Published November 08, 2012, 11:33 AM

Hides for Habitat Program

Each year, deer hunters throughout Minnesota provide millions of dollars for habitat to increase the helath of Minnesota's wildlife.

Each year, deer hunters throughout Minnesota provide millions of dollars for habitat to increase the helath of Minnesota's wildlife.

Minnesota Deer Hunters Association's "Hides for Habitat" is a statewide program that collects deer hides during deer hunting season and sells them for money that, in turn, goes to local MDHA chapters for critical wildlife habitat restoration.

Since 1985, over 650,000 hides have been collected and over $10 million has been generated to fund habitat projects.

Hides are accepted from whitetail deer, mule deer, elk and moose. 85 percent of the money is returned to the local MDHA chapter for projects such as land purchases, clear cutting, prescribed burning, winter feeding, site preparation and clover planting. 15 percent is managed by the MDHA State Habitat Committee for similar statewide projects.

"As insignificant as it may seem, this program helps restore and enhance tens of thousands of acres of wildlife habitat in Minnesota each year," MDHA Executive Director Mark Johnson said. "Through Hides for Habitat, each hide basically triples in value as MDHA yokes with Chapters, State and Federal matching funds. Each hide can really make a difference for wildlife of all species across Minnesota."

For local information about the MDHA Hides for Habitat program, visit mndeerhunters.com or contact the MDHA State Office at 800-450-3337, or the East Otter Tail Chapter representative Chad VanWatermulen.

Hides for Habitat collection boxes will be located at the following area businesses during November:

Main Street Express

Perham Locker Plant

Perham Cenex

Wagon Wheel - Richville

Dent Oil

Carr's Tree Service - Ottertail

New York Mills Locker Plant

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