Move over turkeys. Come next fall, pheasants will get top billing in the City of Worthington. The Minnesota community known for its annual King Turkey Day will be making room for visiting pheasant hunters.
Governor Mark Dayton announced Worthington as the 2014 Minnesota Governor’s Pheasant Hunting Opener Host City, during this year’s opener banquet in Madelia. Hunters who attend the 2014 Pheasant Opener will have the opportunity to enjoy more than 4,800 acres of public hunting land in the Worthington-area.
Worthington marks the fourth city selected to host the tradition that the Governor started three years ago. Since 2011, cities like Montevideo, Marshall, and Madelia have hosted visitors and a variety of activities associated with this celebration of Minnesota’s proud hunting tradition.
Explore Minnesota Tourism and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will assist Worthington in planning the weekend that turns attention to this southwestern community. The City of Worthington is located at the intersection of Interstate 90 and Minnesota State Highway 60.
Cities have to submit an application for consideration. The hunting land, event facilities and community support for the event are criteria used to decide who gets the hosting honor. Come next fall, Worthington highlights its acres of hunting land and hugely popular recreational activities like fishing, biking, and hiking.
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) reports Minnesota hunters contribute about $725 million to the state’s economic. A DNR survey found that each hunter spent an average of $1,412 in 2011. This amount is up more than $500 from a 2006 survey. All that spending contributes to jobs. The DNR also found Minnesota hunters and anglers support nearly 48,000 jobs in the state.