Plans underway for 2017 Minnesota Governor’s Pheasant Hunting Opener in Marshall

Marshall hosts for second time

Planning is underway for the seventh annual Minnesota Governor’s Pheasant Opener on Oct. 13 and 14. The 2017 event will be held in Marshall, which last hosted the event in 2012. 

“We’re very excited to once again host the Minnesota Governor’s Pheasant Opener,” said Cal Brink, executive director of the Marshall Area Chamber of Commerce. “We thought it was a great event when we hosted it in 2012, and with even more amenities now, we expect an even better event in 2017.”

Those additional amenities in Marshall include several restaurants as well as Red Baron Arena, which will be included in the festivities.

Marshall was selected through an application process that considered hunting land in the area, event facilities and community support.  The surrounding Lyon County boasts more than three dozen Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs), and has a rich hunting and outdoors heritage.

The event will include a public dedication of the James Meger Wildlife Management Area and a community celebration dinner, in addition to pheasant hunting.  Information and updates will be available on the Explore Minnesota website.

The Governor’s Pheasant Hunting Opener was initiated by Gov. Mark Dayton in 2011. Montevideo was the first host community and hosted again in 2016. Marshall last hosted the Minnesota Governor’s Pheasant Opener in 2012. In addition to Marshall and Montevideo, previous host communities have been Madelia (2013), Worthington (2014) and Mankato (2015).  The event highlights the many hunting, recreational, travel and local opportunities that host communities have to offer visitors.

Explore Minnesota and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources are assisting local partners in planning the event.

Marshall has a population of 13,680 and is located 150 miles southwest of the Twin Cities at the junctions of U.S. Highway 59, Minnesota State Highway 19, State Highway 23, and State Highway 68.