The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has named 19 people to its statewide deer advisory committee that will provide input to the agency on deer management issues.

One of those members has strong ties to far northwest Minnesota. Ted Wawrzyniak, a UND graduate with a bachelor’s degree in wildlife biology, lives in Rosemount, Minn., and grew up on a farm near Newfolden, Minn.

Wawrzyniak is Minnesota state chapter president of the Quality Deer Management Association and represents the QDMA organization on the panel.

“Because of my love for deer hunting and my interest in deer management, I am passionate about helping to improve deer hunting for today’s deer hunter as well as future generations of deer hunters,” Wawrzyniak writes in his bio listed on the DNR website.

The DNR established the advisory committee as part of its 2019-2028 Minnesota White-tailed Deer Management Plan, which aims to enhance two-way dialogue with interest groups on specific deer management topics.

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Members will serve two-year terms and meet quarterly, with the first meeting set for later this summer.

“We selected members to represent the breadth of deer management interests in Minnesota,” said Barbara Keller, the DNR’s big game program supervisor. “We’re really excited to begin a productive dialogue with this advisory group and see what new ideas, perspectives and input they can lend to deer management.”

Other advisory committee members are Dllona Clendenen, St. Paul; Josh Doty, Baxter, Minn.; Nate Eide, Two Harbors, Minn.; Craig Engwall, Grand Rapids, Minn., executive director of the Minnesota Deer Hunters Association; Duane Fogard, Saginaw, Minn.; Luke Freund, Mantorville, Minn.; Glen Groth, Houston, Minn.; Roland Hill, Aitkin, Minn., whose family owns and manages land in Aitkin and the Red Lake Reservation; Josh Hoadley, Pelican Rapids, Minn.; Spencer Kor, Lynd, Minn.; Matthew Kotelnicki, Falcon Heights, Minn.; Meadow Kouffeld, Grand Rapids; Jim Manolis, Minneapolis; Benjamin Pena, Minneapolis; Polly Rixe, Stacy, Minn.; Kathleen Shea, Northfield, Minn.; Jeremy Schmit, Plainview, Minn.; and Ku Thao, St. Paul.

For more information, check out the committee’s website at