The fourth annual Minnesota Governor’s Pheasant Opener was hosted by the City of Friday night, more than 400 registered hunters hit the fields of Nobles County the following morning for guided group hunts.Worthington on Saturday, October 11, 2014. Following the Governor’s banquet
Lake Bella Waterfowl Production Area, managed by the Windom Wetland Management District, was chosen as the launching point for the “Wounded Warriors,” a hunting party of 10 disabled veterans. The group was guided by local Pheasants Forever chapter members and provided free non-toxic ammunition by Federal Cartridge.
This special hunt was conducted in support of the Wounded Warrior Project, a military / veterans charity organization empowering injured war veterans and their families. Governor Mark Dayton could not participate in this year’s hunt as he traditionally has done, but did attend the send-off for the Wounded Warrior party. Dayton offered words of appreciation for the veterans’ service and sacrifice, and wished them hunting success.
The group reportedly harvested a dozen birds by the end of the day’s hunt. While waterfowl production areas are acquired and managed primarily for waterfowl production, this special event offered further evidence these areas yield excellent habitat and hunting opportunities for resident wildlife as well.
Lake Bella Waterfowl Production Area is a part of a collection of federal, state, and watershed district lands south of Worthington that provides hunters and other recreational users a unique 12-mile loop to recreate without ever stepping foot off public lands.