Public invited to Rooster Ridge WMA dedication Oct. 12

Dedication to be part of 8th Annual Minnesota Governor’s Pheasant Hunting Opener

The public is invited to attend the dedication of Minnesota’s newest public hunting land, Rooster Ridge Wildlife Management Area at 4 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 12, as part of the Minnesota Governor’s Pheasant Hunting Opener. 

The dedication ceremony will include comments from Governor Mark Dayton, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Commissioner Tom Landwehr, and Explore Minnesota Director John Edman among other local leaders.

Rooster Ridge WMA was made possible by Pheasants Forever and the Outdoor Heritage Council fund.

“We’re excited and honored that we could help with this project,” said Rock County Pheasants Forever President Darin Kindt. “We hope the public will enjoy this parcel for generations to come.”

The new WMA features 93 acres of rolling hills and wetlands. Restoration work was conducted by more than 40 volunteers who gave their time over three organized work days. In addition to the Rock County Pheasants Forever chapter, Beaver Creek Sportsmen and the Luverne High School trap team members pitched in to make this new parcel a reality.

“The community involvement has been impressive,” Kindt said. “We had volunteers from several different groups around Rock County, including the Luverne High School trap shooting team. Through their generosity and the support of local land owners, a large project like this was made possible.”

Rooster Ridge WMA is located 1 mile southwest of Beaver Creek in Rock County, or about 10 miles southwest of Luverne.

The dedication is part of the 2018 Minnesota Governor’s Pheasant Hunting Opener. Governor Dayton leads the weekend festivities, which feature many hunting, recreational and travel opportunities the Luverne area has to offer visitors. More information and updates on the event can be found at exploreminnesota.com/mngpho.

Luverne has a population of 4,658 and is the county seat of Minnesota’s southwestern-most county, Rock County. Luverne is located at the junction of Interstate 90 and U.S. Highway 75.

Explore Minnesota and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources are assisting the Luverne Area Chamber of Commerce and Convention and Visitors Bureau in planning the event.