Luverne wraps up successful weekend as host of Minnesota Governor’s Pheasant Hunting Opener

Hunters reported excellent weather for hunting in the Luverne area during the eighth annual Minnesota Governor’s Pheasant Hunt on Saturday, Oct. 13. 

The Luverne area, known for its pheasant habitat and hunter and dog-friendly lodging, hosted hundreds of guests. Attendees that hunted in the field ranged in age from 14 to 91. Those hunters encountered wet fields that delayed the fall harvest, yet yielded 26 roosters during the morning hunt.

The weekend festivities included a dog parade and a trick-shooting show as well as the dedication of the Rooster Ridge Wildlife Management Area, which had 121 people on hand.

The community banquet on Friday, Oct. 12 had 474 people in attendance.

The 2019 Minnesota Governor’s Pheasant Hunting Opener will take place in Austin. Explore Minnesota and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will assist local partners in planning the event.

Austin has a population of 24,933 and is the county seat of Mower County. Austin is located at the junction of Interstate 90 and U.S. Highway 218.