Donating deer hides helps habitat, kids

Since 1985, Minnesota’s deer hunters have unselfishly participated in one of the nation’s most unique recycling projects; Hides For Habitat, a project of the Minnesota Deer Hunters Association (MDHA).

Thanks to Minnesota’s deer hunters over 780,000 deer hides have been donated since 1985. From the sale of those 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.

To donate your deer hide this season, simply look for the MDHA Hides for Habitat orange signs located at Hides Drop Point Stations. To locate an official MDHA Hides Drop Station nearest you, log onto or call MDHA’s State Office at 1 (800) 450-3337, ext 12.