Minnesota Governor's Pheasant Hunting Opener

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2019 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 2019 Minnesota Governor’s Pheasant Hunting Opener will be hosted by Austin, Minnesota. Explore Minnesota and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will assist local partners in planning the event.


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Thank you to these sponsors of the 2019 Minnesota Governor's Pheasant Hunting Opener:

Platinum Gold Silver

Hormel Foods
Mayo Clinic Health Systems- Albert Lea and Austin
Hormel Foundation
Discover Austin, MN

City of Austin, Minnesota
Mower County, Minnesota
Mower County Habitat Pheasants Forever
Astrup Foundation
Alpha Media Austin/Albert Lea
Federal Ammunition
Austin Holiday Inn
Bellisio Foods

First Farmers and Merchants Banks
M.A. Apparel & Jager Outdoors
Ameriprise Financial
Mall of America
Austin Daily Herald
Power Partner MN
Riverland Community College

Bronze Brass Additional sponsors

Artisans- The Art of Apparel - Artisans, Inc
Fairway Outdoor
Quality Pork Processors, Inc.
Bonnie and Tim Rietz
Pheasants Forever
Bremer Bank
Landherr Labs
Interstate Molding and MFG. INC
Action Trackchair
Pistachio Pete

Accentra Credit Union
Austin Area Chamber of Commerce
Farm Bureau Financial Services- Darrell Ingvaldson
Hunting Works for Minnesota
Nutri-Source Pet Foods
Shooting Star Native Seeds
Big Wild
US Bank
Home Federal Saving Bank
Freeborn-Mower Cooperative Services
Minnesota Lottery
Ankeny’s Sinclair Gas Station
Simplified Sound
Mower County Corn Growers Association

Cowboy's Wild Game Washer
Mrs. Gerry's Kitchen
Pretty Hunter,
Spring Grove Soda,
Austin Rent-n-Save,
Daisy Blue,
Gillette Pepsi,
Austin Noon Lions,
Corrugated Boxes
Hunters Reserve
Kibble Equipment
Cedar Valley Conservation Club  

Sponsorships for the 2019 MN GPHO are now closed. Thank you to our sponsors.

2019 MN GPHO Community Banquet Information

The 2019 Minnesota Governor's Pheasant Hunting Opener Banquet will be held on Friday, Oct. 11 at Austin Holiday Inn & Conference Center. Tickets are $35/each and can be purchased at the Discover Austin, MN office. Limited number of tickets available.


Community Coordinator:
Nancy Schnable
Discover Austin CVB
301 North Main St. Suite 101
Austin, MN 55912 

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 507-233-1236

Hunting Contact:
Scott Roemhildt, DNR scott.roemhildt@state.mn.us or 507-233-1204

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