The Minnesota Deer Hunters Association (MDHA) is proud to announce Craig Engwall as their new Executive Director. Engwall will be responsible for the leadership and management of MDHA in accordance to the strategic plan, Corporate Bylaws and MDHA’s mission of “working for tomorrow’s wildlife and hunter’s today.”
Craig joins MDHA to further pursue his passion for the outdoors and use his 20+ years experience in law, natural resources, and conservation to serve the members and the deer herd. “I have always greatly admired the work that the Minnesota Deer Hunters Association has done on behalf of Minnesota deer hunters, so to now become a part of the MDHA team and contribute to those efforts is truly exciting.” Engwall resides in Dora Lake, MN at a family deer camp that is over 50 years old. He also has roots that run deep in Minnesota with family ties to both Duluth and Winthrop.
Graduating from Gustavus Adolphus College in 1986 and the University of Minnesota Law School in 1991, Engwall has pursued his passion for the outdoors in both his personal and professional life by working on natural resources and agriculture issues at both the state and federal levels, including facilitating the linkage between the Reinvest in Minnesota (RIM) program and the Federal Conservation Reserve (CRP) and Wetlands Reserve Programs (WRP). Craig also was a key player in Minnesota acquiring the largest conservation easement in state history – the nearly 200,000 acre Blandin Paper Company project that protects forest lands from parcelization while providing key habitat and public access to those lands. As a lifelong deer hunter, Engwall can’t wait to put his personal interests and professional experiences to work on behalf of Minnesota’s deer habitat and deer hunters.
MDHA Interim Executive Director, Denis Quarberg, states “Craig will fill a crucial role within the organization and we fully anticipate his presence will ensure MDHA will not only succeed but grow for many years to come. The MDHA Executive Board and Staff welcome Craig.”