By Tom Hintgen

Otter Tail County Correspondent

Three years have gone by since Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton came to Otter Tail County to help kick off the Governor’s 2013 Deer Hunting Opener. He spoke following a luncheon at the West Otter Tail County Fairgrounds where several events were held.

His support of deer hunting back then is the same as it is today.deer-hunter-logo-6-copy

“Deer hunting is a tradition for many families throughout Minnesota,” says the  governor. “We also recognize the importance of deer hunting to tourism and enhancement of our quality of life.”

Many state employees accompany Dayton to deer hunting openers around the state.

This year the Governor’s 2016 Deer Hunting Opener will be held at Pequot Lakes/Breezy Point on Nov. 5.

Each year several landowners step up and volunteer to host visiting hunters who travel with the governor.

The Governor’s Deer Hunting Opener helps state officials spread the word about deer hunting and tourism in Minnesota.

Deer hunter safety also is emphasized.

“Each year close to 500,000 deer hunters take to wooded areas throughout Minnesota,” says DNR Commissioner Tom Landwehr. “If you stop and think, those numbers would fill 10 stadiums of 50,000 each. That’s a lot of people.”

Landwehr said that deer hunting is much more than just the hunt.

“It’s about building family relationships and friendships each deer season,” he said. “A goal is to continue to get kids, who represent new generations, excited about the great outdoors.”

Support from non-deer hunters is also appreciated.

“Deer hunting is part of our culture and part of who we are,” note members of the Minnesota Deer Hunters Association (MDHA).

They emphasize that November is the time of year to truly enjoy the deer hunting experience and to make lasting memories.


About Minnesota Deer Hunters Association

The Minnesota Deer Hunters Association is a 501C(3), non-profit conservation organization that is dedicated to building our hunting and conservation legacy through habitat, education and advocacy.

For more information about MDHA or to locate your nearest MDHA chapter, visit or call 800-450-3337.