Letter: Safety comes first when hunting

The East Central Chapter of Minnesota Deer Association held its 31st Annual Banquet the 8th of September in Milaca at the Phoenix Banquet Center. We had great food, a really good turnout, gave away over 20 guns and had a lot of fun.

The money raised by this is used for various projects.

We help sponsor kids to Forkhorn Camps, help purchase land for public hunting, support hunters education, archery program in schools, and other local projects. Thanks to all the members that worked and all the people that donated time and things for our banquet, and to all who attended.

Another program we do is Hides for Habitat. We collect hides that are dropped off in our orange hide boxes at several locations, and sell them and use that money for local projects. We don’t give out gloves, but with the money raised that also helps send kids to Forkhorn Camps and Habitat projects.

One other thing is safety while hunting! Check your deer stands and make repairs if needed. And although it isn’t the law yet, it is a good

idea to attach some one-foot square patches of blaze orange to all sides of your ground blinds. I watched a hunter in full blaze orange walk across a

field and he disappeared. When I left that evening I drove to the area I had seen the hunter and he was in a camo ground blind. If I had not seen

him walk out there, I would have had no idea that a shot in that direction could have been a tragic situation.

The MN Deer Hunters Association has submitted a resolution to the DNR to make this change.

Our Chapter put out a “chapter challenge” to the 60 some chapters we have in the state and the challenge was met. We were able to purchase a trailer for Turn In Poachers. Area taxidermists donated the mounts. The Trailer was at The Mille Lac County Fair.

If you would like to join our chapter, the cost Is $25 per year, or if you need a location of our hide boxes, or any other questions I will try and answer them.

 

Dave Jackson,

Chapter secretary, Princeton

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