that once feeding in a particular area begins, it must continue on until spring thaw (meaning that priority has to be given to those who have already signed up and begun feeding). Those people who have signed up previously should expect their rations to stay the same each week. We need to make the money last until the snow melts!

Again this week, MDHA would like to thank those people who have stepped up to help give out feed at distributions on Saturdays and worked hard to make those distributions go smoothly. Thank you all! If you are interested in helping distribute feed on Saturdays, please contact Jenny at 218-327-1103, ext 20, or jenny@mndeerhunters.com.

Deer Feeding News – Update 3-25-14

Going into week 4 of the Deer Feeding Initiative, Minnesota Deer Hunters Association has signed up just under 1000 volunteers, and procured 330 tons of feed. What an amazing effort! Although MDHA is aware that the feeding effort is not going to be able to reach every deer in the permitted feeding areas, the goal is to reach as many deer as possible with the allotted money. Thus far the estimated number of deer being fed by volunteers is around 15,000/ week.

At this point in the deer feeding initiative, MDHA has determined that to make the money last until spring thaw, the priority will be to provide to those who have already signed up as volunteers. Therefore, beginning March 29th MDHA WILL NOT be taking on any NEW volunteer feeders at any of the distribution locations. Those people who have already signed a volunteer form and received feed should continue to feed until spring thaw. Please remember to fill out and return your Reporting Form (spreadsheet) each weekend to receive the next week’s rations of feed.

MDHA would like to thank those people who have stepped up to help give out feed at distributions on Saturdays and worked hard to make those distributions go smoothly. Most of these volunteers are from local MDHA Chapters, but some of the locations have had people come in to help from outside of MDHA. Thank you all! If you are interested in helping distribute feed on Saturdays, please contact Jenny at 218-327-1103, ext 20, or jenny@mndeerhunters.com.

Winter Emergency Deer Feeding Update 3-19-14

All Distribution locations are now distributing deer feed from 8:00am to Noon on Saturdays. None of the DNR provided deer feed will be available outside of those times during the week, but most distributors have other deer feed available for purchase, if needed.

Here is the list of Distribution Locations going forward:

Esko – Widdes Farm & Feed

Moose Lake – Moose Lake Cooperative

Wright – Farmers Co-op Feed Mill

Grand Rapids – Itasca Farm Supply

Hibbing – Hibbing Feed & Seed

Virginia – New London Warehouse

International Falls – Up North Builders

(Note – Virginia and Moose Lake ran out of feed by 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 15. We have increased the tons of feed at these locations, but feed is limited. Only ask for what you know you will need for the week.)

Remember:

-Feed must be placed on PUBLIC LAND ONLY.

-This feed is intended to be supplemental (not their only source of nutrients), so feed in a larger area, spread out in piles no more than an inch thick.

-Try to place feed on bare ground or on packed snow. As temps rise, snow will melt and feed will absorb moisture and turn mushy. Look for open areas under trees or in the shade to place feed.

** BE SURE TO Bring your site report form back in when you return weekly for your feed rations. Let us know what you’re seeing out there! YOU MUST BRING YOUR REPORT FORM TO GET FEED!

***If you are able and willing to help with distributing feed on Saturday mornings in your area (even if only for an hour or two), please contact your local MDHA chapter, or me (jenny@mndeerhunters.com), or show up ready to help Saturday morning, and we’ll put you to work! Each site will need a few extra helpers to give breaks or fill in on certain weekends. It’s fun, rewarding, and you will be helping the cause!

NOTE: We are starting to receive a few calls from people reporting the misuse of this deer feed (feeding to livestock, feeding on private ground, etc.) We will make every effort to follow up on each call, and the DNR will also follow up where possible to make sure the feed is being placed according to the rules. While we are sure that a vast majority of our volunteer feeders are putting the feed out as asked (because we really do have great volunteers!), there are always those who feel the rules don’t apply to them, and who will abuse the system. We will make every effort to be sure the feed is being placed properly.

Click HERE for a map of documented feeding areas after week 1.

Winter Emergency Deer Feeding Update 3-11-14

Beginning on Saturday, March 15, 2014, all Distribution locations will be distributing deer feed from 8:00am to Noon. None of the DNR provided deer feed will be available outside of those times during the week, but most distributors have other deer feed available for purchase, if needed.

We have consolidated the Cook and Virginia locations to just Virginia due to the necessity for so many volunteers to help with this effort, and as that location has inside storage capabilities.

Here is the list of Distribution Locations going forward:

Esko – Widdes Farm & Feed

Moose Lake – Moose Lake Cooperative

Wright – Farmers Co-op Feed Mill

Grand Rapids – Itasca Farm Supply

Hibbing – Hibbing Feed & Seed

Virginia – New London Warehouse

International Falls – Up North Builders

Remember:

-Feed must be placed on PUBLIC LAND ONLY.

-This feed is intended to be supplemental (not their only source of nutrients), so feed in a larger area, spread out in piles no more than an inch thick.

-Try to place feed on bare ground or on packed snow. As temps rise, snow will melt and cause feed to turn mushy. Look for open areas under trees or in the shade to place feed.

-Bring your site report form back in when you return weekly for your feed rations. Let us know what you’re seeing out there!

