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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.
- 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:
Thank you to these sponsors of the 2019 Minnesota Governor's Pheasant Hunting Opener:
Mayo Clinic Health Systems- Albert Lea and Austin
Discover Austin, MN
|City of Austin, Minnesota
Mower County, Minnesota
Mower County Habitat Pheasants Forever
Alpha Media Austin/Albert Lea
Austin Holiday Inn
First Farmers and Merchants Banks
|Artisans- The Art of Apparel - Artisans, Inc
Quality Pork Processors, Inc.
Bonnie and Tim Rietz
|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
Home Federal Saving Bank
Freeborn-Mower Cooperative Services
Cowboy's Wild Game Washer
For more information about Sponsorships:
The 2019 Minnesota Governor's Pheasant Hunting Opener Banquet will be held on Friday, Oct. 11 at Holiday Inn & Conference Center Austin. More details coming soon!
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 507-389-8812