Fergus Falls hosted a great Deer Opener for governor and guests [UPDATED]Published 9:46am Wednesday, November 13, 2013 Updated 11:47am Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton has come and gone and the feedback from his staff, Explore Minnesota Tourism, Minnesota Deer Hunters Association and the DNR is this: Fergus Falls hosted a great event.
Kudos and thanks filled the windy tent at Friday’s luncheon and it’s time to pay it forward.
Thank you to the dozens of people in Fergus Falls who made this a success.
To the sponsors, people who attended the luncheon, planning committee members, school district, Chamber of Commerce, local MDHA chapter — thank you for your support and participation.
To the suppliers and vendors — you committed to working hard and making the event go smoothly.
We had delicious food, over-the-top hospitality, fantastic facilities and host-sites, a tent that did not blow down, donated heat and lights for a dreary day, extra-strong wi-fi for the technology, parking attendants, volunteers and more.
There is great satisfaction in knowing that our local team who said they would do certain things, did.
On Saturday morning the visiting media were out in deer stands of our local hunter hosts who graciously share their traditions and hunting experience with these visitors.
The resulting news stories, blogs, and broadcasts will reach an audience five-states wide (Michigan was our farthest-away reporter) who we hope will now consider Fergus Falls for a future hunt.
Additionally, we got to tell our story about the other outdoor reasons (and arts and history) that people should visit (birding, biking, state parks, fishing, rivers, etc.).
There are nearly half a million deer hunters in Minnesota.
All-hunting (not just deer) in Minnesota accounted for $733 million in direct spending and supported 12,439 jobs (USFWS survey in 2011).
In hosting the 11th Minnesota Governor’s Deer Hunt in Fergus Falls, it was a great investment in increasing our part of that future economic impact.
Now the Deer Hunt is officially on in Minnesota. I thank the local community and our visitors and wish everyone a safe and successful hunt.
Fergus Falls Convention & Visitors Bureau