**Anyone can feed deer as long as you have access to a deer yard on public land, and have a good idea how many deer are there. Come to the distribution location closest to you on Saturday morning 8am-Noon, and we’ll get the documentation we need and send you on your way with deer feed!

***If you are able and willing to help with distributing feed on Saturday mornings in your area, please contact your local MDHA chapter, or me (jenny@mndeerhunters.com), or show up ready to help Saturday morning, and we’ll put you to work! Our Grand Rapids location, especially, is looking for help, but each site will need a few extra helpers to give breaks or fill in on certain weekends. It’s fun, and you will be helping the cause!

Deer Feeding News 3-5-14

Distribution Times/Dates UPDATE:

The following are the confirmed distribution days and times at each location for the first week of distribution:

Thursday, March 6:   Esko (Widdes Feeds) 8am-Noon

Moose Lake (Moose Lake Co-op) 1pm-5pm

Friday, March 7:         Hibbing (Hibbing Feed & Seed) 1pm-5pm

Grand Rapids (Itasca County Farm Service) 1pm-5pm

Saturday, March 8:    I-Falls (Up North Builders) 9am-11:30am

Cook (Homestead Mills) 1pm-3:30pm

Monday, March 10:   Wright (Farmers Co-op Feed Mill) 8am-Noon

Virginia (New London Warehouse) 1pm-5pm

Reminders:

*To receive feed you must have a known feeding area on PUBLIC LAND, and know approximately how many deer are on that area.  We will get all needed documentation at the time of distribution.

*You DO NOT need to be a member of MDHA to receive feed (but we would love to have you join us!)

*We will have only ½ of a semi load available at each distribution location for the first week, so we will be giving out feed conservatively to try to reach as many locations as possible.

*Deer feed will only be available from us during the posted distribution days and times, as specific documentation needs to be collected and provided to the DNR for reimbursement of the funds.

Deer Feeding News (3-4-14)

Distribution Days/Times:

We are looking at Thursday, Friday, and Saturday of this week, March 6, 7, 8 for 2 or 3 trucks to arrive. We are planning on ½ of a semi load of feed available at either 4 or 6 locations (depending on how many trucks) for the first week. As soon as we know what times feed will be available at what locations, we will put a new post up here, so check back regularly!

What we are asking our volunteers for 3 things:

  1. Where will you be feeding? (be able to find the area on a map that we will provide).
  2. Is that land public?
  3. How many deer are in that area right now?

The DNR is asking us to document what area, who’s feeding there, and how many deer are being fed. You do NOT need to be on a list to get feed. Come to the distribution site at the posted day/time, and we’ll make every effort to accommodate everyone we can!

Reminder: We will be giving feed conservatively for the first week, as we need to start slowly and let the deer become adjusted to digesting the feed.

As soon as we have the specific days and times for distribution, we’ll post them here. Again, Thank You to all the volunteers who are ready and willing to help with this huge effort!

Deer Feeding news 2-28-14

Today, Friday, February 28, 2014, we received DNR’s preference of feed formula and approval to order deer feed. The feed plant was contacted and we anticipate first delivery to our drop points late next week. Here are a few key updates you should know:

  1. We will post on this site the specific days/times and locations for feed distribution as soon as they are available (probably Tues., Wed., or Thurs. next week)

2.   Proposed Feed Areas map. This map shows some of the proposed feeding areas that both DNR and MDHA volunteers have sent us. If you know of a possible feeding area and can provide the UTM coordinates, we will document that and provide you feed to put out. We will have maps when we distribute feed, and can plot your areas/points then if you want to sign up. FEEDING AREAS MUST BE ON PUBLIC LAND ONLY!

3.   Known distribution points at this time:

  • International Falls, (location pending)
  • Grand Rapids, Itasca County Farm Service;
  • Hibbing, Hibbing Feed & Seed;
  • Virginia, New London Warehouse
  • Cook, Homestead Mills;
  • Esko, Widdes Feed Mill
  • Wright, Farmers Cooperative Feed Mill;
  • Moose Lake, Moose Lake Co-op.

4.  DNR requires that we document our volunteers, exactly where they feed and how much feed they put out, as well as how many deer are being fed at each feed site. We will provide spreadsheets for volunteers to record that information. MDHA will compile a report of all info and submit to DNR. At the feed distributions we will have handouts for volunteers with “How to feed” guidelines.

We are working hard to put all of the details in order. With your help will do everything we can to get to as many deer as possible! Thanks, again, to all those who have called and emailed to volunteer!

Deer Feeding News 2-26-14

Deer Feeding News 2-26-14

Thank you to all the volunteers who have continued to call and email to offer their help! We have logged information for over 135 people and counting, and will hopefully be in contact to start feeding next week. We are currently waiting for the DNR to approve the feed bid formulas. Once we have that approval, we can get feed ordered and coming! We’ll have distribution points mapped out, as well as most of the areas that we’ll be trying to hit with feed. We know we can’t get to all the deer, but we’ll make every effort to get to as many as we can! We’ll be putting up another map in the next couple of days to show the proposed Feeding Areas that we will be focusing on. If you have a spot you’d like to feed in mind, send the UTM coordinates to kimn@mndeerhunters.com, and we’ll try to add it in. Keep checking back for more updates!

 

Click on the links to see the Deer Zone Map, and the Approved Zones for Emergency Feeding.