Four of the top exhibition shooting acts in the world will share the stage for the first time during the weekend of the Third Annual Governor’s Pheasant Hunting Opener in Madelia, Minn., Friday, Oct. 11 and Saturday, Oct. 12.

Dan Madsen, Madelia city administrator, announced that Scott Robertson of Team Beretta, Tim Bradley of Team Benelli U.S.A., and Aaron and Steve Gould, sponsored by Winchester, have agreed to compete in a friendly exhibition shooting tournament.

“These shooters are the best at what they do,” Madsen said. “We are thrilled they’re going to be part of the festivities during the Governor’s Pheasant Hunting Opener.”

The exhibition shooters will perform at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 11. The event is open to the public. There will be no charge to attend.

“These shooters will bring their best signature shots, and will attempt the best shots of the other shooters in this first-ever friendly tournament,” Madsen said. “Getting them together is something that’s never happened before.”

The weekend will include a Governor’s banquet and reception, performance by singer/songwriter Martin Zellar, and of course, pheasant hunting.

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The Governor’s Pheasant Hunting Opener will showcase the many hunting, recreational, travel and local opportunities that the broader Madelia area has to offer visitors. Gov. Mark Dayton will lead elected officials, dignitaries and celebrity hunters who will participate in the event.

The event is being coordinated by city of Madelia, Madelia Chamber of Commerce, Explore Minnesota Tourism and Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Madelia is 20 minutes west of Mankato and just over an hour and one-half southwest of Minneapolis.

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