Minnesota Governor's Pheasant Hunting Opener

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2018 GPHO LogoThe Minnesota Governor’s Pheasant Hunting Opener (GPHO) was established in 2011. The purpose of the event is to focus on Minnesota’s hunting heritage, cultural traditions and the economic impact of the sport, as well as to generate associated travel and tourism.

The GPHO is a cooperative promotion between the host community, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (MN DNR) and Explore Minnesota Tourism. State government, local communities, hunting organizations, and the tourism and hospitality industry work together to promote Minnesota hunting and outdoor activities to the media.

The GPHO provides the host community with an opportunity to highlight area hunting and other recreational activities, attractions and points of interest.

The 2018 Minnesota Governor’s Pheasant Hunting Opener will be hosted by Luverne. Explore Minnesota and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will assist local partners in planning the event.

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2018 MN GPHO Community Banquet Information

The 2018 Minnesota Governor's Pheasant Hunting Opener Banquet will be held in Luverne on Friday, Oct. 12 at Grand Prairie Events.

Social hour begins at 5 p.m., followed by the banquet at 6 p.m. The program will run from 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Tickets to the banquet are $40 each and available until sold out, at the Luverne Area Chamber & CVB, or by calling 507-283-4061.

For more information and full press release about banquet tickets click here.


Community Coordinator:
Jane Wildung-Lanphere
Luverne Area Chamber & CVB
213 East Luvrene Street
Luverne, MN 56156

Event Coordinator:
Lisa Havelka, Explore Minnesota lisa.havelka@state.mn.us or 507-389-2683        

Media Contact:
Dan Ruiter, DNR dan.ruiter@state.mn.us or 507-359-6014

Hunting Contact:
Scott Roemhildt, DNR scott.roemhildt@state.mn.us or 507-389-8812

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