Governor’s Pheasant Opener 15 Oct 12

Governor Mark Dayton was in City of Marshall over the weekend for the Second Annual Governor’s Pheasant Hunting Opener, and next year the event will be held in Watonwan County. Officials with the City of Madelia have announced that the 2013 Governor’s Pheasant Opener will take place in their community, the self-proclaimed “Pheasant Capitol of Minnesota.” Celebrating the pheasant opener is a long-standing tradition in many Minnesota communities. Dayton began the tradition of a “Governor’s Pheasant Hunting Opener” in 2011 in the community of Montevideo. The governor did not bag any birds in the Marshall area on Saturday. Dayton reportedly stumbled in cover and wrenched his hip about a half-hour into the hunt, forcing him to cut his trip short. He joked about it later by telling other hunters, “Don’t get old.” His party was hunting in a DNR Wildlife Management area. The governor also came home birdless last year.