MDHA chapter honors many at annual banquet

On Feb. 18, the Isanti County Chapter of the Minnesota Deer Hunters Association held their 15th annual Banquet at American Legion Hall in Cambridge.

The Banquet was dedicated to Wendy Kriesel, dedicated and life member of MDHA. During this event many prizes were raffled off, including 36 firearms, a Canadian fishing trip, two bows and much more hunting equipment.

During the event several awards were presented. They included the “Forkhorn of the Year” award which was presented to Ethan Roddy, age 12, for all the hard work he has done for the chapter as a Forkhorn member, assisting with the Hides for Habitat program, manning the booth at both the County Fair and GameFair. “The Presidential Award” went to Cory Carlson for his many years of dedication and for serving as past Chapter President and current Vice President. The “Sportsman of the Year” award was presented to Chris Barnes. Chris unselfishly promotes ethical deer hunting, education, and the passing of traditions to the youth. He has spent countless hours improving habitat on his property. Chris is a Chapter Board member, NASP Instructor, chairs several Chapter committees and is also a volunteer Cambridge Firefighter.

MDHA Forkhorn member Ethan Roddy with 246 lbs. of food collected for the food shelf at the Feb. 18 annual banquet.

A lifetime membership was awarded to John Hass for his many years of dedication and leadership for our “Hides for Habitat” program.

Once again this year, the Forkhorn member’s held a food drive at the banquet, collecting 246 lbs. of canned food items donated to Family Pathways Food Pantry in Cambridge. For every food item that was donated, Forkhorns received a chance to win a Mossberg firearm; the lucky winner was Joleen Kriesel.

Banquet organizers wish to thank everyone who attended and also a special “thank you” to everyone who donated to or was a sponsor for this great event. Proceeds from the Banquet will be used for scholarships to send area youth to Forkhorn Camps, our food plot seed program, land acquisitions’ and habitat improvements for local Wildlife Management Areas, NASP, and Dollars for Scholars.