Minnesota Deer Hunters Association sending kids to Forkhorn Camp

The Minnesota Deer Hunters Association (MDHA), Arrowhead Chapter held its 9th annual banquet at the American Legion in Grand Marais on June 3. The banquet serves as the chapter’s primary fundraiser, but it is also a lot of fun for attendees.

Funds raised are used in the community to educate youth about hunting, to improve wildlife habitat and more. The MDHA proudly hosts Forkhorn Camps at seven different environmental learning centers throughout Minnesota. In 2013 alone, 864 youths attended MDHA Forkhorn Camps. This year the Arrowhead Chapter provided scholarships for six local kids—Seth Kemp, Jordan Porter, Lucas Sheils, Tate Crawford, Cody Higgins and Kevin Viren.

Three levels of camp experience are offered. Forkhorn I camps for ages 11-15 are designed for beginning hunters; Forkhorn II camps for ages 12-16 are advanced camps with an emphasis on bow hunting; Forkhorn III camps for ages 14-17 are designed for youth with hunting experience who wish to expand their knowledge of big and small game hunting tips and techniques.

The banquet includes a number of games and raffles—most with rifles as prizes, which adds to the night’s friendly competition.

The evening was put together by members of the Arrowhead Chapter banquet committee and chapter officers: Pete Harris, Donna Lunke, Lisa Furlong, Jill Hill, Laura LaFavor, Jean Spry, Rich Furlong, Melvin Gagnon, Orvis Lunke, Randy Spry, Neil Hanson, Malin Aseby-Gesch, Stephanie Radloff.

Anyone interested in becoming involved in MDHA is encouraged to talk to one of the board or committee members.