Wanted: more deer to pursue

MDDI calls together dissatisfied hunters for April 29 presentation

If you are a Minnesota deer hunter who has not seen the deer population of your particular area as high as expected in recent seasons, there is a newly-formed group that may be a voice for you. The Minnesota Deer Density Initiative is holding two presentations next week in central Minnesota.

“The goal of the meetings are to educate and empower hunters of our area,” explained organizer Brooks Johnson.

The power point presentation will be held Tuesday, April 29 at the American Janes restaurant (formerly the Cambridge Legion club) in downtown Cambridge. Burger baskets will be sold for $15 to help raise promotional funds for the MDDI, beginning at 6:30 p.m. The presentation will start at 7:15 p.m.

“A big thing we want to stress is to not accept the whitetail density numbers the DNR offers at face value. We will be presenting historical numbers– all collected by the DNR– that show how densities have been changed through the different Minnesota hunting zones and areas,” said Johnson. “A goal is to unveil an action plan campaign for hunters to make an immediate impact.”

The Minnesota Deer Density Initiative is a collaboration of interests from such groups as the Minnesota Deer Hunters Association (MDHA), MN Bowhunters Assn., Quality Deer Management Assn. (QDMA) and Whitetails Unlimited. A MDDI presentation will also be hosted April 30 (7:15 p.m.) at the Little Falls VFW.