MDHA responds to wolf letter

To the Editor:

I was disappointed to read the submission of Matt Johnson of Minneapolis that you published on Nov. 26. Considering Mr. Johnson’s “trashing” of Minnesota Deer Hunters Association, I would have thought your editorial staff courteous enough to contact MDHA for a rebuttal. Since they did not, please accept this letter as rebuttal to Matt Johnson’s submission.

For the record, the Minnesota Deer Hunters Association (MDHA) supports wolves just as we support deer, moose, pheasants and all other game and furbearing animals.

Unlike ant-hunters, MDHA supports active management of those species, wolves included. We do not “promote wolf killing.” However, as wolves are no longer endangered, we do support legal hunting and trapping of wolves as a furbearer species.

MN DNR’s official Wolf Management Plan includes hunting and trapping. As such it was approved by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Minnesota State Legislature. Matt Johnson of Minneapolis fails to mention that. Whether he actually ever was a member of MDHA or even a deer hunter is uncertain.

MDHA works today for tomorrow’s wildlife and hunters. We work in Minnesota for Minnesota and we advocate for legal hunting for future generations to enjoy. Why? Because MDHA and its members care.


Mark Johnson

Grand Rapids, MN