Hide donation helps habitat [UPDATED]Published 10:27am Thursday, November 7, 2013 Updated 2:30pm Thursday, November 7, 2013
For The Journal
The Minnesota Deer Hunters Association will continue its Hides for Habitat program this deer season.
Each year, MDHA recycles donated hides, using the proceeds to enhance deer habitat and provide resource education for children.
Minnesota hunters have donated more than 780,000 deer hides since 1985.
From the sale of the hides, MDHA chapters have generated nearly $4.67 million that has been used primarily for critical wildlife habitat enhancement and acquisition of new wildlife management areas (all open to public hunting).
Additionally, Hides for Habitat funds have been used in support of Whitetail Deer research and, most recently, to support MDHA’s Forkhorn Youth Summer Camp program.
Hunters are advised to look for the MDHA Hides for Habitat orange signs at Hides Drop Point Stations.
In Otter Tail County, drop stations are located at Battle Lake: Cenex Gas Station; Fergus Falls: Holiday Gas Station, Lakeway Gas and Convience Store, and Pebble Lake Take 5 Frazee: All in All; Henning: Denny’s; New York Mills: Casey’s, Dean’s Country Market and the Locker Plant; Ottertail: Carr’s Tree Service; Dick’s Standard; Perham: Cenex, Main Street Express and Meat Market and Locker; Richville: Wagon Wheel; Underwood: Quick Stop; and Vergas: 1 Stop, Vergas 66, Vergas Country Store.
MDHA also warned hunters that counterfeit donation boxes have been set up in recent years.
MDHA sites are labeled with the Hides for Habitat signs and the MDHA name.