Governor’s Pheasant Hunting Opener for 2020 postponed to 2021 due to COVID-19 pandemic

Governor Tim Walz has announced that this fall’s 10th annual Minnesota Governor’s Pheasant Hunting Opener, set to be held in Fairmont, has been postponed to 2021.

The annual event’s postponement is a precaution to help slow the spread of COVID-19.

Despite the event’s postponement, the governor still plans to participate in his favorite pastime of pheasant hunting, and he urges other Minnesotans who enjoy the sport to do the same when the season opens on Oct. 10, 2020.

The 2021 pheasant season runs Oct. 16, 2021 – Jan. 2, 2022.

Fairmont is the county seat of Martin County and has a population of 10,666. The Fairmont area is a pheasant hunting destination because of 4,700 acres of public hunting land and the abundance of dog-friendly motels available in Martin County.

Since 2011, communities hosting the Governor’s Pheasant Opener have highlighted the hunting opportunities and local attractions available to visitors and hunters. The annual event is organized by Explore Minnesota and the Department of Natural Resources.  Austin played host to the event in 2019.

Minnesota’s pheasant hunting season opens this year at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 10 and will run until Jan. 3, 2021.

More information on Minnesota pheasant hunting is available at the DNR’s pheasant hunting web page.

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