Hides For Habitat

Minnesota Deer Hunters Hides for Habitat

The Minnesota Deer Hunters Association’s Hides for Habitat program is a recycling program to turn donated deer hides into dollars to be used for habitat. Local MDHA Chapters place hides collection boxes throughout Minnesota in the fall. Hunters like you, place their deer hides in MDHA’s hide boxes. These donated hides are sold to fur buyers and the dollars raised are used to fund various habitat projects in your local area and throughout Minnesota. Since 1985, MDHA’s Hides for Habitat program has collected over 900,000 donated deer hides raising nearly $5.5 million dollars. MDHA’s accomplishments are possible due to the dedication to the protection of Minnesota’s natural resource by chapter volunteers, members and deer hunters who participate in MDHA’s Hides for Habitat donation program.
Photo Courtesy of Mark Herwig & Terri Reischl

State Habitat Committee

The Habitat Committee oversees the distribution of funds for Habitat & Education projects across the state. The Habitat Committee account is funded by the Annual State Habitat Banquet and by receiving 15% of the chapter’s Hides for Habitat Funds. MDHA Chapters can request matching funds for local projects from the committee.

Badoura State Forest

The Minnesota Deer Hunters Association (MDHA) protected and added 160 acres to the Badoura State Forest in Hubbard County, Minnesota. The 160 acres are adjacent to Muckey Creek which is trout stream and has trails that allow access to hundreds of acres of public lands. This project secured public access for hiking, hunting, fishing, berry picking, photography, bird watching and a variety of other outdoor activities. The lands will be managed to benefit wildlife, preserve clean water, support our forest industry and promote a healthy forest.

MDHA thanks the contributing partners for their donations and support:
MDHA State Habitat Committee
MDHA Park Rapids Chapter
Enbridge, Inc.
MN Association of RC&D Councils
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources


MDHA received a Conservation Partners Legacy Grant titled Muckey Creek Critical Habitat Acquisition. Funding for this project was provided by the Outdoor Heritage Fund as appropriated by the Minnesota State Legislature and recommended by the Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Council (LSOHC) to restore, protect and enhance Minnesota’s wetlands, prairies, forests and habitat for fish, game and wildlife.

Clean Water Land & Legacy

Conservation Seed and Fruit Tree Programs

MDHA Seed and Tree Program

Each year, MDHA offers a Conservation Seed Program and a Fruit Tree Program to its members. These programs offer conservation seed and fruit trees for our members to purchase at a reduced rate for the sole purpose is to be planted for wildlife habitat. The seed and trees can’t be sold for profit or used for fundraising. For more information on these great programs, contact your local chapter.

Minnesota Deer Hunters Association and Outdoor Heritage Fund

What is the Outdoor Heritage Fund?

Beginning in July of 2009 Minnesota increased the Sales and Use Tax Amendment by three-eighths of one percent. The accumulation of dollars collected from this were split into several categories. The Outdoor Heritage Fund (33%), The Clean Water Fund (33%), Parks and Trails Fund (14.25%) and Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund (19.75%). For more information on this Constitutional Amendment. Click Here

The Outdoor Heritage Funds are the responsibility of the Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Council, a group of 12 individuals with many diverse backgrounds that ensure recommendation are consistent with the Constitution Amendment. Applications for this fund must be above $400,000 and meet requirements of the Funding Request. For more information about the LSOHC. Click Here

In Addition to the larger grant opportunities, the group also allocates funds annually to the Conservation Partners Legacy (CPL) Grant Program administered by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Organizations can apply for funds with a 10% match starting at $5,000 and up to $400,000. This opened many opportunities for MDHA and other organizations to become more involved. For more information on the CPL Grant Program Click Here

How is MDHA involved in the Outdoor Heritage Fund?

MDHA is committed to protecting and building habitat benefiting deer and deer hunters in Minnesota. To achieve our goals we apply for Conservation Partners Legacy (CPL) and Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Council (LSOHC) grants that receive funding from the Outdoor Heritage Fund created by the people of Minnesota. These grant projects would not be possible without the support of MDHA’s chapters, members, State Habitat Committee, volunteers and partnerships with various other organizations.

From 2010 to 2020 MDHA has participated in 87 CPL and 5 LSOHC Grant Projects for over 16.3 million dollars to restore, enhance or protect Minnesota’s forests, wetlands, prairies and wildlife.

The Minnesota Deer Hunters Association has a unique opportunity to make a real impact on our state when we join forces to work together to protect what we hold dear by supporting our mission of “building our hunting and conservation legacy through habitat, education and advocacy.”