MDHA’s Hides-for-Habitat Program is designed to take donated deer hides, provided by deer hunters like you, and market those hides. Proceeds raised by the sale of the hides are earmarked for use by MDHA for habitat projects throughout Minnesota. Since 1985 MDHA’s Hides-for-Habitat Program has collected nearly 865,000 deer hides and nearly $5.23 million has been generated to help fund statewide habitat projects. Thanks to your help this program works!
MDHA Chapters collect hides and process them to be sold to fur buying companies that can bring in up to $8 per hide. MDHA Chapters use these funds paired with the MDHA State Habitat Committee funds for special projects in their local communities. The $8 collected for hides can be leveraged as much as ten time making the $8 collected amount to $80.

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Minnesota Deer Hunters Association (MDHA) & Outdoor Heritage Fund (OHF)

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 recommendations are consistent with the Constitution Amendment. For more information on these individuals click HERE. Applications for this fund must be above $400,000 and meet requirements of the Funding Request.
In addition to the larger grant opportunities, the group also allocates funds annually to the Conservation Partners Legacy (CPL) Grant Program administered by the MN DNR. 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 saw great opportunity with the Conservation Partners Legacy Grants.
MDHA saw great opportunity with the Conservation Partners Legacy Grants.

Any MDHA Chapter throughout the state could apply for funds by spending just 10% of total project costs as match on habitat efforts in their own regions. MDHA Chapters raise money through various fundraising events in their areas. The great thing about the CPL Grant Program is it maximizes the...

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Additionally, MDHA applied for and was awarded over .8 million through five Lessard Sams Outdoor Council Grants.
Additionally, MDHA applied for and was awarded over .8 million through five Lessard Sams Outdoor Council Grants.

MN Moose Habitat collaborative Phases I, II, III: The three phases are a collaborative effort of many state, private and non-profit organizations to ensure the MN Moose population strives in MN. Jack Pine Forest/Crow Wing River Watershed Habitat Acquisition: This project is to acquire thousands of acres in Cass and...

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Carlos Avery Woody Cover Development Habitat Project:
Carlos Avery Woody Cover Development Habitat Project:

We have 30 different projects like this going across the state of Minnesota!This is a CPL (Conservation Partners Legacy) grant for ,000 with match funds being provided by the North Suburban Chapter-,500, Habitat Committee-,500, and Ruffed Grouse Society-,500 for a project total of ,500. This project proposes to plant mixed...

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