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The 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.
- Fairmont Named Host of 2020 Minnesota Governor's Pheasant Hunting Opener
- Austin Hosts A Successful 2019 Minnesota Governor's Pheasant Hunting Opener
- Public Invited to Public Land Dedication on Friday, October 11
- Governor Walz Set To Open the Pheasant Hunting Season in Austin
- Tickets Available for Minnesota Governor's Pheasant Hunting Opener Banquet
- Plans Underway for 2019 Minnesota Governor's Pheasant Hunting Opener in Austin
- Landowners Sought for 2019 Minnesota Governor's Pheasant Hunting Opener
- Austin Named 2019 Minnesota Governor's Pheasant Hunting Opener Host Community
For a quick overview, please link to the following:
- Austin, MN Media Teasers
- Top 10 Instagrammable Locations in Austin, MN
- Things to See and Do in Austin
- 2019 Austin Visitor Guide
Thank you to these sponsors of the 2019 Minnesota Governor's Pheasant Hunting Opener:
City of Austin, Minnesota
First Farmers and Merchants Banks
Artisans- The Art of Apparel - Artisans, Inc
Accentra Credit Union
Cowboy's Wild Game Washer
Sponsorships for the 2019 MN GPHO are now closed. Thank you to our sponsors.
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.
Discover Austin CVB
301 North Main St. Suite 101
Austin, MN 55912
Lisa Havelka, Explore Minnesota firstname.lastname@example.org or 507-389-2683
Dan Ruiter, DNR email@example.com or 507-233-1236
Scott Roemhildt, DNR firstname.lastname@example.org or 507-233-1204