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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2019 MN GPHO Community Banquet Information

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!


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 507-359-6014

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

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