Governor Mark Dayton is extending an invitation to the general public to join him in celebrating the third annual Minnesota Governor’s Pheasant Hunting Opener on Friday, Oct. 11, and Saturday, Oct. 12, in the south-central Minnesota city of Madelia.
The community events on Friday include: a sporting clays range; “Best of the Best” tournament, featuring four of the top exhibition shooting acts in the world; and the 2013 Minnesota Governor’s Pheasant Hunting Opener’s banquet and reception, which will include live music by Minnesota-based singer/songwriter Martin Zellar and the Hardaways.
On Saturday, a pancake breakfast will kick off a day of pheasant hunting for the community, state leaders, dignitaries and other hunters who will participate in the event, among hunters across the state.
The Governor’s Opener honors and promotes Minnesota’s longstanding hunting tradition. This event will showcase the many hunting, recreational, travel and local opportunities that the Madelia area and south-central Minnesota has to offer visitors.
More information, event details and updates can be found at www.mnpheasant.com.
Dayton initiated the Governor’s Pheasant Hunting Opener in 2011. Previous host communities were Montevideo and Marshall. The 2013 event is being coordinated by the city of Madelia, Madelia Chamber of Commerce, Explore Minnesota Tourism and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR).
Madelia has more than 8,600 acres of public hunting land, within 20 miles of the city, which is 20 minutes west of Mankato and just over an hour and a half southwest of Minneapolis.
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