9/24/2014 10:14:43 AM
Worthington is proudly known for its annual "King Turkey Day," but this southwestern Minnesota town will now be rolling out the red carpet for another tasty bird. Next month, the 2014 Governor's Pheasant Opener will be held in Worthington, which offers hunters several thousand acres of prime public land.
This year's Worthington Opener is expected to be a productive one for Minnesota hunters. The 2014 Pheasant hunting survey shows that southwestern Minnesota is expected to have some of the best conditions across the state this fall.
However, hunting is hardly the only fun activity available to visitors. The Worthington area is home to great fishing, biking, and hiking opportunities as well, and for those looking for a less rigorous vacation, Worthington and surrounding communities offer great restaurants, golf courses, and museums.
Hunting is a proud tradition in Minnesota, but it's also a great contributor to the economy, generating about $725 million in the state. Additionally, the pheasant opener will provide a boost to our state's already strong tourism market; the travel industry generates $12.5 billion in leisure and hospitality sales in the state, and it sustains nearly a quarter-million Minnesota jobs.
Governor Mark Dayton began the Pheasant Opener tradition in 2011. The event previously has been held by Montevideo, Marshall, and Madelia. Hunters who attend the opener will have the opportunity to participate in a public shooting contest as well as a reception and dinner.