Minnesota R3 Council

Dedicated volunteers working to tailor outdoor strategies

The Minnesota R3 Council is the public's voice for recruiting, retaining and reactivating hunters and anglers in Minnesota.

Following the R3 summit in 2016, it was suggested that the DNR form a citizen advisory council to develop effective R3 strategies that are tailored for Minnesota. This 21-member council meets quarterly. Meeting locations alternate between St. Paul and greater Minnesota.

  1. Increase the number of hunter and anglers in Minnesota.
  2. Build support and awareness of hunting and angling traditions and opportunities.
Meadow KauffeldChairItasca Community College
Tim HemstadVice chairTrout Unlimited
Betty WilkensLeadership teamWomen Hunting and Fishing in All Seasons
Rich WissinkLeadership teamPheasants Forever
Kevin HurstLeadership teamNational Wild Turkey Federation
James BurnhamLeadership teamMinnesota DNR
Mercedes AkinseyeMemberMinnesota Deer Hunters Association
Ryan BarthMemberThree Rivers Park District
Jennifer BiedermanMemberWinona State University
Davin BrandtMemberMinnesota Steelheaders
Michelle DoerrMemberAnavah Consulting
Joe JacksonMemberRecreational Equipment Inc.
Amanda JohnsonMemberMinnesota Darkhouse and Angling Association
Matt NessMemberTracker Boats/Bass Pro Shops
Mark NorquistMemberModern Carnivore/Backcountry Hunters and Anglers
Ben PeñaMemberMN Locavore/Backcountry Hunters and Anglers
Julia SchrenklerMemberMinnesota Public Radio
Courtney SchurhammerMemberWomen Anglers of Minnesota
Robert VangMemberWild Urban Flyfishers
  • September 2018 – St. Paul
  • January 2019 – St. Paul
  • April 2019 – Hastings
  • July 2019 – St. Paul
  • October 2019 – Grand Rapids
  • January 2020 – St. Paul