Esko, MN (NNCNOW.com) - As of Saturday, Northern Minnesota's deer feed distribution sites will only be distributing the state funded feed from 8 AM to noon.
Most distributors, however, have other feed available for purchase if needed.
Along with that, Cook's distribution site has been consolidated with the New London Warehouse, in Virginia.
Minnesota Deer Hunters Association spokespeople say the move is due to the necessity for so many volunteers to help with the deer feeding effort.
The state funded feeding effort is in response to the severe winter's impact on Minnesota's deer herd.
Volunteer feeders are asked to remember to place feed on public land only, feed in a large, spread out area, and to report regularly on what they're seeing.
FROM THE MN DEER HUNTERS ASSOCIATION:
Here is the list of Distribution Locations going forward:
Esko - Widdes Farm & Feed
Moose Lake - Moose Lake Cooperative
Wright - Farmers Co-op Feed Mill
Grand Rapids - Itasca Farm Supply
Hibbing - Hibbing Feed & Seed
Virginia - New London Warehouse
International Falls - Up North Builders
-Feed must be placed on PUBLIC LAND ONLY.
-This feed is intended to be supplemental (not their only source of nutrients), so feed in a larger area, spread out in piles no more than an inch thick.
-Try to place feed on bare ground or on packed snow. As temps rise, snow will melt and cause feed to turn mushy. Look for open areas under trees or in the shade to place feed.
-Bring your site report form back in when you return weekly for your feed rations. Let us know what you're seeing out there!
**Anyone can feed deer as long as you have access to a deer yard on public land, and have a good idea how many deer are there. Come to the distribution location closest to you on Saturday morning 8am-Noon, and we'll get the documentation we need and send you on your way with deer feed!
***If you are able and willing to help with distributing feed on Saturday mornings in your area, please contact your local MDHA chapter, or Jenny Foley at (firstname.lastname@example.org), or show up ready to help Saturday morning, and we'll put you to work! Our Grand Rapids location, especially, is looking for help, but each site will need a few extra helpers to give breaks or fill in on certain weekends. It's fun, and you will be helping the cause!