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Governor’s Deer Opener comes to Otter Tail County

By Tom Hintgen / Perham Focus

After an eight-year absence, the Minnesota Governor’s Deer Hunting Opener is returning to Otter Tail County.

Gov. Tim Pawlenty hunted in 2005 near Perham, and this year Gov. Mark Dayton will be hunting in the Fergus Falls area. The hunt will take place on opening day of the general firearm deer season, on Saturday, Nov. 9.

Otter Tail County deer hunters take pride in hosting governor’s deer hunting openers. Included are deer hunters from in and around Perham, Pelican Rapids, Battle Lake, Henning and Parkers Prairie.

The governor will host community and youth activities to bring attention to a pursuit that has nearly 500,000 Minnesota participants and contributes nearly half a billion dollars to the state’s economy.

“Many lakes, prairies and forested lands make Otter Tail County popular and plentiful for hunting,” said Richard Tomhave, a member of the Minnesota Deer Hunters Association. “We’re happy that Gov. Dayton is coming to our county for this, the 11th annual Governor’s Deer Hunting Opener.”

This year’s field day events will be held at the West Otter Tail County Fairgrounds and Prairie Wetlands Learning Center in Fergus Falls. A Big Buck luncheon will begin at 12:15 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8, at the fairgrounds. Dayton will address luncheon attendees at 1 p.m.

Other luncheon speakers, in addition to Dayton, will include Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Commissioner Tom Landwehr, Explore Minnesota Tourism Director John Edman, and Mark Johnson, executive director of the Minnesota Deer Hunters Association. 

 Other events will include a trap shooting exhibition, a pair of professional trick shooters and entertainers, and a youth field day for area elementary students who will participate in various hunting-related activities.

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