With the state’s mule deer population being affected by loss of habitat and predation, and hunters facing sportsmen’s access issues, MDF has been fielding calls to start new chapters in Montana. Michael Kuiper of Great Falls started earlier this month as regional director in western Montana to provide more support to this part of the state.
“Having two RD’s will benefit Montana so we can focus on the two distinct topographies in the state – the mountains and valleys of western Montana and the plains and badlands of eastern Montana,” said Marshall Johnson, MDF’s regional director for eastern Montana and North Dakota. “These two regions have different issues that require more specific attention. Hiring Michael allows us to serve the diverse needs of the great state of Montana.”
The Mule Deer Foundation has accomplished a lot in Montana in the past four years with 12 chapters now active in the state. MDF has been making a mark on habitat through funds raised at banquets, but MDF and its members want to do more. With the addition of Michael, MDF plans to start chapters in Dillon, Havre and Polson in the west and Lewistown, Glasgow and Sidney/Glendive in the east within the next six to eight months. Michael’s territory will cover the western region of Montana from the Idaho state line to Livingston and up to the Canadian border.
Michael, a native of Great Falls, has been a passionate volunteer of MDF for several years most recently as the chapter chair for the High, Wide & Heavy Chapter in Great Falls.
“I look forward to taking the next step in mule deer conservation by working with our chapters and volunteers as well as with the state and federal agencies to ensure that mule deer get back to sustainable levels.”
If you have interest in helping the Mule Deer Foundation help the mule deer of Montana, contact Michael Kuiper at (406) 788-4616 for western Montana and/or Marshall Johnson at (406) 850-8785 for eastern Montana.
About Mule Deer Foundation (MDF)
The Mule Deer Foundation is the only conservation group in North America dedicated to restoring, improving and protecting mule deer and black-tailed deer and their habitat, with a focus on science and program efficiency. MDF is a strong voice for hunters in access, wildlife management and conservation policy issues. MDF acknowledges regulated hunting as a viable management component and is committed to recruitment and retention of youth into the shooting sports and conservation. Get involved at Mule Deer or call 1-888-375-3337.