MANKATO — For nearly 20 years, the Minnesota Deer Hunters Association has been collecting deer hides from deer hunters as part of their Hides for Habitat program.
More than 650,000 hides have been donated to the program, raising over $10 million for habitat projects around Minnesota.
Local chapters get back 85 percent of the funds raised through the sale of hides donated to them to be used for area land purchases and other habitat projects, with the remainder used for state wide projects.
The Bend of the River Chapter of the MDHA once again will be placing hide boxes throughout the area where hunters can drop off the hides.
The boxes can be found at the listed sites.
In Mankato, North Mankato: Casey's, 2001 N. Riverfront Dr.; Shell, 2424 3rd Ave.; Keeley Landscape, 201 South Hawley; Gander Mountain, 1940 Adams; St. Reliance of North Mankato, 1110 N. River Dr.
Boxes will be located at the following communities: Eagle Express Conoco, 401 Parkway Ave. Eagle Lake; White's Corner Bait, 500 Walnut Ave., Madison Lake; Mitt's BP, 325 County Road 28, St. Clair; Crystal Valley Co-op C Store, 701 East 1st St. and Blasing Electric, 230 N. Main St., Janesville; Urban Oil, Amboy; Judson Cycle Sales, 211 E. Hwy. 60, Lake Crystal; Hobber's, Hwy. 99 E. and Dranttel Sales & Service, 41311 Old Minnesota Ave., St. Peter; Maple Mart, 407 Silver St., Mapleton; Dick's Locker, Good Thunder.