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MDHA Welcomes Angie Forconi as Chapter Coordinator!


Angie joins MDHA as an avid outdoor enthusiast looking to further her passion as our Chapter Coordinator.  Angie was born and raised in Itasca County by parents whom instilled that enthusiasm.  They exposed her to hunting, fishing, camping, horseback riding and a variety of other activities at a very young age. It was an immediate passion.  Angie has continued to be involved traveling frequently to North and South Dakota with her horse riding the Badlands and Black Hills. She rifle, muzzleloader and bow hunts for whitetail deer.  She has taken trips to Saskatchewan, North Dakota and South Dakota hunting ducks and geese.  She also loves all seasons and species of fishing from musky, walleyes and crappies, to lake trout and sturgeon.

Angie attended Bemidji State University and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Professional Educatio

n.  Since returning to Itasca County Angie has been involved in two different local snowmobile clubs; doing trail maintenance and fundraising, she had been

involved with local horse clubs and organized numerous horse events at a local barn and trails.  After working in the construction industry for the last 20 years she strived to be involved in something that fulfilled her passion for the outdoors, and the Chapter Coordinator position at MDHA seemed like a perfect fit.  Angie enjoys getting others involved in the outdoors and feels very strongly about maintaining deer habitat, encouraging youth to be involved in deer hunting and ensuring a future for the sport.

She is delighted to join the team and is excited to get out and meet the members that make MDHA what it is!

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!