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North Dakota deer season is upon us and as sportsmen prepare to get out in the field, it’s important to remember the many volunteers who help rebuild and support the habitat needed to continue this great heritage.
The Mule Deer Foundation has really done some great work in 2017 by increasing its sportsman access initiative through the PLOTS program to 68,000 acres in Western ND. The MDF also helped raise $140,000 for habitat projects and youth shooting. Volunteers were also busy with seven youth events this summer and traveled throughout the state with the organization’s MULEY mobile event trailer (pellet gun and archery galleries), which was donated by the North Dakota Petroleum Council.
These efforts and initiatives require support from MDF members and volunteers. Volunteers are the backbone of MDF, and the organization is working to grow upon its past successes.
The Muddy Buck Chapter in Williston and the Bakken Roughnecks Chapter in Watford City are currently looking for new members and volunteers to help as their chapters grow and continue hosting banquets and events that will benefit the MDF’s mission and support for habitat for years to come. The meeting dates are:
Monday, October 16: Muddy Buck Chapter Meeting
When: 6 p.m. CDT
Where: Lucy Lu’s, 18 2nd St E, Williston, ND
Tuesday, October 17: Bakken Roughnecks Chapter
When: 7 p.m. CDT
Where: Teddy’s Lounge, 113 9th Ave SE, Watford City, ND
Typical chapters meet once a month for 90 minutes, though meetings may be more frequent as the banquet date nears. Each individual brings a set of skills that benefit the team and any time given – no matter how brief – is an enormous help to the chapter and committee. Committee members will design the banquet, determine the merchandise and guns that will be available at the banquet, set up fun events like Beers for Deer or participate in youth events, sell raffle tickets and banquet tickets, hang posters, and pick up donations. Getting involved in the MDF is also a great opportunity for a parent and/or teen to volunteer together and instill that “giving back” to the hobby and lifestyle that you love. During the summer, the MDF also has opportunities to do “Boots On The Ground” events, working on habitat projects and being part of youth events.
Attend one of the meetings above to find out how you can get involved and help kick off plans for the 2018 banquet and potential Beers For Deer events. For more information, contact Marshall at 406-850-8785.