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      Kicking off the Third Annual Governor's Pheasant Opener in Madelia

      Posted on October 10, 2013 at 10:44 AM

      There are many public assess hunting grounds across Minnesota for families to participate in the Pheasant Opener

      This year, more than 80,000 Minnesotans are expected to hunt pheasants. Not only is hunting a proud Minnesota tradition, it’s important for our economy. More than 1.5 million people hunt in Minnesota each year, contributing an estimated $725 million to our economy.

      On Saturday, Governor Mark Dayton will be in Madelia to host the Third Annual Governor’s Pheasant Hunting Opener. An avid pheasant hunter, the Governor will join thousands of Minnesotans across our state in pursuit of the bird.

      Hunters at the opener will have plenty of opportunities to bag a pheasant. Within 20 miles of Madelia, there are 8,600 acres of public hunting land. The community also is home to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resource’s pheasant research station.

      This year, more than 80,000 Minnesotans are expected to hunt pheasants. Not only is hunting a proud Minnesota tradition, it’s important for our economy. More than 1.5 million people hunt in Minnesota each year, contributing an estimated $725 million to our economy.

      This weekend, Governor Dayton will be joined by a number of Minnesota veterans also will attend the Governor’s Pheasant Opener this year to participate in a special hunt with the Wounded Warriors Guide Service that will take place on land restored by the City of Madelia for accessible hunting.

      In addition to hunting, a variety of activities will take place throughout the weekend. 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 from Minnesota band 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.

      For more information about the Third Annual Governor’s Pheasant Hunting Opener visit www.mnpheasant.com